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Taranaki Stories

These stories capture the very essence of Taranaki – the people and the landscape.
They record the achievements of those who live here, the struggles of the first settlers, the determination to overcome challenges, those who have made their mark on not only their own, but also future generations.
But the stories are not just about hardship – they are also inspiring, thrilling, mystifying, enlightening and entertaining.
 
 

 

Taranaki Stories

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Petrol Pioneer – New Plymouth’s first car

by Sorrel Hoskin on 17 December 2009

Break downs, bumpy roads, flat tyres and frightened horses... the pioneer motorists of Taranaki faced more than a drop or two of trouble.   But Dr H.B Leatham liked a challenge. Acknowledged as the pioneer of motoring in New Plymouth he heralded in the new century by buying New Plymouth's first petrol driven car, a Curved Dash Oldsmobile, in 1903.   Prior to this Taranaki's first ‘horseless...

Petite is perfect - Darryl Goble and the microcars

by Sorrel Hoskin on 17 December 2009

Bigger is not necessarily better according to Stratford man Darryl Goble. In his eyes small is beautiful - in fact the smaller the better. Darryl and his brother Bruce collect microcars - vehicles under 1000cc - where petite is perfect. Darryl is passionate about little cars - he's been collecting them for the past 20 years and has a shed full of them. So what's the appeal?   The beginning of...

Is it a car or a boat? Darryl Goble and the swimming car

by Sorrel Hoskin on 17 December 2009

A checklist on the dashboard of Darryl Goble's car is the first indication that the little red convertible is a bit different from the norm - the note reminds the driver to fit the bilge pump and secure the doors.   Other clues are at the back - a marine beacon pokes out of the boot and twin propellers sit between the two back wheels. Look closer and you'll notice the port and starboard...

Darracq dreaming: the little car from Patea

by Sorrel Hoskin on 17 December 2009

A little green and red car sits in an old Patea farm shed surrounded by walls of colourful road signs. Stepping into the shed is like going back in time - the car is over 100 years old, and the signs are a drive through the history of roads in New Zealand.   This is a special little car. It has been in the same family for over 100 years. The Durracq was bought by local identity James Livingston...

Inventor A.W Reid Leads The Way

by Virginia Winder on 14 December 2009

A little more than 100 years ago, the people of Stratford faced a great debate – whether to opt for electric lights or go with watergas lamps.   It looked like the watergas option was a fait accompli with the Stratford Town Board, until a forward-thinking man stepped into the fray.   That man was Alexander Walker Reid, affectionately known as AWR (no relation to the...