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Niuean soldiers in the First World War

Date published: 
Tuesday, 1 December, 2015

Margaret Pointer
Niuean soldiers in the First World War

Pasifika Lali Room (PS208)
Te Ao Marama building
University of Canterbury
Thursday 3 December 2015
3.00 – 4.00pm.

The tiny island of Niue, as a New Zealand territory, offered men to serve in World War One.  One hundred and fifty Niuean men were accepted into the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and brought to New Zealand for training before being sent to Egypt and then France. Their story is one of sickness and isolation, early withdrawal and return, but the price they paid was high. In a recent ceremony on Niue, one hundred years after their departure, the men have been honoured by both Niue and New Zealand.

 

With an honours degree in history from VUW and extensive teaching experience, Margaret Pointer now works as a researcher, her specialty area being Niue. Her first work, published in 2001, documented the Niuean involvement in WWI. In April 2015 Otago University Press published her new work, Niue 1774-1974:200 years of contact and change.
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