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Welcome to the Taranaki Street Names basket. This basket contains articles that are published in the Taranaki Daily News' "Word on the Street" column.  The articles are compiled by staff in the Taranaki Research Centre I Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki at Puke Ariki.  If your street isn't here, please contact us.

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Torbay Street.

Torbay Street 

Torbay Street is a short cul-de-sac off Brooklands Road. Just up the road is St Pius X School and in the other direction is Pukekura Park.  

The Puke Ariki Heritage Collection holds plans for the subdivision of Torbay Street, dated November 1950. For some unknown reason the development was delayed, and it was not until February 1958 that the survey plans were finally submitted to the Land Transfer Office. In the meantime the owner of the land, William Spray, had subdivided off four sections on Brooklands

Swadling Street .

Swadling Street 

In December, 1957, a meeting of the Kaponga Town Council was held to rename the streets of Kaponga. Knowledgeable about the history of their small town, they decided Kapuni Road would now be known as Swadling Street.

It was named after William Swadling, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1879. In 1882 he purchased bush-covered land near the fledgling township of Kaponga. Swadling set about clearing and farming the block, which was on Palmer Road. He married Sarah Limbrick and the couple had a daughter, Doris.


Seymour Street .

Seymour Street 

Many of the street names of Waitara are named after men who served as part of the militia during the Taranaki Wars. British Naval Commander of the H.M.S. Pelorus, Captain Frederick Beauchamp Paget Seymour, was no exception.

He captained a 21 gun warship during the First Taranaki War (1860-61) and played a prominent role in one defining military campaign. On 27 June 1860, Captain Seymour led the naval brigade to attack Puketakuere Pā. During this conflict between Imperial Forces and Māori, Seymour was quite badly wounded. 


Eton Place.

Eton Place 

Stanley Alfred Eaton lived in Taranaki all his life. He had a number of different occupations, but it’s as a landowner that he left a permanent mark on New Plymouth.

He was born in South Taranaki in 1913. In the years before and after World War II he worked on farms in northern and coastal Taranaki. By the late 1940s he was living in New Plymouth, working as a storeman and later in the timber industry. He lived on Ngamotu Road and, in the 1950s, purchased land

Blake Street.

Blake Street 

Recorded as Crown Grant Street on early survey maps, Blake Street is one of many streets in Waitara given its namesake after a notable naval figure during the Taranaki Wars, Captain William Hans Blake. 

Blake was born on 23 March 1832, in France, the youngest son of Commander George Hans Blake of the British Royal Navy.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Blake joined the Royal Navy in 1846.  By 2 September 1854, he had risen through the ranks to become a Lieutenant and later, for

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