Tauranga in History

Historical Events

  • 1864-01-21 The Tauranga Campaign of the New Zealand Wars begins

Battle of Gate Pā

1864-04-29 Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga

  • 1864-06-21 New Zealand Wars: The Tauranga Campaign ends

Famous Birthdays

  • 1879-12-03 Albert Asher, New Zealand dual-code rugby union and rugby league winger (RU 11 caps; RL Australasia 2 Tests, NZ 1), born in Tauranga, New Zealand (d. 1965)

Peter BurlingPeter Burling (31 years old)

1991-01-01 New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 49er class 2016, silver 2012, 20; helmsman America's Cup 2017, 21; ISAF World Sailor of the Year 2015, 17), born in Tauranga, New Zealand