Topic: Two thousand watch as Gate Pa memorial unveiled

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Nearly 2000 people gathered on the slopes of Pukehinahina - Gate Pa - yesterday afternoon to watch the unveiling of a memorial to those who died in the battle of Gate Pa exactly 100 years before. This article appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on Thursday, 30 April 1964, and is reproduced here with their permission.

The memorial - erected by the Tauranga Historical Society - was unveiled by the Chief Justice and acting-Governor of NZ, the Rt Hon. Sir Harold Barrowclough, and dedicated by the Rev. Brown Turei.

When his Honour arrived, accompanied by the Mayor of Tauranga, Mr Mitchell and Mr Te Hare Pihana, representing the Ngaterangi tribe, he faced a traditional challenge from Colonel Awatere.

Then, as the official party walked up the slope to the memorial, they were greeted by the Ngaterangi concert party.

After the speeches the Rev C. D. R. Stevens, vicar of the Church of St George which stands on the battle site, consecrated the land. The Rev Brown Turei read from Romans XII the passage found on the body of Henare Taratoa after the battle of Te Ranga. I ended with the words, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him: if he thirst, give him drink."

His Honour then unveiled the memorial which was dedicated by Mr Turei. This was followed by prayers from the Rev Father W. E. Ryan and Mr Stevens.

Mr E. L. Adams, president of the Tauranga Historical Society, then handed trusteeship of the memorial to the Gate Pa Domain Board and the City of Tauranga.

It was accepted by Mr W. M. Watt on behalf of the board and by Mr Mitchell on behalf of the city.

Official guests at the unveiling included Rear-Admiral R. E. Washbourne, chief of naval staff and first naval member of the Naval Boards, mayors and chairmen of adjacent local bodies and representatives of the Maori people, the historical society and the services.

Mr Henare Taratoa, great-grandson of the man who drew up the rules of the battle, and grandchildren of Samuel Mitchell, who won the Victoria Cross in the battle, were also present.

Before the ceremony a parade comprising representatives of the Royal New Zealand Navy, the 6th Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Haurakis), the Tauranga Sea Cadets Crops and the Tauranga Boys College Cadets Corps marched along Cameron Road from the Tauranga Girls College to the battle site.

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