W3 Company Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
28 Māori Battalion
returned home on 23 January 1946. On their arrival in
Wellington the 780 troops were welcomed as returning heroes, before
dispersing to their home marae throughout the country.
Lieutenant-Colonel James Hēnare dismissed his men with these words:
For the W3 Veterans - Addressing an Historical Oversight
Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai rā.
hoia, e ngā ika a Whiro, koutou kua hoki mai i te kauhanga riri, nau
mai ō koutou tini mate, ngā ika o te riri, rātou e rangatū tahi ana
ki te pakanga i hinga ai i reira.
tauti mai, haere mai.
Welcome, welcome, welcome home
battle weary, the survivors who have returned.
We acknowledge your bravery and your sacrifice to protect our world.
Bring your many dead, those slain in battle, those who marched to
war at your side never to return.
back from the cauldrons of war, return home to us, to your whānau,
to your land.
background to Mihi ki ka Hoia - Tribute to our Soldiers
IS IN MOURNING, AN ANZAC DIED TODAY
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43223 Pte David Wright RNZIR, wounded 30 January 1970 Phuoc Tuy Province South Vietnam, died of secondary infection 19 March 1970 Concord Hospital Sydney
483256 Pte John Gurnick RNZIR,
died of wounds 29 May 1970
Phuoc Tuy Province Vietnam
482859 Pte Tom Cooper RNZIR, wounded 10 October 1970, died 11 October 1970 at 24th US Evacuation Hospital Long Bien
|see W3 ANZAC Day Vietnam timeline|
W3 Company RNZIR New Zealand Army was on active
the story of a New Zealand rifle company sent to South Vietnam in November 1969,
kōrero o tetahi ope tauā maupū i tukuna ki Whitināma ki te Tonga
i te Whiringa-ā-Rangi o te tau 1969,
Three of the Company were killed in action and 16 were wounded.