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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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Īhāia Street.

Īhāia Street 

Īhāia Street, near Clifton Park in Waitara, was named after a high ranking chief of the Otarāua hapū of Te Ātiawa. Īhāia Te Kirikumara was born in Taranaki and during his youth took part in many intertribal wars. In 1833 he was taken to Waikato as a captive where he was baptised and adopted the name Īhāia (Isaiah). Allowed to return home in 1840, Īhāia settled in Waitara and became one of the chiefs cultivated by the British in the hope that they would part with their

Farnham Castle.

Farnham Place

Farnham Place in Bell Block was named after an impressive Norman fortress in Surrey.

One of the first streets of the new Kingsdown subdivision in the 1970s, along with Culzean Grove and Glamis Avenue, Farnham Place was given the moniker of a famous British castle. The Totara Park Development Company had previously constructed the Totara Park subdivision in Upper Hutt, naming all the streets there after American states and cities.

This was thought to be a nod to Big Tex, the early fast food chain owned by parent

Doone Street.

Doone Street

With the majority of early English settlers to New Plymouth hailing from Cornwall and Devon, their descendants often looked to those regions when naming roads in the city later on. Doone Street in Lynmouth was inspired by the heroine of the celebrated Victorian novel Lorna Doone, set in Devonshire.

Written by Richard Doddridge Blackmore in 1869, Lorna Doone is an historical romance about farmer John Ridd and his love for the beautiful Lorna. Blackmore (1825-1900) was not born in Devon but often described himself as a Devonian after a childhood spent

Culzean Castle.

Culzean Grove

Culzean Grove runs off Glamis Avenue in Bell Block and was named after an opulent castle in Scotland.

In 1975 the Totara Park Development Company created a subdivision in the area called Kingsdown with the slogan “Not just a place to live, but a way of life”. The company was a subsidiary of M.S.D. Speirs, now known as the Speirs Group, who had pioneered fast food restaurants in New Zealand with their Big Tex chain.

The name Kingsdown was chosen to incorporate that of prominent local family

Lord Ranfurly.

Ranfurly Street runs off Raleigh Street in Waitara and was named in the early 1900s after the Governor General of New Zealand at the time.

Sir Uchter John Mark Knox (1856-1933) was a Viscount and Baron as well as the fifth Earl of Ranfurly. Educated at Cambridge, he inherited his many titles after his older brother died during a shooting expedition to Abyssinia.

Lord Ranfurly was appointed the fifteenth Governor General of New Zealand in 1897. Earlier governors had been either military men or professional administrators, but as pride in the British Empire reached its height, London began sending minor

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