Surname: 
Karaka
Initials: 
HK
Also known as: 
Lima
Rank: 
Sgt
Corps: 
RNZIR
Service number: 
553692
Date of death: 
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Place of burial: 
Turangi Public Cemetery - Block IV Plot 034
Notes: 

Hohepa (Lima) Karaka was a talented rugby player who was part of the 1959 New Zealand Maori team that played the touring British and Irish Lions. His rugby skills came to fore again as a member of the 1RNZIR rugby team that won the 28th Commonwealth Brigade Championship at Terendak, Malaysia in 1968.

Lima joined V4 Company as the replacement Platoon Sergeant for 1 Platoon around November 1969.

He died of cancer at Turangi in November 2010.

Disclaimer

The Vietnam List is an updated version of New Zealand's original Vietnam nominal roll – the Flinkenberg List – compiled by Captain Con Flinkenberg in 1972. Name, rank and unit information are from New Zealand military pay records. Read more about the Vietnam List.