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Peni Hipa

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peni AWMM
  • Surname
    Hipa AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Meta Peni AWMM
    • Peni Hipa AWMM
    • Peni AWMM
    • Peni AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1115 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1896 Military personnel file HikutavakeNiue Military personnel file
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 14 October 1915 AWMM Hikutavake, Niue Island, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Puakafa (wife), Hikutavake, Niue Island, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 February 1916 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1115 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
    WW1 30 September 1915 Military personnel file
    Age 19 AWMM
    Settler/Civilian Military personnel file
    AlofiNiue Military personnel file
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    • 30 September 1915 AWMMHeight, WWI AWMM
      5 foot 6.5 inches AWMM
    • 30 September 1915 AWMMWeight, WWI AWMM
      151 pounds AWMM
    • 6 April 1916 AWMMHospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted NZGH, Cairo; catarrah after measles AWMM
    • 17 June 1916 AWMMHospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Invalided to NZ on the Corinthic departing Plymouth (UK) AWMM
    • Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
      Pneumonia AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Hipa and Fokitifa.

    Four sons, brothers enlisted: Peni (16/1115), Hemu (16/1052), Hipa (16/1053) and Pulu (16/1107) (Pointer 2000, p. 16).

    Attested as Peni, and named as Peni on the Nominal Roll. The Christian name Meta was added to Service Record in 1923. He is named Peni HIPA on the Hikutavake Memorial and by Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The portrait of "Private Peni", which appeared in the Auckland Weekly News (5 October 1916, p. 40) incorrectly records him as having died of wounds.

    Departed Alofi, Niue Island on 14 October 1915 on board SS Te Anau

    Arrived Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand on 19 October 1915 (Pointer 2000, p. 18).

    Sailed from Alexandria, Egypt, to Marseilles, France, on board SS Ivernia on 20 May 1916. (Pointer 2000, p. 173)

    Sailed from England to New Zealand on board HT Corinthic on 17 June 1916. (Pointer 2000, p. 174)

    "On 23 June 1916, just before reaching Dakar, 16/1115 Private Peni died in the ship's hospital of pneumonia and was buried at sea that same day." (Pointer 2000, p. 58) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 June 1916 Military personnel file
    Age 20 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Wellington Provincial Memorial, Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Hikutavake War Memorial, Niue AWMM
    • Alofi National Memorial, Niue AWMM

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  • Another year goes by, but we never forget. We will always remember. Kia monuina. Ian, Adam & Emi Hipa.
    Public - Ian - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018
  • You didn't even have an opportunity to have a family. We love and remember you always Great Grand Uncle Peni forever in hearts. Great Grand Nephew - Ian Hipa, Great Great Grand Nephew Adam Hipa.
    Public - Hipa - Direct descendant - 25 April 2017
  • Without doubt a brave effort and contribution at such a young age for king and country. I am proud very very proud indeed. on behalf of my Family and I we will always remember.
    Public - Jack Mac Andrew Fotuga - Direct descendant - 28 September 2016
  • THANK YOU PEMI We are so proud of you that you did this decision to fight in the war to make this country NEW ZEALAND amazing I wish you were here now to see what you did for the world even THANK YOU SO SO SO SO SO SO SO MUCH
    Public - Ellie, Hollie, Scarlet - Researcher - 31 March 2015

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2018IanHikutavake, Niue IslandDirect descendant
25 April 2017HipaHikutavake, Niue IslandDirect descendant
28 September 2016Jack Mac Andrew Fotuga Wellington, New Zealand4860Direct descendant
31 March 2015Ellie, Hollie, ScarletWellington, New ZealandResearcher

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