In this series, we wanted to find out who are our people in Te Tairāwhiti 250 years after the arrival of Lieutenant James Cook and his crew on the Endeavour, and what are the things that make up our community including insights, reflections, views and opinions.
Craig Pearless has lived in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa for over 25 years, coming here with his young family from Wellington to take up the position of the local police officer in Manutuke. He has also been in the forces and has supported UN-led missions overseas as part of the World Food programme. He is now back living in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa and completing his PhD on a topic close to his heart, the Māori Battalion. He has researched every battle, every move of all of the Māori Battalion companies and has physically been to every battleground, tracking their location with GPS. His PhD thesis is the map to help those descendants trace the footsteps of their ancestors. He speaks to us about his thesis and his understandings of the notion of remembrance.