Return of the Maori Pioneer Battalion, 1919

This shows the return of the Maori Pioneer Battalion to Putiki pā, Whanganui, in 1919. The Moutoa flag is in the centre. This flag was presented in 1865 by the ladies of Whanganui to lower Whanganui iwi to mark their success at Moutoa Island against Pai Mārire warriors who threatened the settlement of Whanganui in 1864.

The New Zealand (Maori) Pioneer Battalion was the only battalion of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force to return to New Zealand as a complete unit. Because of this, it received a rousing welcome home with parades and receptions throughout the country. A Māori pioneer rugby team toured the country for a series of provincial games.

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