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Taoro Tongia

Roll of honour, listing World War 1 soldiers from the Cook Islands, courthouse, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Ref: 1/1-006730-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23180172

Roll of honour, listing World War 1 soldiers from the Cook Islands, courthouse, Avarua, Rarotonga, C …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Taoro AWMM
  • Surname
    Tongia AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 60776 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    Circa 1898 AWMM RarotongaCook Islands AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Tongia (father), Avitiu, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 60776 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Planter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    29 June 1968 AWMM
    RarotongaCook Islands AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Buried in an unmarked grave, Ruatonga, Rarotonga, Cook Islands AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Cook Islands Roll of Honour Board, RSA Rarotonga AWMM

Roll of Honour

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  • Taoro tongia is my great grandfather.
    Least we forget ❤️❤️
    Public - Mata - Direct descendant - 25 April 2019
  • Didnt know him but he served his country <3 lest we forget
    Public - Harriet - 29 April 2015
  • In remembrance of my Great-grandfather Taoro Tongia <3
    Public - Ngakai - Other Relative - 25 April 2015
  • Tongia, Taoro. WW1 regt 60776 NZ Army. Served with the Maori Pioneer Battalion Te Hokowhitu Atu, 3rd Rarotongan Contingent. Served in Egypt & Palestine. "Lest we Forget." These are the Facebook comments by Rachel Unuia as of Mon Jan 24, 2014 @ 4:16pm:- "This is dads famous great uncle. Taoro Tongia. A return serviceman he was returning from Europe after the first world war and was quaranteened on Sommes island in Wellington Harbour. He was arrested before the 21 days was up as everyman that was on the island had run out of cigarettes so he decided to swim to Petone to buy some. A quote that came about afterwards was "them Rarotongans fear nothing but themselves." Facebook comments by Tangata Unuia as of Thu Mar 12, 2015:- "After my gran uncle Taoro Tongia go through swimming to Petone from Sommes Island, he was arrested and taken to Witako Prison in Trentham near Upper Hutt. That is
    Public - Arerangi - Other Relative - 2 April 2015
  • Taoro Tongia is my maternal Grand Uncle. My cousin Arerangi Tongia has an interesting history of my Uncles post war efforts to alleviate a tobacco shortage on Matiu / Somes Island quarantine station by swimming to Petone for supplies. That's what you call mateship. Total respect for you Uncle.
    Public - Ian - Other Relative - 1 April 2015
    Public - TAORO - 1 April 2015
  • Taoro Tongia is my paternal grandmother Moetiare Tongia Unuia's younger brother.
    Public - Arerangi - Other Relative - 1 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      85: 20 AWMM
    • Weddell, H. (2016). Soldiers from the Pacific : the story of Pacific Island soldiers in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War One. Wellington, New Zealand : Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM
      p.220 AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information kindly provided by Bobby Nicholas, Paula Paniani and Cate Walker, Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project AWMM


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25 April 2019MataDunedinDirect descendant
08 April 2016IanMaidstone Victoria AustraliaDirect descendant
29 April 2015HarrietAucklandOther
25 April 2015NgakaiBrisbane AustraliaOther Relative
02 April 2015ArerangiUSAOther Relative

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