Topic: Tauranga names resulting from the Battle of Gate Pā

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This list of names resulting from the Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina), 29 April 1864, was used as Appendix 8 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.

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This information was taken from a series of articles on Western Bay of Plenty Street Names by Tauranga Historian Jinty Rorke (1994-1995). See also 'A dead sheet covered with meaningless words?': Place names and the cultural colonization of Tauranga by Giselle Byrnes (New Zealand Journal of History, 36, 1 (2002))

Cameron Road

General Duncan Cameron Commander of British forces at the Battle of Gate Pā. Tauranga’s main road.

Church Street

The street with St George’s church on it

Devonport Road

Named by seamen after the Royal Naval base in England

Durham Street

68th Regiment The Durham Light Infantry

Esk Street

HMS Esk, HMS Harrier and HMS Miranda bought troops to the Battle of Gate Pā

Fraser Street

Named after Colonel William Fraser (1827-1901) who fought at Te Ranga.

Gate Pā

The pā (Pukehinahina) at the gate in the fence on the boundary of the mission land. Also the surrounding area which is now covered in housing and known as the suburb of Gate Pā.

Greerton

A suburb to the south of Gate Pā named after Colonel Greer.

Greerton Road

Colonel Greer Commanding Officer of the 68 Regiment at Gate Pā

Hamilton Street

Captain Hamilton Commander of HMS Esk, killed at Gate Pā

Harington Street 

Lieutenant Colonel Philip Harington arrived in Tauranga in 1864 as officer in charge of the 1st Waikato Militia. He later transferred to the Armed Constabulary with the rank of Inspector. In the general allocation of farm land to military settlers Harington received a prime site on Cambridge Road still known by the name he gave it, Kelston.

Harrier Street

HMS Esk, HMS Harrier and HMS Miranda bought troops to the Battle of Gate Pā

Manley Grove

Surgeon Major Manley who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Gate Pā

Miranda Street

HMS Esk, HMS Harrier and HMS Miranda bought troops to the Battle of Gate Pā

Mitchell Street

Samuel Mitchell who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Gate Pā

Monmouth Street

43rd Regiment, The Monmouthshire Regiment

Ngatai Road 

In Otumoetai. Named for Ngāi Te Rangi chief Hōri Ngātai (c1832-1912) who fought in the Battle of Gate Pā.

Taratoa Street

In Merivale. Ngāi Te Rangi leader Hēnare Wiremu Taratoa (c1830-1864) was a key figure in the Battle of Gate Pā at Pukehinahina on 29 April 1864. Taratoa was killed during the Battle of Te Ranga on 21 June 1864.

'When the Imperial troops were in Tauranga they named some of their fortified positions for places where they had served. The redoubt at Judea was referred to as the India Redoubt, a name which has not survived, whereas Europe has passed into use as Oropi' (Rorke).

There is, however, doubt about the usage of the name 'India'. It may be that the name 'Judea' when written in cursive handwriting was mistaken for the word 'India' leading to confusion.

‘The redoubt at Gate Pa on the Pukahinahina ridge guarded any approach [by hostile Maori] from the south, while the India Redoubt at Judea was established to cover any approach from the direction of the Wairoa River along the general line of what is today State Highway 2’ (Pugsley).

 

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). Archived at https://perma.cc/7C4K-NKNQ

Walking the Waikato Wars: the Battle of Te Ranga, 21 June 1864 by Chris Pugsley (New Zealand Defence Quarterly, Autumn 1998, n20, p-37).

Western Bay of Plenty Street Names by Jinty Rorke (1994-1995).

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Tauranga names resulting from the Battle of Gate Pā


Year:1864
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Tauranga names resulting from the Battle of Gate Pā by Debbie McCauley (Tauranga City Libraries) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand License