Story: East Coast region

Te Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu VC

Te Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu of Ngāti Porou was born at Whareponga, on the coast north of Waipiro Bay, in 1919. He served with 28 (Māori Battalion) in the Second World War and was killed in action in Tunisia in March 1943. He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for bravery; the medal was presented to his parents by the governor-general at a hui, with an estimated attendance of 7,000, held at Ruatōria on 6 October 1943.

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Reference: Weekly Review 112. National Film Unit, 1943

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Monty Soutar, 'East Coast region - Growth and challenge, 1940 to 2010s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Monty Soutar, updated 1 Mar 2015