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

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Hughson Place.

Hughson Place 

Last century the Hughson family was well known in Taranaki business circles. It owned several stores around the province, trading in a variety of goods and services. In 1919, Robert Hugh Hughson decided to operate a drapery store from their premises in Opunake.

The business was a great success from the start. Hughson was able to expand the store and take over other businesses. With his profile in the town greatly enhanced, he gradually became more active in various public roles.

In 1937 Opunake became a borough

Parsons Cool Store 2018.

Parsons Cool Store 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

In the mid-1950s a decision was made to combine at Moturoa the cool store operations of the Taranaki Producers' Freezing Works (New Plymouth), and the West Coast Refrigerating Company (Patea). The merger was required to ensure the Patea Works remained competitive, with the town's small river port necessitating the use of smaller coastal ships to take produce first to Wellington, where it would then be transferred to larger ships for international transit. This situation resulted in increased transport

Hickey Place .

Hickey Place 

In more recent times, new streets in Opunake have been given names that acknowledge prominent people in the town’s history. Hickey Place is an example.

It was named after John Sydney Hickey. Born in the 1890s, ‘Syd’ Hickey was a bank clerk when he enlisted for service in World War One. He joined the 3rd Battalion’s machine gun section and was later awarded the military medal.

The dairy industry was his great interest. After returning to Opunake, he was elected chairman of the Opunake Dairy Company. He

Clouston Place.

Clouston Place 

From 1911 until his retirement in 1938, George Clark Clouston was Opunake's highly-regarded police constable. For much of that time, he was the only officer in town. People respected him so much he was later elected mayor and had a street named after him.

Clouston was born on the Orkney Islands and trained as a policeman in Scotland. He came to New Zealand in 1896, where he briefly tried his hand at several jobs, before joining the New Zealand police force. After filling posts in Whanganui

14 Wallace Place 2018.

14 Wallace Place 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

In June 1908 the Taranaki Education Board accepted the surrender of Mrs Alice Gilmour's lease of Town Sections 582 and 583, and instead issued separate leases for each section. Mrs Gilmour continued to lease Section 583, whilst Section 582 was transferred to Torquil Vavasour Mackay.

A permit was granted by the New Plymouth Borough Council to Alice Gilmour on 16th January 1909 for the construction of a residence in Wallace Place - R. Wallath


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