World War 2
Obituary for Kepa Kepa published in the New Zealand Herald, 14 November 2012.
KEPA, Kepa (Koro). Reg. No. 811099, 28 NZ (Maori) Battalion, B Company, 11th Re-inforcements. He was a Stretcher Bearer during the Italian Campaign and Koro has been an Excellent example to the 28 NZ (Maori) Battalion Auckland Association and to his whanau and his people. We will all remember Koro for his Huge Smile and beautiful singing. He has been our Living Treasure and will always be our Eternal Taonga like all of our Maori Battalion Veterans. Ake, ake, kia kaha e! Rest easy Matua Kepa, you have earned your rest.
Te Ururoa Flavell, MP for Waiariki farewells Kepa Kepa
Thursday 15th November 2012
Pūkohukohu ana a Maunga Pōhatu
Matapouri ana te whare taua o Tū-mata-uenga
Rere ana te roimata o ngā whakaheke o Tūhoe-Pōtiki
E te rua-tekau-mā-waru
E te uri o Ngāi Tūhoe
Moe mai rā, moe mai rā, moe mai rā
The Māori Party is saddened by news of the passing of the last Tūhoe 28th Māori Battalion soldier, Kepa Kepa.
“We acknowledge the important contribution Kepa made to our nation by defending our land and country alongside many of our tūpuna who have now passed on,” says Te Ururoa Flavell, MP for Waiariki.
“We extend our aroha to his whānau, hapu and iwi who have remained.”
“We have recently commemorated Armistice Day to honour our New Zealand soldiers who fought in World War One and it is with sadness that we farewell this koroua at this time.”
“Our Māori Battalion soldiers have made a special contribution to our nation, they fought for king and country to enshrine the sense of citizenship that we all take pride in today.”