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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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Vardon Way.

Vardon Way 

Vardon Way is located on The Links’ subdivision adjacent to the New Plymouth Golf Club. Like almost all of the streets in the development Vardon Way has a golfing connection.

Harry William Vardon (1870-1937) was an American golfer, considered among the world’s best in from the late 1890s through to the beginning of World War One. Vardon moved to England at the age of 20 and the same year turned professional. The first of his six Open Championships (a record that still stands) came in 1896, the

Te Arei Road.

Te Arei Road

Te Ārei Road in Sentry Hill was named after a pā built by Te Ātiawa. Meaning “the barrier” in Māori, Te Ārei pā was designed to protect the mighty Pukerangiora pā situated on a cliff top overlooking the Waitara River. About eight kilometres inland, the original stronghold was besieged twice during the Musket Wars but is now better known for its role in the First and Second Taranaki Wars during the 1860s.

After their defeat at Puketakauere in 1860, government forces generally avoided pā, but as the campaign

Kōtare Drive.

Kōtare Drive

Kōtare Drive runs off Golf Course Lane in Waiwhakaiho, next to the New Plymouth Golf Club. Part of a subdivision known as The Green, the developers suggested the new road be named Kōtare Drive in 2017 because kingfishers – kōtare in Māori – had been spotted watching over the land during construction and so were seen as guardians of the homes being built there. 

There was already a Kōtare Road in the Ahititi area, off Waitaanga South Road, but as it is a “paper road” with no

Catalina Place.

Catalina Place 

Catalina Place runs off the eastern end of De Havilland Drive in the industrial area of Bell Block. The small street used to be part of Te Ārei Road, but was renamed in 1997 to match others in the subdivision of the old airport land which were inspired by various aircraft and aviation companies. 

The Catalina was a seaplane produced by Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego. First flown in 1935 and named after Santa Catalina Island off the coast of southern California, it was 20 metres long

St Ives Grove.

St Ives Grove 

St Ives Grove is part of a subdivision in Whalers Gate created in 1973. The name was chosen from a list of options authorised by the old Taranaki County Council, many of which were taken from around the original Plymouth.

These southwest English counties are where many of New Plymouth’s first European settlers came from but perhaps it was also thought that a pretty seaside town in Cornwall was the perfect inspiration for a street in a city by the sea on the other side of

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