After the march more than 2,000 people gathered on the Waipatu marae for the regimental dinner. Under two vast marquees they dined on such fare as steamed chicken, pork, beef, fish, puha, watercress and other vegetables. In the cookhouse, about 30 women prepared food at speed after first having cooked it in the huge pressure cookers. On the marae children played unconcernedly among the tents.
During the dinner 26 toasts and replies were made. The Waipatu marae, seat of the first Maori Parliament, rang once more with the voices of Maori orators.
The speeches recalled old battles, and paid tribute after tribute to the warriors of the Battalion and those associated with them.