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<EM>New Zealand (M&#257;ori) Pioneer Battalion ‘Hui Aroha’, Gisborne</EM> by James McDonald

Curator Athol McCredie discusses this photograph of a Gisborne hui

New Zealand (Māori) Pioneer Battalion ‘Hui Aroha’, Gisborne by James McDonald
<P>This recording was created for Te Papa’s in-gallery audio tour.</P> <P>Transcript:</P> <P><STRONG>Athol McCredie</STRONG></P> <P>Here you can see a large group in what appears to be tent. You might think it was a wedding or party. It is a hui, or gathering, in Gisborne, after World War I.</P> <P>The hui was held to welcome home surviving members of New Zealand’s Pioneer Battalion. This force, also known as the Maori Battalion, had suffered heavy losses in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. This was the occasion of their return.</P> <P>You can tell that the photographer has gained the attention of many, but not all, of the crowd. Not everyone is looking at the camera, and many seem unaware that it’s even there. It’s a wonderfully evocative mix of focussed attention and distraction.</P> <P>Photographs like this seem to capture a whole social landscape, providing a window onto a community at a moment in time.</P> <P><EM>For the next track head towards the long Gallery 9. You’ll find the headphone symbol at the end of the gallery on your right.</EM></P>

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Untitled [Scene from the New Zealand (M&#228;ori) Pioneer Battalion &#39;Hui Aroha&#39;, Gisborne]

James Ingram McDonald, Untitled [Scene from the New Zealand (Mäori) Pioneer Battalion 'Hui Aroha', Gisborne], May 1919, black and white silver gelatin glass negative
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