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Pua Kihi

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 26 July 1916 AWMM Kaikohe, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Mihi Kihi (wife), Kaikohe, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 November 1916 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 3 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 20844 AWMM
  • Military service
    Bay of Islands Mounted Rifles AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 26 July 1916 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Pua's full name was Pita Puarau Kihi Maihi.

    3 children : Hoana, born 27 November 1913; Ratawaita, 8 February 1915 and Mungo, 15 July 1916 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    11 August 1917 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Underhill Farm Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Kaikohe War Memorial Hall, Memorial Drive Kaikohe Far North AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Waimate North, Northland AWMM

Roll of Honour

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Leave a tribute or memory of Pua Kihi

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  • Kia Ora Pappa Ko Coral ahau Ko Buddy taku papa Ko Natawaitote taku koro I am one of many moko, from your only son. Your moko have enjoyed many successes and achievements in their lives, brought about by your sacrifice to provide us with liberty and freedom. I will forever proud and thankful to you for this selfless act for us, but I am also profoundly sad, that we never got the opportunity to meet you. My heart is heavy every ANZAC day, as I think of the things we missed out on, because you were not here. But I take comfort that you are resting in the lands of friendly people who continue to care for you and your comrades to this very day. I pray the opportunity presents itself for me to come to you, there in Belgium. Until then..... Kei te aroha au ki a koe
    Public - Coral - Direct descendant - 15 May 2017
  • Kia ora Paapa. I had the humble experience of finding your resting place 1st Oct 2015 and celebrating my 47th birthday 2nd Oct with you. I am the grand daughter and namesake of your eldest daughter Hoana. My mother was Agnus however being a sick women our Grandmother Hoana raised my brother Stanley and I. You would have been proud of your daughter as she was indeed a women of her people. She gave us the best and now because of this and her values I have ensured my 5 children have been taught the same lessons. From me Paapa you have 4 great grand daughters and 1 grand son. My eldest daughter is educated in Social Services, our second daughter is in her final year of Student Doctor and will graduate Nov 2016 with our 3rd daughter starting her medical journey with daughter 4 and son in high school. I just wanted to share that i walk each day with my family ensuring your lif
    Public - Hoana (Joe) - Direct descendant - 23 April 2016
  • I never got to meet you - but you will forever always be in my thoughts Paapa for your sacrifice for us to live in a freeland. We will see you in October until then. Ka maumahara tatou kia ratou - LEST WE FORGET
    Public - Vyana - Other Relative - 25 April 2015
  • To hinaaro nei au I mohio matou tupuna koe I koe tino toa ki te haere ki atu ka whawhai ki te ara ia koutou whakaaro wonder peace ahau me te aroha
    Public - Marie - Other Relative - 24 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      45: 34 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. 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. 5: Includes portrait 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. 5: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
15 May 2017CoralQueensland AustraliaDirect descendant
23 April 2016Hoana (Joe) Auckland New Zealand Direct descendant
25 April 2015VyanaWhangareiOther Relative
24 April 2015MarieAustraliaOther Relative

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