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Punoua Raki

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
    Punoua AWMM
  • Surname
    Raki AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 19293 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Ani (mother), Aitutaki, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 19293 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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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

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


About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Cook Islands Roll of Honour Board, RSA Rarotonga AWMM

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  • We join with many others of our family as we remember and honour our Tupuna Punoua John Raki and his three brothers;

    I echo the words of my dear beloved brother Portmorsbey Cecil. Quote “it should never be lost on us the sacrifices our grandfathers made so that we may enjoy a more peaceful world” end Quote.

    As a grandson I stand proud in honouring you especially Granny Punoua and your brothers. I pledge to always remember and never forget. Lest we forget.
    Public - Rutakina - Direct descendant - 26 April 2020
  • 25.04.2020

    We honour and celebrate proudly our Granny Punoua along with his 3 brothers today ... just as my father always encouraged and did.

    “It should never be lost on us the sacrifices our grandfathers made so that we may enjoy a more peaceful world” ~ Portmoresby Boss Cecil

    Thank you Gran for our family, for this life, for your sacrifice.

    Love, Your Great Grand daughter ~ Ngereteina xx
    Public - Ngereteina - Direct descendant - 26 April 2020
  • I have met your beautiful family and are a blessing not only to my little family but to many ❤️ Thank you for your bravery and service 🙏🏽 Thank you also for your legacy - your family who we love so much.


    Public - Tiresa - 25 April 2020
  • I am one of his many Great-Grand children who is very proud of his service to NZ.
    He was a Cook Islander in the Maori Contingent. As a child my Dad would make us all go and visit him and our Great Grandmother on ANZAC Day. They are both buried at Mangere Lawn Cemetery. We have carried on the tradition but sadly are unable to go this year because of the lockdown.
    We will always remember them no matter where we are.
    Thank you my Granny and everyone else who served. Because of you we are here today, thank you all! We will never forget ❤️
    Public - Patricia - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020



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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
    • Information kindly provided by family 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
    • Weddell, H. (2016). Soldiers from the Pacific : the story of Pacific Island soldiers in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War One. Wellington, New Zealand : Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM


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26 April 2020Rutakina Logan City Australia Direct descendant
26 April 2020NgereteinaGold Coast, AustraliaDirect descendant
25 April 2020TiresaGold Coast , AUOther
25 April 2020PatriciaAuckland Direct descendant

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