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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Beaconsfield c2000.

Beaconsfield c2000 

                                                   (Image courtesy of the Patea Heritage Inventory 2000)

This large two-storey house in Patea (12 Lincoln Street) was built in 1880/81 for Captain Charles Allen Wray. He had been appointed Resident Magistrate for Patea and Hawera in 1877. He moved to Timaru in 1888 and died at Bournemoth, England in 1920.

According to an article by Mrs W.Crawford, published in The Patea Mail in 1981, later owners included May E. Palmer (1901), Annie Death (1911), Mr E.F.H.Hemingway (1917) and Daniel Quickenden (1941).

The house was built by

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"A fine citizen passes".

Burgess Hill Road 

Burgess Hill Road, between New Plymouth and Egmont Village, was named after a former mayor.

Charles Hayward Burgess was Mayor of New Plymouth from 1915 to 1919, during most of the First World War and the devastating influenza epidemic that followed it. Born in Auckland in 1860, one of nine children, Charles moved to New Plymouth in 1892 and established the importing merchant business of Burgess, Fraser and Co with his friend Murdoch Fraser. Burgess was a member of many public bodies and organizations including the

Brixham Place.

Brixham Place 

Brixham Place in Merrilands was named after the town of Brixham in Devon, England.

Originally a Saxon settlement, Brixham was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and by the medieval period had grown to become the largest fishing port in southwest England.  The town was the landing place of William of Orange during the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when the Catholic King James II was overthrown and replaced by his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband. Many of the town’s inhabitants are descendants of William’s

Orlando Street .

Orlando Street 

It was Charles Whitcombe who declared all Stratford’s streets should be named after the works of Shakespeare. Orlando is a much-loved character in the comedy ‘As You Like It’.

Orlando Street is divided into two parts by Windsor Park. While much of the street is residential, the section closest to town has changed appearance over the years as houses were removed and commercial buildings erected. Dominating the other side of this stretch of Orlando Street is Victoria Park and the grandstand. It hasn’t always been as we


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