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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 died in Tauranga at the age of 106 in 1991.
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
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 Hardwick was an enthusiast for ornamental and domestic horticulture in the Tauranga district. From 1952 she presented fortnightly garden
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
Arthur Washington Burrows was a prominent architect of early Tauranga designing such iconic buildings as the Star Hotel, the Mechanic's
John Lucius Davoren died at age 27 during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. The previous year John had given evidence at
Nga Wahi Rangahau: Research Collections house the libraries' main heritage collections and are a valuable local resource. In order to keep
An article written in 2016 by Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack about her relationship with the historic Athenree Homestead. The history
My memories of Apata in the 1950’s, the trains and bus trip to Katikati
Robert (Bob) Croxton was an old swagman that used to hang around Te Puke and was a great friend of
Reverend William Gillies was a Presbyterian Minister at St Peter's Church in Tauranga from 1903 until his death in 1908.
Tauranga trader Chevalier Peter Dillon was living at Maungatapu Pa by 1835. The 6ft 4 ins (193 cm) tall, red-headed
The Tauranga Bush Campaign was a small-scale conflict resulting from the surveying of land that was confiscated from Tauranga Maori
Pierre Charles Potier arrived in New Zealand on board the 'Bourdon' on 5 May 1839. In 1840 he moved to
Emile Joseph Borel was a French sailor who became a Pakeha Maori and Te Puna settler. His son would marry
Frederick Butt and his brother Edward operated the Butt Brothers Phoenix Bakery and Cheap Grocery Store on The Strand in
The foundation principal of both Tauranga College and Tauranga Boys' College, Arthur Mervyn Nicholson was wounded in France whilst serving
Robert (Bob) Samuel Laurie (1921-2004) is remembered by Tauranga resident and grandson Harley Couper. Bob was always the stern pipe
The first head boy of Katikati District High School, Russell Johnston Mountier went missing whilst on a bombing mission over
Patu Andy Williams was a Company Bootmaker which earned him extra pay during World War II. He was killed whilst
Blyth Kempton-Werohia died during World War II, just one week before he was due to be married. On 14th August
Stuart Daniel Wells passed his University Entrance exam at Tauranga District High School. He served during World War II but
James Alexander Waugh attended Tauranga District High School. He saw action during World War II but was reported missing on
Tauranga genealogist and researcher Heather McLean was born in Tauranga and has lived in Tauranga for most of her life.
Tauranga City Council installed information signage at Yatton Park to tell of the history of the area. It was here
On Friday 22 January 2016 a large crowd gathered at Gilmour Lake Reserve, Waihi, to take part in the dedication
Opened in 1893 by Arthur Blundell who had managed the Maori flour mill at Wairoa, the Waimapu Flour Mill was
6th (Hauraki) Battalion Group Newsletter - Kia Kaha Photograph of Major Russell Skeet taken during the 1980s and digitised