Author(s): Monty Soutar
Translation into Maori of the highly successful English edition published in 2008. Nga Tama Toa: The Price of Citizenship offers a truly unique insight into the impact the Second World War had on the iwi of the Tairawhiti district (on the east coast of the North Island) focusing on the region's war effort not only overseas, but also at home and in government. Through personal recollections, eyewitness accounts, numerous anecdotes and highly illustrated throughout, the book tells the fascinating story of the Battalion's war. It captures the special 'spirit' of the Maori Battalion, which became renowned for its courage and daring in battle, as well as for its contribution in manpower to the war effort -- of the 3600 men who served in the Maori Battalion, a quarter were from Tairawhiti. It's an amazing story, at times heart-rending, at times heart-warming, and it allows the voices of those who were actually there to be heard on almost every page.
Monty Soutar (Ngati Porou, Ngati Awa) has significant experience in historical research and, in particular, oral history. In the 1990s he led a team of researchers who interviewed more than 100 Maori veterans and widows about their experiences in the Second World War. He is a senior historian for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and for the past two years has been the coordinator of the 28th Maori Battalion website. He is also a member of the government's First World War Centenary panel and in 2014 became the First Word War Historian-in-residence at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. He is currently working on a book about Maori involvement in the First World War. Monty also served in the New Zealand Army from 1986 to 1990.