'Titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamura' 'When you understand the past, you know your future'
Tauranga's Te Papa Historic Area
The northern end of Tauranga's Te Papa peninsula, which is known as Tauranga's historic area, was occupied by Māori until the devastating raid by Ngāti Maru from the Thames area in 1828.
The Cliff Road vicinity, site of the original Ōtamataha Pā, is an iconic historic site of significance in its own right. It is also the place of the historic 2018 Anglican Apology by the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, setting it forever as a place of 'Forgiveness and Reconciliation' and ultimate unification. Naboth's Vineyard is an exceptional piece of work by Dr Alistair Reece outlining the history leading up to the historic Anglican Apology
Ōtamataha Pā, or Cliff Road area, is within Tauranga's historic area adjacent to the CBD. Whānau/Hapū of the area hold its rich history in the palm of their hands as this area comprises significant Māori history, historic reserves, buildings and heritage gardens.
This unique historic area, amongst many other things, includes:
Hapū history of this area pre European times
The archeologically significant Ōtamataha Pā and battle site (Cliff Road) which was over-run in 1828
The Elms Mission buildings (1838) and gardens
The Mission Cemetery (1838)
The Old Post Office (1863)
The Monmouth Redoubt (1864)
The Domain as a Reserve (1873)
The Aspen Tree - Willow Street (1880) - No longer there sadly - but it is still a story to be told
Brain Watkins House (1881)
The Bonded Warehouse (1883) at No. 1 The Strand
The Rail Bridge (1910)
Statue of Cannon Jordon - Wharepai Domain (1916)
The Domain Gates - Wharepai Domain (1921)
Herries Park - The Strand (1928)
ANZ Bank building - Spring Street (1938) & Sculpture (1995) - Legend of Taurikura
The Robbins Park Begonia Glasshouse (1954)
Rose Gardens - Cliff Road (1958)
Hotel St Amand - The Strand (1962)
Te Awanui Canoe - The Strand (1973)
Ōtamataha Pā - a reconciliation of the past at the centre of Tauranga's Historic Area. A local cultural centre sited here would likely not only demonstrate the reconciliation of the past, but would have a transformational effect in unifying Tauranga and its wider reach across the Bay of Plenty and beyond.
Locals and visitors alike will be attracted to this historic area for the rich stories it has to tell. With its aspect to Mauao and with so many historic sites to visit between Sixth Avenue and Sulphur Point (72 in fact) in this area of Tauranga, all will enjoy this small part of Tauranga; the heritage trees and gardens, the picnic spaces in shady historic spots and other sites of interest - and all within the CBD
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Photograph acknowledgement: The Elms, Tauranga City Libraries,Tauranga Historical society and C R Brown
Great cities have iconic historic areas that have many stories to tell. Tauranga's historic area has outstanding potential for iwi to work together with heritage partners for creating a registered Historic Area under New Zealand New Zealand | Pouhere Taonga. No other area within Tauranga City's CBD has the potential for creating such a deeply meaningful and stunning historic presence. Read more about The Historic Footprints of Te Papa- an exceptional piece of work by John Coster.
Cliff Road (Otamataha Pā) site has deep connection to our harbour (Te Awanui)
Click on images below to read captions Photo Acknowledgement: History Tauranga Port and Tauranga City Libraries
Tauranga harbour has sustained the community for nearly nine hundred years when iwi first sailed through the harbour entrance in their waka. The first European ship to grace our harbour was The Herald in 1826, bringing the missionaries and early settlers. Our harbour represents a significant taonga in itself. In 1950 Tauranga was chosen as an export port for the Bay of Plenty, creating many jobs and increasing the population markedly. Tauranga has continued to become a thriving marine city, its story just waiting to be told. The Port of Tauranga's history here.
Header Photo Acknowledgement: nzpostcards, The Elms, Tauranga City Libraries