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Thomas Milne 01-302 copyIf you want to know about Tauranga past and present, here’s where to start.  You can read about the history of the western Bay of Plenty (both Māori and European), about missionaries and Māori, historic places, street names and much more. Download a 70+ page Heritage Study (2008) outlining Tauranga's Heritage (adobe pdf) for reading offline from here. 

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Street names and changes

Where did our street names come from? Click here to find out. View how street views have changed from the 1900s till the year 2000 (click here).


  • A timeline of significant events since European times (click here),
  • A timeline of events significant to local Maori (click here).

Old Photographs

As “a picture is worth a thousand words”, we’ve also included selected images from Retrospect, the historic photographs collection at Tauranga City Libraries. New images will be added regularly, so keep checking for additions. Click here to see some of these.

What do you remember?

Contribute your own memories to the Tauranga Memories site. Register and add an item (click here). Or if you have memories, diary entries, stories, interviews, photographs etc you think could belong to the Tauranga Local History Basket, email us or pop in and visit.

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DP7603 South Auckland Land District: Subdivision of Waitaha Block 2 and Waitaha Block 2 - Ohauiti area (1912).

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Noel Pope spent 27 years on Tauranga City Council and was mayor for 12 of those years. He was elected
Suffrage 125: Remembering the Struggle is a speech given by Debbie McCauley from the Suffrage 125 Tauranga committee on Wednesday
As part of the Suffrage 125 Commemorations in 2018, Tauranga award-winning author Debbie McCauley researched and wrote a children's narrative
Emma Nixon was the mother of six children, two who died as babies. She was a signatory to the Women’s
Emily was a pupil teacher at Colombo Road School in Christchurch when she became pregnant to a fellow student. Her
Phenomenal, unprecedented high rainfall affected the Bay of Plenty on the 18th and 19th of May, especially the Tauranga and
Known as 'Peggy', Margaret Galbraith was the sister of Tauranga Mayor Robert Sharpe Galbraith (1857-1890) who died in office on
In 1908 the Gamman brothers started constructing a mill at Oropi and in 1911 another at Omanawa Falls and later
Tukiata Pā (Matāpihi, Tauranga).
The Ohuki Land Dispute at Matāpihi in Tauranga between Ngāi Tukairangi and Ngāti lasted for three years from 1856 to
Waitangi Day in Tauranga (2017) .
Waitangi Day in Tauranga was commemorated with a dawn service at Hopukiore (Mount Drury) on Monday 6 February 2017 from

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Visit us at the Tauranga Central Library

Tauranga City Libraries’ extensive photograph and archives collections would not exist without the generous people who have contributed items. If you have material that you would like to donate or lend to us so that we can copy it, please contact us or visit the New Zealand Room on the first floor of Tauranga Library. The Local History Collection focuses on people, places and events in the western bay of Plenty, from Katikati to Otamarakau.  Here you can find out about the early history of our city and the surrounding district, missionaries and military settlers, transport and trade, the harbour and the port, agriculture and horticulture.  Research well known personalities, or find your ancestors among those buried in the cemeteries.  We have many publications about the western Bay of Plenty, local newspapers, telephone directories, business directories, historical society journals, maps and an extensive photograph collection.  The Local History section is located on the first floor of Tauranga Library, in the New Zealand Room. The staff at the enquries desk will help you find the resources you need.  Lending copies of publications about the western Bay of Plenty are to be found in the non-fiction collection, also on the first floor.

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