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An­zac Day is loom­ing again. Each year the com­mem­o­ra­tion of New Zealand’s war heroes seems to grow in im­por­tance and crowds gath­er­ing at the ser­vices all around the country are swelling ex­po­nen­tially.

Porirua is for­tu­nate to have a res­i­dent world war his­to­rian. Allan Dod­son of Plim­mer­ton has spent count­less hours re­search­ing the links of Porirua men (and some women) with the world wars, es­pe­cially World War I.

In our Flash­back on page 16 this week, Dod­son fo­cuses more on the Western Front, with par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the in­fa­mous Bat­tle of the Somme. Porirua had sev­eral men un­for­tu­nate enough to be in­volved in that grim episode, as you will read.

Dod­son also de­tails the sto­ries of the 50 men from the Cook Is­lands who left their homes in 1915 to join the Pi­o­neer (Maori) Bat­tal­ion and later served in France. Theirs has been a forgotten story of World War I. Not any longer.

Joseph Romanos

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