Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

Walter Callaway

Walter Callaway

Walter Callaway or Wāta Te Wahahuia was a logger and gold miner from Coromandel, and one of the first Māori to volunteer for the South African War. He was born in Kikowhakarere Bay to a Cornish father, John Callaway, and a Māori mother, Hihana Te Awaere of the Te Ngare hapū of Ngāi Te Rangi. Callaway initially joined the 1st Contingent. He went on to serve with distinction in a number of different units throughout the South African War, eventually reaching the rank of lieutenant. Callaway was wounded in the war, and after his return home he contracted smallpox. He died in 1926 at the age of 53.

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Reference: N-P 426; Auckland Weekly News, 22 December 1899, p. 5

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Monty Soutar, 'Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars - Māori and the South African War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2023)

Story by Monty Soutar, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016