Ariariterangi Mitchell

Ingoa whānau
Ingoa tuatahi

World War 2

Tau Rangatū
Second Lieutenant
Wāhi noho
Hinemoa Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Whanaunga tino tata i te wā o te kuhunga
Mrs P.H. Mitchell (wife), Rotorua, New Zealand

Takupu (1)

Adi as he was known to me, was my mother Lena Merriman's 1st cousin. Adi's mother Te Aomihi Meremana (Merriman) who married H Tai Mitchell, was my grandfather's sister.

Adi was a member of the Arawa Trust Board when I was for several years the Board's accountant. Adi was the chairman of the Board's farm committee and I from time to time accompanied him on visits to the Board's Maketu dry stock farm.

My understanding was that following his war service Adi had been employed by the Department of Maori Affairs as a farm supervisor to assist those Maori returned soldiers who had been set up as farmers in the Rotorua District. His experience with the Department made him well suited and qualified in his roll as chairman of the Arawa Trust Boards Farm Committee.

Although we spent many hours together he never spoke to me of his war experiences. 

Adi had one daughter Patricia 

At that time Albert Bennett another returned serviceman  and brother of Sir Charles Bennett was the Board's secretary