'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' and ultimate unification.
Otamataha Pā, or Cliff Road, completes the historic precinct adjacent to the CBD of over four hectares of nationally significant buildings and heritage gardens. An iconic heritage centre | museum within an historic precinct will be a significant drawcard for locals, visitors and tourists alike.
This unique heritage precinct includes:
The archeologically significant Otamataha Pā and battle site (Cliff Road) which was over-run in 1828
The Elms Mission buildings (1838) and gardens
The Mission Cemetery (1838)
The Monmouth Redoubt (1864)
The Bonded Warehouse (1883) at No. 1 The Strand
The Robbins Park Begonia Glasshouse (1954)
Rose Gardens (1958)
A modern and iconic Heritage Centre | museum in recognition of the site's history that takes us from our beginnings into the partnerships of today and into the future, would complete this historic precinct.
Otamataha Pā - a reconciliation of the past at the centre of Tauranga's Historic Precinct A local, regional and nationally significant heritage centre | museum here would not only demonstrate a reconciliation of the past, but will 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 precinct and the stories it has to offer. An iconic Museum/Heritage Centre here, with its aspect to Mauao will also be an auspices destination for community events and visiting dignitaries. All will enjoy the tranquil setting for local and regional story telling, the green space, the heritage trees and gardens and picnic spaces in shady historic spots. And its all within a short stroll the waterfront and business centre.
Preferred site for tangata whenua Tangata whenua leaders have clearly stated their long-standing strong preference for the Heritage Centre | museum to be within the historic precinct at Otamataha Pā (Cliff Road) due to its historical, heritage and culturally significance connections.
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Photograph acknowledgement: The Elms, Tauranga and C R Brown
Great cities have iconic buildings in significant places that tell their stories This site, in such a significant historic precinct, has outstanding potential for unification by creating an iconic Heritage Centre |Museum with striking and meaningful architectural design that brings the original peoples, and later settlers, together. In addition to its historic significance, the Otamataha Pā site with its glimpses of Mauao, has visual appeal from all angles and would easily be 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 deeply meaningful and stunning historic presence for a Heritage Centre | museum.
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