Events In History

Joe Warbrick

Joe Warbrick was the captain, coach and selector for the New Zealand Natives' tour of Britain in 1888-89, the first New Zealand representative rugby team to tour beyond Australia.

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Sophia Hinerangi (Guide Sophia)

Best known as ‘Guide Sophia’ she was the principal tourist guide of the famous Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana.

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Don Stafford

Historian Don Stafford spent most of his long career championing the history and heritage of his beloved city, Rotorua

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City on the southern shores of Lake Rotorua. Rotorua is unusual among New Zealand cities in being neither a port nor originally a farm service centre. Rotorua was built in the early 1880s by the government, as a town for tourists visiting the ‘hot lakes’. It was laid out on the Pukeroa–Oruawhata block, land leased from Ngāti Whakaue near the Māori lakeside settlement of Ōhinemutu. This arrangement with the tribal owners broke down, and the government became the sole owner in 1888. The arrival of the railway in 1894 spurred growth. The government developed a European-style spa with ornamental gardens, and bathing and therapeutic facilities. After the Second World War, growth was also fostered by forest, farm and hydroelectricity development.

Meaning of place name
Roto: lake; rua: two, or second. It was the second lake to be discovered by Ihenga, who called it Te Rotorua nui-ā-Kahumatamomoe, roto: lake; rua: second; nui: large; ā: of; Kahumatamomoe, Ihenga's uncle and father-in-law.