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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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Camberwell Road.

Camberwell Road 

How Camberwell Road got its name is uncertain today. The best guess is an early settler in the area came from the suburb of Camberwell in London.

It hasn’t always been named Camberwell Road. Before the 1930s, Vogel Street extended north to Surrey Street, dividing King Edward Park and Bayly Park. During the late 1930s the piece of road was given its Camberwell name.

North of the Surrey Street intersection, the road was sub-divided for housing from the early 1900s. South of the intersection was very different.

Moturoa Street .

Moturoa Street 

It's unusual for streets to change their name. Up until the 1950s this short road near the New Plymouth port was known as Medley Lane.

'Tigertown' residents also had nickname for it - Melody Lane. Saturday night parties, with music flooding the street, is just one of the stories recounted in the book Moturoa by Don and Noel Harris. One thing the book doesn't tell us, nor have we been able to determine, is the why the road was named Medley.

John Spencer Selwyn Medley

Fookes Street.

Fookes Street 

Waverley, in south Taranaki, was once known as Wairoa. In 1876, tired of the confusion caused by two towns in the North Island with the same name, the townsfolk seized the initiative and decided to change the name to Waverley, after the very popular novel by Sir Walter Scott.

No doubt having his say about the town's name was local resident, A.C. Fookes.

Albert Cracroft Fookes was born in England in 1839 and emigrated to New Zealand in 1861. During the military campaigns of the

Devon Street West.

Devon Street West 

In New Plymouth's earliest years Brougham Street was regarded as the town's main thoroughfare. However as the population increased, more space was needed and Devon Street gradually became the desired location of retailers.

It was named after the 10th Earl of Devon, William Courtenay. Born in 1777, he trained as a lawyer. Later he became the MP for Exeter. He succeeded to the earldom in 1835. As a young man he was a keen cricketer, playing for the MCC in the 1790s. He is recorded

Marama Crescent.

Marama Crescent 

Marama Crescent in Spotswood was surveyed in the late 1960s as New Plymouth readied itself for an influx of workers coming to help build the New Plymouth Power Station.

Spotswood was close to the port and provided the ideal location for a new housing development. Marama Crescent was one of the streets formed as part of this power station settlement. In July 1970 the Sunday Express published a photo of the street lined with new houses and reported that "they represent a picture of neatness and

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