At the entrance to Tauranga Harbour in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, stands the volcanic cone of Mauao (Mt Maunganui, or simply "the Mount"). The area surrounding Mauao is known as Tauranga Moana - "The Seas of Tauranga". It begins at Bowentown which guards the northern entrance to Tauranga Harbour, and continues south to Papamoa near Te Puke. The area runs inland to the mountains Otawa and Otanewainuku, along the Kaimai Ranges and back to Bowentown. (See map.) This is the area of three Maori iwi (tribes) - Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Pukenga. It is also home to many European settlers.
Mauao with Matakana Island and Tauranga Harbour in the background
Memories a Plenty
These pages capture the memories of those who have lived in Tauranga Moana, both Maori and European. It is a repository for the human tales of births and deaths, marriages and children, work and play, disasters and achievements, the stories of ordinary people as well as prominent leaders, the stories of farmers, artists, and politicians, of intrepid women and brave men.
See Tauranga Memories.
Sharing Your Memories
Do you have memories or photographs to share? Then go to Tauranga Memories and see how you can add to this respository of stories." Submit a Memory.
Last Reviewed: 07/09/2012