Topic: Calendar of events: Battle of Gate Pā 150th Commemoration (2014)

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In 2014 Tauranga commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gate Pā which took place on 29 April 1864. Also commemorated was the Battle of Te Ranga which took place two months later, on 21 June 1864. Please contact Buddy Mikaere at for more information about the commemoration program.

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Please note that the events in the calendar are subject to change.

Last updated: 13 June 2014.


Event and Location

2 March - 4 May 2014

Tauranga City Library window installation: 'Te Mamae Aroha o Pukehinahina' by Duane Moyle depicting the trenches of Gate Pa and the mural 'Cultural Encounters' by Karen Lawson based on colonialisation, Tauranga history and the Battles of Gate Pa and Te Ranga.

6 March 2014          (from 6pm)

Finals night Gate Pa Poetry Competition – Elizabeth Street Cafe & Larder, 247 Cameron Road.  Sponsor - Eves. Judge: National Poet Laureate Vince O’Sullivan.

12 March

Installation of Diorama model - Battle of Gate Pa – Tauranga Airport. Sponsor: Sunrise Rotary; Rob Hicks - builder.

15 March 

Book launch at Tauranga City Library (3pm to 5pm) - Taratoa and the Code of Conduct: A Story from the Battle of Gate Pa' by Debbie McCauley. RSVP to Tauranga City Library on 577 7177.

27 March – 8 June

Robley: A Lasting Legacy – Exhibition of drawings by Horatio Robley, Tauranga Art Gallery, Spring Street, Tauranga.

14 April – 30 April 2014

Images of Gate Pa – an exhibition of drawings, paintings and photographs showing places, activities and some of the people who took part in the events of 1864. St George’s Church, Gate Pa (6.30pm opening). Sponsors: Acorn Foundation; Harvey Norman.

17 April                (9.30am-12.30pm)

Entrants in the Battles of Gate Pa/Te Ranga Art Competition accepted from 9.30am to 12.30pm at St George’s Church Hall, Gate Pa. Sponsor: Simpson Grierson; Gate Pa New World; Mitre 10/Mega; Tower Scaffolding; Nga Tahatai Trust.

17April                  (from 6.30pm)

Finals – Secondary Schools speech competition – Tauranga Girls' College. Sponsor: ANZ Bank.                                

18 April


19 April 

EASTER SATURDAY: Battles of Gate Pa/Te Ranga Art Exhibition official opening at St George's Church Hall in Gate Pa at 10am. Deputy Mayor Kelvin Clout.

21 April - 3 May

EASTER MONDAY: Art Competition Exhibition – St George’s Church Hall (Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm).

21 -22 April (7-9pm)

Lecture series Cliff Simons and Des Tata – The Battle of Gate Pa - St George’s Church, Gate Pa. Sponsor: Pukehinahina Charitable Trust.

22 April 

Announcement of winners of Secondary Essay Competition. Sponsors - Eves - press release - publication of winning entries. 

23-24 April              (6-9pm)

New Zealand String Quartet concerts – Music from 1864 – Huria Marae, Judea; Sponsor: Pukehinahina Charitable Trust.

25 April


26 April                  (10am-2pm)

Tauranga Domain Artillery Barrage: Firing of Salutes NZ Armed Constabulary Re-enactment Unit contingent plus 68th/43rd Regiments Re-enactment group – static display and firing of muskets. Sponsor: Pukehinahina Charitable Trust.

27 April (1-3pm) 

Mass haka practice at Gate Pa/Pukehinahina. 

27 April (from 3pm) 

Civic opening of Gate Pa exhibition at Greerton Hall & Greerton RSA (Gate Pa Charitable Trust). By invitation - RSVP required.

27 April                  (from 6pm)

A story of Gate Pa:  Te Auetu and David Hall – told by the Hall Family – LDS chapel, 890 Cameron Rd, Tauranga South.

28 April                  (12.30-2pm)

NZ Army Band Lunchtime concert – The Strand Park, Tauranga.

28 April (2pm) 

Announcement of the Battles of Gate Pa/Te Ranga Art Competition Adult's Division winner at St George's Church in Gate Pa. Winner also to receive a ticket to the Gate Pa Commemoration Dinner at Trinity Wharf. Artist June Grant.  

28 April                  (from 6.30pm)

Gate Pa Commemoration Dinner, Trinity Wharf – programme includes announcement of Art Competition winners; Senior speech competition winner will deliver speech. Guest speakers: Willy Apiata VC and Major General David Cullen ACGS (UK). Ticket sales are limited for this event.

29 April                  (from 6am)

Dawn Blessing of Gate Pa Pou and Flagpole at Gate Pa Reserve. Sponsors: Farmers Auto Village, Farmer Whanau, Ullrich Aluminium, Mitre 10/Mega; CGC Construction; Supacrete; Iwi O Tauranga Moana.

29 April                  (from 9am)

Military Memorial service – Otamataha/Mission cemetery followed by morning tea at Trinity Wharf. Sponsor: Otamataha Trust.

29 April (12 noon) 

Powhiri for Kingitanga and Nga Iwi o Te Motu - Gate Pa Reserve. 

29 April                  (from 2pm)

Commemoration March (from the bus layby at Girls College to the site – roughly 750m), Wero, Reconciliation service and ceremony. Guest speaker: Governor-General Sir Jerry Mataparae. Sponsors: Pukehinahina Charitable Trust; Iwi O Tauranga Moana, TrustPower, Powerco, Audio Solutionz, Waipa DC, Te Puni Kokiri.

29 April (28 April their time) 

Wreath-laying ceremony at Gate Pa memorial, Naval College grounds - Greenwich, London, UK - NZ High Commission Staff and Ngati Ranana to attend (4.30pm to 5.30pm). 

May - July

Eugene Van Der Merwe Exhibition at Greerton Library.

30 April                 (from 2pm)

Thank you Afternoon Tea at The Elms for sponsors and volunteers. Sponsor: Trustpower.

3 May (10am)

Award ceremony for winners in the Schools Division Art competition – St George’s Church Hall, Gate Pa. Official closing of the exhibition.

3 May (10am)

Opening of the Battle of Gate Pa Exhibition at Greerton Hall (Gate Pa Charitable Trust).

8 May (from 5.30pm) 

Award function for essay competition winners. Elizabeth Street Cafe & Larder, 247 Cameron Road. Sponsor: Eves Realty/Bay of Plenty Times. 

16 May 2014

Book launch at Greerton Hall: Henare Wiremu Taratoa: Noble Warrior by Patricia Brooks

June 2014

Display of the winners in the Battles of Gate Pa/Te Ranga Art Competition at Creative Tauranga. 

2 June 2014 

Closing of the Battle of Gate Pa Exhibition at Greerton Hall (Gate Pa Charitable Trust).

18 June 2014

Opening of the Pukehinahina Photo Exhibition at Tauranga City Library.

21 June 2014        (from 6.30am)

The Gathering. Te Ranga battle site service and ceremony – Pyes Pa Road. Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Huria Management Trust.

21 June 2014        (7am)

Mihi and karakia - blessing of new pou.

21 June 2014        (7.45am)

Parakuihi - at St Thomas Aquinas College. 

21 June 2014        (9am)

Pohiri/mihi - Kingitanga, visiting iwi - guests and visitors. 

21 June 2014        (10am)

Pohiri/mihi - VIP group. 

21 June 2014        (11am)

Nga Roimata O Te Ranga - a recounting of the events of 21 June 1864 in haka and song. 

21 June 2014        (11.30am)

Memorial service and wreath. All those wishing to lay wreaths at the Te Ranga memorial are welcome to do so - there will be a space in the service for this to happen. 

21 June 2014        (12.30am)

Poroporoaki and karakia. Depart Te Ranga Reserve for St Thomas Aquinas College for lunch. 

29 July 2014

Closing of the Pukehinahina Photo Exhibition at Tauranga City Library.

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Calendar of events: Battle of Gate Pā 150th Commemoration (2014)

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