Also known as
WWI 19236 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
WW1 Pre 1 July 1916 AWMM Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
WW1 Mrs Api Beni Banaba (wife), Marairenga, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
Pre 16 November 1916 AWMM Married AWMM
Api Beni Banaba AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Height, WWI AWMM
5 foot 7.75 inches AWMM
- Weight, WWI AWMM
187 pounds AWMM
- 4 April 1917 AWMMMedical, WWI AWMM
Asthma 1917, admitted to hospital AWMM
- Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
Phthsis and tuberculosis AWMM
- Husband of Api B. Banaba of Marairenga, Rarotonga.
Service record notes on the medical examination pages he "speaks excellent English and has considerable influence with the boys".
Attained rank of Sergeant August 1916. Relinquished rank to Private April 1917.
Manuka then transhipped to "Malwa" at Sydney for Suez. AWMM
- Beloved son of Panapa and Tarani Iete Whakaheo
Beloved grandson of the royal family King Whakaheo Iete from the Island of Manihiki..
Beloved grandson of Orometua Papa Aporo Uri Tukua from the island of Aitutaki the first missionary to preach the word of God to the people of Manihiki and Mama Munokoa Haumata Tokamoa.
Here are the Siblings of Beni..
Here are the siblings of Beni's dad Panapa..
Siblings of Beni's mum Tarani Whakaheo Iete from the royal family of Manihiki
Tahiri Public - Theresa Tarani - Other Relative - 28 March 2015 - Beloved grandson of King (Whakaheo) Iete from the island of Manihiki.
Date of death
Age at death
Place of death
Cause of death
O'Neill's Point Cemetery, 122 Bayswater Avenue, Bayswater, North Shore, Auckland AWMM Block G. Plot 138 AWMM
Roll of Honour
Remember Beni Banaba by laying a poppy.
Leave a note
Leave a tribute or memory of
My great grandfather is Panapa Haurua his brother is Beni. My grandfather is Te Whakaheo Ariki James Haurua son of Panapa Haurua and nephew of Beni Banana. Great grand uncle to me. Kia Orana 🌺
Public - Margaret - Other relative - 25 April 2019
I am a descendent through my Farther Adama Haurua whos farther is Panapa and grand farther is Haurua by which is a sibling to Beni Banaba
Public - John Wilkinson - Other Relative - 24 April 2015
Papa Beni was a brother to my great-grandmother Tiavake, and my great-grandaunt who brought me up, Haumata (Mama Mata). Every Armistice Day (11 November) Mama Mata would make a wreath and we would go and lay it at the Fare Ture in Rakahanga to commemorate those few who went to war from Rakahanga. Papa Beni had gone to Rarotonga from Rakahanga at a young age, to attend the London Missionary Society College, following in the footsteps of his father Banaba and grandfather Aporo who had both been ministers. I think about how young Papa Beni was when he went to war in Egypt and Palestine, then how sad it was that he died at the age of 26. I do not know if he had any children, but don't think he did. I am very grateful for the 500 Cook Islands Soldiers project as it has highlighted the huge contribution that our men made to the war. We will not forget you Papa Beni.
Public - Berry Jane - Other Relative - 22 March 2015
Sgt Beni Banaba was a younger brother to my great-great grandmother.
Public - Caren Jane - Other Relative - 5 February 2015
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
44: 1 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
- Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
|25 April 2019||Margaret||Queensland Australia||Other relative||
|25 April 2017||John||Auckland||Direct descendant||
|03 May 2015||Caren||Napier, New Zealand||Other Relative||
|24 April 2015||John Wilkinson ||Auckland New Zealand||Other Relative||
|28 March 2015||Theresa Tarani||Brisbane||Other Relative||
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