Topic: Belt Road (DN 25/07/2009)

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Belt Road 


Belt Road in New Plymouth took its name from the Town Belt planned by surveyor Frederic Carrington.

A history of Wellington points out that in establishing the settlement at Port Nicholson, the New Zealand Company advocated the reservation of public parklands to counter overcrowding and health problems evident in many industrial English cities.  The town belt would contain the 'town acres', maintaining higher land prices there for the benefit of investors. A working-class labour force would develop from those who could not afford the higher prices.

You can get the idea of what the town belt might have been like, from the plantings of Pohutukawa at Kawaroa Park.  This magnificent strip of trees provides shelter to nearby houses and to park users. The Kawaroa belt also sustains a volunteer understory of mostly native vegetation, and in a hot dry summer the trees provide a welcome shade.

At its southern end, Belt Road meets Sanders Park, the home of Tukapa Rugby Club. The street boasts a holiday park at its seaward end - access is across the railway line.  There is a notable surf break, taking the street's name, east of Belt Road.



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