Anzac commemorations mark Ngarimu VC 75th anniversary
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu. His ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield of Tunisia earned him a posthumous Victoria Cross.
At Anzac Day commemorations on the East Coast, the milestone will no doubt earn a special mention.
According to Māori war historian Monty Soutar, it also marks two significant battles that took place in the North African country.
“Te tau whitu tekau mā rima hipa i te pakanga i Point 209 me Takrouna; i tēnei tau kei te whakamaumahara tātou ki ērā rā. Ko māua ko Tā Wira Gardiner ka kāhau ki te iwi.”
The Anzac service will be held at the C Company Museum and Soutar hopes all members of the community will attend.
“Kia mōhio ai te katoa, Māori, Pākehā rānei te take i hāere ai o tātou hoia ki te pakanga, kia ōrite te tū a te Māori ki tō te Pākehā ki tenei whenua.”