Topic: Timeline: Gate Pā Battle Site

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This history of the Gate Pā Battle site was created as Appendix 1 to the paper "Identity and the Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina), 29 April 1864" written by Debbie McCauley on 5 August 2011 as part of a BA in Humanities and Information & Library Studies.

  • 1864: Battle of Gate Pā (29 April). Māori dead buried on the western slopes below where the bowling green is now situated.
  • 1864-1870: Garrisoned by 68th Durham Light Infantry.
  • 1877: Pā derelict. Earthworks filled in, highway cut through site.
  • 1880: Domain gazetted east of main highway.
  • 1884: Gate Pā Domain Board established. Land exchanged or gifted to Anglican Church.
  • 1900: St George Church built.
  • 1953: Domain land on the Western side of Cameron Road made available for Gate Pā Tennis Club and a Bowling Club.
  • 1964: 100 year centennial celebrations, memorial unveiled.
  • 1974: Gate Pā Domain Board disestablished. Tauranga City Council takes over.
  • 1986: St George Church damaged by fire.
  • 1992: St George Church burnt down. New church built.
  • 2007: Carved tomokanga (a welcome to all people onto a sacred site) added to domain on eastern side of Cameron Road. 
  • 2008: Gate Pā recorded as an archaeological site.
  • 2010: Historical signs erected.
  • 2012: Pukehinahina Charitable Trust created to plan the 150th commemoration of the battle in 2014.

 Sources:

Identity and the Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina), 29 April 1864 (5 August 2011) by Debbie McCauley (Tauranga Memories: Battle of Gate Pa, 1864 kete).

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