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

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Cutfield Road 

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Alpha Flourmill Stones

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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

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Bank of Australasia (Manaia).

Bank Of Australasia 1924-25 (Manaia)

This two-storey building, located at 58 South Road, was built in 1924-25 for the Bank of Australasia. The contractor was Mr G.H. Mason from Taumaranui and it was designed by the Wellington firm, Atkins and Mitchell.

The Hawera & Normanby Star described the building in some detail on 17 July 1924 (linked). As well as the usual banking amenities, accomodation was provided for a staff of seven. Construction was set to begin "in about three weeks' time"

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Opunake Hotel 1915.

Opunake Hotel 1915 

The Opunake Hotel on Tasman Street has the year 1915 written on the facade. The Opunake Heritage Inventory entry for the hotel is vague as to whether this is the date it was built or merely the date that the business was established.

On the evening of 5 February 1915 a fierce blaze completely destroyed the Opunake Hotel (also known as Knowles' Hotel and the Red House Hotel), as well the Judson's Coachbuilding Factory and Aiken's smithy. By the time the alarm was raised the volunteer

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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,

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