19462 Private Edward (Ned) Pahia Piwari – NZ Pioneer (Maori) Battalion

Edward (Ned) Pahia Piwari was born on the Chatham Islands the date of his birth is not recorded[i]. Edward was the
son of Kupa and Te Horo Piwari.

Ned was a self employed farmer living on the Chatham Islands when he enlisted in the 13th Maori Reinforcements. Enlisting as  Pahia Piwari he listed his mother Kupa Piwari as his next of kin.

Entering the Narrow Neck Military Camp on 18th September 1916  as 19462 Private Piwari, 13th Maori Reinforcements remaining there until 19th January 1917 when the 13th Reinforcements sailed on HMNZT Waitemata for the
Western Front.

On arrival in England on 27th March 1917 Private Piwari was marched into the Sling Camp and allocated to the
Pioneer Company of the 4th (Reserve) Battalion of the Canterbury Regiment. Private Piwari remained in England until
13th August 1917 when he was posted to France. Private Piwari was attached to the NZ Pioneer Battalion in France and remained with the unit through the campaign on the Western Front.

Private Piwari was granted leave on the 12th November 1918 the day after the Armistice was signed so returned to a celebrating United Kingdom. Returning from leave to his unit Private Piwari was admitted to hospital on 4th December 1918 with a viral infection remaining in hospital until 18th February 1919 when he was discharged for service. The NZEF was starting to repatriated men  so Private Piwari was shipped from France to England and on 23rd March 1919 was
loaded on the ‘ Northumberland  ’ for shipping back to New Zealand.

On board the crowded troopship Private Piwari contracted mumps spending two weeks in the ships hospital.
On Private Piwari’s  arrival in New Zealand on 11th May 1919 the normal procedures was to grant soldiers leave and
then discharge them and Private Piwari’s papers note that he was due to be discharged on 8th June 1919 this was
cancelled and he was put on sick leave either as a result of the mumps or from influenza / virus. The medical certificates indicate the Private Piwari returned to Waitangi, Chatham Islands during his sick leave.

On 4th November 1919 Private Piwari was finally discharged from the NZEF ‘on termination of period of engagement.’
The is little record of Ned following but he did marry in 1921 Apahana Tamati and the couple moved to the Porirua district where Ned died on  14th September 1967.  Edward (Ned) Pahia Piwari’s death was reported by his wife Mrs A Piwari,
45 Ngatitoa Street, Takapuwhaia, Porirua[ii].

Edward Pahia Piwari is buried in the Takapu Maori Cemetery, Takapuwahia, Porirua.

Auckland Cenotaph Database
Arhcway Archives New Zealand Military Files

NZ Pioneer (Maori ) Battalion – Western Front 1918: RSA collection

[i] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 19462 Private Pahia Piwari
[ii] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 19462 Private Pahia Piwari
1918  NZ (Maori) Battalion on Western Front welcome the NZ Premier