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Wharetapu Watene

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Wharetapu watene

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wharetapu AWMM
  • Surname
    Watene AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 67594 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    RUATOKI Public - capri - Direct descendant - 9 January 2018 - family
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Ruatoki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Wahapango (aunt), Ruatoki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Single AWMM
    • Te Huinga Watene (wife) Public - capri - Direct descendant - 9 January 2018 - family


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 67594 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and 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
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Moe mai rā Koro
    Public - Andrew Wharetapu - Direct descendant - 25 April 2023
  • Taku papa, taku papa. What a hard life you had. To aroha ki te tangata is what I always remember, ahakoa ko wai. Tangata pukumahi ki te whangai ki te manaaki I tona piiki hunuku. Ko koe tera taku papa. Kia au to moe ki te wa ka haramai a Ihoa ki te tiki mai I a koe.
    Public - Lorna - Child - 8 June 2022
  • My humble and hard working koroua..although my memories are very distant you are still held very close to our hearts..not only did you serve your country but you served and worked soo hard for your whanau and kids, this is why I carry the Watene name with such pride....You will always be remembered and loved by us xxxxxx to the moon and back
    Public - Sarah - Direct descendant - 23 April 2016
  • Thank you Koro. I remember the scar you wore, quietly and humbly you spoke nothing of it and showed me in your eyes that it didn't hurt. Today as a grown woman, I thank you for the wonderful sacrifice you made.. I am so proud of who you are and all that you accomplished throughout your life... You are a mighty man who has left an inheritance for your children's, children. Proverbs 13 v 22 "A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children..." For your efforts you were blessed and now I can say you have left an inheritance that will be remembered by future generations. Thank you Koro.... For my whakapapa and for our future... Your moko Rita
    Public - Rita M.K. Watene - Direct descendant - 23 April 2016
  • I am so honored to be able to call my beautiful mothers father, Koro. My grandfather is Wharetupu Watene and I'm so proud of my brave Koro who was wounded in the war, I love my Koro dearly and will never forget my Koro . Arohanui kia koe.
    Public - Tina - Child - 23 April 2015



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  • External links
    • 28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945
      Further Reference
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy.
      Further Reference
    • A great dad who laid the foundation of salvation to his whanau, who served his country with great ho Public - Janet - Child - 25 April 2017 - 28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945
  • 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 220 AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2023Andrew WharetapuAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant
08 June 2022LornaSouth Waikato Child
09 January 2018capriTaurangaDirect descendant
25 April 2017JanetTauranga, New ZealandChild
24 April 2016HollyWhakataneDirect descendant

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