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

The Kete is a place for people to share and discover stories, images, video and audio relating to life in Taranaki. We invite members of the community to register and contribute their own experiences to our ever-expanding basket of knowledge; ensuring that this information is retained for all New Zealanders, now and in the future. 

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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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Courtenay Street sign.

Courtenay Street sign

Courtenay Street was named after William Reginald Courtenay (1807-1888), one of the trustees of the Plymouth Company. His father, the tenth Earl of Devon, was governor of the company and William was known as Lord Courtenay until he took over the earldom. William studied law at Oxford and was the Conservative Member of Parliament for South Devon between 1841 and 1849. He married Lady Elizabeth Fortescue in 1830 and the couple had four children but their sons William and Hugh both died young, leaving youngest son Edward to become the

DP 3012 Eltham Borough .

Graham Street

The town of Eltham in central Taranaki expanded significantly in the years before the World War One. Increasing farm incomes and favourable government policies, including improved road access, encouraged many land owners to subdivide. One such person was Reuben White.

White had met his Scottish-born wife Elizabeth in New Zealand. After moving about, they eventually started a family and settled on a farm in Te Roti. Living there for many years, he became prominent in the dairy industry. Most notably, he was a director of the Eltham

DP1696 Eltham Village Extension .

Julian Street (Eltham) 

In the 1890s, the unfortunate William Lloyd was a builder living in Eltham. He was also one of the town’s early landowners. When he surveyed and subdivided an area beside the Mountain Road in 1901, he probably intended to build a few houses there.

A name was needed for the new no-exit road he was forming. Lloyd was friendly with ‘Atty’ Julian. Everyone in the small town knew ‘Atty’. So he suggested the name Julian Street and the Borough Council immediately agreed.

Arthur Julian was one

Hood Place.

Hood Place

Hood Place runs off Ōmata Road in Spotswood and was named in 1971 after Hood Street in Plymouth, England. New Plymouth City Council named dozens of new streets after locations in Devon and Cornwall at this time, paying tribute to the origins of the earliest Pākehā immigrants to New Plymouth.

Hood Street in the old Plymouth was named in 1850 after Admiral Samuel Hood, on land owned by the St Aubyn family (who provided yet another link to New Plymouth’s streets). Hood was an officer in the Royal Navy who saw

St Andrew's Church, Waverley.

St Andrew's Church, Waverley

Presbyterianism had a strong following in the early days of Waverley and the foundation stone for St Andrew's Church was laid by the Hon. William Fox on 7 June 1877. 

St Andrew's was designed by the notable Wellington architect Mr Thomas Turnbull (General Assembly Library, St Peter's Church in Willis Street) and built by Jones & Peachey (Whanganui) at a cost of £750.10.6. The church was opened on 16 December 1877.

Additions (two wings) were completed in 1893 and in 1911 a Sunday School Hall was erected


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