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Hoani Retimana Waititi

Scenes from a church dedication, Okahu Bay, Auckland. Westra, Ans, 1936-2023: Photographs. Ref: AWM-0313-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/36062464

Scenes from a church dedication, Okahu Bay, Auckland. Westra, Ans, 1936-2023: Photographs. Ref: AWM- …

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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 April 1926 AWMM Cape RunawayBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Cape Runaway, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr K. Waititi (father), Cape Runaway, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Hoani Waititi Marae is named after Hoani Retimana Waititi, a descendant of Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Kauaetangohia. AWMM


About death

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    30 September 1965 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
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    Auckland Hospital Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 November 2022 -
  • Cause of death
    Bone Cancer Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 November 2022 -
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    Urupa at Cape Runaway AWMM
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    He was buried in the Urupa at Cape Runaway Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 November 2022 -
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  • Hoani Retimana Waititi - In February 1944, aged 17 (but claiming to be 19), he joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force and began flying training. In February 1945 he transferred to the 28th New Zealand (Māori) Battalion and served in Italy. He then went with Jayforce to Japan and was discharged in October 1946.
    Hoani Waititi did not marry. Within weeks of being diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, he died in Middlemore Hospital, Otahuhu, on 30 September 1965. After a service at St Mary’s Cathedral, Parnell, conducted by Bishop E. A. Gowing, his body was carried home for burial at Cape Runaway on 5 October. An outpouring of grief from all who had known him was expressed in letters and articles in the press and in waiata.
    For a Complete Story of Hoani Retimana WAITITI'S LIFE - refer to:
    Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 November 2022
  • This is who I was named after. This is my grandmother's brother (Tauoteawa or Tau).
    Public - Hoani Retimana Tureiti - Direct descendant - 1 August 2016



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26 November 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
01 August 2016Hoani Retimana TureitiAustraliaDirect descendant

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