“STRAWBERRY FETE”. PROMOTED BY THE FOUR ALLIED TRADES: DAIRYMEN, FRUITERERS, GROCERS AND BAKERS, HELD AT TORQUAY ON ALEXANDRA DAY
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This films shows a World War One fund-raising event which prominently features New Zealand soldiers.
Title: “Strawberry Fete”. Promoted by the Four Allied Trades: Dairymen, Fruiterers, Grocers and Bakers, held at Torquay on Alexandra Day, Wednesday, 27th June, 1917.”
“Divertion Beautiful Tor Bay.”
Arrival of a row boat containing men in comical dress. Members of the Torquay Swimming and Polo Club diving off boat as man takes photos.
“Amusing Sports Events: Tommies do Ladie’s’ Attire. Nurse and Tommy blindfold Race, Etc.”
Two Maori soldiers laughing with nurses. NZEF personnel at the Fete participating in games. Novelty races. NZ soldiers smoking and talking.
“Mayoress Distributes the Prizes.”
NZEF personal receive prizes at a trestle table.
“Enjoying a good tea.”
Soldiers sitting down at a large table eating lunch el fresco.
Maori from the Pioneer Battalion having tea with admiring ladies of Torquay.
“A successful pony collector.”
“crowds leaving the Pavilion after witnessing the afternoon Performance of the Maori War Dance.”
Crowd exits the front doors, including wounded soldiers.
“Going to see the evening Performance of Maori Nature Dances.”
The Pioneers marching towards field.
“Commencement of Dance.”
Mid distance elevated shot of the Haka performed by the Pioneers in [seemingly] makeshift costumes.
Film ends with footage of haka by Pioneers.
Members of Te Hokowhitu-ā-Tū the Māori Pioneer Battalion perform a simple haka towards the end of this item.