Responce to text

Maori Battalion 

(Te Hokowhitu-a-tu)


Response to Text. Highlight or answer each question to the best of your ability, including important information and detail to your answers.


Level One – Skim and Scan


  1. What did New Zealanders start to call themselves during the First World War?


They called themselves the kiwi because it’s New  Zealand’s native bird.


  1. How did the government encourage Māori to join the war?


They travelled the country encouraging Maori to take part in the war.


  1. What was the war cry used to encourage Māori to fight?


E te iwi whitiki whiti whitie (O people prepare yourselves for the battle spring up spring up.


Level Two: Vocabulary


Word Definition Your own sentence
Rural In,relating to,or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town The living expenses  are lower in many rural communities.
Contingent Occurring or existing only if (certain circumstances) are the case ;dependent on. A contingent of reporters waited in front of the court for the defendant to appear.
Conscripted Enlist (someone) compulsorily, typically into the armed services. He was conscripted into the army.


Level Three: Inference (Responses require AT LEAST one full sentence)


  1. Why did some Māori feel unwilling to fight in the war?


They didn’t want to fight because of how young and scared they were. They just wanted to be treated equally so they went into war. 


  1. What did the British high command feel uncomfortable about, and why did they initially keep the Māori soldiers busy with digging trenches?


The idea of native people fighting alongside europeans.


  1. What does the chaplain’s prayer tell us about who the Māori soldiers were responsible for?


Performing religious rights,conducting worship services and providing confidential counselling.


  1. How did the First World War change the relationship between Māori and Pākehā?


Maori lifestyle and were treated byMaori as both maori and as useful go between.


  1. How did World War One change, and shape New Zealand’s national identity?


A New Zealand identity had been emphasised during the war, but one within the imperial family.

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