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

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Highlands Outdoor Education Classroom 2019.

Highlands Outdoor Education Classroom 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

Now located adjacent to the Highlands Intermediate School pool, the early history of this building is currently unknown, although it was likely constructed during the 1870s-90s period for use as a school room at a small rural Taranaki school. 

The style of the building is typical of late-nineteenth century rural Taranaki school classrooms, and features such as divided windows and very wide floor boards point to an early construction date. It is

Brooklands Saw Pit 2019.

Brooklands Saw Pit 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

This saw pit was probably constructed sometime in the mid-late nineteenth century to provide timber for New Plymouth and surrounding farms - likely Henry King's 'Brooklands Estate'. 

This saw pit is located just off the track, adjacent to a large Puriri and largely obscured from view by young Nikau and King Fern. 

Saw pits generally only survive under areas of intact native bush on relatively flat ground, and are

Buchanan Place.

Buchanan Place 

Buchanan Place in Hāwera is one of the few streets in the district named after a local woman.

Janet (Jessie) Buchanan was born in Australia in 1868 and moved to Hāwera in 1878 with her parents. After her father died she moved into town with her mother and sister. They built a home at 301 South Road, where she lived until she died in 1966.

Jessie was a wealthy woman, inheriting money from her father and uncle. She was a generous benefactor and her support helped the

54 Belt Road 2017 2.

54 Belt Road 2017 2

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive villa/bay cottage was constructed during the early-1900s - possibly for Arthur Owen Murphy about 1904-06.

Arthur Owen Murphy was a New Plymouth butcher, and fought in the SouthAfrican/Boer War during 1901-02.

He married Edith Clara Wray in 1904 and they probably moved into this house soon after. The property on which the house is located was purchased in Clara's name, although it is currently unclear when

Pahitere Blockhouse Close Up 2019.

Pahitere Blockhouse Far View 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

This building was constructed in 1864, and originally stood atop nearby Pahitere Redoubt as a blockhouse. Pahitere Redoubt was established by Military Settlers under the command of Captain Corbett in early March 1864, following the reoccupation of nearby St Andrews Redoubt. An old pā called Pahitere was reshaped to accommodate the blockhouse, and primitive soldiers huts were dug into the eastern slope; initially soldiers were accommodated in tents on the central platform prior to construction of


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