A tribute to 2nd Lt Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu, V.C.

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Year
1943
Reference
17965
Media type
Audio
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Rights Information
Year
1943
Reference
17965
Media type
Audio
Series
U series
Duration
00:12:42
Credits
RNZ Collection
Curry, Arch, 1905-1964, Commentator
Keiha, Kingi Areta, 1900-1961, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Awatere, Arapeta, 1910-1976, Speaker/Kaikōrero
New Zealand. Army. Expeditionary Force, 2nd. Battalion, 28, Broadcaster
BBC World Service, Broadcaster
Wright, Noni, 1913-1964, Announcer

The recording was taken from a BBC short wave service broadcast, after having been transmitted from Cairo to London by radio telephone the previous day.

BBC announcer (probably New Zealander Noni Wright) introduces the commentator with the New Zealand Mobile Broadcasting Unit in Egypt, Arch Curry. He presents a tribute to Second Lieutenant Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu, to mark the posthumous award to him of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the field, on the 26 March 1943 at Point 209 at the Tebaga Gap, Libya.

Curry reads the citation. Lt. Ngarimu and his men were ordered to capture a forward feature, at Point 209, from the German Panzer Grenadiers.

Colonel K.A. Keiha, officer-commanding the 28 Māori Battalion, then speaks, addressing Lt. Ngarimu's whānau and praising his character and spirit.

Ngarimu's former company commander Captain Peta Awatere speaks in te reo Māori about Ngarimu's achievement.