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Tau Paranihi

  • Service number
    WWI 16/407 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Te Matau Paranihi AWMM
    • Te Matau Paranihi Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Last rank
  • War
New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-624. Cultural Permissions may apply.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Tau AWMM
  • Surname
    Paranihi AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Te Matau Paranihi AWMM
    • Te Matau Paranihi Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - BMD NZ Records
  • Service number
    WWI 16/407 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    9 Oct 1891 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Place of birth
    Rangitikei, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Taumarunui, King Country, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Wairakau Paranihi, Taumarunui, New Zealand AWMM
    • (wife) Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
    • 1914 married Te Wairakau Timoti Raniore Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record & Research

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Egyptian -Gallipoli Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    WWI 16/407 AWMM
  • Military service
    1914-1916 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      London Gazette 14/01/1916 AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star
      British War Medal
      Victory Medal with (MiD) Oak Leaf Clasp: 11 Dec 1915 by Sir Douglas Haig for gallantry & distinguished service Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM): Jan 1916 Private T Paranihi (Maori Contingent), For conspicuous gallantry on the 6th August. 1915, at Anzac. During an attack on Old No. 3 Post, although unarmed, he seized an armed Turk and compelled him to surrender. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Press, Volume LII, Issue 15572, 24 April 1916, Page 2

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    23yrs 7mths Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record

Embarkations

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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
    • Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Tau's brother Winiata Paranihi (16/669) also served in WWI. AWMM
    • Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LX, Issue 50246, 15 January 1916, Page 6
      In the list of honours it will also be found that Private Tau Paranihi, of the first Maori Contingent, has the honour of being the first Maori who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for valour during the heavy fighting at the Gallipoli peninsula in the present war. Paranihi, who is a Wanganui boy, was invalided back and is at present a resident of the Rangitikei district. Some months ago we published an account of Paranihi's brave exploits which have won him this decoration. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LX, Issue 50246, 15 January 1916, Page 6
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    24 April 1984 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record & BMD NZ Records
  • Age at death
    97yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record & BMD NZ Records
  • Place of death
    Wanganui, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 11 March 2016 - Military Record & BMD NZ Records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

Remember Tau Paranihi by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of Tau Paranihi

Leave a note

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  • I met you twice, maybe three times, my koro. I am so proud of you and my grandad Hugo, your son, and I'm so proud of my maori heritage, bloodline. I've grown up very european/english, in Wellington, not Taupo, and my age and the fact I spent more time than i've spent in my life, up the mountain, in Tongariro National Park, Lake Taupo, Turangi, and the fact my mum (your grand-daughter & daughter) educated me on our whakapapa and land, and told me some of her stories with regard to growing up, in the bush, and about the mountains - really deeply connected me with the land and the Lake, on a spiritual level and now I feel that sense of belonging, I never understood, once upon a time. Now part of me belongs there, in my heart & soul, and I yearn to be there for durations intermittently, when I'm not there. With Love Your mokopuna. xoxoxox
    Public - Johanna Lucia - Direct descendant - 19 September 2016
  • Lest we forget, xoxo On this day I think of you and give thanks for your service and safe return. RIP Koro Tau.
    Public - J - Other relative - 24 April 2016
  • Kei wareware taatou! Thank you for serving. I am proud to carry the Paranihi name and whakapapa back to you koro. Moe mai ra i roto i te korowai aroha o te Atua. xoxox
  • Koro I have plenty of happy memories and loved listening to your war stoies
    Public - Rimini - 18 April 2015
  • my grandfather whom we carry his name so proud,being the only Paranihi of three brothers that served his country so that we may carry his name and his man
    Public - Mohuia reginald howard - Other Relative - 17 April 2015
  • To my Koro, Te Matau Paranihi. Because of your bravery and mana, I am here today to pay tribute to you, our courageous grandfather. I wish for all Paranihi, throughout the world to please lay a poppy in memorial of Koro Tau to ensure the ideals he fought so gallantly for be kept alive today in us all. 100 years - moe ma ra e te rangatira.
    Public - Stephanie - Other Relative - 19 March 2015

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 562 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM

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19 September 2016Johanna Lucia WellingtonDirect descendant
24 April 2016JWG/MWTOther relative
20 April 2015tamarapalmerston northOther Relative
18 April 2015RiminiSydney AustraliaOther
17 April 2015Mohuia reginald howardGisborneOther Relative
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