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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Tiverton Crescent.

Tiverton Crescent 

Tiverton Crescent in Whalers Gate was created in 1973 and its name drawn from a list of places borrowed from the southwest area of England.

An aerial photograph taken in November 1976 shows the subdivision under construction, with Bronte Place and St Ives Grove already laid out and several houses built on each. But three years after the Taranaki County Council signed off on it, work had only just begun on the northern end of Tiverton Crescent and farmland still surrounded the site.

Tiverton is a town

Struthers Place.

Struthers Place 

Struthers Place runs off Rifle Range Road in Waiwhakaiho and was named after Robert Struthers.

In August 1997 tenders were called for the development of the Waiwhakaiho industrial subdivision. As part of the project Rifle Range Road, formed 10 years before this, was lengthened. A new cul-de-sac was also constructed in conjunction with the extra section of Rifle Range Road to serve the subdivision, now home to The Valley Mega Centre, and named Struthers Place.

This little dead-end street lay on land that had once been occupied

Bird Road War Memorial.

In the 1870s, many of New Zealand’s early surveyors frequently named the roads they were mapping after other surveyors. One such is Bird Road, near Stratford.

Joseph Bird was born in 1836. By the 1870s he was employed to survey the new settlements planned for Taranaki. Bird worked across the province but there’s no evidence he mapped the road that would soon carry his name. Instead, it’s much more likely someone else named it after him.

At the time dense bush covered the area and fire was an ever-present danger. One of the worst occurred in January 1886. A huge

Fenton Street .

Fenton Street 

Fenton Street in Stratford was named after a character in Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The western end is dominated by the CBD and King Edward Park. Established in the 1880s, the park was originally known as the Page Street Reserve, with the change in name happening in 1902. The park had an expanse of native bush and a sports ground for athletics and cricket.

In the early 1920s soldiers of the Wellington Regiment, wanting to honour their former commander William Malone, donated funds to

Alton All Saints Church.

Alton All Saints Church 

The plans for this Anglican church in Alton were prepared in 1936 by the Hāwera architects Rough & Duffill. The land the church stands on had been donated in 1920 by Charles and Susan (nee Tagg) Amos on their departure from Alton.  

However, it was to be another 17 years (and 33 years since the gift of the land) before the church finally opened on 21 July 1953. Rev J.Jones was the Vicar and the dedication by Archdeacon Young. It was officially consecrated four months later on 29 November 1953 by


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