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

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The present building on this site was constructed in 1916, with the old circa 1860s hotel at the end of its life. 

This attractive Arts and Crafts style home was constructed for County Engineer Robert D, Climie in 1922 - The home was designed by celebrated Arts and Crafts architect James Walter Chapman-Taylor. 

The first Inglewood Hotel, was constructed on this site in 1875 for Messrs Langley Bros, with the builder being Mr Dan Berry - at this time Inglewood was a mere clearing in the forest. This hotel was removed from the site in early 1905, and re-erected a little further down Kelly Street, near the intersection with Cutfield Street; following relocation it was renovated, and reopened as a bakery. The old hotel was finally demolished in 1917 to enable the construction of a large garage for Newton King (also since demolished); however, the timber was reported to

This grand two-storied villa was constructed for New Plymouth businessman Hal Goodacre and his family in 1899. Hal was the owner of sucessful New Plymouth firm "The Egmont Shoe and Boot Factory'.

Notable New Plymouth architect Frank Messenger called for tenders for the construction of a residence for Mr Hal Goodacre in April 1899. 

As a pre-1900 building, and alterations to the house, or earthworks on the site, may require archaeological authority from Heritage NZ.

This unassuming house has a fascinating history - it was originally constructed in late 1877 as the first Waitara Bank of New Zealand.

In October 1877, the Bank of New Zealand called for tenders for the construction of a Bank in Raleigh - the location for this building was to be on Queen Street, Section 9 of Block 90 (present site of 38 Queen Street), right in the heart of Colonial Waitara.

In December 1906, the Bank of New Zealand called for tenders for the construction of new


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