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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

Showing stories tagged as Pukekura Park.

Pukekura Park Timeline

by Virginia Winder on 09 December 2009

1842 - Brooklands is established as a farm by Captain Henry King and becomes the agricultural showplace of the New Zealand Company.    1861 (March) - Captain King's house is burnt down by Maori at the end of the first Taranaki Land War. The remains of the chimney can be seen at Brooklands today.   1875 - German vintners Heinrich Breidecker and son Johann are granted a 21-year lease of four...

Park Plays Many Leading Roles

by Virginia Winder on 09 December 2009

Pukekura Park has turned on its beauty for Hollywood actors, royalty and botanical stars. And when the Tom Cruise-led movie, The Last Samurai, opened in December 2003, the park was able to be appreciated by a worldwide audience.    Members of the British Royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II and the late Queen Mother, have all wandered around the New Plymouth park. In fact, the fountain...

Jack Goodwin Revives Pukekura Park

by Virginia Winder on 09 December 2009

Bring the people back - that was Jack Goodwin's brief when he took over the reins of Pukekura Park in 1949. And he succeeded, triumphantly. In June 2003, about 26 years after retiring, Jack became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for his services to horticulture. But his time at the New Plymouth park didn't begin with such a flourish. During World War II, Pukekura...

Fuller Tells Tales of a Nightlife and a Knife

by Virginia Winder on 09 December 2009

George Fuller is full of fascinating and frightening revelations about Pukekura Park. The former curator, who worked in the New Plymouth park from 1965 to 1990, tells about a secret nightlife, a hidden tunnel, a private obsession and a memory that has haunted him forever. Orchids and Jack Goodwin first lured George to Taranaki. When the orchid collection of Taranaki horticulturalist Fred...

Pukekura Park – A Place That Steals Hearts

by Virginia Winder on 09 December 2009

New Plymouth has a park for a heart. One that has thump-thumped with axes and spades and the clapping of wild crowds. It has quivered to the beat of world music, Split Enz and rock stars. The lakes have pulsed with dancing water lights and rippled to the slow rhythm of rowboats.   There have been drum rolls for a Queen and her mother and brass bands banging out Christmas carols. The...

One Man’s Dream

by Sorrel Hoskin on 09 December 2009

Under a galaxy of stars, walled by trees and with a glittering lake as its floor - nothing beats the TSB Bowl of Brooklands on a good night. From the soaring voice of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to the din of an REM gig, demure young ladies in white frocks to Army howitzers, the TSB Bowl of Brooklands has seen and heard it all.   A bright idea The Bowl is a result of one man's dream, thousands of hours...