By Maureen J Anderson


The 11 Mission St issue is quite simple.

Tauranga City Council bought the property with ratepayer money in 2006 with the express intent it be added to The Elms estate.


Controversially, in December 2018, the council decided in a split decision to gift 11 Mission St to the Otamataha Trust.

In December 1826, the schooner Herald visited Tauranga and was met by 16 well-manned canoes.

They traded potatoes, pigs and flax. The missionaries refused to sell them muskets and powder, however, the brig Hawels later supplied these.

Twelve months later, the Herald returned to find