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Rua John Kaika

Lieutenant Rua Kaika # 62586 28th Maori Battalion

Lieutenant Rua Kaika

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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Te Araroa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs M.L. Kaika (wife), Pipiwai R.D., Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Ngarangi Kamaea Kaika-Wanoa (younger sister), Whakaangiangi Rd, Te Araroa, East Coast.

      Kui Kaika (oldest sibling), Auckland. Public - Jesamine Patricia - Other Relative - 25 April 2015 - I am Ngarangi Kamaea Kaika's grand-daughter, and she is Rua Kaika's baby sister. Aunty Kui lived with me for a time 8 years ago.
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    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 62586 AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Carver/Civilian AWMM
    RuatoriaEast Cape AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Erina Denise Kaika writes: My parents were Rua John Kaika and Doreen Heke. My father comes from Te Whanua-a-Apanui and Ngati Porou tribes north of Gisborne and my mother is Ngapuhi, Northland.
    My father was a fisherman, horse-rider, musician, Maori Tohunga and qualified builder, traditional master carver & teacher in NZ. Trainee Officer student at the Royal Sandhurst Military Academy in England during WWII. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 29 August 2015 - UNCHAINED TESTAMONIES By Erina Denise Kaika
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About death

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  • Mihi arohanui ki a koe e Koro Rua. He urutomo koe. Ka nui te aroha. Uncle you inspire me with your resilience, your leadership, your love for our whanau, hapu, iwi and nation. A master carver, an outstanding soldier, an ariki, and a father figure to the many tamatoa o Te Tairawhiti! You still are all these things to us, even though you passed away many years before I was able to learn about all your great feats. You make me so very proud to be Ngati Porou. I love and thank you for your sacrifice. Your grandniece, Jesamine Wanoa.



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 186 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
      Portrait published in Soutar (2008) 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 2020JesamineAucklandOther relative
29 August 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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