Topic: Memorial Unveiled, Cemetery Visited

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A memorial erected by the Tauranga Historical Society at the Gate Pa battle site, next to the Church of St George, was unveiled this afternoon by the Chief Justice, the Re. Hon. Sir Harold Barrowclough. This article appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on Tuesday, 28 April 1964, and is reproduced here with their permission.

The memorial was dedicated by the Rev Brown Turei who is deputising for the Rt Rev W. Panapa, Bishop of Aotearoa, unable to attend because of illness.


During the ceremony trusteeship of the memorial was presented to the Mayor of Tauranga, Mr Mitchell, on behalf of the city, and Mr W. M. Watt for the Gate Pa Domain Board, by Messrs T. R. Te Kani (Maori executive) and E. L. Adams (Tauranga Historical Society).

The ceremony was the main function arranged for the commemoration of the centenary of the battle of Gate Pa which was fought on April 29, 1864.

Tomorrow a cairn erected by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust at the Te Ranga battle site in Pyes Pa Road will be unveiled by Mr Pei Te Hirinui Jones.

The frigate HMNZS Pukaki, which is in Tauranga for the centenary, will be open for visits by organised school parties tomorrow and Friday morning and to the general public from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


The executive officer Lieutenant-Commander M. N. Waymouth, said it was preferred that school parties, which should be in charge of a teacer, should not be larger than 20 pupils.

He said if applications were made to him by telephone - the ships number is 89-508 - he would arranged the timing of visits to avoid confusion.

Sir Harold Barrowclough, visited the Mission Cemetery at Sulphur Point this morning during a short trip around Tauranga and the port installations at Mount Maunganui.

He visited the graves and memorials of Maoris and Pakehas who died int he battle of Gate Pa a century ago today.

He was accompanied by Mr R. D. McCully, chairman of the centenary committee.


After visiting the cemetery Sir Harold was driven through Tauranga to Mount Maunganui.

Mr McCully said that Sir Harold had expressed great interest in the development of Tauranga, especially the development on the Mount Maunganui waterfront.

Late this morning a special RNZAF aircraft arrived in Tauranga carrying Rear-Admiral R. R. Washbourn, chief of the NZ naval staff and First Naval Member of the Naval Board.

Admiral Washbourn is visiting Tauranga for the unveiling of the memorial at the Gate Pa battle site. He leaves for Wellington tomorrow morning.

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