Tame Potonga

Date of death
30 Dec 1915 {Age 21}
Place of death

World War 1

WW1 Serial No
WW1 Rank
WW1 address
Waitotara, New Zealand
WW1 next of kin
Kaioha Potonga (father), Waitotara, New Zealand
WW1 embarkation body
1st Maori Contingent
WW1 embarkation unit
A Company
WW1 last unit
Maori Contingent

Comments (1)

Wanganui Chronicle, 5 January 1916, Page 4The funeral of the late Private T. Potonga, of the First Maori Contingent, took place at the Pakaraka Native Cemetery (Maxweltown) yesterday afternoon, the deceased being accorded full military honours. He was the son of the well-known Chief H. Potonga, of Waitotara.Mr W. A. Veitch, M.P., represented the Government, Lieut. Dixon the Defence Department, Mr. M. Hogan', jun., the local Patriotic Committee, while Q.M. Sergt. Bowker was in charge of the firing party. Two comrades of the deceased - Private McGregor and Private Burnett (Main Body)—were also present.The Rev. Mangakahia (Native pastor) of Waverley. officiated at the graveside. Mr. Veitch delivered a very touching and patriotic speech to the Natives present. Mr R. Wakarua and several chiefs responded and thanked Mr. Veitch for his fine address and kindly references to the Maoris of this district, who have sent and sacificed their sons for the good cause of the British Empire.The Ngarauru Tribe and relatives of the deceased, according to the usual Maori custom, presented the Defence Department, together with Mr Veitch and the Patriotic Committee, with valuable mats and cash for patriotic purposes. Before departing for home the party were elaborately entertained at a dinner by the Natives.