28th Maori Battalion. ‘We will lose some of the most promising of our young leaders,’ wrote Sir Āpirana Ngata, 'but we will gain the respect of our Pakeha brothers and the future of our race as a respected part of the New Zealand people.' 3600 men served voluntarily with the Māori Battalion, 649 were killed,1712 were wounded and 237 were taken prisoner. This casualty rate was 50% higher than the average for the NZ infantry battalions. Give your opinion or add information.