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Remembering the Battle of Gate Pā | Pukehinahina - 160th Commemoration

Monday 29 April 2024




Mon 29 April, 16:00-17:00


Te Whare Karakia o Hori Tapu - Anglican Church of St George, 1 Church Street, Gate Pā, Tauranga

The Anglican Parish of Gate Pā invites you to a short service at St. Georges Anglican Church on April 29 to commemorate the the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Pukehinahina - Gate Pā and to honour all those who fought and died in this tragic event and to reflect on the consequences of the battle for ngā iwi o Tauranga Moana.

Our service will start at 4pm, when the British forces began their march up Pukehinahina. We will hear an account of the battle and then have a time of silent reflection with images playing.

At 4.30 the bell will be rung 60 times to remember the approximately 60 men who lost their lives in the battle. We will finish with prayers/karakia for the future of our city.

This year Rev John Hebenton tssf will be offering some final reflections on the importance of this day before he retires. This will be followed by refreshments in the lounge.

Because St. Georges Church sits on the site of the Battle of Gate Pā we feel a sense of responsibility for holding the story of both the battles and the aftermath with integrity, and to offer ways the people can hear about, engage with and reflect upon these stories and what they mean for us living in Tauranga Moana.

2014 saw huge gatherings commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battles of Gate Pā and Te Ranga with some very significant events held on the actual days of the battles. It continues to be our hope that these would be the beginning of some ongoing events for the people of this city to engage with the story of the New Zealand Wars and our colonial past and how these shape present day New Zealand society.

We offer this simple service as a contribution to this ongoing commemoration. This will be one of several events happening on this important day for our city.

If you wish to be involved in this event, please contact the St. Georges Anglican Church at Gate Pā.