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Parekoihu Taiapa

T/Cpl # 65320 Parekoihu TAIAPA of Manutuke 7th Reinforcements of the 28th Maori Battalion Invalided Home

Parekoihu TAIAPA

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Parekoihu AWMM
  • Surname
    Taiapa AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    WWII 65320 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Manutuke, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs P. K. Taiapa (wife), Manutuke, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 65320 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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About death

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  • Kia ora Papa, I just want to say thank you for contribution in protecting our whenua and our people with the Māori Battalion in World War II. This year I have had a kōrero with your mokopūna Jet about you and your brother's being in the war. And how you went to fight in Africa with the Māori Battalion. I know you were injured shot in the leg with a bullet and had to return home. We are so fortunate that you survived and were able to come home safely. You were so brave and I am so incredibly proud of you and it made me very emotional to talk about this to my tama. It was an honour to make a presentation for him to share with his class mates of you and our great Uncles. I also found out that Uncle Tamati fought in World War I, I didn't know that before. Aroha tino nui Papa xxxx
    Public - Noella Leigh-Anne - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 205 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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12 November 2022Lorraine Mona GisborneResearcher
24 April 2020Noella Leigh-AnneTe AwamutuDirect descendant

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