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Welcome to RECOLLECT

The Kaituna River BridgeTe Puke Post OfficeYachts on the Uretara RiverSamuel Middlebrook Snr.Katikati BlacksmithsANZAC Bay Squatters.A view from Noble Johnston's farm in Katikati c1935R. King and Co., Paengaroa

Welcome to Western Bay Community Archives

This archive is the product of the community it serves.

We collect stories and memories from as far north as Waihi Beach, west towards the Kaimai Ranges and as far east as Otamarakau.

These are preserved within Archive Rooms at The Centre - Pātuki Manawa in Katikati, and at Te Puke Library and Service Centre.

If you want to know more, you can contact us here



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