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Taiwung Yu Hoi
Taiwung Yu Hoi
Taiwung Yu Hoi on his 107th birthday with his relatives.
Birth: 26 August 1904
Guangdong, China
Death: 30 August 2011
Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand
Age: 107 years, 4 days
Country: ChinaCHNNew ZealandNZL

Taiwung Yu Hoi (26 August 1904 – 30 August 2011) was a Chinese-New Zealand centenarian who was the oldest known living man in New Zealand at the time of his death.


Taiwung Yu Hoi was born in Guangdong, China on 26 August 1904. He emigrated to Samoa in 1927 aged 24. There he grew cocoa plants, married a local woman and had 11 children. He moved to New Zealand in 1971.

In his 107th birthday, he had over 200 descendants. He attributed his longevity to the Chinese herbs he grew and ate during his long career as a gardener.

He became the oldest known living man in New Zealand following the death of 107-year-old Dudley Sainsbury on 18 February 2011.

Taiwung Yu Hoi died from natural causes in Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand on 30 August 2011 at the age of 107 years, 4 days. Following his death, Harry Duncan Andrews (1906–2012) became the oldest known living man in New Zealand.


New Zealand's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

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