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Portrait from the Auckland Weekly News, 5 October 1916, p. 40. - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait from the Auckland Weekly News, 5 October 1916, p. 40. - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
  • Surname
    Pineki AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Asu Pineki AWMM
    • Piniki AWMM
    • Piniki AWMM
    • Asu Pineki AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1126 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1893 AWMM AlofiNiue AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 16 October 1915 AWMM Alofi, Niue Island, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Takaheone (wife), Alofi, Niue Island, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 February 1916 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM
    Married, 1 child AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1126 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 16 October 1915 AWMM Settler/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Pneumonia AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Departed Alofi, Niue Island on 14 October 1915 on board SS Te Anau. (Pointer 2000, p. 13)

    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)

    "It would appear that the recruitment process had not quite been completed and two men, 16/1126 Pineki of Alofi and 16/1173 Taufakavalu of Tuapa, were only partly processed before departure. Their papers of attestation show that the weighing machine had already disappeared and although their medical examinations were otherwise completed, their actual enlistment and swearing in had to wait until three days into the voyage to New Zealand." (Pointer 2000, p. 13)

    "Another ten days sailing passed before Capetown was reached and one more Niuean death occurred, that of 16/1126 Private Pineki of Alofi. He had spent eight days in the ship's hospital and died of pneumonia early on the morning of 4 July. On that day thankfully the last burial at sea took place." (Pointer 2000, p. 59)

    Surname appears as Piniki in Nominal Rolls, as Pineki in Archives New Zealand AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 July 1916 AWMM
    Age 24 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

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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. 12, 13, 18, 59, 91, 138, 171, 173, 174. AWMM
    • Pointer, M. (2015). Niue 1774-1974 : 200 years of conflict and change. Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM

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