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Tunui Waretini

Plaque at Rotorua Cemetery, Block 6, Section: RSA, Plot 91A

Daniel Tunui Waretini

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Tunui AWMM
  • Surname
    Waretini AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Danny AWMM
    • Tehuinga Te Waitapu AWMM
    • Daniel AWMM
  • Service number
    • Korea 535261 AWMM
    • Malaya 535261 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 October 1932 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Korea 71 Bourke St, Christchurch AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 25 Jun 1950-27 July 1953 AWMM
      Korean War AWMM
    • 1948-1960 AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) After the defeat of the Japanese in WWII, a new problem emerged for Malaya. In 1948 Chinese guerrilla fighters (who had been armed and air supplied by the British during the war) emerged from the jungle and under Chin Peng, began their terror campaign to take over the country by force. Thus an intense jungle war began, fought by the British, British Commonwealth and Malay forces against the Malayan Communist Party. The Australian Government of the day, along with many others in the Western bloc, was apprehensive about the spread of international communism. Initially there was not much coordination between security forces until Lt.-Gen.Sir Harold Briggs was appointed as Director of Operations in 1949. His war executive committees (including Sir Henry Gurney) coordinated emergency operations, and created 500 new villages for Malayan citizens who lived in remote areas beyond government protection. These citizens had lived in constant fear that the Communists would appear and force them to supply food and money. Travelling was dangerous as a Communist ambush could lurk behind any roadside bush. So, by depriving the insurgents of their crucial sources of supplies and information, the Communists began to attack the new settlements. But the security forces were now fighting on their own ground, and proved to be too strong for the Communists. These forces were able to concentrate on jungle operations, thereby destroying the Communists and their camps. This was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history. It was to be the only war the West had won against Communism. The Emergency lasted for twelve years, ending in 1960. Australia suffered 15 killed and 27 wounded in action. From AWMM
    • 1962-1966 AWMM
      Borneo Confrontation 1962-1966 AWMM
      Following the defeat of the Brunei rebellion at the end of 1962 the Indonesian Foreign Minister announced a policy of 'confgrontation' against Malaysia, justifying this Indonesian expansion as a response to hostile neo-colonialist / imperialist policies against Indonesia. Following on the burning oif the British Embassy in Jakarta a British and Commonwealth force was created to dominate the Borneo border and resist Indonesian incursions. from Spink (1988) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • Korea 535261 AWMM
    • Malaya 535261 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    Private, 1 Bn NZ Regiment 1957/59, Perak, Malaya. Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 28 February 2020 - 1 Bn RNZIR Dieppe Barracks Association history annuals – (1 NZ Regt [57/59] Nom Roll) - Nat Arch WA-M2, Series 2/1.

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    31 July 1977 AWMM Sergeant AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Educated at Papakura Intermediate.
    Served CMT 1951-4
    Service Number applied for his entire military career.

    Photo of Sgt T. Waretini in 1st Battalion New Zealand Infantry Regiment, WOs & SGTs (Terendak Camp, Malaysia 1964) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    19 August 1985 Cemetery Record/BDM
    Age 52 AWMM
    New Zealand Cemetery Record/BDM
  • Date of death
    19 August 1985 Public - Hirone - Child - 29 December 2015 - Family
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Papakura Public - Hirone - Child - 29 December 2015 - Family
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Rotorua Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Services Lawn Cemetery Rotorua Public - Hirone - Child - 29 December 2015 - Family
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi! Ahakoa kāore tāua kua tūtaki e ko, e ora tonu ana te mauri o tōu reo, tōu wairua anō hoki tōu mana ki rō i a mātou ō mokopuna! E pānui ana au ki wēnei kōrero pā ana ki ōu whāinga i tutuki ai hei hoia. Harikoa taku ngākau ki te mōhio atu ko wai koe, ā, ki te mōhio hoki i ōu tūranga i te ao marama! A tōnā wā ka tūtaki tāua e ko. Nei te mihi aroha nui rawa! Nā Hemi (tōu mokopuna na Kuru)
    Public - Hemi - Direct descendant - 4 October 2016
  • I a koe e noho ana ki too wahi okioki ka tuu whakahihi koe i too uri. Ko to aroha, to wairua hoki e whakamana i a tatou. Ko Sgt Kuru Tupu Julian Waretini no te 34 Auck North Batallion to tama. Na o mokopuna ka ora tonu ai korua. E noho tonu atu ki to moenga roa. Nei ra te aroha atu ki a korua. Na te whanau Waretini
    Public - Maria - 22 April 2015
  • Moe mai, moe mai e pa. 30 years this year since we lost Dad. He missed so much of his family growing. A proud soldier and I am proud to be the son of a soldier. Korea, Malaya and Borneo if you venture to Papakura RSA on ANZAC day there's still bound to be someone that knows him.
    Public - Hirone - Child - 22 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
    • Pugsley, C. (2003). From emergency to confrontation: the New Zealand armed forces in Southeast Asia, 1949-1966. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Mackrell, B. (n.d.). Papers. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS 2003/107. AWMM
    • H.E. Chamberlain, Nominal Roll – 1 RNZIR, 8 May 1964, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.139-150 AWMM
    • 1NZR Roll 1961-1963 - Bill Russell, Malayan Veterans Association Scrapbook – 40th Anniversary edition. 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
    • DECEASED, 1 NZ Regiment, 1961-63 – Internet resource. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Nominal rolls embarkation K-force [Korea Nominal Roll], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1433 (R22440250) AWMM
    • Chamberlain, H. (2013). The New Zealand Korea Roll : honouring those who served in the New Zealand Armed Forces in Korea, 1950-1957. Wellington, N.Z.: Author. 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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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 October 2020CarolHavelock NorthOther
28 February 2020RoscoeAotearoaResearcher
04 October 2016HemiTāmaki MakaurauDirect descendant
29 December 2015HironeNapierChild
22 April 2015MariaTamaki Makaurau, AotearoaOther

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