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Ko te tangi a te tūī, tui, tui, tuia. Ko te tangi a te huia, hui, hui, huia

Ko te tangi a te tangata, kanohi ki te kanohi
Tihei mauri ora  

The resounding cries of our native birds, the tūī, and the huia, call us to gather together,
commanding us to be connected to story and to place
Behold, tis the breath of life

Children at Maungatapu School gala 1969

Children at the Maungatapu School gala, 1969. Tauranga City Libraries Photo pn-5146

For more than 40 years Tauranga City Libraries has carefully collected and preserved our history as part of an extensive archive collection. Now you can access this rich and varied collection on Pae Korokī: Tauranga archives online.

With more than 50,000 taonga available for you to explore and discover, Pae Korokī: Tauranga archives online will continue to grow. As we digitise more of the archive collections, they will be made available online for you to enjoy as well as for future generations. 

Low tide in Awanui Harbour

Low tide in Te Awanui Harbour, with Mauao in the background. Tauranga City Libraries Photo 21-271

Is there a meaning to the name?

The name Pae Korokī was given to us by local kaumātua, Huikakahu Kawe (Ngāi Te Ahi) in 2019 and was inspired by this whakataukī;

“Ka korokī ngā manu ka tākiri ko te ata”
“The dawn chorus of the birds signals a new day”

This whakataukī talks about birds and the power of birdsong greeting early morning light, giving rise to new life, a new day, a new beginning, as a metaphor for a new era of enlightenment.

Unearth the rich stories of Tauranga Moana on our website: paekoroki.tauranga.govt.nz

If you have any questions or feedback or would like to contribute to the Archive collections whakapā mai research@tauranga.govt.nz 

Preparing food at opening of Hangarau wharenui, 1969

Preparing food at the opening of the new Hangarau wharenui, 1969. Tauranga City Libraries Photo pn-2166



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