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The Battle of Te Ranga - 160th commemoration

Friday 21 June 2024

PRICES

Free

WHEN

Fri 21 June, 7:15-8:30

WHERE

225 Pyes Pa Road (Corner Pyes Pa and Joyce Road)

Join us to commemorate 160 years since the Battle of Te Ranga from 7.15am on Friday, 21 June. The service begins from 7.30am and includes a karakia by Pastor Leanne Rolleston, waiata from pupils of Taumata School, Te Kura o Manunui and Pyes Pa School, and hīmene for everyone to take part in. The commemoration will conclude around 8.30am followed by tea and coffee at Aquinas College.

About the Battle of Te Ranga and Te Ranga landscape plan
The Battle of Te Ranga took place on 21 June 1864 and holds a significant place in Tauranga history and also nationally as part of the New Zealand Land Wars, although the current site does not reflect its importance.

The conflict at the current day corner of Pyes Pa and Joyce Road was seen as retaliation from British forces after their defeat at the Battle of Gate Pā the previous month.

Tauranga City Council, in partnership with Ngāi Tamarāwaho and the Pukehinahina Charitable Trust, is enhancing the site as part of an initiative to acknowledge the significance of the area, educate visitors, and provide more opportunities for the community to engage with stories of Tauranga Moana.

The project will see a tomokanga (gateway), information panels and seating added to the site. A car park will be built from Joyce Road and a walkway will connect the car park to the rest of the site.

A planted embankment was installed parallel to Pyes Pa Road for sound protection in 2022.