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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Threads of Memory (2015).

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A series of articles written by Jinty Rorke and originally published as a series of weekly articles in the Bay
Alfred John Stackhouse was wounded twice during World War I.
In 2005 the first celestial compass in New Zealand was erected at Sulphur Point in Tauranga.
Ernest Hunter Carter served during World War I.
Horace Totara Tawa Carter, known as 'Tawa', was wounded during World War I.
Charles Dalston Charlton served in Samoa during World War I.
Neri Hori Ngarae Clark, known as 'Ned', served during World War I and was awarded the Military Medal.
William Henry Busby was killed in France during World War I.
Ernest Menzies Beagrie was a boy immigrant to New Zealand in 1914 when there was a shortage of farm boys.
Many of the settler's who arrived in Katikati as part of George Vesey Stewart's 'Ulster Plantation' named the farms they
Philip Tapsell was a mariner, whaler and early trader. He first landed in New Zealand in 1809, arriving in Maketu
George Nicholas (1895-1988) selling poppies.
Military Record: http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE19804772  George was named after his mother's brother George Tahere Faulkner also known as Puhi Faulkner. George had a
Bernard Sladden, and two friends, onboard his launch Severn (c1940).
When long time Bay of Plenty resident Bernard Sladden died in 1961, his collection of rare books became the property
Soundshell (Mount Maunganui).
The Soundshell at Mount Maunganui was built in 1964 and was demolished thirty-five years later in 1999.
Tauranga's Soundshell was located at Memorial Park for just over thirty years. The structure was seven sided and hosted many
Family History Month (August 2015).
In August 2015 Tauranga City Libraries ran a comprehensive program for Family History Month. The program included lock-in's, tours, beginners
The first Tauranga Orange Festival (later known as the Bay of Plenty Citrus Festival) was held in August of 1961.
Tauranga Chunuk Bair Commemoration service.
On 8 August 2015 Tauranga commemorated 100 years since the Battle of Chunuk Bair at the War Memorial Gates outside
Bob Scott donated a chapter on the life of Albert George Squinobal to Tauranga City Libraries in 2015.
Hairy Maclary Fun Family & Dog Day (1 August 2015).
Two Tauranga City Librarians, Marie Gradon and Bev Standing, spent four hours storytelling at the Hairy Maclary Fun Family &
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori 2015 (78).
For Māori Language Week in 2015 Tauranga City Libraries Māori Events Team invited Toro Pikopiko Puppetry to perform two shows
In July 2015 the Greerton Library was demolished to make way for a new library planned to be double the
In August 2015 Tauranga librarian Stephanie Smith created an exhibition of early Tauranga architecture. The display was on show from
St Thomas More, the Rena crashing into the reef!.
On Monday 3 August 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Finalist Debbie McCauley took part in
On Saturday 1 August 2015, the Bay of Plenty Children's Literature Association Incorporated, otherwise known as 'Bookrapt' held their annual
This list of past Tauranga Mayors and Councillors was compiled by Fiona Kean. It is reproduced here with her permission
John Alexander McKinney and family arrived in New Zealand on the Lady Jocelyn in 1878 as part of George Vesey
Alf Rendell Aerials 12-564.
Many years ago, the beach in front of Motuotau (Rabbit Island) was the scene of a massacre. Confiscated from local
HALFWAY HOUSE C 1900 99-348.
Edward Douglas was the great grandfather of Wayne McCormack, husband of Katikati historian Ellen McCormack. He fought during the Battle
This article was created as a result of a query at the Tauranga City Library into the history of the
Tauriko School re-enacting the Battle of Gate Pa (June 2014) ........
This article by Penny Guy (Children’s and Teens’ Librarian, Tauranga City Libraries) was published in Library Life on the 21st
Penny Guy and her costumes.
Penny Guy and Claire Cooper (Children’s and Teens’ Librarians, Tauranga City Council, New Zealand) wrote this article which was presented
Mauao Memorandum of Understanding (15 September 2013).
A special signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Mauao Trust and the Tauranga City Council took place at
Matariki 2015 - Karena & Kasey - 18 July - Papamoa Library (28).
On 18 July 2015 Karena and Kasey Bird (sisters from Maketu and winners of MasterChef New Zealand 2014) gave a
Matariki 2015 - Po Purakau - 16 July - Papamoa Library (23).
On the evening of 16 July 2015 an Evening of Stories, Pō Pūrākau was held after hours at Papamoa Library

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Community baskets

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
Share your memories with Tauranga City Libraries

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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