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Private Te Kuru and the Pioneers

Private Te Kuru was in the NZ Pioneer Battalion. The ‘Pioneers’ prepared battlefields for infantry and artillery. The work was physically tough and dangerous.

September on the Somme

On 15 September 1916 New Zealand soldiers joined the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles of the time. Letters and images from those involved tell us of the horrors.

The i-wau and warrior culture of 19th-century Fiji

Amongst all the Pacific cultures, Fiji has shown perhaps the most innovation in the development of efficient and fearsome weapons. A wide range of weapons was made and i-wau, or depending on dialect i-ravu (clubs) of various types were particularly favoured.