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Welcome to the Taranaki Street names basket.  This basket contains articles that appear in the Taranaki Daily News, "Word on the Street" column every Saturday.  The articles are compiled by staff in the Taranaki Research Centre at Puke Ariki.   If your Street isn't here, please contact us.

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Kirton Place.

Kirton Place 

The availability and standard of housing is shaping up to be one of the most important issues in the upcoming general election. In the early 1970s New Plymouth was the focus of some political grandstanding on the same problem.   

The matter came to head in July 1971 when then Labour Party spokesman on housing, Bill Fraser, described the state of some of the housing in the city as a “shantytown”. Local reporters were taken to a run-down cottage on Ocean View Parade where a family of

Kellyville Heights.

Kellyville Heights 

On 3 December 1975 the Taranaki Herald printed a letter from two New Plymouth residents who signed themselves, "Dorset Davie and Dora". The couple were upset that a nearby street in Merrilands was to be named Kellyville Heights.

Davie and Dora demanded to know from the mayor just who or what Kellyville was, "A place or a person?".

Surely, they continued, he knew that New Plymouth's first immigrants came from not only Devonshire, but also Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. Perhaps with one eye closed at

Onslow Place.

Onslow Place 

Onslow Place is a short cul-de-sac in Merrilands, near Te Mete Park. In 1976 it was judged New Plymouth’s best street.

There were six finalists for the prestigious title and the residents of the winning street were justifiably proud. “It’s what we’ve been aiming for” said one of the residents, and it was this sense of pride and teamwork that clearly impressed the judges.  

The notable achievement was the result of 10 years hard work. In December 1966 Mr R.A. Warner submitted his plan for the

Borthwick Street.

Borthwick Street

Borthwick Street is a side-street off Raleigh Street in Brixton, near Waitara in north Taranaki.  The street was named after Sir Thomas Borthwick, owner of the freezing works company, Thomas Borthwick & Sons, in Waitara.

Thomas Borthwick, named after his father, was born in Musselburgh, Scotland on 11 January 1835.  His father, Thomas the elder, and uncle, Alexander, owned a butcher shop outside Edinburgh, and the younger Thomas began working in the business at an early age.  In 1863 he started his own business as a livestock

Weka Street.

Weka Street 

Weka Street, at the end of Fitzroy Road, lies adjacent to a southern boundary of the Fitzroy Golf Club. Today it's a short no exit street, but it wasn't always intended as such.

The street is shown in survey plans as early as the 1890s. They were drawn up for Mr. William Courtney, a land owner in the Fitzroy area. Weka Street is shown as unformed, still only a proposed road.

It wasn't until 1920 that the New Plymouth

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