Urenui Buildings

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Bank of New Zealand (Urenui Agency).

Bank of New Zealand (Urenui Agency)


The Taranaki Herald reported on 7 March 1957 that this small building in Urenui may have a claim to be the, " smallest bank building in New Zealand". For years it had been a magnet for passing motorists who would stop to take photographs of the tiny building.

The Urenui Agency of the Bank of New Zealand was opened on 8 November 1909, closed in 1917, then re-opened on 12 May 1919 - possibly in this building. It

Urenui Post Office (Former) 2019.

Urenui Post Office (Former) 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

The first post office at Urenui was opened on the site of a military redoubt (former Pihanga pā) in May 1867 under the charge of Captain Thomas Good. However, this office only operated for a short period before closing on the 31st of December 1867, and it wasn’t until 1877 that the first permanent post office was established in Charles Rowe’s recently opened store at the south-western corner of Ngakoti and Nikorima Streets. Rowe remained postmaster until 1903, when

39 Whakapaki Street.

39 Whakapaki Street


Little is currently known about the history of this board and batten settlers cottage, although based on its style, was likely constructed in the 1860s-70s period.

A scrapbook on Urenui history from the early 1990s simply notes this house was built in 1874, although no reasoning is given for this date.

It is located on part of Rural Allotment No. 3, Urenui District, and the original portion of the present home is clearly

1 Ngatoki Street 2017.

1 Ngatoki Street 2017

2017 View

Whilst the exact construction date is unknown, this home was probably constructed in the late 1890s or early 1900s - it was occupied by members of the Rowe family around this time.

Mary Elizabeth Rowe purchased Section 58, Urenui Township, in November 1895 - a further mortgage was taken against the property in 1897. Mary sold the home to A. D. McDonald in October 1904.


1 Ngatoki Street circa 1900

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