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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Wicksteed Street.

Wicksteed Street

Wicksteed Street in Vogeltown is named after a journalist known as one of the most entertaining gentlemen in the region.

John Tylston Wicksteed was born in Shropshire in 1802. Whilst editing the influential London newspaper The Spectator, he befriended Edward Gibbon Wakefield, who was in the process of organising British colonisation of Aotearoa by setting up the New Zealand Company. Wicksteed and his wife Emma bought into Wakefield’s vision and immigrated with their two young sons aboard the ship London in August 1840, arriving in Wellington that December. Also on board

Sawyers Way.

Sawyers Way 

So named because a timber yard once operated on the site, Sawyers Way runs through a housing development in central New Plymouth near Kawaroa Park.

The timber yard was originally owned and operated by Henry Brown (1842-1921) who emigrated from England to New Plymouth with his family in 1858. The Browns farmed at Ōmata where Henry’s father ministered to local Māori, earning himself the nickname of “the backblocks clergyman”.

Henry trained as a carpenter, but when his father purchased 800 hectares of bush at the top of Carrington Road, he established

131 Powderham Street.

131 Powderham Street  

This doctor's surgery was located at 131 Powderham Street, on the corner of Powderham and Dawson. Designed by architect Frank Messenger in 1901-2, with additions made in 1912, it has since been demolished and replaced by the offices of Nicholsons Lawyers.

Hercules Place.

Hercules Place 

Hercules Place in Bell Block was named after an aeroplane produced by the De Havilland Aircraft Company. In fact it runs off De Havilland Drive, and both streets, as well as the others in the vicinity, lie on the site of the old New Plymouth airport, hence their names.

The DH.66 Hercules was a three-engined biplane first built in 1926 at Stag Lane Aerodrome north of London. Designed for Imperial Airways when it took over the Cairo-Baghdad airmail service from the Royal Air Force, the Hercules had room for seven passengers plus mail. Imperial

North Taranaki Foto News (Issue #1 Cover).

 All three publications were monthly magazines featuring the social and sporting life of New Plymouth and the surrounding district.

The original publication was the North Taranaki Foto News which first appeared in 1956. As far as we know only two issues were ever published.

The New Plymouth Photo News began with edition no. 1 (February 1957) and ceased with no. 126 (1 October 1966). The name was changed to Taranaki Photo News at edition no. 127 (29 October 1966), and the numbering changed in 1973. The final issue was volume 22 issue no.11, published on 16 December 1981.

In 1959 Clifford


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