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Te Matau Ote Rangi Rongoiti Tomoana

Maori Veterans' Reunion in Gisborne in 1973Ian Ropitini, Matauoterangi Rongoiti Tomoana, Ossie Huata and William Ropitini.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Te Matau Ote Rangi Rongoiti AWMM
  • Surname
    Tomoana AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Te Matau-o-Te Rangi Rangoiti Tomoana AWMM
    • Boy AWMM
    • Te Matua AWMM
  • Service number
    40459 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 November 1919 AWMM HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
    Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 24 Mat Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr Paraire Henare Tomoana (father), Waipatu, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    40459 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      10 May 1945 AWMM
      On 25 July 1944 Capt. Tomoana was in command of a company which, after very heavy continunous fighting over two days had captured it's final objective on the outskirts of Poppiano. During the morning the enemy counter-attacked his company with infantry, tanks and mortar support. Without hesitation and wihtout regard for his own safety, Capt. Tomoana went from platoon to platoon under very havy mortar fire, rallying his men to fierce action. This battle lasted late into the afternoon when the enemy was successfully thrown back. Just before last light the enemy again counter-attacked whereupon he once more repeated his rallying action under heavy shell fire. Again the enemy was thrown back, there being heavy casualties inflicted on him and twenty-two prisoners taken. As the objective was to be the start line for an important operations of another battalion, Capt. Tomoana was ordered to hold it at all costs. Early the following morning the enemy once more counter-attacked with infantry and tanks. Again Capt. Tomoana rallied his threatened platoon, he himself being amond the men using his Bren. When the enemy fire became very heavy, Capt. Tomoana kept encouraging them. The enemy finally withdrew. Throughout the operation this officer displayed outstanding courage and determination and the succes of the action was due to his initiative and inspiring leaderhip. The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Tomoana, Te Matua-O-Te-Rangi Rongoiti. (Ref. WO 373/11/582). Military Cross. AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown 2NZEF Nom. Roll 4, p.354 Porter/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 4, p.354
    2NZEF Nom. Roll 4, p.354
  • 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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded twice AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Paraire Henare and Kuini Ripeka Tomoana of Hastings.

    Listed as Te Matau-o-Te Rangi Rangoiti Tomoana on the Nominal Roll. Name spelled as Te Matua by Sutherland (1989)

    Capt Te M. R. Tomoana, MC; Hastings; born Hastings, 16 Nov 1919; railway porter; twice wounded. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.330.) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
  • 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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  • He Maumahara mōu - Uncle Boy Tomoana - He Tamatoa-a-Tūmatauenga. Lieutenant -D Company - 28th Māori Battalion. Much Loved - Always Remembered. One of My Two Most Favourite Uncles. Mentioned you ANZAC Day Ruahapia Marae - Tuesday 25th April 2017. Aroha tino nui Uncle Boy Ngatai
    Public - Ngatai - Other relative - 2 May 2017
  • In Loving memory of our dear Father, Grandfather Great Grandfather and Uncle Arohanui Tomoana whanau Waipatu, Hastings
    Public - Waiora Numia - 18 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
10 October 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
02 May 2017NgataiHastings, Hawke's Bay, Aotearoa - New ZealandOther relative
18 April 2015Waiora NumiaHastings, New ZealandOther

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