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Anthony Taroa Averill Mataira

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Manutuke Marae Memorial - Malaya/Borneo 1948-1956 - Lt Col T MATAIRA's name appears on this Memorial

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Anthony Taroa Averill AWMM
  • Surname
    Mataira AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Taroa AWMM
    • Tony AWMM
  • Service number
    31352 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 July 1928 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Duntroon graduated 1950 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Unknown AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Billie for 54 years

    Malaya two tours

    Captain 1 NZ Regiment

    Major 1RNZIR

    1967-69 Second in Command 1RNZIR

    1969-71 Commanding Officer 1 Battalion Depot, Burnham

    Awarded the Malayan Perak Meritorious Service Medal in 1960

    He served for 31 years

    Tangi held at Whakaue Marae, Maketu

    Buried in St Thomas' Church Cemetery, Maketu

    Photo of Capt A.T.A. Mataira in The Officers, 1st Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Nyasa Camp, Malaya 1958)

    Photo of Capt A.T.A. Mataira in The Officers, 1st Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Sobraon Camp, Malaya 1959)

    Photo of Maj A.T.A. Mataira in The Officers, 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Terendak Camp, Malaysia 1967) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    4 February 2011 Cemetery Record
    Age 82 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand Cemetery Record
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    St Thomas' (Anglican) Church Cemetery, Church Road, Maketu, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 5 February 2011 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Grandad,

    Some of my earliest childhood memories are going to the dawn service with you and having a cup of tea and a biscuit in the Marae afterward.

    It's only now that I am older I can begin to understand the service and dedication that you gave to our country. I am so proud of you and feel so honored to be your granddaughter. Thinking about you a lot today and would love nothing more than to sit down and have a good chat.

    Lots of love and forever grateful for you.

    Rach X
    Public - Rachel - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020
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Sources

Sources

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  • References
    • Koorey, P.(Ed). (2007). 1st [First] Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment 1957-2007 : from South East Asia to Afghanistan, the first 50 years. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott. AWMM
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
    • Koorey, P.(Ed). (2007). 1st [First] Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment 1957-2007 : from South East Asia to Afghanistan, the first 50 years. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott. AWMM
      Koorey, P. (2007). p.31, 287-8, 296, 303-4, 307 AWMM
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
      Taylor, A. (1998). p.688 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 5 February 2011 AWMM
    • 1st Battalion - New Zealand Regiment - Historical Records - General, July 1957-1959, Archives New Zealand, Wellington, ADRC 17588 2/1/1 (R17928162). AWMM
    • Clamp, B., Clamp, D., & 1st Battalion the New Zealand Regiment (1957-59) Association. (2007). 1st battalion the New Zealand regiment (1957-59) association 50th anniversary: the first of the first. B. Clamp. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • 1NZIR Honours and Awards 1957-1959, Archives New Zealand AWMM
    • Malayan Veterans Assn. (2004-). Selamat : Newsletter of the Malayan Veterans' Association Inc. AWMM
    • Fry, P., & New Zealand. Army. Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Battalion, 1st. (1983). The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment : Journal / [P.J. Fry, editor] (25th anniversary commemorative ed.). Singapore: The Regiment. AWMM

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23 November 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
25 April 2020RachelAucklandDirect descendant

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