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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.