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Ngā Toa - Many Warriors

Share the experiences of two servicemen, Hugh Nairn of Feilding and Cedric Young of Bulls, during the Second World War.

Nairn was in the army and served in North Africa and Italy. Young was a pilot in the RAF. The exhibition will feature objects related to the men’s service, including photographs, medals and artwork. Visitors can also listen to interviews and hear first hand what the war was like for these soldiers.

This small exhibition is a collaboration between Te Manawa and Patrick Bronte, historian and film-maker. Patrick and the Ngā Toa Charitable Trust initially captured and shared the memories of New Zealanders who served in WW2, and has expanded to cover New Zealand’s operational deployments throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Ngā Toa is an active digital resource containing interviews with more than 300 individuals. Their website has been developed to begin providing access to these interviews and promote remembrance and education. To see and hear more soldiers’ stories, and to donate, visit www.ngatoa.co.nz.