NZ VC recipient Marae homecoming.

Te Kaha Beams as the Soldier Son Returns Home

With open arms and unreserved joy, Te Kaha’s soldier son was welcomed home last weekend.

Corporal Willie Apiata VC was truly humbled by the ceremonies and well wishes of those gathered at Te Kaha Marae for his official homecoming over the Friday and Saturday.

Enrobed in a korowai and the Victoria Cross for New Zealand now in his medal group, the soldier carried his new found responsibilities with confidence, dignity and honour.

In one of the most moving scenes of the weekend, the battlehardened SAS soldier was truly humbled after receiving a taonga of a pounamu mere from his tribe. Upon turning to face his people, a spirited group of men erupted into an impromptu haka which honoured the earthquake god.

nice one, looking good Willie :)

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