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Re: “Mai I Te Waha O Tu” Vietnam Remembered 1964-1972 — A completed oral history taonga of Tairawhiti Vietnam Veterans Association.

In 2009 the association collaborated with the Tairawhiti Museum to stage photographic and memorabilia exhibitions of the Vietnam war drawing on the experiences of local veterans. From this developed “Nga kete korero”, an audio/visual record of veterans’ experiences before, during and after the war.

The association took full ownership of the kaupapa, which included veterans and whanau interviewing, recording, editing and abstracting 75 interviews.

Material was gathered locally as well as from hui held in South Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, and Christchurch.

As well as being a record of past events in reminiscing and storytelling, more importantly wairuatanga or spiritual inner healing of war-time trauma brought added value to the kaupapa.

Currently, the association is sending copies of veterans’ stories to interviewees or to next of kin.

The association acknowledges the support of Te Puni Kokiri, Internal Affairs, Alexander Turnbull Library, Tairawhiti Museum and many local businesses.

“When I die I’m going to heaven, because I’ve already been to hell” Vietnam Veterans, Epitaph

Wally Te Ua

Re: “Mai I Te Waha O Tu” Vietnam Remembered 1964-1972 — A completed oral history taonga of Tairawhiti Vietnam Veterans Association.

In 2009 the association collaborated with the Tairawhiti Museum to stage photographic and memorabilia exhibitions of the Vietnam war drawing on the experiences of local veterans. From this developed “Nga kete korero”, an audio/visual record of veterans’ experiences before, during and after the war.

The association took full ownership of the kaupapa, which included veterans and whanau interviewing, recording, editing and abstracting 75 interviews.

Material was gathered locally as well as from hui held in South Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, and Christchurch.

As well as being a record of past events in reminiscing and storytelling, more importantly wairuatanga or spiritual inner healing of war-time trauma brought added value to the kaupapa.

Currently, the association is sending copies of veterans’ stories to interviewees or to next of kin.

The association acknowledges the support of Te Puni Kokiri, Internal Affairs, Alexander Turnbull Library, Tairawhiti Museum and many local businesses.

“When I die I’m going to heaven, because I’ve already been to hell” Vietnam Veterans, Epitaph

Wally Te Ua

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