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This Kete records some of the many heritage sites and historic features in Taranaki.

Here are to be found plaques and sites recalling prominent members of our communities, significant events or technological innovations of the time.

Extra information on each site may be included in the attached Documents, Topics or Weblinks.

 

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Plymouth Company Settler Plaque.

Plymouth Company Settler Plaque

This plaque, located near the windwand on the coastal walkway, was unveiled on 6 August 2015. It was unveiled by then mayor, Andrew Judd, and paid for by the Taranaki branch of the Founders Society.

The plaque commemorates the Plymouth Company ships that arrived in New Plymouth between 1841 and 1843. While the first two ships anchored off Motorua, the next four ships unloaded passengers and cargo at the mouth of the Huatoki Stream.

Honeyfield Seat.

Honeyfield Seat 

Nestled on the overgrown northern slopes of the Ngāmotu Domain is the now neglected and vandalised Honeyfield Seat. The plaque reads "Presented by Mr and Mrs W. Honeyfield 9th December1925". 

The domain was officially opened by the Mayor, Mr F.E.Wilson, on 28 November 1925. Although there was no mention of the Honeyfield Seat in the opening day report an earlier article (TH 26 November 1925) indicated that the seat had been erected. The 9 December 1925 date on the plaque may

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.

 

Sir Victor Davies Memorial Lucy's Gully.

Sir Victor Davies Memorial Lucy's Gully

2020 View: By Hamish Crimp

This memorial to Sir Victor Caddy Davies (1887 - 1977) was erected amongst the redwood plantation of Lucy's Gully, within Egmont National Park, sometime following Sir Victor Davies death. It is presently unclear when, and by whom, the memorial was erected.

Sir Victor Caddy Davies was New Zealand's foremost nurseryman and authority on trees and shrubs of his era. By the 1970s, his Westown nursery business, Duncan and Davies, was the largest

P. S Carroll Seat.

P. S Carroll Seat

2020 View: By Hamish Crimp

Located beneath mature native trees at New Plymouth's scenic Huatoki Domain, this mortared split stone seat was constructed in 1932 and was donated by accountant Patrick Stephen Carroll Esq. It is presently unclear who constructed the seat. 

A central stone is engraved with the words "Donated by P. S. Carroll Esq 1932" - The stylised font makes it difficult to distinguish Carroll's name!

At the time of construction, Carroll

Pukekura Park Boat Landing and Steps 2020.

Pukekura Park Boat Landing and Steps 2020

2020 View: By Hamish Crimp

At the March 1917 meeting of the Pukekura Park Board, it was reported that the boat landing in front of the band rotunda, comprising a set of timber steps, was in a very bad state, with it being decided that the secretary was to obtain an estimate for their replacement in concrete.

The following month, plans were submitted to the Board by architect Frank Messenger for the construction of concrete

Kaupokonui Turbine .

Kaupokonui Weir

The Glenn Road Weir was constructed in 1941 as a replacement to the for the original weir (1900) to drive a turbine that powered the Kaupokonui Dairy Factory, store and company buildings nearby. It was built by Alois (Lou) Butler, of Inglewood, a well-known bridge builder, engineer and inventor - this was his first, and possibly only, dam.

It continued to operate until 1960-61 when an alternative supply was provided by by the South Taranaki Electric Power Board. 

In 2008 discussions began between the Taranaki Regional Council,

Mangaoraka Stream Bridge 2019 (1).

Mangaoraka Stream Bridge 2019 (1)

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

This single-lane reinforced concrete bridge was erected during 1911 for the Taranaki County Council on the main road south between New Plymouth and Inglewood. 

Tenders for construction of the bridge were initially advertised during January 1911 by engineers Orbell & Mackay, however, as only one tender, being very much in excess of the engineer's estimate, was received, it was decided to call for fresh tenders the following month. 

The

Victoria Cross Garden.

Victoria Cross Garden 

Victoria Cross Garden, Hawera

Statues of local 1914-18 Victoria Cross winners - John Gildroy Grant (10/2750) and Harry John Laurent (24/213)  - erected in a garden near the streets named for them (See Topics below) The two VC winners are also commemorated  by oak trees around the water tower. (See Topics below)

The garden - in the shape of a Victoria Cross - was opened by South Taranaki District's Mayor, Ross Dunlop on 15 September 2018.(See TDN report  in Documents below)

 

Brooklands Saw Pit 2019.

Brooklands Saw Pit 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

This saw pit was probably constructed sometime in the mid-late nineteenth century to provide timber for New Plymouth and surrounding farms - likely Henry King's 'Brooklands Estate'. 

This saw pit is located just off the track, adjacent to a large Puriri and largely obscured from view by young Nikau and King Fern. 

Saw pits generally only survive under areas of intact native bush on relatively flat ground, and are

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