World War 2
This article appeared in the April 1990 NZ 28 Maori Battalion 50th Golden Jubilee Reunion booklet.
POROPOROAKI - Obituaries
HONE RONGO RONGO (Jack) REWETI
Jack, a long time resident and Kaumatua of Putiki, Wanganui, died there at the age of 73 in August 1988. He was of Ngati-Toa, Raukawa and Tuwharetoa lineage.
Jack entered Trentham Military Camp in 1939 with a group chosen to train as prospective Officers and NCO's. He sailed with the Battalion to England in 1940 and afterwards saw service in Greece, Crete and North Africa as an infantryman. When the anti-tank platoon was established after the 1941 campaign Jack Reweti was chosen as one of the original gun sergeants. He finished his Army career as a Warrant-Officer.
Jack involved himself in all sorts of Community Affairs, sporting, cultural, educational and political and all levels of Leadership and service. He earned his living as a carpenter, first with Maori Affairs and then on his own and used the same skill in the restoration of the Putiki Marae 'Paku o te Rangi', to which he was devoted.
No account of Jack's service is complete without mention of his wife Maudie whose singing talents accompanied by Jack's guitar so often expressed gaiety, joy and sadness as they identified themselves with us at innumerable Battalion Reunions. Jack is survived by Maudie, their son Haimona Te Utupoto and their whangai Carmen Maria and four grandchildren. We grieve with them, but are proud to have been so long associated with their husband, father, grandfather.