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Kea Rongomatane Mataio

  • Service number
    WWI 19270 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Rongomatane Mataio Kea AWMM
    • Mataio Kea Rongomatane AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
Roll of honour, listing World War 1 soldiers from the Cook Islands. Ref: 1/1-006732-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. This is one of two honours boards. The second relates to the Fourth and Fifth contingents. Both are now housed in the Pioneer Lounge of the Cook Islands RSA. The Two boards originally stood in the old courthouse, but were moved just before a fire destroyed the building. (Information from Henry Wichman of Rarotonga, 2010). /records/22480864

Roll of honour, listing World War 1 soldiers from the Cook Islands. Ref: 1/1-006732-G. Alexander Tur …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kea Rongomatane AWMM
  • Surname
    Mataio AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Rongomatane Mataio Kea AWMM
    • Mataio Kea Rongomatane AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19270 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1883 Cook Islands WW1 Project AtiuCook Islands Cook Islands WW1 Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Kea Mataio (wife), Atiu, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 November 1916 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19270 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Manuka then transhipped to "Malwa" at Sydney for Suez.

      Next of Kin/Family member/s: Kea Te Tupua O Avaiki (Father), Teiva (Mother), Ngamaru (Kea Mataio)-Wife

      Notes: Cook Islands Roll of Honour Board records his name as "R M Kea"

      Listed on the Atiu cenotaph as "Mataio Kea Rongomatane" AWMM
    • He was a my grandfather, a sergeant, he was wedded to my grandmother tuia-o-tera ngamaruariki Public - Teariki, Turoa, Tekuramoe - Other relative - 18 September 2015 - I got this current information from family papers and also from my family members
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About death

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  • Death
    20 September 1930 AWMM
    RarotongaCook Islands AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Taputapuatea Burial Ground, Avarua, Rarotonga m\, 4. ^1" &. tf-. I >#• I i AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Cook Islands Roll of Honour Board, RSA Rarotonga AWMM

Roll of Honour

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  • E toa! E taiki ka ranga i te marae nui o to taua ui-tupuna. Aere ra. Na te mana Atua e tiaki i to aerenga!
    Public - Ngamaru Enere Ariki - Direct descendant - 22 October 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      44: 1 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
    • ‘Finding Our Way Back to Atiu’, Parts 1 -4, Cook Islands Television News/Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project, 2019 AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information kindly provided by Bobby Nicholas, Paula Paniani and Cate Walker, Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
22 October 2015Ngamaru Enere ArikiAtiu, Cook IsDirect descendant
18 September 2015Teariki, Turoa, TekuramoeAreora, AtiuOther relative

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