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Te Kiato Rewai

Portrait of Te Kiato Riwai (1912-1967), photograph by Steffano Francis Pavlovich Webb c. 1930. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions. Image held by the Alexander Turnbull Library. Webb, Steffano Francis Pavlovich, 1880-1967. Couch-Snow, Adelaide, fl 2002 :Photograph of Te Kiato Riwai, 1912-1967. Ref: 1/2-190577-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22663771

Portrait of Te Kiato Riwai (1912-1967), photograph by Steffano Francis Pavlovich Webb c. 1930. Image …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Te Kiato AWMM
  • Surname
    Rewai AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Riwai AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 821041 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 22 Cashel Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs M. Rewai (mother), 22 Cashel Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


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  • Te Kiato Riwai also known as Kia helped form the Otautahi Concert Party at the outbreak of the Second World War, which helped to raise funds for the war effort and also farewelled soldiers going overseas. She was also selected as a member for the Voluntary Aid Division (VAD), she served overseas with the 3rd New Zealand General Hospital, in Italy. She later served in a Hospital in Kent, England, caring for ex-prisoners of war, and in Folkestone looking after soldiers on leave. She returned to New Zealand on board the Hospital Ship, Maunganui. She was awarded the British Empire Medal for her war service in the 1946 New Year Honours. After the war she ran a cake and confectionary shop for six years. In 1952 she was appointed the welfare officer in the Department of Maori Affairs, Christchurch, and was also awarded as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her outstanding service to Maori people. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    31 August 1967 AWMM
    Age 52 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 82 AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • The Book of New Zealand Women AWMM
      p.570-572 AWMM
    • WAAC [Women's Auxiliary Army Corps] - Lists - Overseas Information [including Strength Returns and Embarkation Rolls] (1943 - 1945) - Archives New Zealand, Wellington, (R22502074) AWMM

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