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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Silver Street 1936.

Silver Street 1936

Silver Street used to run between Powderham Street and Devon Street West, where the courthouse is today.

The name does not appear on the original 1841 town map, making it a relatively recent addition to the grid. It is thought to have been taken from an old thoroughfare in the borough of Saltash, Cornwall – with the majority of early European settlers to New Plymouth hailing from that part of England, their descendants often looked to those regions when naming roads later on.

The small block in between Silver and

Powderham Street.

Powderham Street

Powderham Street was named after Powderham Castle, seat of the Earls of Devon. William Courtenay, the tenth earl, was governor of the Plymouth Company, formed in England in 1840 to facilitate migration from the counties of Devon and Cornwall to Taranaki.

Built in the 14th century by Sir Philip Courtenay, great grandson of Edward I, Powderham Castle sits on the Exe estuary just outside Exeter. Its name (pronounced locally as “poteron”) comes from the Dutch word ‘polder’ and means “hamlet of the reclaimed marshland”.

The Courtenay family has a rich and colourful history,

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Premier Richard Seddon with Whangamomona Settlers (Auckland Weekly News 1903)

There are not many roads in Taranaki named after local women, but whether Vera Road is named after an early female settler is lost to history. What is certain is that the road, about 3 kilometres north of Whangamomona off State Highway 43, was constructed in the late 1800s to provide access to farmland and played a short role in providing alternative access in and out of the valley via the Whanganui River.

The dream of early settlers was

Weymouth Street sign.

Weymouth Street sign

Surveyor Frederic Carrington, who was contracted by the Plymouth Company to lay out New Plymouth’s streets, only borrowed the names of two English towns on his plans. Holsworthy Road was named after the birthplace of several settlers who arrived on the Amelia Thompson. But why Weymouth Street?

One theory is that James “Worser” Heberley was born in the Dorset town. Heberley had accompanied the German explorer Ernst Dieffenbach on his climb up Mount Taranaki on Christmas Day 1839, and probably met Carrington in Wellington. Another theory is that Carrington was

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


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