Six World War II veterans boarded a bus to the National Army Museum at Waiouru, to pursue their wish to wind up the Maori Battalion Association.

The ceremony was held for the veteran soldiers yesterday to gift their soldiers a ceremonial jade mere to the National Army Museum for safe keeping and display.

Tuhoe descendant and veteran soldier spokesperson Matt Te Pou says the war survivors decided in 2010 follow a process and protocol to have fitting end to the Maori Battalion Association.

Yesterday that decision came to fruition a process instigated by all war veterans including those who have passed into the divine realm.

Tokoono nga arero whero no te pakanga tuarua e pakeke ana atu i te iwa tekau tau i hoake i tetahi pahi kia haere ki te Whare Tauā Taonga i Waiouru kia whakatau i to ratau hiahia e mutu ai i te rangapu Maori. Tu ana tetahi kawa mā nga Morehu tokoono inanahi hei whakatakoto i to ratau tohu hoia tetahi mere pounamu ki te whare tauā taonga o Waiouru mo ake tonu atu. Ki nga korero a Matt Te Pou o Tuhoe otira mangai hoki o nga morehu hoia no te tau rua mano ngahuru i whakarite nga morehu hoia he huarahi kia whai ratau e mutu ai a ratau whakaritenga hei te rangapu Maori. Nonanahi kua ea te whakatakoto kaupapa a nga morehu hoia otira ratau i awhina ki te whakarite i tenei kaupapa engari kua huri atu kē ratau ki tua o te ārai o te hunga mate.