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98 Pendarves Street 2017

New Plymouth Buildings



Cutfield Road 

Taranaki Street Names



Alpha Flourmill Stones

Heritage Sites and Features 

Ararata Hall - 1910

Taranaki Halls

N P Cenotaph

Taranaki War Memorials WWI and WWII


Rowe, Henry

Plymouth Company Settlers

Waitara Post Office

Waitara Buildings


Cutis' Building

Inglewood Buildings


 Ngaere Co-op Dairy Factory

Taranaki Dairy Factories



Whangamomona Road Tunnel #1 - Northern Portal

Taranaki Tunnels

1 Ngatoki Street 2017

Urenui Buildings

St John the Evangelist

Taranaki Churches


1671 South Road Open2View

Oakura Buildings


NZ Wars Memorial

War Memorials of the  Taranaki Wars

Te Henui, New Walkway bridges

Friends of Te Henui


Caplen Building 1882

Hawera Buildings


Municipal Buildings 1916

Stratford Buildings


Club Hotel

Opunake Buildings 


Patea Post Office

Patea Buildings


Waverley Hotel

Waverley Buildings


Central Hotel, Eltham

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Leith Road.

Leith Road

Leith Road leads from State Highway 45 to the sea, just north of Ōkato. It appears to have been named after Leith, a district of Edinburgh, Scotland, joining several other roads in the area referencing United Kingdom locations, including Perth Road, which connects onto Leith Road forming a ring road.

This country road’s main claim to fame is the Leith Road Creamery which opened in 1911 under the management of a Mr H. Richardson. The local newspaper reported the creamery was opened without any kind of fanfare; “There was no christening ceremony or

Harriet Anchor.

Harriet Anchor

The anchor from the barque Harriet, which founded off the Taranaki coast in 1834, was recovered in 1969 by the Gibson family. According to one of the party that found the anchor, Willie Gibson, his father had first seen the anchor many years before this. However, it had subsequently been covered by shifting sand and it was not until 1969 that it reappeared. 

A group of four men pulled the anchor back to their homestead on a sledge attached to their tractor. It was then taken to

Halse Place street sign.

Halse Place street sign

Halse Place in Opunake was named after a lawyer with a penchant for gambling.

William Henry Halse was born in London on 25 May 1817. His father John served as court secretary and his mother Clarissa was a lady-in-waiting to the queen, so they raised their family at St James’ Palace. William trained as a solicitor and immigrated to Taranaki with his brother Henry on the ship Amelia Thompson in 1841. The adventurous young bachelors gained a reputation for being tearaways, with William brought before the local magistrate in

Duke Place street sign.

Duke Place street sign

Duke Place was created in 1989 off Young Street in central New Plymouth.

Mt Edgecumbe Street used to extend all the way from Aubrey Street through to Young but in the late 1970s it was shortened to terminate at the intersection with Aubrey. The street’s northwestern end eventually became Duke Place.

The name was chosen by residents from a list taken from Plymouth in England – that city, New Plymouth’s namesake, has a Duke Street which was one of a group of roads named after members of the Hanoverian

Strange Street sign.

Strange Street sign

Waitara’s Strange Street was named after an Irish soldier killed during the First Taranaki War.

Thomas George Strange was born on 5 February 1826 in County Kerry. His father, Thomas Senior, had been a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy before his tragic death, crushed between two coaches near Stonehenge. He left behind his half-Indian wife Elizabeth and five small children.

Young Thomas arrived in New Zealand in 1852 with the 65th Regiment of the British Army, nicknamed the Royal Tigers and known by Māori as the Hickety Pips. Strange was


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