Welcome to Tauranga City Libraries' online digital ‘knowledge basket’, capturing the spirit  of Tauranga and its communities. Our vision is to capture the memories of local people through their personal stories, photographs, video and audio footage. These memories can be from this region or from other places in the world as well. Jump into a basket below, or check out content from our local community (to the right).

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A presentation given at the 2015 National Digital Forum 


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14th Multicultural Festival, Tauranga.

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Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016).
As part of Local History Week and the 40th Anniversary of Nga Wahi Rangahau Research Collections, archivist Stephanie Smith gave
Rare Books Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016).
As part of Local History Week and the 40th Anniversary of Nga Wahi Rangahau Research Collections, archivist Stephanie Smith gave
Local History Week in Tauranga (2016).
Local History Week in Tauranga ran from 26 September to 2 October 2016. This was a special week as it
Amanda McFadden (2016).
The 2016 Greerton Village Cherry Blossom Festival took place on Saturday 24 September. Thousands of people joined the festival in
Menzies Whare Opening (5 September 2016).
On 5 September 2016 the restored Menzies Whare was opened at the Elms in Tauranga. Over a year of hard
The Somme: From Tauranga to the Trenches (2016).
The Somme: From Tauranga to the Trenches is the latest WW1 exhibition from the Tauranga Heritage Collection. Photos: Fiona Kean.
Kaimai Range Army Exercise: In the midst of World War II the Army staged large-scale tactical maneuvers in the Kaimai
Greerton Village Cherry Blossom (2011).
The iconic flowering cherry trees in Greerton Village have long been a drawcard to the area each spring for the
Mount Misery by Ethel Macmillan (c1925).
Mount Misery was a farm of 101 acres belonging to William Henry James Poole at Pyes Pa in Tauranga. The
Marlin Fishing at Tuhua by Edward Victor Simpson (1934).
Edward Victor Simpson worked as a photojournalist. One of his articles appeared in the book 'Tauranga and the Mount' which
Halford Douglas Pye (1920-1945).
During World War II Katikati man Halford Douglas Pye was a member of crew of an Avro Lancaster bomber that
Bookrapt Seminar 2016: Penguins, Poems & Pandemonium.
On Saturday 6 August 2016, the Bay of Plenty Children's Literature Association Incorporated, otherwise known as 'Bookrapt', held their annual
Julia Maria Tovey (nee Martin) and her husband, Captain Alexander Charles Hughes Tovey, arrived in New Zealand in May of
Herbert and Emma Theobald.
This story 'How the Theobald Family Came to Manawahe' was written by Anne Fenton. Anne was the step-daughter of Herbert
Hamilton High School Cap: Edward Victor Simpson (1925).
The Simpson's were an early Tauranga family. William McGregor Simpson married Jane McCauley at Katikati in 1889. They lived in
Matariki Film Awards (2016).
The Matariki Film Challenge 2016 was the first of its kind in Tauranga Moana, focusing on local stories with a
Greerton Library Opening (15 July 2016).
The new Greerton Library, more than twice the size of the old one, opened on Friday 15 July 2016 after
Tauranga Motorcycle Club president Roy Alexander Lovell died on 19 July 1990 in Tauranga Hospital. He was seriously injured at
Basil Alexander Walker (1919-1941).
Basil Alexander Walker was serving during World War II when his Wellington aircraft crashed in the Western Desert on 5
Matariki Lecture: Rongoa Maori by Rob McGowan (2016).
On 6 July 2016 Rob McGowan delivered two lectures on Rongoa Maori: Learning from the Seasons as part of the
Matariki Lecture: The Renaissance of the Voyaging Canoe by Frank Kawe (2016).
In 2010 seven vaka moana (ocean going canoes) embarked on a 30,000 nautical mile ocean voyage to raise awareness about
Matariki Kite Day (2016).
On Sunday 3 July 2016 Tauranga City Libraries hosted a Matariki Kite Day at Fergusson Park as part of the
Mana Rangatahi - Youth Workshop (28 June 2016).
On 28 June 2016 a Mana Rangatahi (Youth Workshop) was held in the Tauranga City Council Chambers as part of
Tauranga's LGBT March (18 June 2016).
On 18 June 2016 more than three hundred people showed their solidarity with the victims of the Orlando shooting by
Battle of Te Ranga Commemoration (21 June 2016).
The 152nd commemoration of the Battle of Te Ranga was held on 21 June 2016 at 7am at the Te
Mount Maunganui Library opened on 19 August 1967.
Matariki Lecture: Māori Astronomy by Doctor Rangi Matamua (2016).
A lecture by Doctor Rangi Matamua, Constellations in the Sky Will Last Forever - He Tātai Whetu O Te Rangi,
Matariki Performance: Te Ao - The World (14 June 2016).
Karetao Pūoro (singing puppets) are an ancient Māori treasure that to a large extent has been sleeping for generations. This
Arthur Morrow was born in County Longford, Ireland, the fifth son of Mr. Hugh and Eliza Morrow, he arrived in
Ngāti Ranginui Deed of Settlement (21 June 2012).
Ngāti Ranginui signed a Treaty of Waitangi Deed of Settlement with the the Crown on 21 June 2012, the 148th
Matariki Film Challenge (2016).
The Matariki Film Challenge is the first of its kind in Tauranga Moana, focusing on local stories with a Matariki
Medallion front and rear.
Robert Bole Morrow was born in Ireland and served most of his adult life with the British Military in India.
Matariki Exhibition: Te Hokowhitu a Tū - Māori Pioneers (2016).
"Te Hokowhitu a Tū” the Māori Pioneers is an exhibit that commemorates the exploits of the Māori Battalion during the
Matariki 2016: Artefact Digitisation Unit.
During the Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival 2016 Auckland Museum’s Online Cenotaph digital kiosk was placed at Tauranga City Library. The
Yvonne Morrow (1915-1999) 16-038.
Yvonne was the first born daughter of Ruby and Vivian Morrow, 1915. Sister of Gwen and Alison. Attended Whitiora School
Matariki Exhibition: Our Place, Our Stories (2016).
This collaborative exhibition was hosted by Creative Tauranga who invited artists in Tauranga Moana to show work significant to Matariki
Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival: Whanau Day (6 June 2016).
In 2016 the Tauranga Moana Matariki Advistory Committee organised the 2016 Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival. This was the festival's 15th
Frank G Morrow portrait c 1915 16-024.
Frank Gordon Morrow joined the first NZEF and was shipped to Egypt for training, then Gallipoli where he was wounded.
Arthur, known as Uncle Nelson by his family, served two tours during the First World War and within New Zealand

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Greerton Village History 
Katikati Heritage Museum
Local Genealogy Groups
Mount Primary Centenary
Ngai Te Rangi
N.Z. Society of Authors (BOP)
The Rena ecological disaster
Tauranga Artists
Tauranga Heritage Collection
Tauranga Hospital Centenary
Tauranga Jazz Society
Tauranga Music & Musicians
Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council
Tauranga Writers Group
Tauranga WW100
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Tauranga City Libraries is facilitating an online digital ‘knowledge basket’  Tauranga Memories  to capture the spirit  of Tauranga and its communities. Our vision is to capture these memories through your personal stories, photographs, video and audio footage.

It could be the stories of your migration or photos of a Tauranga event that you may have attended. Both individuals and community groups are welcome to contribute.So come join us in creating a vibrant resource that captures that true spirit of Tauranga, creating a legacy for our future generations to enjoy. For more details, email Tauranga Memories.



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