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Hohepa Kaihau Karaka

KARAKA; H.K. buried at Turangi


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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hohepa Kaihau AWMM
  • Surname
    Karaka AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Lima AWMM
    • H. K. Karaka AWMM
  • Service number
    • Malaya 553692 AWMM
    • Vietnam 553692 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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About birth

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  • Birth
    2 August 1939 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Part of the 1959 New Zealand Maori rugby team that played the touring British and Irish Lions. Also played as a member of the 1RNZIR rugby, winning the 1968 28th Commonwealth Brigade Championship at Terendak Camp, Malaysia.

    Hohepa (Lima) Karaka was a talented rugby player who was part of the 1959 New Zealand Maori team that played the touring British and Irish Lions. His rugby skills came to fore again as a member of the 1RNZIR rugby team that won the 28th Commonwealth Brigade Championship at Terendak, Malaysia in 1968. Lima joined V4 Company from W3 Company as the replacement Platoon Sergeant for 1 Platoon around November 1969. He died of cancer at Turangi in November 2010. V5 service to be confirmed? AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 November 2010 Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Death Notice/Cemetery Record.
    Age 71 AWMM
    TurangiWaikato AWMM
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    Turangi Public Cemetery, Turangi AWMM Plot 34, Block IV AWMM
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  • I remember you only by the telling of stories, we never met but I will remember you 🕊
    Public - Shelley Mareece - Child - 25 April 2020



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  • External links
  • References
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • Hall, C. (2014). No front line : inside stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War. Auckland, New Zealand : Penguin Books. AWMM
    • This record was created from data kindly provided by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM
    • Contact (Magazine of the New Zealand Ex-Vietnam Services Association) AWMM
    • 1NZR Roll 1961-1963 - Bill Russell, Malayan Veterans Association Scrapbook – 40th Anniversary edition. AWMM
    • DECEASED, 1 NZ Regiment, 1961-63 – Internet resource. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM


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