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Tionga Waaka

Flt//Sgt. T. Waaka, of Whakarewarewa, missing on operations. Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 16 AUGUST 1944 p024.  Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19440816-24-14. Copyright or other restrictions may apply to this image.

Flt//Sgt. T. Waaka, of Whakarewarewa, missing on operations. Taken from the supplement to the Auckla …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Tionga AWMM
  • Surname
    Waaka AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ425007 AWMM
    • WWII 425007 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 February 1921 AWMM RotoruaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Rotorua AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ425007 AWMM
    • WWII 425007 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Tionga Waaka was the son of Te Wiremu Waaka and Ngahina Northcroft, of Whakarewarewa, Rotorua.

    "I will come home", an article in Te Ao Hou, tells of the soil taken from his grave in Italy and returned to his home in Whakarewarewa in 1955 by Mrs Rora Fernandos (nee Iwikau). AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    24 May 1944 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio, Italy AWMM XXII. G. 3. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Whakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, Rotorua AWMM

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  • This is my koroua. His photo hangs pride of place in our family home. He was the twin brother of my koro. He never returned home after the war he was only 24 years old. I remember especially on Anzac day my koro reverently taking this photo down from the wall and we all making the walk to whakarewarewa to dawn services and from there to wherever to have a few drinks for his twin.. My koro used to get me to hold the photo in my little 5 year old hand and my other hand secured protectively in his.. My koro was the biggest man in the world out of my 5y.o eyes and that hasn't changed 35 years later.. I remember a tear or two when koro would return his brother to the wall at the end of every anzac day.. These are the memories i have of my koro and his twin brother Tionga Waaka who never returned home to us physically but through my koro and now through us and his many mokos who come and will
    Public - shanel - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020



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