Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Heading around to the Strand in Tauranga

A bit of a  mix of sites along the Tauranga heritage trail as you head down McLean Street to The Strand.  You see Te Urunga here, the shelter for the waka Te Awanui, carved from a totara log by master carver Tuti Tukaokao in 1973. The shelter was opened in 1975, on the site of the Tauranga Harbour Board office.

Something not in the heritage trail brochure: a memorial plaque to Rod Donald of the Green Party, along with memorial tree.

This is the Bond Store, built in 1883 by James Alexander Mann of Mann & Co, merchants. They moved from their temporary premises from July that year to their new building "under the Fort, north end of the Strand". It was sold in 1908, according to NZHPT, and has been used for various purposes since. Now, it's a local newspaper office.

But, just over the railway tracks ...

... is a stunning piece of street art, what appears to be a memorial to Sir Howard Morrison. Also not on any heritage trail.

From this point, it's a steep climb up to Cliff Road. Back in a bit.


  1. Great photos! The waka is stunning and so is that mural of Sir Howard Morrison. Loved it.