Topic: A race regarded with admiration

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"We look back, not in anger but in admiration at a race that in fighting for what it believed right laid down Christian rules of battle and observed them," the Mayor of Tauranga, Mr Mitchell, said at the unveiling of the Gate Pa Memorial yesterday afternoon. This article appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on Thursday, 30 April 1964, and is reproduced here with their permission.

"A hundred years ago the battle was fought on this historic site," he said.

"It was an epic that will never die - the courage fortitude and chivalry of those who fought in the battle."

Mr G. A. Walsh, MP for Tauranga, said the centenary of the battle was not a time to look back but one to decide on a way of preserving relics and the history of early Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

"There are people living here who can remember the early history of Tauranga and if their memories are not recorded there will be no way of preserving history once they are gone," he said.

"This is especially true of the Maoris who have handed down their history by word of mouth.

"It was in the Bay of Plenty that NZ Maori history started with the landing of the canoes at Maketu," he said.

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