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The Māori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Māori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson.

Identification

Object type
Image
Digitisation ID
2015S_2015-55_013517
Title
Māori Battalion Hall
Format
Slide
Held In
Coolstore
Relation
2015/55
Date
August 21, 1966

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Corner of Cuba and Pitt Street, Palmerston North

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Taxonomy

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māori,
māori battalion,
māori battalion hall,
te ao māori,
Community Tags
wharenui,

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