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Pirimi Pererika Tahiwi

Unknown, photographer (1914-1918). Five service personnel on board RMS Rotorua. Pirimi Tahiwi first on the left holds camera. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira, A. G. Macdonald Album 2 PH-ALB-546-p24-8. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Unknown, photographer (1914-1918). Five service personnel on board RMS Rotorua. Pirimi Tahiwi first …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Pirimi Pererika AWMM
  • Surname
    Tahiwi AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Pirimi Perarika AWMM
    • Prim AWMM
    • Pirimi Tahiwi AWMM
    • Pirimi Tawhiti AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 16/304 AWMM
    • WWII 802676 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

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Wars and conflicts

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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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    Wounded 1915 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Husband of Mrs Mairatea Tahiwi nee Pitt-Porou, Ngata Awa, (MBE, 1954) whom he married in 1943.

      Brother of Henare Tahiwi (16/298)

      Together with Harry Dansey introduced the haka 'Ka mate, ka mate, ka ora, ka ora' on the Gallipoli hills.

      Wounded Gallipoli, returned to Gallipoli. Training in NZ, returned to front. Returned to teaching, rugby & life-saving club, Otaki.

      Led the New Zealand troops through London after WW1 to a service at Westminster Abbey considered the first ANZAC service

      World War II he served with the army instructional staff AWMM
    • A Gallipoli Soldier Remembered
      tahiwiweb 151x300 Voices From The Past
      25th of April is a date still deep-rooted in the memory of all New Zealanders. It symbolises the start of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign but also the enduring day in history, known as Anzac Day. It was a campaign with a casualty rate of 7500 Kiwi troops injured, and 2721 killed. Amongst those who were wounded was a school teacher and Maori All Black; Captain Pirimi Tahiwi. His medals are on display in the National Army Museum’s Medal Repository.

      In June 1915, Tahiwi sailed to Gallipoli and on the 6th of August he and Captain Roger Dansey led a company in the battle of Sari Bair. For this attack Tahiwi and Dansey led their men in the famous Te Rauparaha’s haka, ‘Ka mate, ka ora, ka ora’ war cry as they set about clearing Turkish trenches. Unfortunately, the next day Captain Pirimi Tahiwi was shot in the neck and was evacuated to a hospital in England. He became one of the 89 Maori wounded in the attack. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 September 2015 -
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  • Death
    Jul 1969 AWMM
    Age 78 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Rangiatea Church Cemetery, Te Rauparaha Street, Otaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Evening Post 31 July 1969 p.15 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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04 September 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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