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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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Moir Street.

Moir Street is on the northern edge of Eltham. The land was owned by one of the town’s earliest settlers. However it wasn’t always an obvious area for a housing development.

The early growth of Eltham was restricted by large areas of surrounding swamplands, one to the east, and the Ngaere swamp to the north. The difficult land meant the earliest settlers preferred to establish themselves elsewhere. Fewer wanted to go to Eltham and its environs.

Not George Moir however. He had arrived in New Zealand in the mid-1800s. A blacksmith by trade, he lived in Whanganui, then Normanby, before

Preston Street.

Preston Street 

In 1882 it was decided to clear the bush on the site of the proposed new village of Eltham. Most of the contract work was awarded to James Preston, who had already settled in an area near where Preston Street is today.

It seems he had an advantage doing the bush clearing work, his wife being regarded as a woman of “enormous physical strength.” She helped him fell trees. Perhaps she was still helping him when he later won roading contracts in the district.

Preston Street leads

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Te Mete Tce

Te Mete Terrace overlooks Te Mete Park in Merrilands. It was developed for housing in the late 1960s. The story of the street’s name goes back much further.

In the early 1900s, Stanley John Smith was a large land-owner in the area. Born in 1870, Smith had inherited the family farm on Mangorei Road. In his youth he was a prominent sportsman, later a successful businessman, and for many years an elected New Plymouth councillor. He also served as chairman of the Taranaki Hospital Board.

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Sycamore Grove .

Sycamore Grove 

Sycamore Grove is located at the end of Ballance Street in lower Vogeltown. It was once a very short road with another name.

On 16 May 1983 the New Plymouth City Council approved an application by the developer of a new subdivision to replace the name Poti Street with Sycamore Grove. The new name was not their first choice. Carrington Glen was the name suggested, with Cresswell Grove and Sycamore Grove as alternatives.

The City Engineer, in a letter to the Town Clerk, suggested that Carrington Glen

Parrs Road.

Parrs Road

Parrs Road is on your left as you drive up Frankley Road toward the mountain. It was once part of the Taranaki County Council catchment, but is now part of the New Plymouth District.  

On 11 September 1962 the Taranaki County Council passed a Special Order which formally designated names for a long list of roads. In some cases the change formalised common local usage and for others names were attached to unnamed stretches of road.

Parrs Road was included in this Special Order, ratifying a

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