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Tuterangi U. Kawha

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999). - This image may be subject to copyright

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999). - This i …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Tuterangi U. AWMM
  • Surname
    Kawha AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Tu Kawha AWMM
  • Service number
    Malaya 594826 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1935 Public source OpotikiBay of Plenty Public source
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  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Malaya 1957 Public source
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  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accident AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Formerly buried at Taiping (Kamunting Road) Christian Cemetery, Perak, Malaysia. Returned to New Zealand as part of the Te Auraki Repatriation Project in 2018. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    23 February 1958 CWWGC
    MalayaMalaysia CWWGC
  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waiorata Urupā, Opape, Bay of Plenty AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo, Vietnam Memorial AWMM

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  • Tuterangi Kawha was born in Opotiki on the 4th January 1935. He was raised by his Grandmother, Poirangi Kawha at Opape, where he attended Omarumutu School, continuing to Opotiki High School. He worked locally, and played for Opotiki United Rugby Team.
    In early 1957, he enlisted in the NZ Army, 1st NZ Regiment. He trained as a signaller, travelling with the battalion to Malaya on the 28th November.
    On the 23rd February 1958, Tuterangi was on patrol attached to a British battallion, assisting with the clearing of a drop zone for air supply, when he was accidentally killed by a falling tree. He was buried at Taiping, Malaysia.
    On the 21st August 2018, the NZ Defence Force repatriated Tuterangi, along with 28 other servicemen, back to New Zealand.
    The servicemen will be handed over to whanau in a private ceremony, upon landing in New Zealand.
    Tuterangi was formally received by Te Whakatohea,



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  • External links
  • References
    • Pugsley, C. (2003). From emergency to confrontation: the New Zealand armed forces in Southeast Asia, 1949-1966. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
      Pugsley, C. (2003). From emergency to confrontation: the New Zealand armed forces in Southeast Asia, 1949-1966. Oxford, UK. OUP. AWMM
    • Gurr, Robert M. (1995). Voices from a border war : a history of 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1963 to 1965. Melbourne, Vic.: Robert Gurr. 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

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