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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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Cornwall Street sign.

Cornwall Street sign

Cornwall Street runs between Brooklands Road and Somerset Street in New Plymouth, near Brooklands Park.

The street was created in 1941, legalised in 1943 then developed after the Second World War to provide much-needed housing. Its name, like those of many of the surrounding streets, was chosen from the southwest counties of England, birthplace of many early Pākehā settlers.

Plymouth in Devon also has a Cornwall Street. Destroyed along with much of the city during the so-called Plymouth Blitz in March and April of 1941, the original Cornwall Street was

Kowhai Street.

Kowhai Street 

Kowhai Street is located in Strandon, one of the original streets in an early subdivision known as Chilman’s Estate.

The ambitious development comprising 46 sections was surveyed and advertised for sale in 1899. The auction was organised by Newton King Ltd. on behalf of the beneficiaries of the estate of the landowner, the late Richard Chilman.

The sales pitch promised that this was “without exception the finest piece of land for building sites near New Plymouth and has the advantages of the Fitzroy Bus passing hourly”. Nine

Fyson Place.

Fyson Place 

Fyson Place is a short cul-de-sac on the right as you head south out of Hāwera, just past the McDonalds store. 

Albert Kemball (Kem) Fyson was born in Gisborne in 1893, the son of a local postman. Kem was working as a bank clerk when the First World War broke out and served with the New Zealand Engineers. He fought at Gallipoli and was badly wounded the following year while fighting in France. In June 1916 Fyson suffered severe wounds to his right arm and

East Road.

East Road

‘Go west young man’ was a common refrain in America in the 1860s. In Taranaki in the later 1800s, a young man might have been urged to ‘go east’. The main road out of Stratford, heading east, is named after the direction it takes the traveller.

East Road was first planned in 1882 when a survey party laid out the line of a road through to Ongarue. A bridge was built over the Kahouri Stream in 1885 and by 1889 the dirt road was cut through to

Cloten Road.

Cloten Road

For well over a century the residents of Cloten Road were unaware that their street name was spelt incorrectly. In 1996 former mayor Leo Carrington alerted the Stratford District Council to the mistake.

Cloton Road (as it was first known) appears on early maps of the Stratford settlement. On 31 August 1878 sections in the new township where put up for auction and it was reported that the first section sold was number 43, on the corner of Cordelia Street and Cloton Road.

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