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Monday, 2 June 2014
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Vietnam War Oral History Project interviewee. Interview and transcript held at the Alexander Turnbull Library Oral History Centre in Wellington, New Zealand. Reference: OHInt-0959-19


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"Another outstanding WO1 has passed in Timaru on 4 June 2014.

Matu Rangiuia was a peer and close friend of Eru Manuera MC, and both of those outstanding Maori warriors consistently delivered much appreciated (generally) counsel to the young officers and NCO’s in their sphere of influence. They received the counsel anyway, like it or not!

The smarter young officers and NCO’s did listen to them both and their influence is seen today in many of our senior ranks.

I am heartened by their view that they were merely ‘the servants of Tumatauenga in this tour of duty’ and many more young men and women are coming through to take their place. They were both correct, I am heartened to see so many outstanding young men and women coming up though the ranks in the current NZDF.

Sad to see the end of another era, I have sent a card to the family on behalf of the NZSAS whanau."

— Jack Hayes, ex-4 Tp NZSAS

"Matu was Montecillo's Maori Advisor 'Kaiwhakahari' at the time of his passing.

Matu, initially along with Eru Manuera, developed the awareness that all servicemen/women and their dependents are recognised as the whanau of NZDF iwi, Ngati Tumatauenga (Maori God of War) at the time of Montecillo's upgrade and Certification with the Ministry of Health and the then recent establishment of VANZ within NZDF.

As Kaiwhakahari his leadership and guidance of staff cultural awareness of the Treaty of Waitangi throughout Montecillo, was an open-handed gift of knowledge and awareness, as a former senior soldier. a former education programme advisor in the Office of Race Relations, and former HOD Maori Studies Christchurch Polytechnic.

Various 'in service programmes', emphasised the special significance of Ngai Tahu as mana whenua, and how the iwi of Ngai Tahu recognise and respected Montecillo as the iwi of Ngati Tumatauenga , being 'guests' in Ngai Tahu ancestral lands for the duration of the life of Montecillo.

His passing is sadly recognised by all at Montecillo and those associated with us over nearly 14 years of as 'Kaiwhakahari'.

Rest in peace Matu, it has been a pleasure to have had you in my life."

— Fred Daniel, CEO Montecillo Veterans Home and Hospital