Welcome to Kete New Plymouth - Taranaki's online digital archive of current and historical local events, people, places and experiences.

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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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8 Norman St 2020.

8 Norman St 2020


A permit was granted to Grocer's Assistant Frank Ernest Gadd Jnr for the construction of a residence in Norman Street on the 11th of December 1922, Gadd was noted as the builder and the estimated construction value of the bungalow cottage was £650.

Gadd worked in his father's (Frank Ernest Gadd Snr) grocery business, which was located on the North side of Devon Street, just west of the Liardet Street intersection.

Hunter Street.

Hunter Street 

Hunter Street in Hāwera acknowledges the life and contribution to the district of one of South Taranaki’s largest land owners and most successful farmers.

When young Scotsman Moore Hunter left home he lived for a few years in Canada. It was only after he arrived in New Zealand that he found what he was looking for in life. He bought a farm in Kai Iwi, then one in Waitotara. By the 1870s he had sold up and settled in Hāwera.

He bought land on the southwestern edge

Hill Street.

Hill Street 

Before Hill Street in Eltham was planned, the town laid out a sports ground in the area. It wasn’t a suitable location. Rugby teams with a lead late in the game wasted time by kicking the ball down a slope. This obvious problem wasn’t the only reason sportsmen soon moved on though.

In the 1890s work started on draining the Ngaere swamp. The improved access from the north meant land values in Eltham increased dramatically. George Moir, a prominent land owner, opened up what became Moir Street

Hector Place.

Hector Place

Hector Place in Opunake was named after a man who dominated the scientific institutions of his adopted country.

Born in Edinburgh on 16 March 1834, James Hector studied geology and medicine before spending three years exploring western Canada, mapping a route through the Rocky Mountains. He came to New Zealand in 1862, working first in Otago, where he was employed to conduct a three-year geological survey, then Wellington, where he became Director of the Colonial Museum (predecessor of Te Papa). Hector was also responsible for many other official scientific bodies, including the

Hawera SO7705.

Erin Street

Hāwera’s Erin Street, along with four of the town’s other central streets, was named to commemorate the union of the four countries of Great Britain.

Erin is an old poetic name for Ireland which seems to have originated from the Irish word for Ireland, Éire. In 1801 Ireland joined the United Kingdom so the naming of this street, along with Albion, (England) Caledonia (Scotland), Cambria (Wales) and Union Streets, was a patriotic nod to the home countries of the settlers.

The fortunes of Erin St, which it


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