'Titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamura' 'When you understand the past, you know your future'
St George's memorial church, Gate Pā, Tauranga
St George's since 1900 The first St George's Gate Pā church was built in 1900 as a memorial to the Battle at Gate Pā. A piece of land lying to the east of the main highway was gazetted as a domain (Gate Pā Memorial Reserve) and on 23 August 1880 Canon Jordan requested part of it be made available for a church. For many years St George's Gate Pā was a daughter church of Holy Trinity Tauranga. St George's Gate Pā became an independent parish when our first vicar, Reverend C.D.R. Stevens, was inducted in 1962. In 1992 the church experienced a significant fire, which resulted in our current building being erected in 1993. More information can be found in the History of St. George's Gate Pā booklet - or by checking out their website: St George's Gate Pā
Pukehinahina - Gate Pā This photo was taken in 1864 before the Battle of Gate Pā. It shows the Pā at the top of hill - which is where St George's memorial church sits today.
The land below which is wherre the battle mainly took place - is today a beautiful Memorial Reserve
Gate Pā memorial reserve
Today this is a peaceful tranquil spot with some of the stories told on the story boards along the walkway. Eight carved pillars (pou) were installed along the edge of the reserve. Each pou stands for one of the main protagonists: Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Tamarāwaho, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Hangarau, Waitaha, Tainui iwi, and Pākehā (Lieutenant General Sir Duncan Cameron is depicted). Read about the pou's here: