Location of KatikatiKatikati has a rich and varied history. The town is located between Tauranga and Waihi on the Uretara Stream. The land on which the town was established was obtained as part of an 'enforced sale' after the Battle of Te Ranga in 1864.

In 1875 settlers from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland arrived in Katikati. The settlement, known as the ‘Ulster Plantation’, was the brainchild of Katikati’s founder George Vesey Stewart (1831-1920). Stewart had arrived in New Zealand in 1874 searching for land on which to establish a new settlement. He applied for the Katikati block, which he was granted. The land was later awarded as land grants in farm lots. Upon his return to Ireland he recruited settlers through lectures, circulars and the Orange Lodge. The main ships that the first settlers arrived on were:

1875 Carisbrook Castle

1878 Lady Jocelyn

 Today, Katikati is also known for the many murals painted on walls around the town, a project which started in the 1990s as a way to attract tourists to the area and revitalize the town. There is also the Haiku Pathway which opened in 2000 beside the Uretara River adorned with poem engraved boulders.

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Annie and William Taylor (1900).

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Mount Misery by Ethel Macmillan (c1925).
Ethel Louisa Latham married Charles Macmillan who would later become Mayor and Member of Parliament for Tauranga. She was a
Athenree Homestead (1900).
An article written in 2016 by Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack about her relationship with the historic Athenree Homestead. The history
Apata farm 1950s.
My memories of Apata in the 1950’s, the trains and bus trip to Katikati
Lena and daughter Louis Kettle (1900).
Louis was the grandaughter of Gustavus Ferdinand Von Tempsky (1828-1868), Major in the Forest Rangers.
Mary Ashfield (c1823-1903).
Mary Ashfield appears on the 1893 and 1896 New Zealand Electoral Rolls. This photograph of her was taken by Emily
Katikati Football Team (1913).
This typewritten article by an unknown author is thought to have been written in 1933. It was discovered amongst the
Athenree Homestead (1900).
Many of the settler's who arrived in Katikati as part of George Vesey Stewart's 'Ulster Plantation' named the farms they
Bob Scott donated a chapter on the life of Albert George Squinobal to Tauranga City Libraries in 2015.
John Alexander McKinney and family arrived in New Zealand on the Lady Jocelyn in 1878 as part of George Vesey
Katikati No. 1 School: Tuapiro (1900).
Katikati school teacher John Rollo Comerford Parker was also known as 'Rollo'. His marriage in 1876 to fellow settler Annie
Alice Maryann Macmillan (nee Theobald) (1904-1980).
Alice Macmillan farmed in Beach Road, Katikati, for fifty-two years. She was the mother of Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack.
In this story by Katikati historian Ellen McCormack, we learn that the 'landing' of the Katikati settlers in 1875 was
Katikati ANZAC Day Parade (1947).
This history of the theatre in Katikati has been researched and written by resident Val Baker.
1918 Influenza Pandemic: Outside the 'Hall Hospital' (Katikati).
The opening of the Katikati Maternity Hospital on Monday 1 June 1942 by Frederick Widdowson Doidge (M.P.) was the culmination
Talisman Hotel, owned by Alfred Shepherd (1898).
This piece on the history of the Talisman Hotel in Katikati was written by Katikati historian Ellen McCormack in 2012.
George Vesey Stewart and Tim gardening at Martray (July 1899).
What persuaded a party of Ulster Scots pioneers to leave their homes in the 1870s, and travel halfway round the
Sid Taylor's violin.
Ivy and husband Sidney moved onto a Katikati farm in the 1930s. Sid was a fine singer and good at
Shirley Whyte and Cherry Taylor (c1945).
Cherry Chamberlain wrote this account of her life at Katikati in 2003 with the assistance of Ken Smith and the
Katikati settler William John Stewart brought a consignment of blackbirds, thrushes and starlings to New Zealand on board the Lady
Doctor Joseph Burstein (1901-1987) .
Doctor Joe was a much loved Katikati identity for over 40 years. His early years were scarred by his experiences
The first Fair in Katikati was held in 1885 on Easter Monday. This article appeared in the Bay of Plenty
Katikati events in 1879. Compiled by Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack (2013).
The McCauley Family of Katikati, New Zealand: 1876 to 2012 by Debbie McCauley .
This page contains the index to the book The McCauley Family of Katikati, New Zealand: 1876 to 2012 by Debbie
The Legion of Frontiersmen J Troop, led by Captain Val Baker, won the 2010 TrustPower Western Bay of Plenty Community
Macmillan Poultry Farm, Beach Road, Katikati (1954).
On Friday, 9 August 2013, I was privileged to have the opportunity to take Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack on a
Charles Hagerty was the brother of the Katikati founder George Vesey Stewart's second wife, Alice Amelia Ellen Hagerty (1856-1930).
Katikati School Roll of Honour .
The Katikati pioneers built more than four schools in the Katikati area. They were No. 1 School at Kauri Point;
George Vesey Stewart and Tim gardening at Martray (July 1899).
The year before his death, the 'Father of Katikati,' George Vesey Stewart, made his Farewell Address from his home at
Tauranga Wreath Laying Ceremony (4 August 2014).
Born in Katikati, Albert James King worked as a coal miner. He was my first cousin thrice removed - Debbie
The Stone Cottage by Len McCauley (c1970s).
Remembered as one of 'nature’s true gentlemen' my grandfather was a 'prolific painter' during his retirement years, signing his work
The following article by Joan Dorothy McCauley (nee Harvey) appeared in the 'Taranaki Daily News' on 13 September 1939 (p.
Katikati Cemetery by Debbie McCauley (2010).
This poem 'Katikati Cemetery' was written by Debbie McCauley after organising the restoration of her ancestor's headstone at Katikati Cemetery
The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Katikati and District.
Local authors and historians Christine Clement and Ellen McCormack (QSM) have co-authored a comprehensive history of early Katikati settlers. Article
Katikati events in 1878. Compiled by Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack (2013).
Sarah Ann Crawford (nee Birkett) served the Katikati community as a midwife, even delivering several of her own grandchildren. She
Train at Katikati Railway Station (6 June 1978).
This article on the Katikati Railway Station and the East Coast Main Trunk Line was written by Katikati Historian Ellen
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
[This letter is missing pages 1 & 2 but from its contents the date is estimated at 8 June 1939].
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about a little car he bought and is doing up, a Whitsun holiday to Salisbury,
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about photographs that have arrived of her son, his new Godfather status, Andy volunteering as
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about returning to London, ANZAC volunteers, his 8 days in hospital, letters from Westie and
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about the death of Muv and what Bill is to do, Joan's operation, the scrap
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about their siblings Quita and Rae, Unc's retirement, Muv's operation, his Katikati property and insurance,
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about all the letters he has received, Quit's photo, butter rationing and the substitution of
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about his concern for Muv's health, his war job, Andy's job, a Mrs Rickard who
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about being sent to a Cambridge station after being chucked out of the flying course,
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about his longing for a New Zealand Christmas, the letters from their last trip, Joan's
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about Gordon Saunders who is paying a visit, the New Zealand Anti-Tank Unit, friends Trevor
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about Stan White, Katikati news, Hazel's idea of moving to England or getting a job,
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about an International Friends League meeting, a visit to Newcastle, Scotland, Middlesbrough, Alnwick and Sunderland,
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel about the bleak winter, playing rugby in 2°, the poverty of the East End, Westie
In 1870 Donald Macmillan married Maria Elise Jacobine Barca in St Croix, West Indies. This page starts with Maria's great
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel after receiving the newspaper cutting describing his father's death in Inglewood, New Zealand. Despite an
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel expressing his shock after receiving the cable telling him of their father's death. He mentions
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
John Glen McCauley's last letter to his sister before his disappearance. In which John writes Hazel about his cracked rib,
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which John writes Hazel on the day of her wedding to Eric Robert Anderson (1909-1967). He tells her of
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which Hazel receives a letter from the Air Department describing the circumstances of John's disappearance and concluding that he
John Glen McCauley (1912-1942) .
In which the Minister of Defence responds to Hazel's query about reports of a Pilot Officer J.G. McCauley being released
John Glen McCauley and Joan Dorothy Harvey (1938).
In which Joan writes Hazel about her remarriage to Bob Wallis from Auckland who is in the Merchant Navy, the
John Glen McCauley and Joan Dorothy Harvey (1938).
In which Joan writes Hazel about the recovery of another body near Cherbourg, France, as reported by the International Red
This brief history of the Katikati Archive was written by Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack on 29 January 2009.
John Glen McCauley and Joan Dorothy Harvey (1938).
In which Joan writes Hazel inquiring after her new baby girl, and telling about the Doodlebug's that are hitting London,
John Glen McCauley and Joan Dorothy Harvey (1938).
In which Joan writes Hazel about the four bodies that have now been recovered, encloses a snap of John, and
John Glen McCauley and Joan Dorothy Harvey (1938).
In which Joan writes Hazel about the bodies of two men recovered from the plane John was flying in and
John Glen McCauley and Joan Dorothy Harvey (1938).
In which Joan writes Hazel three months after John's disappearance about unofficial reports of tank trouble with converted transport planes
Lomas family picnic in front of car (c1930).
This photograph of the Lomas family picnic is believed to have been taken c1930.
John Glen McCauley and Joan Dorothy Harvey (1938).
In which Joan writes Hazel about John who hasn't been heard of since his plane departed for Gibraltar on 19
Athenree Post Office (1900).
The Athenree Post Office was built in 1890 on the Stewart's property at Athenree.
Athenree Railway Station (1919).
Athenree Railway Station closed in 1978. The station building was sold and moved to Waihi Beach. Recently it was donated
Ellen McCormack at Athenree Homestead (15 May 2011) .
In 1989, 50 years after the beginning of World War II (1939-1945), Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack recalled her childhood years
John Glen McCauley and Joan Dorothy Harvey (1938).
In which Joan writes Hazel about John's posting to the Mediterranean and the fact that they won't be together for