Welcome to Kete New Plymouth - Taranaki's online digital archive of current and historical local events, people, places and experiences.

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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

Friends of Te Henui








































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Raiomiti Street.

Raiomiti Street 

On Saturday mornings in winter Raiomiti Street in New Plymouth can be chaotic. The netball courts at the end of the road are the destination for hundreds of people each weekend.

The busy sports facility had a much quieter beginning. In 1930 the New Plymouth Borough Council purchased a 1.7ha block of land next to the Waiwhakaiho River. The park planned for the spot did not immediately fire-up Fitzroy locals into action. In fact, little happened until 1944 when a committee was set up under the enthusiastic

Wallace's Pharmacy.

Wallace's Pharmacy

2020 View

This attractive two storied commercial building at the north-western corner of High and Regent Streets was constructed in two stages during 1897-98 and 1908-09, with the site having been associated with the pharmacy trade from 1889 until at least the late-1990s.

The first building on this site was constructed for chemist Ezekial Fake during 1889, it being reported during the middle of that year that Fake was to have new business premises constructed at the corner of High and

On the 3rd of November 1906, a permit was granted to the wife of prolific New Plymouth builder George W. Hartnell for the construction of a residence on the vacant western portion of Town Section 35, Hine Street - the architect/builder was George W. Hartnell, and the estimated construction cost was £277. 

The house was constructed in the villa style and was nearly identical in appearance to the two villas at present 48 and 50 Hine Street, also constructed by Hartnell just a year later.

The villa at 46 Hine Street was either removed or demolished during 2005

Olson Street.

Olson Street 

A line of mature English trees on the left-hand side of Egmont Road going out of Egmont Village towards the mountain, are a modern-day connection to one of the first local settler families. So too is nearby Olson Street which crosses the road just outside the village.

Mary (nee Harrison) and Edward Olson moved out to their forest covered land at Egmont Village  about 1874 after Edward was granted the land when the Armed Constabulary was disbanded. Edward, along with his brother and a friend, arrived from

Margaret Alice Close.

Margaret Alice Close 

This cul-de-sac in the New Plymouth suburb of Whalers Gate is named after a remarkable, yet quite ordinary woman: Margaret Alice Megaw (née Baxter).

Born in 1935, Margaret attended Vogeltown Primary and New Plymouth Girls High School. After leaving school, she worked as a switch board operator at the New Plymouth Chief Post Office.

She married Bill (William James) Megaw in 1956, and together they worked on their farm on Barrett Road. Their first home was the house known as ‘Donnybrook’ which is still standing today


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