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The Battalion

Education resource and script

Bring the story of the 28th Māori Battalion to life

​The Battalion by Māori playwright Helen Pearse-Otene tells a moving story about friendship, loyalty, madness and redemption.

Bring the legacy of New Zealand's 28th Māori Battalion to life in your classroom with a story that inspires and educates.


comprehensive education resource and script

Our education resource and script is ideal for students of history, drama, Māori studies, English, social studies and more.

Developed by experienced educator Susan Battye, the resource is designed to meet secondary school curriculum requirements and provide teachers with support for lesson planning.

The Battalion education resource features:

  • Guidance for exploring historical, cultural and family themes inside the classroom

  • Notes for presenting The Battalion as a theatrical work at your school or community venue

  • Practical workshops and exercises for students

  • Detailed background information about the historical context including academic references

The resource accompanies Helen Pearse-Otene's published script, which includes:

  • A foreword by legendary theatre persona Alan Scott

  • Notes from the director and writer

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Design by Fay & Walter 2023

order resources

Purchase scripts and learning resources from licensing agent, Playmarket. 


Scripts are available as a published book or digital copy.

RRP $22.00 GST inclusive*

*To discuss pricing for low-decile schools, please get in touch with us at​ 

Education resource

Our comprehensive education resource is available in a digital format.

RRP $20.00 GST inclusive

Performing the play

If you would like to discuss licensing for a performance of the play, please get in touch with Playmarket via the website links below.

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