Wednesday, 8 August 2012

R.I.P. Lt Col Eru Ihaka Manuera

The Maori Party acknowledges the sad passing of retired Lieutenant Colonel Eru Manuera, a former NZSAS officer decorated for bravery in Borneo.
"Lieutenant Colonel Eru Manuera served his country with great pride and courage" said Dr Pita Sharples. "His bravery was aptly recognised with the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Sarawak. He will forever be remembered for his valour within the ranks of Tumatauenga; particularly his contribution as a member of the First Ranger Squadron for the New Zealand Special Air Service".
"When Lieutenant Manuera was awarded the Military Cross he was acknowledged for his 'quick thinking, personal example and forceful leadership' which directly contributed to the saving of lives".
Eru with his granddaughter at the monument of Brig. L. Andrew VC

 We farewell this great warrior from Te Aupouri who joins his brothers gone before him. Our sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Diana, their children and mokopuna

I feel really sad with this news about Eru, I had a regular contact by e-mail with him  and I was fortunated to be his guide in 2010 when he came to the battlefields in France and Belgium on a pelgrimage to commemorate the fallen members of his iwi.


  1. My feelings too are very much with his family at this time. Like Freddy I also had an opportunity to spend some time with him while he was here in West Flanders. He was a wonderfully warm, empathetic and knowledgable person, the sort of person who makes one very proud indeed to be a Kiwi. Martin.

  2. Thanks Freddy and Martin for your lovely words. My grandfather and I felt privileged to have you both as guides. I know the experience was very special to him as would would often talk of his fond memories of his time in Belgium. I was lucky I got to share it with him while he was well enough. Janna.