In 2014, saw Government agreement on the importance of urgently documenting the histories of A, B and D Companies of the 28th Māori Battalion, to complement Nga Tama Toa, the history C Company published in 2008. Nga Tama Toa was written by Dr Monty Soutar and is published by Bateman Books.
These histories will be seminal and highly valuable resources for veterans and their families, and provide historical and educational information for the wider New Zealand community. They will commemorate the Battalion’s service to Māoridom and the nation, and inform national memory.
In August 2015, an MOU between the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the 28th Māori Battalion B Company History Trust concerning a history of the Battalion’s B Company in the Second World War was signed. Sir Wira Gardiner was contracted to write the history and Ake Ake Kia Kaha E! Forever Brave! was launched at Te Papaiouru Marae at Ohinemutu, Rotorua in April 2019.
Manatū Taonga continues to support the A and D Company history trusts to progress their respective histories.
Cover of Ake Ake Kia Kaha E! which is also available for purchase from Bateman Books.
Updated on 5th April 2022