Bringing back the past – The Maori Battalion

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On the post about Argentina, some commenter got all upset because I called the Argies a bunch of pussies and then he slagged off our Maori and said we could hardly contain them so we could talk.

I made the comment back, somewhat flippantly, that the uppity Maori we have:

…used to be called the Maori Battalion and they and they went through the best the dagos, wops, and various wog countries could throw at them like there was nothing there. Even the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel, couldn’t make a dent in the Maori Battalion.

Maori also invented trench warfare and know a thing or two about dispatching the enemy, perhaps we might like to reconstitute them and run them through the Argies.

It got me thinking…perhaps this has a great deal more merit than a throw away comment on a blog. A quick look at their proud history suggests we should seriously look at reconstituting the

Maori Battlaion:

The battalion fought during the GreekNorth African and Italian campaigns during which it earned a formidable reputation as a fighting force which has subsequently been acknowledged by both Allied and German commanders. It was also the most decorated New Zealand battalion during the war.

They could serve as a full battalion back up to the NZSAS and we could loan them out to the British is the Argies get a little more bellicose. If the British then sent the Ghurkas and the Maori Battalion to the Falklands then the Argentinians may well just surrender the mainland.

Flippancy aside, I think a reconstituted Maori Battalion could be useful for a whole lot more reasons. Notwithstanding the tremendous benefits of providing a disciplined and effective fighting force it would also serve to create a whole heap of positive role models to modern, urban Maori who would identify more with this than with traditional iwi based identities. It could provide a valid and honourable career path for young urban Maori along with a way of sorting out some of the more troubled youth in a Maori yet disciplined environment.

Anyway I think the idea has merit…what do readers think.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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