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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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Struthers Place.

Struthers Place 

Struthers Place runs off Rifle Range Road in Waiwhakaiho and was named after Robert Struthers.

In August 1997 tenders were called for the development of the Waiwhakaiho industrial subdivision. As part of the project Rifle Range Road, formed 10 years before this, was lengthened. A new cul-de-sac was also constructed in conjunction with the extra section of Rifle Range Road to serve the subdivision, now home to The Valley Mega Centre, and named Struthers Place.

This little dead-end street lay on land that had once been occupied

Bird Road War Memorial.

In the 1870s, many of New Zealand’s early surveyors frequently named the roads they were mapping after other surveyors. One such is Bird Road, near Stratford.

Joseph Bird was born in 1836. By the 1870s he was employed to survey the new settlements planned for Taranaki. Bird worked across the province but there’s no evidence he mapped the road that would soon carry his name. Instead, it’s much more likely someone else named it after him.

At the time dense bush covered the area and fire was an ever-present danger. One of the worst occurred in January 1886. A huge

Fenton Street .

Fenton Street 

Fenton Street in Stratford was named after a character in Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The western end is dominated by the CBD and King Edward Park. Established in the 1880s, the park was originally known as the Page Street Reserve, with the change in name happening in 1902. The park had an expanse of native bush and a sports ground for athletics and cricket.

In the early 1920s soldiers of the Wellington Regiment, wanting to honour their former commander William Malone, donated funds to

Queen Maud of Norway (1869-1938).

Maude Road is tucked up under the Pouakai Ranges in the shadow of Maude Peak and both owe their name to an English princess who later became the Queen of Norway.

Princess Maud (somewhere along the line the name of the road and the peak acquired an ‘e’) was the youngest daughter of King Edward VII and was born in 1869 which coincided with a period of European exploration of access routes and tracks up the Pouakai Ranges and Mount Taranaki.

Presumably it is for this reason the road and the peak were named after this obscure member of the

Bronte Place.

Bronte Place 

The subdivision application that resulted in Bronte Place, St Ives Grove and Tiverton Crescent in Whalers Gate was submitted by D.S. Garrett in 1973 and the three street names chosen were from a set of preapproved options drawn up by the old Taranaki County Council.

This list included more than 50 streets taken directly from the city of Plymouth, paying tribute to the area of England from which so many of New Plymouth’s early settlers hailed.

Bronte Place in Whalers Gate was named after Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855),

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