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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54 Belt Road 2017 2.

54 Belt Road 2017 2

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive villa/bay cottage was constructed during the early-1900s - possibly for Arthur Owen Murphy about 1904-06.

Arthur Owen Murphy was a New Plymouth butcher, and fought in the SouthAfrican/Boer War during 1901-02.

He married Edith Clara Wray in 1904 and they probably moved into this house soon after. The property on which the house is located was purchased in Clara's name, although it is currently unclear when

Pahitere Blockhouse Close Up 2019.

Pahitere Blockhouse Far View 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

This building was constructed in 1864, and originally stood atop nearby Pahitere Redoubt as a blockhouse. Pahitere Redoubt was established by Military Settlers under the command of Captain Corbett in early March 1864, following the reoccupation of nearby St Andrews Redoubt. An old pā called Pahitere was reshaped to accommodate the blockhouse, and primitive soldiers huts were dug into the eastern slope; initially soldiers were accommodated in tents on the central platform prior to construction of

41 Whiteley Street 2017.

41 Whiteley Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This cottage was likely constructed by/for George Blyde as a rental property about 1904-05, and certainly before 1906.

Whiteley Township is located on what was originally Wesleyan/Methodist Mission Land, with the area encompassing much of present-day Moturoa Township known as the 'Mission Farm'. In 1878 plans were drawn for the subdivision of much of the land into smaller leasehold allotments - however this subdivision was, for unknown reasons, delayed until 1902.

The portion of Broadway between McLean and Whitaker Streets was re-named Memorial Place in 1959 to reflect the nearby location of the Waitara War Memorial (1923) and War Memorial Hall (1959).

The First World War memorial was unveiled by Lieutenant-Colonel C.H. Weston on Anzac Day 1923. The high granite cross, originally painted white, was mounted on a stepped and balustraded stone-and-concrete platform. One face of the cross’s base was inscribed, ERECTED / BY THE CITIZENS / TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN / OF WAITARA / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN / THE GREAT WAR, / 1914-1918. The names of

Taranaki Paint 2018.

Taranaki Paint 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

Although now extensively remodelled, this building was originally constructed for Alexander Davidson as a corner store about 1904.

During the early-1890s Alexander Davidson operated a firewood and coal business in central New Plymouth, before selling it to G. H. Foote in January 1895. Davidson then sold his residential property in Molesworth and Buller Streets, travelled to Europe to purchase drapery stock, before returning and opening a drapery store called 'The Little Wonder' in Devon


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