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








































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Tayler Street .

Tayler Street

In the 1890s, before Eltham had its own council, residents formed a Vigilance committee to represent their interests to government. George Washington Tayler was the chairman. In 1901, when the town became a borough, Tayler was elected Eltham’s first mayor.

His parents were from England but he was born in New York, in 1858. When his family came to New Zealand in 1863 they settled in Canterbury. At the age of 29, Tayler moved to Eltham to open a new store for the general merchant, R.A. Adams.

Baring Terrace.

Baring Terrace 

Baring Tce runs from Northgate across Devon St East and continues until it comes to an end at the railway overbridge which leads down to the East End Skating Arena.

When Frederic Carrington drew his first plan of New Plymouth, Baring Tce formed the eastern boundary of the town. It follows the contours of the Henui River and is one of the few roads not conforming to the grid pattern that Carrington favoured for the new settlement. One of the most progressive features of Carrington's original

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Seddon Street 

When this short road in Westown was first surveyed in January 1908 the name chosen for it was MacLean. On the same survey map, nearby Massey St also had a different name: Watson.

However, by the time the first houses were built some 10 years later, the names of two New Zealand politicians had replaced the original choices. As New Plymouth already had a McLean St in Strandon perhaps it was decided that two such similar names would be too confusing?

English-born Richard John Seddon

New Plymouth Railway Station c1905 (Puke Ariki collection).

New Plymouth Railway Station c1905 (Puke Ariki collection) 

Puke Ariki volunteer, David Harrop, has researched New Plymouth's railway history: the original line and why it was moved in 1907, the stations, the railway bridges and footbridges, as well as some of the old engines.

Please use the links below to explore the different topics.

New Plymouth's First Railway

The Post 1907 Route

The Railway Stations

The Footbridges

Old Engines

Camberwell Road.

Camberwell Road 

How Camberwell Road got its name is uncertain today. The best guess is an early settler in the area came from the suburb of Camberwell in London.

It hasn’t always been named Camberwell Road. Before the 1930s, Vogel Street extended north to Surrey Street, dividing King Edward Park and Bayly Park. During the late 1930s the piece of road was given its Camberwell name.

North of the Surrey Street intersection, the road was sub-divided for housing from the early 1900s. South of the intersection was very different.


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