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Matauranga Riki Areka

  • Service number
    WWII 801661 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Rika Aleck AWMM
    • Aleck, Rika Public - Dale - Researcher - 25 October 2018 - The Jan 1945-December 1945 Nominal Roll
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
Photograph of Private Matauranga Riki Areka, 28 (Māori) Battalion. Image kindly provided by Moreen Herrod (September 2018). Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Private Matauranga Riki Areka, 28 (Māori) Battalion. Image kindly provided by Moreen H …


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 February 1924 Family source RussellNorthland Family source
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 PO Box 98, Kaikohe, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Toetoe Rd, Whangarei AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs N. Nathan (grandmother), 12 Rathbone Street, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1946-1948 British Commonwealth Occupational Force, Japan AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 801661 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
    WW2 Clerk AWMM
    WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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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  • Son of Te Aurere Mere Netana (married Areka, then Hapurona); father unconfirmed: Riki Haora Areka or Dick Alex (28th Maori Battalion Serial No: 67608) - may be one and the same (Te Parawhau).

    Grandson of Ngahinu Pare Riripeti Pita Tunua (Whanau Whero) and Reihana Taokete Netana (Ngāti Whakaeke).

    Husband of Rose Ngapuhi Muriwai (Te Ngahengahe, Ngati Hine) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    11 June 1989 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tito Urupa, Loop Rd, Otaika Valley, Whangarei AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • I Am Riki Areke's daughter in law. Married to his son Carl Karere Areke (Te Karere ot e Matauranga Areka) deceased 29/11/2020.
    Just reminiscing memories of Riki & Carl.
    Public - Cheryl Ann - Other relative - 6 March 2021



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 15: WW2 14 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
06 March 2021Cheryl AnnWollongong, NSW, AustraliaOther relative
25 October 2018DaleAucklandResearcher
07 October 2018Carol RaimaSydney AustraliaChild

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