27 July 1913 AWMM AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre 1939 AWMM 16 Hawkestone Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Bishop Bennett (father), Box 300, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
Charles Moihi Bennett was the second eldest of 18 children of the Rt Rev. Fred Bennett. Mr Bennett was the first Maori Bishop of Aotearoa. His mother (the bishop's first wife) was Arihi Rangihoue Hamana. His great-grandfather was an Anglo-Irish colonial administrator and his great-grandmother a Maori chieftainess. Before the outbreak of World War 2 he worked as a teacher and radio announcer. In 1947 he married Elizabeth Stewart and they had two children, Piri and John. He was knighted in 1975 for services to the public, especially the Maori people.
Commissioner in Malaya, 1959-63.
President of NZ Labour Party, 1972-76.
Waiata written by Tau Henare:
Kua hinga te totara o te wao nui a Tane
Te rata whakaruruhau
Te toka tu moana akinga tai
Te akinga ngaru
Te murau o te tini te wenerau a te mano
Haere e te uri o Tumatauenga, haere te rangatira o te Hokowhitu a Tu
Kua tuhia koe ki te ngakau e kore e warewaretia
The giant totara has fallen in the great forest of Tane
The great sheltering rata tree is no more
The rock that stands against the surging tide
The rock that stands steadfast against the crashing waves
Respected by the multitude and envied by the thousands
Farewell favourite son of Tumatauenga, the god of war, the famed leader of the 28 (Maori) Battalion
Your memory is imprinted in the hearts of every Maori
Sound Archives Recording available. A recording made on HMS Maori DAT 121 Tk32. AWMM
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Charles Moihi Te Arawaka Bennett
Moe mai rā e te rangatira Charles.
Public - John - 31 August 2019
I tēnei wā tonu, torutoru noiho ngā Māori i te rāngai Aorere e matatau ana ki to tātou reo rangatira me ōnā tikanga - pēnā i a koutou ko Tia Barrett, ko Georgina Roberts mā. I a mātou e whai ana i o tapuwae, ka mau tonu ki to maharatanga. Nā reira, moe mai rā i raro i te manaakitanga o te atua e Charles.
- Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, N.Z.: Medals Research. AWMM
- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
WW2 2: WW2 17 AWMM
- The New Zealand Herald AWMM
Article. (1998, November 27). New Zealand Herald. AWMM
- Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
- Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
|31 August 2019||John||Wellington||Other||
|07 September 2015||Lorraine M||Gisborne, NZ||Researcher||
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