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Welcome to RECOLLECT

Swimmers by the Uretara River, Katikati, 1920Goods train through the Athenree GorgeView of the Te Puke Hotel 1908Katikati BlacksmithsANZAC Bay Squatters.Baled hay on truckTe Puke Post Office and Bank of New Zealand c1915The Uretara Stream in the 1930s

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.


Featured Collections

Oral Histories

There's nothing like listening to history directly from the people who were there to experience it. Oral histories bring the past to life, and we have a small collection of interesting and lively oral histories which you can access by simply clicking on the green text above, or the green button to the right.


Turn Back Tuesday

A collection of photographs from around the Western Bay which we feature on the Western Bay of Plenty District Libraries Facebook page every Tuesday. Each one is a fascinating snapshot into our past - just click on the green text above, or the green button to the right and enjoy!


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. If you wish to listen to the programme it can be found at