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

Eltham Buildings






















































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DP6970 Wilton Street.

Wilton Street in Westown runs between Waimea Street and Wrantage Street. It was surveyed in 1951 on behalf of the landowner, Mr Francis William Reesby.

As with many other New Plymouth streets, its name was chosen from a list that referenced the city’s historical connection with southwest England. A letter from the town clerk to Mr Reesby states simply that “Wilton is the name of a street in Plymouth, England”.

Wilton Street is located in the Plymouth suburb of Millbridge and Wilton is also the name of a village in Wiltshire, known as the home of the English carpet industry.

St Josephs Church with the Atkinson Building behind (October 1976).

Atkinson Building on Devon Street

The six-storey Atkinson Building was constructed next to the old post office on Devon Street to house New Plymouth’s government employees – the staff of the Ministry of Works, the Forest Service and the departments of Lands and Survey, Labour, Justice, Audits and Agriculture.

The 50,000 square foot building was designed by Government architect Fergus Sheppard, assistant Government architect John Blake-Kelly and Whanganui district architect Nelson Carnell. The contract was won by Roebuck Construction Limited and the foundation stone was laid on Thursday 3 November 1966 by local

Augusta Grove.

Augusta Grove 

Augusta Grove is another of the golf-themed street names located in The Links subdivision next to New Plymouth Golf Club.

It was named after the Augusta National Golf Club which hosts one of golf’s four major championships, The Masters. The course was designed by well-known amateur Bobby Jones and Scottish golf course architect Alister Mackenzie - who also designed the Titirangi golf course in Auckland. Augusta officially opened in 1933 and the first Masters tournament was held the following year, won by the American professional Horton Smith.

Penning Road sign.

Penning Road sign

Pennington Road in Brixton is named after Joseph Pennington, whose surname comes from an Old English word referring to a farm rented for a penny.

Born in Lincolnshire in 1832, Joseph Pennington enlisted in the British Army as a teenager following the death of his mother. He served with the Grenadier Guards before joining the 57th Regiment, the so-called Die Hards. After fighting in the Crimean War (where he claimed to have met Florence Nightingale) and India, he was sent to New Zealand, arriving in New Plymouth on the ship

Staff of the Lands, Deeds and Stamp Duties Department outside the registry office in New Plymouth, 1922.

Staff of the Lands, Deeds and Stamp Duties Department outside the registry office in New Plymouth, 1922 

Collection of Puke Ariki PHO2006-094 (not to be used without permission)

Located on the corner of Powderham and Robe Streets, next to New Plymouth's police station, the Lands and Deeds Office (also known as the Lands, Deeds and Stamp Duties Department registry office; the Lands Registry Office; the Land Transfer Office; the District Lands Registrar; and the Registrar of Deeds) was opened in 1913.

Originally housed in the Government Buildings, situated on


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