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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Bowen Crescent.

Bowen Crescent 

Bowen Crescent is an Ōpunake curiosity. It’s in two separate parts. Neither is shaped like a crescent. How did this come to be so?

Much of the land immediately above Middleton Bay is Crown grant land. This land wasn’t developed for housing to the same extent as the privately-owned land that surrounds it. With relatively few houses built, Bowen Crescent remained an unformed roadway, never required to be completed as intended. Today both parts of Bowen Crescent connect to other streets.

Some historians have suggested there’s uncertainty

Colonel Newall (Newell) - Auckland Libraries Collection.

In the 19th century several land surveyors were busy mapping the Taranaki region. Many of them are remembered in the names of the roads they plotted. Stuart Newall is one. However, surveying was only one of several activities he undertook when he decided to live in New Zealand.

He was born in Scotland in 1843. In his twenties he headed for Otago, to mine for gold. That he worked the rest of his life indicates he had about as much success as many of his contemporaries.

He joined the Armed Constabulary, serving in several locations around New Zealand and being

Shakespeare Street .

Shakespeare Street

Of all the many streets in Stratford named after Shakespearean characters, only one is named for the bard himself.

The town’s connection to William Shakespeare (1564-1616) began from the earliest days of settlement in the 1870s. Suggested names for the new municipality originally included Kellyville, Carrington, Standish and Sylvania. But the Pātea River was said to look so much like England’s River Avon that the name Stratford-on-Pātea, in homage to Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon, was officially adopted on 3 December 1877. The latter part of the title eventually

Queen Street, Waitara.

Queen Street, Waitara 

Queen Street in Waitara was named after Queen Victoria, the reigning monarch at the time the town was founded.

There are more than sixty other Queen Streets around New Zealand but this one is unusual in having two parts, separated by the site of what was once the Waitara freezing works. Queen Street runs along the western bank of the Waitara River and used to be the main thoroughfare of the town, home to its first hotel, bank and a post office which stood where the

Mould Street.

Mould Street 

Mould Street in Waitara was named after the Commander of the Royal Engineers during the Taranaki Wars.

Thomas Rawlings Mould was born in 1805 and educated at the Royal Military Academy (known as “The Shop”) in London. He joined the Royal Engineers in 1826 and by 1855 had worked his way up to Lieutenant Colonel. He was sent to New Zealand in December of that year as Inspector of Public Works in the colony, advising the government on everything from defence to boundary disputes to canals.



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