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Southern Cross on Athenree FlatsSecond Pioneer Store. Katikati Royal Mail Coach crossing Uretara River bridge Katikati c1913Wheelbarrow race Main Street Katikati c1932Last Kauri log for the mill. Katikati Te Puke Post Office and Bank of New Zealand c1915Main street Te Puke c1915Uretara River Katikati 1946

 

 

Welcome to Western Bay of Plenty Community Archives.

It is made up of documents and images selected from a collection of 50 years work gathered by dedicated volunteers.

Additions will be made continually.  We hope you enjoy our stories. 

RECENT ADDITION TO THE SITE

DICK LEA CONTRACTOR PHOTOGRAPHS

The most recent addition is "The Dick Lea Contractor Photographs" collection. Dick worked clearning swampland and ploughing farmland around Te Puke, and on road building in the Kaimais in the 1930s and the photos document his working equipment and his life.

TE PUKE HOTEL CENTENARY VIDEOS

In 2008 the Te Puke Hotel sponsored the recording of interviews of older members of the Te Puke district by students at the Intermediate School. This was done to commemorate the centenary of the hotel. The first of these videos is now available for you to view under "Oral Histories - Huia Tapsell"

PAPERS OF THE PAST.

The National Library of New Zealand provides digital access to New Zealand and Pacific newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Two papers about the Western Bay can be read via the following links: The Te Puke Times from 1913-1920 https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/te-puke-times  and The Bay of Plenty Times from 1872-1940  https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/bay-of-plenty-times