Topic: Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections at Tauranga City Library

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Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections house the Tauranga City Libraries' main heritage collections and are a valuable local resource. In order to keep information available for everyone, items may not be borrowed. Story and photographs: Debbie McCauley (6 April 2016).

Tauranga has a rich and varied history from early Māori voyagers through to European settlers. Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections at Tauranga City Library seeks to gather this rich history and preserve it for future generations. The collection focuses on people, places and events in the Western Bay of Plenty, from Waihi Beach to Otamarakau.There is information about the vibrant early history of Tauranga city and surrounding districts, from the arrival and settlement of Māori, the Musket Wars, missionaries, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the New Zealand Wars and military settlement, trade, transport and industry, the harbour and port, agriculture and horticulture. The varying collections include Māori Reference, New Zealand Reference, General Reference, Local History collection, Joyce West collection, Bernard Sladden collection, Munro collection, Family History collection, Local Government and Central Government publications.

Our centre for research on New Zealand topics is located on the first floor of the Tauranga central Library.
  • 1960s: The New Zealand Room section began with the donation of an important collection of rare books from the estate of a local resident, Bernard Sladden.
  • 1976: The Archives and Local History Section was established.
  • 1989: A special area is set aside for the Maori Reference Collection.
  • 2013: The New Zealand Room is expanded to hold the General Reference Collection. To reflect the expanded collection a new name was chosen for the room, Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections. The meaning is as follows: Ngā = the [plural], Wāhi = collections (A usage local to Tauranga Moana) and Rangahau = to seek, search out, pursue, research, investigate.
  • 2013: The Okahukura Room was chosen as the name for the new meeting room within Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections. Okahukura is the old name for ‘the flat land between Harington Street and Spring Street on which the town is built’ (Bellamy, A. C., ed.,Tauranga 1882-1982, Tauranga: Tauranga City Council, 1982, p18). It was chosen because, although it is long, it is relatively easy to pronounce, and because it is strongly linked to the place where the library is built.
  • 2016: 40th Anniversary of Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections held at Tauranga City Library on Friday 30 October 2016.

Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections (Tauranga)

Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections main entrance

 

Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections (Tauranga)

Te Waharoa o te Mana Matauranga (The Gateway to the Power of Knowledge)

 

Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections (Tauranga)

Fireproof Room manuscripts collection

 

Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections (Tauranga)

Electoral Rolls 


Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections (Tauranga)

Newspaper archive on microfilm


Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections (Tauranga)

The wooden card catalogue and the old horse-shoe council table

 

Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections (Tauranga)

Bernard Sladden collection

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Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections at Tauranga City Library


Year:1976
City:Tauranga, New Zealand