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Letters home

The following collection contains copies of handwritten letters from Henare Pohio and Wiremu (Bill) Maopo. You can read their stories in the Memiors tab.

Henare Pohio enlisted for World War One in Tuahiwi, near Kaiapoi, North Canterbury. He served in the New Zealand Expenditionary Force (NZEF) landing on Gallipoli Peninsula in June 1915.
Whānau have copies of the letters Henare wrote home. Henare's granddaughter Carol Hook says, "Some are written while he's actually lying in the trenches" and that "They are very emotional".

Wiremu Maopo enlisted on 29 June 1915. His periods of service include; 63 days in New Zealand and three years, 34 days overseas in Egypt and Western Europe. While Bill was away he was fortunate enough to receive care packages from whānau. He wrote letters of thanks home.