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As the nation moves towards Armistice Day, when the guns stopped firing 100 years ago to end World War One, Māori Television is remembering why some Māori did not serve.

On November 11 it will run mini documentaries on notable figures, including one contrasting the views of Kiingitanga leader Te Puea Herangi and Western Māori MP Maui Pomare.

Hauraki Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta, who contributed to the doco, says her ancestor led a movement within Waikato Tainui against conscription because its people were still feeling the effect of the Land Wars 50 years earlier.

"There was a strong sentiment within the Waikato not to go overseas and fight a war for a government that wasn't recognised at the time by the Kiingitanga, but as a result of the wars here there wasn't an appetite to send men away to fight someone else's war," she says.

The Great War Stories were produced and directed by Anna Cottrell of AC Productions.

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