TAIPANA, Wiremu Hape
(Service number 19357)

Aliases Wi Hape
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 6 March 1891 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 9 June 1916 Age 25 years 3 months
Address at Enlistment Arowhenua Pa, Temuka
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Hana TAIPANA (mother), Temuka
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 10 inches. Weight 177 lbs. Chest measurement 34½-37¼ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair black. Sight - both eyes 5/5. Hearing good. Colour vision normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth good. No illnesses. Free frome hernia, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Varicocele - slight on left side. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Maori Contingent
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European - France
Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 21 August 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 4 April 1965 Age 74 years
Place of Death Arowhenua Pa, Temuka (residence)
Notices Timaru Herald, 5 April 1965
Memorial or Cemetery Holy Trinity Maori Cemetery, Arowhenua
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Wiremu Hape Taipana was the son of Hape and Hana (née Fowler) Taipana of Tuatapere Maori Pa, Temuka.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [03 August 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK18805 W5553 0111600) [23 March 2017]; Timaru Herald, 27 June 1916, 19 & 31 July 1919, 25 May 1920, Press, 9 August 1916, 16 July 1919, Star, 15 July 1916, Otago Daily Times, 16 July 1919, Temuka Leader, 24, 26, 29 & 31 July 1919, 22 May 1920, 5 May 1928 (Papers Past) [13 & 17 February 2017; 12 April 2017]; Timaru Herald, 5 April 1965 (Timaru District Library) [24 February 2017]

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