Topic: Coincidence touches Tauranga MP

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"It is surprising how often we encounter coincidences in our lives, some quite remarkable," said Mr G. A. Walsh, MP, today. This article appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on Thursday, 30 April 1964, and is reproduced here with their permission.

During the course of his address at the Gate Pa Centennial Ceremony, Sir Harold Barrowclough quoted word for word, the conditions of the battle laid down by the Maori war chief, Henare Taratoa, and sent to General Cameron before the engagement began.

"My own remarks included the suggestion that we as a community, take inspiration from the day's events, and initiate a campaign - already supported to a certain extent in recently expressed public opinion - with the objective of providing a Museum and Art Gallery, for the promotion of our civil culture and historical records.

"My astonishment was profound when out of the crowd walked the grandson of Henare Tarato, a visitor from Otaki who handed to me a large, beautifully framed photograph of his grandfather. The request was that I accept, on behalf of the people of Tauranga, this personal gift as an early contribution to the Tauranga or Bay of Plenty Museum centre, to come.

"This wonderful gesture was a glowing example of the spirit of the day, and an everlasting recording of a just and poetic Maori warrior."

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