Tokau was an only child and forbidden by his father Perenara KIHIRINI to join the marines [navy?]. Perenara travelled to Tauranga and got the enrolling officer to remove his name. The next day, Tokau returned to Tauranga and enrolled in the army under the name Tokau PERENARA instead of Tokau KIHIRINI which was his real name.
Oral history from Tokau Te Koata Perenara (Doughy) KIHIRINI, c 1998.
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