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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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Bulkeley Terrace .

Bulkeley Terrace

Bulkeley Terrace runs between Morley and Weymouth Streets, overlooking Kawaroa Park. It was drawn up by Frederic Carrington on his earliest plans of the new town and named after Captain Charles Bulkeley, a director of the Plymouth Company.

The railway line was extended from New Plymouth to the harbour in the 1880s and the main goods station located on Bulkeley Terrace. Living in the cottages next to the tracks could prove hazardous as well as noisy – sparks from passing trains often caused nearby grass to catch

Charles Biggs Calmady.

Calmady Terrace is an unformed legal road on the west bank of Te Hēnui Stream, forming part of Te Hēnui Walkway. It was laid out by Frederic Carrington on his original map of New Plymouth in 1842, curving alongside the stream at what was then the far eastern edge of the new town.

One of the few roads forced to stray from the surveyor’s grid pattern to accommodate the contours of the local terrain, Calmady Terrace now runs from the end of Courtenay Street, underneath Northgate and past Te Hēnui Cemetery to Avery Park, ending near the site of what

Standish Street.

Standish Street 

Standish Street was named after the first Mayor of New Plymouth, Arthur Standish. The street is not the only one to have been given the name: 1912 saw the amalgamation of Vogeltown, which had its own Standish Street, into the borough of New Plymouth and, not wanting two streets with the same name less than a kilometre apart, Vogeltown’s was renamed Ballance Street. There are also Standish Streets in Inglewood and Midhirst. 

Born in Yorkshire in 1838, Arthur Standish immigrated to New Plymouth with his mother Mary

Cottage Hospital - 1921-22 (Puke Ariki collection).

Layard Street

Many people will remember Ōpunake’s ‘cottage hospital’. It’s appropriate that it was located on Layard Street, which was named after a man who provided medical services to people in coastal Taranaki in the early years.

Beville Brownlow Layard was born in India in 1845, lived in England and the United States, then arrived in New Zealand in the 1870s. Layard served as a medical dispenser for the Armed Constabulary, then took charge of the hospital on Marsland Hill. When hostilities ceased he was allocated land near Pungarehu

Wynyard Street.

Wynyard Street 

Wynyard Street in Bell Block was named after soldier and colonial administrator Robert Henry Wynyard.

Born at Windsor Castle in 1802, his father was equerry to King George III. Robert followed family tradition and joined the military, serving in England, Ireland and Malta. Wynyard was sent to New Zealand in 1844 with 200 troops to fight Hōne Heke and Te Ruki Kawiti in the Bay of Islands. This was the first serious challenge to the colonial government’s increasing control over Māori affairs since the signing of the Treaty of

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