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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A presentation given at the 2015 National Digital Forum 


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  6th (Hauraki) Battalion Group Newsletter - Kia Kaha Photograph of Major Russell Skeet taken during the 1980s and digitised
Helicopters Which Helped Fight the Fire on Mauao (14 January 2016).
At 12.30am on Thursday 14 January 2016 a fire started on Mauao that soon raged out of control, destroying 4,000sqm
Lena and daughter Louis Kettle (1900).
Louis was the grandaughter of Gustavus Ferdinand Von Tempsky (1828-1868), Major of the Forest Rangers.
Banks Avenue at the Mount Y2K+ 16-106.
 Banks Avenue, Mount Maunganui Banks Avenue runs from Marine Parade in Mount Maunganui down to to the round about on
Tauranga City Libraries Five Most Issued Books in 2015.
What was the most popular book borrowed from Tauranga City Libraries in 2015? This page lists the top 21 books
There are many historic places in Tauranga, and a few historic buildings that have survived the drive for progress.  One
Botanist and explorer Allan Cunningham may have been the first non-Maori to walk over much of what is now central
Peter Grant (1845-1924).
All the soldiers and sailors who died at the battles of Gate Pā and Te Ranga were buried in the
Mary Ashfield (c1823-1903).
Mary Ashfield appears on the 1893 and 1896 New Zealand Electoral Rolls. This photograph of her was taken by Emily
Norfolk Hospital 1962.
An article by Dr Paul Mountfort written for the Board of Directors when the Hospital was closing. Dr Mountford gave
Harington Street, Tauranga Harington Street runs between and parallel to McLean and Hamilton Streets from Cameron Road to The Strand.
Katikati Football Team 1913.
This typewritten article by an unknown author is thought to have been written in 1933. It was discovered amongst the
Elizabeth St no 77 Y2K+ 15-179.
Elizabeth Street in the early years Elizabeth Street runs from Takitimu Drive up through Cameron Road and beyond Devonport. Grey
James William Pratt collection 17 15-099.
Peter Pratt, writes "This is an unfinished story written in pencil in a cashbook by my eldest brother, Flight Lieutenant
Museum 1969 02-094.
Hamilton Street in the early years. Hamilton Street runs parallel with and between Harington and Wharf Streets in Tauranga City.
Willow St Masonic Car Park Y2K+ 15-221.
Willow Street runs through the centre of downtown Tauranga.
Thomas Milne: Tauranga Municipal Band.
Thomas Milne was a keen bandsman and was secretary of the Tauranga Municipal Town Band for 13 years. This article
The Right Note: An Insight into Tauranga's Historical Music Scene by Graham Clark.
The Right Note features hundreds of never before seen historical photographs from the collections of those interviewed by Graham Clark.
Katikati born Thomas Murray Boyd served with the First Australian Imperial Force (1AIF) during World War I. He saw action
Celine Murray (1995- ).
Celine Murray released her first book, Seven to Seventeen, while attending Otumoetai College. In 2015, she received a Sir Julius
Cameron Road c 1910 99-1184.
Cameron Road (est. 1871)  Cameron road is today considered the main road that runs the length of Tauranga City. It’s
Rendell's Tauranga - Historic Tauranga From Above.
Ninety-seven year old Alf Rendell has produced a stunning work in collaboration with his friend, respected Tauranga historian Fiona Kean.
Nick Eggleston working on his painting ‘Icarus, Icarus Don’t Be So Ridiculous’.
Last week an exhibition of exciting new works by watercolourist Nick Eggleston opened at Zohar Gallery in Mount Maunganui. The
Mean Streets by Nick Eggleston.
I first met Nick in 2007 when he was teaching watercolour painting at Tauranga’s Historic Village. It was there that
Breath by Paul Nicolai.
When we find something extra special in art, most of us, by inclination, just have to share it. I was
Greerton Swimming Pool (1971).
Greerton Swimming Pool opened on 27 November 1971 by Mayor Mr R Owens who was first into the pool and
The Bellringer by Janice Giles .
It is only in the past two years that Janice Giles has returned to the intense experience of producing art
Maiden Flight by Janice Giles.
Tauranga artist Janice Giles has continued to work experimentally with both content and technique since winning the Tauranga Society of
Seeker in Shadowland by Janice Giles .
Janice Giles has been a counsellor for many years and often creates works that reflect her consideration of what it
Nic Clegg hard at work in his studio (March 2012).
‘Strangers in a Crowd’ is Tauranga sculptor Nic Clegg’s first solo exhibition in New Zealand.
A Marquette Angel (exhibition).
A Marquette Angel is the latest From Tauranga to the Trenches exhibition, a mobile exhibition series commemorating the centenary of
Cover to The Road From Grimsby by Peter Pratt.
A single chapter from Peter Pratt's memoirs "The Road From Grimsby" (ISBN 978-0-9941107-8-7).
2015 International Star Wars Reads Day at Tauranga City Library.
On Saturday October 10th, 2015, the Tauranga library celebrated International Star Wars Reads Day by throwing a Star Wars themed
Winner of Inaugural Creative Tauranga Writers’ Award announced.
Local author and librarian, Debbie McCauley, has been announced as the 2015 winner of the inaugural Creative Tauranga Writers’ Award,
Tauranga WWI Memorial Stone (2015).
In October 2015 the WW100 Tauranga Committee contributed a Memorial Stone to the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company Memorial Wall

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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
Tauranga WW100
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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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