Welcome to RECOLLECT
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 ADDITIONS TO THE SITE
PIONEER TRADES - WESTERN BAY MUSEUM EXHBITION STORIES.
The stories that were gathered to support the exhibition of Pioneer Trades at the Western Bay museum have now been loaded to a collection on this site. Go to "Collections" at the bottom of the page and click on the poster for the exhbition.
An interview with Gwen and Ray Singleton. Another of the oral histories that were recorded as part of the celebration of the Te Puke Hotel centenary in 2008 has been loaded to this site.
KORERO OF KATIKATI - 50 YEARS AGO
"Korero of Katikati" was a 4 page community newspaper published monthly by Stella Wills and distributed free to local households. We have copies of many of the old Koreros but not a complete set. If you go to the "Collections" tab and click on "Korero of Katikati" you will find images of the March, June and July 1968 copies published 50 years ago.
"KATIKATI - THE ULSTER COLONY DOWN UNDER" is a radio programme first broadcast in February 2014 by BBC Radio Ulster. It's about George Vesey Stewart and the Katikati settlement. It was recently broadcast on Radio New Zealand on the evening of Monday 4 June. If you wish to listen to the programme it can be found at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03tzpb4.
ALEXANDER TURNBULL LIBRARY COLLECTIONS.
The following link will take you to the website of the Alexander Turnbull Library collections. https://natlib.govt.nz/collections/a-z/alexander-turnbull-library-collections
If you open the "Search" box on that page and put in the name of a town or area e.g. "Waihi Beach" you will be linked to a number of resources pertaining to that area. On the left hand side of the screen you can apply filters such as "images" which will limit your hits to only photos. Have a browse and enjoy this wonderful historical resource.
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 1872-1949 https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/bay-of-plenty-times