The NGATOA PROJECT WAS CONCEIVED TO CAPTURE, PRESERVE, SHARE AND REMEMBER THE STORIES OF NEW ZEALANDERS WHO WENT TO WAR IN WORLD WAR II – 1939-45, AND HAS SUBSEQUENTLY EXPANDED TO COVER NEW ZEALAND’S INVOLVEMENT IN OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENTS THROUGHOUT THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY.
The Nga Toa Charitable Trust was established to facilitate the capture and sharing of the experiences of New Zealand’s Returned Servicemen and women. The Nga Toa (Many Warriors) project aims to share these experiences with the wider public to promote remembrance and education of New Zealand’s Military Heritage.
The Nga Toa is an active archive currently containing interviews with 300 individuals. The website has been developed to begin providing access to these interviews, starting with New Zealanders who served in WW2.
RECENTLY ADDED INTERVIEWS
Frank was born on the 6th of December 1916 in New Plymouth, living there until he transferred to Hawera, Taranaki in 1937, to work with Hannahs Shoe Company. He attended Central Primary School then New Plymouth Boys High School. Like many of Frank’s generation, he remembers the struggles for families growing-up in Depression years, and how many missed-out on high schooling because their parents couldn’t afford to send them.
Bill Wakeling was born on the 20th of August 1922 in Wanganui, where he grew up and spent the first eighteen years of his life. His father had a small block near town; a leased a further 60-acres further out; milking cows and rearing pigs. ‘We were milking 60 cows and raising 200 pigs.’
Charlie Reed was in the Territorials before the Second World War. With the outbreak of war Charlie signed-on with the 2nd New Zealand Division as an artilleryman, leaving for war with the First Echelon.