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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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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

Stanners Street.

Stanners Street 

When Stanners Street was opened up for use in 1909, it was named after Eltham’s then-mayor Tom Stanners. The name would go on to be prominent in the town’s history.

Originally it was intended to follow the route of what is now George Street. That was delayed because the Railway Department had concerns about where it crossed the train tracks. In 1960 the Stanners Street extension was opened up, connecting through to Clifford Street.

Thomas Charles Stanners was born in London and arrived in New Zealand in

Moir Street.

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

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