He was born in Halcombe and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Victoria University and a degree in veterinary science from the University of Sydney. He completed further postgraduate studies in bacteriology at the University of Manchester in 1955 and graduated with a PhD from the University of London in the 1960s. ‘Dr Te Punga’s findings have appeared regularly in scientific periodicals, part of the "continual interchange of information".’
- “Leader Ends Long Term At Wallaceville.” Tu Tangata 24 (June/July 1985): 43.
- "Leader Ends Long Term At Wallaceville." Tu Tangata 24 (June/July 1985): 43.
- "Obituary – Walter (Wally) Alfred Te Punga." Vetscript 17.2 (Mar. 2004): 31. http://www.sciquest.org.nz/node/43704