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98 Pendarves Street 2017

New Plymouth Buildings



Cutfield Road 

Taranaki Street Names



Alpha Flourmill Stones

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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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Īhāia Street.

Īhāia Street 

Īhāia Street, near Clifton Park in Waitara, was named after a high ranking chief of the Otarāua hapū of Te Ātiawa. Īhāia Te Kirikumara was born in Taranaki and during his youth took part in many intertribal wars. In 1833 he was taken to Waikato as a captive where he was baptised and adopted the name Īhāia (Isaiah). Allowed to return home in 1840, Īhāia settled in Waitara and became one of the chiefs cultivated by the British in the hope that they would part with their

688 Junction Road 2019.

688 Junction Road 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

This board and batten clad twin gabled cottage was very likely constructed by/for George Frankland during 1888.

Frankland purchased Section 19 of the Hua & Waiw[h]akaiho Hundred from J. Provis during late-November 1887. At the time of sale the section is thought to have been vacant, with the house likely constructed soon after.

The house is architecturally significant as one of the last cottages in western Taranaki constructed with

The original portion of this house was probably constructed during 1876 by William Dale Snr and added to by later owners.

William Dale purchased Sections 72, 73 and 74 of the Hua & Waiwa[h]kaiho Hundred from W. James during March 1876. It is unlikely that there was a house on the property at the time of purchase, and that the original portion of the present house (the southern board and batten clad Saltbox cottage portion) was likely constructed by or for William soon after his purchase of the property.

Farnham Castle.

Farnham Place

Farnham Place in Bell Block was named after an impressive Norman fortress in Surrey.

One of the first streets of the new Kingsdown subdivision in the 1970s, along with Culzean Grove and Glamis Avenue, Farnham Place was given the moniker of a famous British castle. The Totara Park Development Company had previously constructed the Totara Park subdivision in Upper Hutt, naming all the streets there after American states and cities.

This was thought to be a nod to Big Tex, the early fast food chain owned by parent

Drynan's Building 2018.

Drynan's Building 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

This two-storied timber building was likely constructed during the 1890s by Thomas Shaw Drynan, who had owned the property (Pt Section 1 of Block 96 Waitara West) since 1878. 

At various times Drynan was a builder, undertaker, farmer, storekeeper and mayor of Waitara.

The 1990s NPDC heritage inventory notes a construction date of 1897, although it gives no evidence for this date. Photographs show the building was certainly in existence


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