Events In History


War in Tauranga

  • War in Tauranga

    During the first half of 1864 the focus of the New Zealand Wars shifted from Waikato to Tauranga. In this phase of the conflict the British suffered a catastrophic defeat at Pukehinahina – better known as the Gate Pā – before inflicting heavy losses on a Māori force at Te Ranga.

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  • Page 2 – Invitation to war

    Ngāi Te Rangi leader Rāwiri Puhirake resisted Wiremu Tāmihana’s request for help during the war in Waikato for fear that this would lead to bloodshed in Tauranga. The arrival

  • Page 3 – Gate Pā

    Gate Pā was a major disaster for the British military, who suffered twice the casualties of the Māori defenders

  • Page 4 – Aftermath

    British soul-searching after the defeat at Gate Pā did not acknowledge the superior tactics and capability of their enemy.

  • Page 5 – Te Ranga

    Unlike at Gate Pā, where the British assault was concentrated on two points, at Te Ranga they were able to attack all along the line of trenches.

  • Page 6 – The fighting ends

    By the end of July the Tauranga war was over. Most of Ngāi Te Rangi accepted peace and handed over weapons, although many of these were old and of poor quality.

  • Page 7 – Further information

    Links and further reading about the war in Tauranga

Regional rugby

  • Regional rugby

    The passion and parochialism of provincial rugby helped give the game a special place in New Zealand’s social and sporting history. Read brief histories, highlights and quirky facts about each of New Zealand's 26 regional rugby teams.

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  • Page 10 - Bay of Plenty rugbyHistory and highlights of rugby in the Bay of Plenty

Container shipping

  • Container shipping

    Forty-five years ago, on 19 June 1971, the first all-container ship to visit New Zealand arrived in Wellington. Columbus New Zealand was part of a worldwide revolution in shipping. These simple steel boxes would change our transport industry, our ports and how we work and shop.

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  • Page 7 - The wreck of the Rena On 5 October 2011 the MSC-chartered, Liberian-flagged container ship Rena astonished local mariners by grounding on the clearly marked Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga. Three months

Largest urban centre and city in Bay of Plenty, 107 km east of Hamilton. Tauranga dates from the establishment of a Church Missionary Society mission at Te Papa, as it was then known, in the 1830s. During the wars of the 1860s the government established two redoubts (fortifications) there. The original mission house, The Elms, still stands, as do the remains of the Monmouth redoubt. From the 1910s, as dairying developed in neighbouring districts, the population grew. Growth was further fostered in the later twentieth century by horticulture – in particular kiwifruit growing – in surrounding districts and by the lifestyle appeal of the town.

Meaning of place name
Lit: sheltered anchorage, or Landing place for canoes.