This citation for Private Heka's DCM was reproduced in the April 1990 NZ 28 Maori Battalion Golden Jubilee Reunion booklet:
67620 Private Tepene Heka DCM
Pte HEKA was a member of 'A' Coy detailed to attack and take an objective to the right of TAKROUNA Village on night 19/20 April, 1943. Under heavy enemy shelling, A/Tk, mortar and MG fire the Coy had to go to ground. Entirely regardless of his own personal safety Pte HEKA dashed from cover and attacked an A/Tk post single-handed, killed the leader of the post while other members of the gun crew quickly surrendered. Then he attacked three MG posts and succeeded in putting these out of action and taking fourteen prisoners in all. By his aggressiveness, initiative and courage our troops were able to continue their advance.