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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).

 Timelines

  • 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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Tauranga's LGBT March (18 June 2016).

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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
This enormous pōhutukawa tree dominates the Tree Reserve at 24 Pitau Road, Mount Maunganui. The tapu tree is thought to
Floral Steamer, The Strand, Tauranga (1952).
A Floral Steamer constructed in 1938 has graced The Strand in Tauranga ever since and many of those who live
Humpty Dumpty, Memorial Park, Tauranga (1963).
In 1959 Onna Joustra designed a playground for Memorial Park that was submitted to a Borough Council competition by the
World War II Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Tauranga (2014).
Memorial Park sits on 11 hectares of land next to the Tauranga harbour between 11th and 7th Avenues. The park
New Year's Eve on Tauranga's Waterfront (31 December 2016) .
The free New Year's Eve Barbecue on the Waterfront was at The Strand on 31 December 2016 from 5pm. Family-orientated
Awanui Black, Sylvia Willison & Mererina Murray (21 June 2016).
On 30 November 2016 highly respected Tauranga iwi leader and educator Awanuiārangi Black passed away at the age of 48.
Tauranga Town Hall Occupation (1987).
In September 1987 Tauranga saw protests about the demolition of its Town Hall. The protests included an occupation by tangata

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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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