condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white

Ngaia Kapao

Roll of honour, listing World War 1 soldiers from the Cook Islands. Ref: 1/1-006732-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. This is one of two honours boards. The second relates to the Fourth and Fifth contingents. Both are now housed in the Pioneer Lounge of the Cook Islands RSA. The Two boards originally stood in the old courthouse, but were moved just before a fire destroyed the building. (Information from Henry Wichman of Rarotonga, 2010). /records/22480864

Roll of honour, listing World War 1 soldiers from the Cook Islands. Ref: 1/1-006732-G. Alexander Tur …

All Rights Reserved AWMM


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ngaia AWMM
  • Surname
    Kapao AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Kapao Ngaia AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19281 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

Contribute ›
  • Birth
    1894 Cook Islands WW1 Project AtiuCook Islands Cook Islands WW1 Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Kapao (father), Atiu, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

Contribute ›
  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19281 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

Contribute ›

Training and Enlistment

Contribute ›
  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


Contribute ›

Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

Contribute ›
  • Medical notes
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Double pneumonia AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

Contribute ›
  • Listed on the Cook Islands Roll of Honour Board, RSA Rarotonga, as 'Pte Ngaio K' (spelt incorrectly). Source: WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project.

    Listed on the Atiu cenotaph as "Ngaia Kapao"

    Incorrectly listed on Coomonwealth War Graves Commission as 'Ngaia Kapaq'.

    Manuka then transhipped to "Malwa" at Sydney for Suez. AWMM


About death

Contribute ›
  • Death
    29 October 1917 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt AWMM E88 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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

Roll of Honour

Remember Ngaia Kapao by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of Ngaia Kapao

Leave a note

Contribute ›
  • Papa Ngaia,

    You fought hard for a future free of oppression because you believed that a world like that could exist. And for being able to think of me, of my family, of your future is something that even the greatest of men struggle to do. Thank you.

    You came from a small island unknown to many. But you showed that courage isn't defined by where you come from, yet it defined by where your deepest and most purest of intentions originate.

    You make me feel proud to bear your surname even though I have not yet met you, your legacy has lived on in our family for over 100 years.

    Thank you Papa, for ensuring the safety of my future, my family's future, YOUR family's future. We will never forget you, for as long as our line continues.
    Public - Fania - Direct descendant - 27 March 2019
  • Though we have never met, I am honored to know that there was a WARRIOR of my bloodline, who continued in the path of his ancestors, to serve and protect, as his people had once been called upon many times, so many generations ago. What a great honor!!! In your homeland ENUAMANU, The land of the Birds one of the 15 stars of the Cook Islands, ATIU, amongst your direct descendants you are not forgotten. IN GODS HANDS MAY YOU REST YOUR WEARY SOUL UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Public - Luciana - Other Relative - 19 March 2015



Contribute ›
  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      44: 1 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
    • ‘Finding Our Way Back to Atiu’, Parts 1 -4, Cook Islands Television News/Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project, 2019 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
    • 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


Command item
Command item
Add new record Refresh
DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
27 March 2019FaniaAuckland New ZealandDirect descendant
19 March 2015LucianaAucklandOther Relative

The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.

Creative Commons LicenseOnline Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.