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Nepia Mahuika

Captain Nepia Mahuika # 65296
embarked with the 10th Reinforcements of the NZ 28th Maori Battalion

Captain Nepia Mahuika

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Nepia AWMM
  • Surname
    Mahuika AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    65296 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    b. 1917 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 20 July 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Place of birth
    Tikitiki, East Coast Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 20 July 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Birth notes
    Son of Hamana Mahuika and Hemoata Mahuika, of Tikitiki Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 20 July 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Tikitiki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs H. Mahuika (mother), Tikitiki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Single AWMM
    • 1948 Nepia MAHUIKA married Mana Wanui Temateroa ORMSBY Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 20 July 2023 - NZ BDM Marriage Records


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  • This article appeared in the 29 March - 2 April 2002 NZ 28 Maori Battalion Reunion booklet.

    Obituary - 65296 Nepia Mahuika

    Nepia Mahuika died in Ngaruwahia, aged 87, on 4 February last year. Born at Whakawititira, near Tikitiki he was the eldest son of Hamana and Tangipo Hemoata Mahuika. After war broke out he trained as an officer and eventually got away with the 10th Reinforcements, his two younger brothers having gone ahead in the 5th and 6th.

    As a leader of men he was much respected. In Italy he was a platoon commander in charge of 15 platoon. Tini Glover, remembers him as a gentle, dignified man who treated his men decently. "If we did something wrong, he would tell us softly, and not bully us. You have more respect for a man that speaks to you that way." Nepia took command of C Company on the outskirts of Faenza when Harry Mackey was wounded - hit by shrapnel from a shell as he was carrying a man whose leg had been blown off.

    After the war Nepia married and began farming in the Tapuaeroa Valley, near Ruatoria. He also ran a taxi, a couple of trucks and occasionally drove the local road services bus. Later he and his family moved to Wainuiomata where he worked at the Gear Meat Works at Petone until it closed in 1972, followed by a stint at the wharves and eventually the Correspondence School in Wellington, teaching Maori.

    Nepia's tangi was held at Tuhikaramea marae, at Templeview, and he lies in the RSA cemetery at Ngaruwahia. He is survived by his wife Manawanui nee Ormsby and their ten children. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 28 August 2015 -
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About death

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  • Death
    4 February 2001 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
    NgaruawahiaWaikato AWMM
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    Ngaruawahia Cemetery, Ngaruawahia, Waikato District, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
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  • A Great Uncle - remembered as a quietly spoken person who had an air of authority about him. No wonder he was a great captain during his time in the army. Always remembered
    Public - Marlene - Other relative - 27 April 2022
  • Thank you Dad - you gave me the greatest gift you could - you always believed in me. So - here's to you Dad, ' I can no longer see you , or touch you , but you are in my heart forever".
    Public - Rebecca (Becky) Hirena - Child - 7 June 2016
  • Thinking of both my grandfathers at this time.
    Public - Faenza El Alamein - Other Relative - 20 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • 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. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 128 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
    • 28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Ko te Reo Huringa Tau o te Ope Maori Tuarua, i noho ki Remuera, Ohaeawai, 1942-43: The Anniversary Magazine of the Second Maori Battalion, Remuera, Ohaeawai 1942-1943. Patrick Smyth Papers, MS-2002-147, Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM
    • Nominal Roll of Members of the 2nd Maori Battalion, 26th January 1943. Part of the 2nd Maori Battalion Anniversary Magazine. (MS-2002-147). Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
20 July 2023Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher
27 April 2022MarleneCarrum DownsOther relative
07 June 2016Rebecca (Becky) HirenaWellington New ZealandChild
28 August 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
20 April 2015Faenza El AlameinAuckland New ZealandOther Relative

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