Notable Taranaki Identities


    J W Brimblecombe   Salaman Colin's Portrait 3  Andre Teissonniere   Dr Peter Buck - 1942


This basket is for all those characters that  have helped shape a rich Taranaki history. See also the following links to Taranaki Stories on our Puke Ariki website. Click here to see a list of names that we have entered on the Kete.



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The Sunken Island - A Maori Legend 1887.

Archibald Hood

Archibald Hood 

 Archibald Hood arrived in New Zealand as a Sergeant-Major with the Royal Artillery in 1861 and was later awarded service medals for Crimea and New Zealand. He was discharged in New Plymouth after a military service of 21 years. 

As an R A veteran he was selected to unveil the Royal Artillery hatchment at St Mary's in 1909 (See Documents below) He died, aged 89 [tombstone] or 87 [death notice] 2 January 1913 and is buried, with his wife Mary, in Te Henui Cemetery (Anglican Block

Loui Kuthy on Geneva May.

Loui Kuthy on Geneva May

Loui Kuthy 

(Click on Loui's name to link to Heritage site) 


Arthur Brian Scanlan 1907-1994.

Arthur Brian Scanlan 1907-1994

 Brian Scanlan in 1991  with his last book - Port Taranaki-115 Years of Elected Control

(TNL Photo)


Arthur Brian Scanlan was born in New Plymouth and attended New Plymouth Boys' High School and Whanganui Collegiate. He began work as a cadet reporter at the Taranaki Herald in 1926 and was promoted to editor in 1937. He retired in 1964 after being managing editor since 1941.

He was a member of the ENP

Andre Teissonniere.

Andre Teissonniere 

Andre Teissonniere was born to work in the hospitality industry. His parents ran restaurants in Provence and Paris giving him the grounding in a profession that he would pursue for the rest of his life.

Teissonniere came to New Plymouth in the mid-1970s as the chef in the old Westown Hotel on Maratahu Street. In 1977 he opened his own restaurant, Andre's L'Escargot, on the hill, Devon Street East.

The restaurant moved to a historic building on Brougham Street in 1984, a location that became synonymous with fine dining for nearly thirty years. In


Colin's Portrait 3  

"Colin's" was a tortoiseshell female cat who, as an abandoned kitten, was rescued from near Paritutu about 1993. Originally named "Queenie", she was cared for by port employee, Colin Butler, but was given the name "Colin's" after he retired.

In  November/December 2001 Colin's attained three weeks of world-wide fame when she 'stowed away' on a methanol tanker, Tomiwaka, bound for South Korea. Because of possible quarantine concerns in Korea the errant moggy was to be transferred to a NZ-bound vessel at sea but this was finally considered too dangerous.

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