It was touch and go at Wellington Airport as the great-niece of a Gallipoli soldier raced to meet Labour leader Andrew Little to get him to deliver a medal to Turkey on her behalf.
Natasha Narayan is the great-niece of Private Kurei Papuni who died at Gallipoli on August 6, 1915, while fighting with the first Maori contingent.
Caitlin and her parents and sister had already departed for Turkey before the medal arrived and with no options left Narayan decided to drop Little an email.
His office staff picked up the request and got hold of Little and his wife and instructed them to hold tight until Narayan’s mother, Georgina, arrived with the medal.
“It is humbling to be entrusted with something so important to Caitlin, her whanau and iwi.”
“The family has only just received his Gallipoli medallion and it would be totally fitting for her to have that medal when she speaks on Anzac Day.”