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William Brian Kerekere

  • Service number
    808598 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Wiremu AWMM
    • Kere Kere AWMM
    • Wiremu (Bill) Peka Kingi KEREKERE Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 28 Maori Battalion C Company Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - The Herald 24 August 1999
  • Last rank
  • War

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Brian AWMM
  • Surname
    Kerekere AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Wiremu AWMM
    • Kere Kere AWMM
    • Wiremu (Bill) Peka Kingi KEREKERE Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research
  • Service number
    808598 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
    • Iwi Māori AWMM
    • the Aitanga-a-Mahiki tribe Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    8 Aug 1923 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research
  • Place of birth
    Waihirere, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Waihirere R.D., Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Tutor, song writer & singer, Leader of Waihirere Maori Party, Gisborne Radio Broadcaster Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs T.H.S. Kerekere (wife), Waihirere R.D., Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Married AWMM
    • Married Te Haumihiata nee' Parata Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    North Africa & Italy Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - The Herald 24 August 1999
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 28 Maori Battalion C Company Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - The Herald 24 August 1999
  • Service number
    808598 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Student/Civilian AWMM
    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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    • Aka Wiremu as recorded in Soutar (2008). Name mispelt as Kere Kere on the Nominal Roll AWMM
    • Wiremu Kingi Kerekere was a leader of his people
      worked for Gisborne Radio (2XG), writer of songs, Tutor & Leader of the Waihirere Maori Concert Party, 1990 lead the Commonwealth Games Cereomony in Auckland, trainer for the 1970 National welcome in Gisborne for the Queen and lead the 1983 welcome for Prince Charles & Princess Diana Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - The Herald 24 August 1999
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    10 June 2001 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research
  • Age at death
    78yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research
  • Place of death
    Gisborne Cook Hospital, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Waihirere Urupa, Hexton, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - Research
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Wiremu Kingi Kerekere (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki ki Turanganui a Kiwa, Ngai Tai ki Tainui, Ngati Pukeko ki Maatua). Wiremu (Bill), who grew up at Waihirere and lived in Gisborne, made an enormous contribution to Maori performing arts. He composed many songs, and was a renowned tutor who worked with Waihirere, Ngati Poneke and Te Kahui Rangatahi culture groups. He also served on the Mangatu Blocks committee, worked in radio for 20 years, and organised many major Maori events. Wiremu and his wife, the late Mihiata Parata Kerekere, touched the lives of many people - young and old, Maori and Pakeha - with their aroha, wisdom and dignity. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 20 February 2016 - http://maorimediapeople.blogspot.co.nz/2004/07/wiremu-kingi-kerekere.html
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • E kore koe e warewaretia. Na Awerangi Lewis.
    Public - Awerangi - Other Relative - 8 May 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
    • 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 77 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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20 February 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
07 May 2015AwerangiTuranga-nui-a-kiwaOther Relative
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