'Titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamura' 'When you understand the past, you know your future'
Tauranga's Historic Precinct - Otamataha Pā
Cliff Road, the site of Otamataha Pā, is an iconic historic site of significance in its own right. It is also the place of the historic 2018 Apology by the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, setting it forever as a place of 'Forgiveness and Reconciliation'.
Otamataha Pā, or Cliff Road, completes the historic precinct adjacent to the CBD of over four hectares of nationally significant buildings and heritage gardens. A regional heritage centre within an historic precinct will create an historic focal point will be a significant drawcard for regional locals, visitors and tourists alike.
This unique heritage precinct includes:
The Bonded Warehouse (1883) at No. 1 The Strand
The Elms Mission buildings (1838) and gardens
The Monmouth Redoubt (1864)
The Mission Cemetery (1838)
The archeologically significant Otamataha Pa and battle site (Cliff Road) which was over-run in 1828
The Robbins Park Begonia Glasshouse (1954)
Rose Gardens (1958)
A modern Heritage Centre here would complete the precinct.
Otamataha Pā - a magnet for tourism A nationally significant regional heritage centre here will have a transformational effect on the Tauranga and Bay of Plenty regional tourism industry. International visitors will be attracted to the region, with spin-off tourism ventures developing further, such as Māori tourism attractions, hotels, and heritage/cultural tours. Visitors will also enjoy the tranquil setting of green space, heritage trees and gardens and picnic spaces in shady historic spots. And its only a short stroll from the CBD along the waterfront.
Preferred site for tangata whenua Tangata whenua leaders have clearly stated their long-standing strong preference for the Heritage Centre to be within the historic precinct at Cliff Road (Otamataha Pā) due to its historical and cultural significance and connections.
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Photograph acknowledgement: The Elms, Tauranga and C R Brown
Great cities have iconic buildings in significant places This site, in such a significant historic precinct, has outstanding potential for creating an icon with striking and meaningful architectural design of Bay of Plenty regional identity. Quite apart from its historic significance, Otamataha Pā site has visual appeal from all angles and would be easily seen by anyone crossing the harbour bridge in the direction of Tauranga. No other site in Tauranga City has the potential for creating such a stunning historic presence.
Cliff Road (Otamataha Pā) site has deep connection to our harbour (Te Awanui)
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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