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Foxton seaman Buster Te Awa lost his life when the MV Palma was torpedoed by U-Boat 183 on 29 February, 1944.
Steve Butler is researching the Mounted Rifle Regiments in Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.  
A very useful organization. Perhaps they can help with this project. There's also a Wikipedia article about the commission.