Welcome to Tauranga City Libraries' online digital ‘knowledge basket’, capturing the spirit  of Tauranga and its communities. Our vision is to capture the memories of local people through their personal stories, photographs, video and audio footage. These memories can be from this region or from other places in the world as well. Jump into a basket below, or check out content from our local community (to the right).

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Tauranga Motorcycle Club president Roy Alexander Lovell died on 19 July 1990 in Tauranga Hospital. He was seriously injured at
Basil Alexander Walker (1919-1941).
Basil Alexander Walker was serving during World War II when his Wellington aircraft crashed in the Western Desert on 5
Matariki Lecture: Rongoa Maori by Rob McGowan (2016).
On 6 July 2016 Rob McGowan delivered two lectures on Rongoa Maori: Learning from the Seasons as part of the
Matariki Lecture: The Renaissance of the Voyaging Canoe by Frank Kawe (2016).
In 2010 seven vaka moana (ocean going canoes) embarked on a 30,000 nautical mile ocean voyage to raise awareness about
Matariki Kite Day (2016).
On Sunday 3 July 2016 Tauranga City Libraries hosted a Matariki Kite Day at Fergusson Park as part of the
Mana Rangatahi - Youth Workshop (28 June 2016).
On 28 June 2016 a Mana Rangatahi (Youth Workshop) was held in the Tauranga City Council Chambers as part of
Tauranga's LGBT March (18 June 2016).
On 18 June 2016 more than three hundred people showed their solidarity with the victims of the Orlando shooting by
Battle of Te Ranga Commemoration (21 June 2016).
The 152nd commemoration of the Battle of Te Ranga was held on 21 June 2016 at 7am at the Te
Mount Maunganui Library opened on 19 August 1967.
Matariki Lecture: Māori Astronomy by Doctor Rangi Matamua (2016).
A lecture by Doctor Rangi Matamua, Constellations in the Sky Will Last Forever - He Tātai Whetu O Te Rangi,
Matariki Performance: Te Ao - The World (14 June 2016).
Karetao Pūoro (singing puppets) are an ancient Māori treasure that to a large extent has been sleeping for generations. This
Arthur Morrow was born in County Longford, Ireland, the fifth son of Mr. Hugh and Eliza Morrow, he arrived in
Ngāti Ranginui Deed of Settlement (21 June 2012).
Ngāti Ranginui signed a Treaty of Waitangi Deed of Settlement with the the Crown on 21 June 2012, the 148th
Matariki Film Challenge (2016).
The Matariki Film Challenge is the first of its kind in Tauranga Moana, focusing on local stories with a Matariki
Medallion front and rear.
Robert Bole Morrow was born in Ireland and served most of his adult life with the British Military in India.
Matariki Exhibition: Te Hokowhitu a Tū - Māori Pioneers (2016).
"Te Hokowhitu a Tū” the Māori Pioneers is an exhibit that commemorates the exploits of the Māori Battalion during the
Matariki 2016: Artefact Digitisation Unit.
During the Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival 2016 Auckland Museum’s Online Cenotaph digital kiosk was placed at Tauranga City Library. The
Yvonne Morrow (1915-1999) 16-038.
Yvonne was the first born daughter of Ruby and Vivian Morrow, 1915. Sister of Gwen and Alison. Attended Whitiora School
Matariki Exhibition: Our Place, Our Stories (2016).
This collaborative exhibition was hosted by Creative Tauranga who invited artists in Tauranga Moana to show work significant to Matariki
Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival: Whanau Day (6 June 2016).
In 2016 the Tauranga Moana Matariki Advistory Committee organised the 2016 Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival. This was the festival's 15th
Frank G Morrow portrait c 1915 16-024.
Frank Gordon Morrow joined the first NZEF and was shipped to Egypt for training, then Gallipoli where he was wounded.
Arthur, known as Uncle Nelson by his family, served two tours during the First World War and within New Zealand
James Williamson Fedarb sailed from Paihia on board the 'Mercury', arriving in Tauranga on 22 May 1840 where he was given James
Harry Capel Pritt (1869-1915).
Harry Capel Pritt from Katikati was killed in action Gallipoli 8th August 1915. Born with the name Harry, he later
Hera's Memorial (Te Puke).
This article about Hera's Memorial is Te Puke is by Christine Clement. In 1921 Hera’s memorial was unveiled at the
Flora Alice Emily Davies (1884-1991).
Flora Alice Emily Davies died in Tauranga at the age of 106 in 1991. Her husband, Alfred, had died in
Asher Asher (c1889) .
Asher Asher arrived in New Zealand in 1842. He was involved with fire fighting in Auckland, moving to Tauranga in
Ernest Cooper was a native of King's Heath, Birmingham, England. His parents were William and Alice Cooper who lived in
Donald Duncan Bain (1909-1943).
Corporal Donald Duncan Bain was aged 34 when he was killed in action during World War II in Italy on
Captain Richard Roxborough Moore led the 1st Waikato Militia at the Battle of Te Ranga on 21 June 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel Philip Harington arrived in Tauranga in 1864 as officer in charge of the 1st Waikato Militia. He later
Otumoetai Primary School was a significant central point for all local families. It's History is of Prime Importance.
Daisy Alice Hills (1905-1989).
Daisy Hardwick was an enthusiast for ornamental and domestic horticulture in the Tauranga district. From 1952 she presented fortnightly garden
Alf Rendell Aerials 12-597.
In October 2000 Belinda Leckie researched and compiled a book titled 'Merivale, Tauranga: Proud of it' with the assistance of
Recently a new road in Bethlehem was named Pokapu Place, but during the 1940s there was another street in Tauranga

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Greerton Village History 
Katikati Heritage Museum
Local Genealogy Groups
Mount Primary Centenary
Ngai Te Rangi
N.Z. Society of Authors (BOP)
The Rena ecological disaster
Tauranga Artists
Tauranga Heritage Collection
Tauranga Hospital Centenary
Tauranga Jazz Society
Tauranga Music & Musicians
Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council
Tauranga Writers Group
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Tauranga City Libraries is facilitating an online digital ‘knowledge basket’  Tauranga Memories  to capture the spirit  of Tauranga and its communities. Our vision is to capture these memories through your personal stories, photographs, video and audio footage.

It could be the stories of your migration or photos of a Tauranga event that you may have attended. Both individuals and community groups are welcome to contribute.So come join us in creating a vibrant resource that captures that true spirit of Tauranga, creating a legacy for our future generations to enjoy. For more details, email Tauranga Memories.



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