Also known as
- Meta Peni AWMM
- Peni Hipa AWMM
- Peni AWMM
- Peni AWMM
WWI 16/1115 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
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
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- 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
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
- 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
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
25: 4 AWMM
- Pointer, M. (2000). Tagi tote e loto haaku - My heart is crying a little : Niue Island involvement in the Great War, 1914-1918. Alofi, Niue ; Suva, Fiji: Government of Niue ; Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific. AWMM
Pointer, M. (2000). pp. 16, 18, 58-59, 94, 137, 171, 173, 174. AWMM
- Pointer, M. (2015). Niue 1774-1974 : 200 years of conflict and change. Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press. AWMM
- Weddell, H. (2016). Soldiers from the Pacific : the story of Pacific Island soldiers in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War One. Wellington, New Zealand : Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM
- Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
- The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
- Scadden, J. (2018). Broken branches : New Zealand families who lost three or more children in the Great War. AWMM
|28 September 2016||Jack Mac Andrew Fotuga ||Wellington, New Zealand4860||Direct descendant||
|25 April 2015||Ofania Maugalina||auckland, NZ||Other Relative||
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