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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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Influenza Memorial.


                                          Influenza Memorial 

                                                            1918 Influenza Memorial - Wahitapu Urupa

A memorial to Ngati Te Whiti and Taranaki-wide victims of the 1918-19 influenza epidemic, some of whom were buried, unmarked, in this urupa.

The memorial - initiated by monumental mason, Callum Mahy, was unveiled by Trenton Martin - Chair of Ngati te Whiti - on 10 November 2018.

(See report in Documents below.


Vardon Way.

Vardon Way 

Vardon Way is located on The Links’ subdivision adjacent to the New Plymouth Golf Club. Like almost all of the streets in the development Vardon Way has a golfing connection.

Harry William Vardon (1870-1937) was an American golfer, considered among the world’s best in from the late 1890s through to the beginning of World War One. Vardon moved to England at the age of 20 and the same year turned professional. The first of his six Open Championships (a record that still stands) came in 1896, the

Te Arei Road.

Te Arei Road

Te Ārei Road in Sentry Hill was named after a pā built by Te Ātiawa. Meaning “the barrier” in Māori, Te Ārei pā was designed to protect the mighty Pukerangiora pā situated on a cliff top overlooking the Waitara River. About eight kilometres inland, the original stronghold was besieged twice during the Musket Wars but is now better known for its role in the First and Second Taranaki Wars during the 1860s.

After their defeat at Puketakauere in 1860, government forces generally avoided pā, but as the campaign

Kōtare Drive.

Kōtare Drive

Kōtare Drive runs off Golf Course Lane in Waiwhakaiho, next to the New Plymouth Golf Club. Part of a subdivision known as The Green, the developers suggested the new road be named Kōtare Drive in 2017 because kingfishers – kōtare in Māori – had been spotted watching over the land during construction and so were seen as guardians of the homes being built there. 

There was already a Kōtare Road in the Ahititi area, off Waitaanga South Road, but as it is a “paper road” with no

Opening of Carrington Road Methodist Church, Taranaki Daily News, 1 August 1903 page 2 .

Former Carrington Road Methodist Church 2019

Image Courtesy Open2View

This picturesque board and batten church was constructed in 1903 and originally served as the Carrington Road Methodist Church. The church was originally located on the east side of Carrington Road, a short distance north of the now closed Carrington Road School, and almost opposite Hurworth Cottage, the former residence of Sir Harry Atkinson.

The church was constructed by well-known New Plymouth builder Mr Albert Arthur Pikett and cost £167 16s to complete. The


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