From the 13th century countless footprints from Tangata Whenua, through European, Asian and Pacifica settlement have been laid throughout our region; each telling diverse and often harrowing stories which reverberate today. Alongside, inspiring and uplifting stories also resound. Sadly, few know these stories or how they became interwoven over time in dramatic, strange and often wonderful ways that that will inspire our future generations.
Since 1873 all attempts by local government to establish a regional museum or heritage centre that represents all has been fraught with highly documented political, social, and financial controversy.
To avoid history repeating itself yet again, the impetus must now come from our now diverse community in which approximately 32 ethnicities call home. To have any real chance of success, and to encompass our diversity while working to Te Tiriti values and principles, our regional heritage centre and museum initiatives need to be independent in nature and structure. They need to be of the people, for the people and by all the people of Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Moana.
Let YOUR voice be heard - have YOUR say - please take our survey to help our region get this right. Your contact details are optional, but please get in touch if you would like to learn more, or become involved. Contact, Shine Communications who are undertaking this survey as part of a community led Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Moana Heritage Strategy.
Taonga Tū | Heritage Bay of Plenty. Advocates for a community driven Heritage Centre for Western Bay of Plenty located in Tauranga City. To this end we are developing a Western Bay of Plenty Heritage Strategy and, when COVID allows, we offer heritage programmes towards increasing awareness and understanding for the heritage of our abundant subregion from its beginnings in the 13th century through into the 21st century. Western Bay of Plenty is now home to over 32 ethnicities. All have stories to tell.