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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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Union Street .

Union Street 

Union Street in Merrilands was a very practical name. According to The Taranaki Daily News in September 1951, it was called that for no other reason than it was “the new street connecting Lismore Street and Mangorei Road.”

Town planners’ intentions were clear much earlier on though. An unformed roadway had been noted on survey plans as far back as the early 1900s. Back then, Turehu Street was known as Nobs Line and the future Union Street was marked on plans by a post and wire fence

Kapu Grove.

Kapu Grove

Kapu Grove in the New Plymouth suburb of Whalers Gate is a double cul-de-sac and originally two names were chosen to reflect this – Kapu Place and Tarata Grove.

The process of subdividing the street was first begun in the late 1960s, however it was only granted Taranaki County Council approval in 1980. Council documents show that it was decided two names for such a small number of sections was “unnecessary”. The name Kapu Grove was chosen by the developers, Beazley Homes.

While most of the properties

Hughson Place.

Hughson Place 

Last century the Hughson family was well known in Taranaki business circles. It owned several stores around the province, trading in a variety of goods and services. In 1919, Robert Hugh Hughson decided to operate a drapery store from their premises in Opunake.

The business was a great success from the start. Hughson was able to expand the store and take over other businesses. With his profile in the town greatly enhanced, he gradually became more active in various public roles.

In 1937 Opunake became a borough

Hickey Place .

Hickey Place 

In more recent times, new streets in Opunake have been given names that acknowledge prominent people in the town’s history. Hickey Place is an example.

It was named after John Sydney Hickey. Born in the 1890s, ‘Syd’ Hickey was a bank clerk when he enlisted for service in World War One. He joined the 3rd Battalion’s machine gun section and was later awarded the military medal.

The dairy industry was his great interest. After returning to Opunake, he was elected chairman of the Opunake Dairy Company. He

Clouston Place.

Clouston Place 

From 1911 until his retirement in 1938, George Clark Clouston was Opunake's highly-regarded police constable. For much of that time, he was the only officer in town. People respected him so much he was later elected mayor and had a street named after him.

Clouston was born on the Orkney Islands and trained as a policeman in Scotland. He came to New Zealand in 1896, where he briefly tried his hand at several jobs, before joining the New Zealand police force. After filling posts in Whanganui

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