Fred Summer and Kevin Rongonui share a joke with New Zealand soldiers at Nui Dat, 1969

Fred Summers (laughing) and Kevin Rongonui from the Quin Tikis share a joke with gunners from 161 Battery, RNZA at Nui Dat, 1969.

From left to right are: LBdr Les 'Jacko' Jackson, Gnr Paul 'Mini Truck' Carr, Gnr Reg Tuahine, unknown.

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Image courtesy Noel Bell

How to cite this page: 'Sharing a joke', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 3-Feb-2012


Paul was known as "Mini-Truck" as he had an older brother Brian who had the nickname "Truck". Brian was ex-infantry who transferred to 16 Field Regiment on his return to NZ. Both were from Hawera, Brian having passed away many years ago. Jacko was ex-Territorial Force Sgt with 4 Medium Bty when he marched in to Papakura about 1966-67. On his return to NZ he was posted to 21 Bty, Ft Dorset where he met the love of his life Betty, who was of Tokelau descent and living in Martinborough. Betty sadly passed away in the 1970s or early 1980s, Jacko follwing some years later. Reg Tuahine was from Frasertown on the East Coast. He too passed away in the 1980s.