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Map of a surveyor's plan of Waitara including the Waitara West and Huirangi Districts. The plan shows the field of operations during the Taranaki Wars from 1860-1861 and highlights redoubts, battle locations, pa sites, and other important landmarks. The map is adhered to black card.
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PHO2009-117

Large North Taranaki topographic map. Created by the Department of Survey and Land Information. Undated.
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ARC2017-067

Booklet produced by the Department of Lands and Survey with information about farming and land development operations in Taranaki. Includes information on the Mt Damper, Pohokura, Makahu, Uruti, Kohuratahi, Mohakatino and Wiremu farm settlements.
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ARC2015-002

Architectural plan for the Bank of New Zealand, Waitara branch. Unknown architect and date.
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ARC2013-1576

Architectural plans of the alterations and additions to the New Plymouth Post Office and Clock Tower on the corner of Devon, Robe and Silver Streets New Plymouth.
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ARC2013-1550

Architectural plan of a proposed observatory for the New Plymouth Astronomical Society. Plan shows floor plan and elevation. Undated.
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ARC2013-1549

Architectural plans for an opera house, museum, concert chamber and municipal chamber for New Plymouth. The building was to straddle the Huatoki River and was never constructed. Undated.
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ARC2013-1548

Poem titled ‘To Pee or to Pier’, relating to the 1997 plan to create a tourist attraction from a pier that would be linked to an oil rig anchored off New Plymouth. The satirical poem was distributed by fax throughout New Plymouth in November and December 1997. The author of the poem is unknown.

To Pee or to Pier
Now you’ve all heard of a scheme afoot for a pier out from Centre City
I hope that you will agree that this grand plan deserves a little ditty.
It seems that the lads from Townscape, just talking over a beer,
wanted to put an oilrig at the end of a concrete pier

They announced the plan on the radio and in the Daily News
important people were approached to ascertain their views.
Oilmen and fishermen and local Maori too
Whose permission was deemed vital to make this dream come true

The council ran a ratepayers poll …. 99 percent agreed
That an oilrig at the end of a pier, was exactly what we need
Everyone was consulted – not a dissenting voice was heard
DOC and OSH and Forest and Bird, never uttered a single word

Resource consent was granted – the monies quickly raised
the TSB donated heaps and they were greatly praised
Powerco came to the party – they’d provide the power
as long as their name, was all lit up at the very top of the tower

Then George and Warren from Townscape searched the world to find a rig
They found rigs on land and rigs on ships, but some were much too big
There were red ones, yellow ones too and some all covered in rust
They found the right one in Bass Strait, to have it was a must

The Westgate tug was dispatched at speed to tow the rig back here
Within a week the tug returned and sat just off the pier
It had in tow a lovely rig all painted for the occasion and
When Jenny Shipley arrived, she got a grand ovation

With the rig in place, the tourists flocked – the city started to boom
The shops were full of visitors – there was no doom and gloom
A little train took people out along the pier to see the rig
and a little girl was heard to sigh “Oh Dear, it’s just so big”

But then one night some roughnecks came to town from Maui B.
It seems they got upon the drink at a bar called Maloneys
They staggered out at 3am and headed for the sea
and all was going pretty well until they stopped to have a pee

When they looked up and saw the rig all lit up with light
they thought they were back at work and had to start that night
so they wandered out the pier and found a drill bit in a tin
and kicked the motor in the guts… and drilled the bugger in

They drilled all night and drilled all day and no one seemed to care
but when some busybody heard the noise I think they called the Mayor
the Cops arrived and then the Press which proved a perfect foil
They were just about to shut it down when they bloody well struck oil

Well out it gushed from the top of the rig all over Centre City
With rocks and oil and mud and gas the scene was far from pretty
With dollar signs within their eyes, the Council was elated
but Bev Raine changed that with a call “the town must be evacuated”

An urgent meeting was called that night, everyone was there,
the Police the Council and Civil Defence with Mayor Claire in the chair
with oil and gas still gushing out… no one knew what to do
as there were no valves in the rig to shut, they were really in the poo

Then Shagger jumped up and said “hang on… I’ve read about Red Adair,
I’ll blow her up to stop the flow.. this is neither here nor there”
So they all went down to the Farmers’ Co-Op and got some dynamite
they put Shagger in a Firemans suit and he slipped into the night

The oil and gas kept gushing as they looked into the gloom
but then at exactly 4a.m. there was a tremendous boom
The rig was gone … the flow was stopped but the view was pretty shitty
Shagger it seemed used too much and he’d blown up half the City

Another urgent meeting was called to talk about the mess
the bill would run to millions… it was anybody’s guess
But the Council were not worried they couldn’t understand the fuss
“We’ve had a Consultants report, the oil belongs to us.”

Now Shagger was a hero the Townscape boys were knighted
but the Council it turned out to be, were a little bit shortsighted
They didn’t own the oil that day that lay beneath the sea
The liquid gold was in fact owned by Fletcher Energy

Well now we have an oilfield where Centre City used to be
Even from the tallest hill you cannot see the sea
The moral of this tale of mine, is leave things as they be
and when you leave Maloney’s – Don’t stop to have a pee!!!
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ARC2013-1542

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First edition cadastral map of Hawera, part of the New Zealand Cadastral Map Town series. NZMS 189A Hawera. Produced by the Department of Lands and Survey.
First edition, December 1965.
Scale 1:6336 (1 inch to 8 chains)
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ARC2013-1514

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First edition cadastral map of Stratford, part of the New Zealand Cadastral Map Town series. NZMS 189 Stratford. Produced by the Department of Lands and Survey New Plymouth.
First edition, June 1973.
Scale 1:3168 (1 inch to 4 chains)
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ARC2013-1513

First and second editions cadastral map of the borough of Inglewood part of the New Zealand Cadastral Map Town series. NZMS 189 Inglewood. Produced by the Department of Lands and Survey New Plymouth.
First edition, 1 May 1955 and second edition, 1 January 1973.
Scale 1:3168 (1 inch to 4 chains)
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ARC2013-1512

Opunake survey district map part of New Zealand Cadastral Map series. NZMS 13. Third edition, 1 May 1955.
Scale 1:63,360 (1 mile to 1 inch)
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ARC2013-1510

Topographical map of the Egmont National Park. Includes locality map, aerial image of the summit of Mt Egmont, index and reference.
First edition, NZMS 169, July 1960.
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ARC2013-1504

Cadastral map of the Kaponga Town District, undated.
Scale: 4 chains to 1 inch
Size: 694mm (H) x 635mm (W)
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ARC2013-1454

Cadastral map of the Borough of Hāwera, 1927.
Scale: 4 chains to 1 inch
Size: 617mm (H) x 860mm (W)
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ARC2013-1453

A collection of 16 pencil sketch topographical maps of parts of Mt Taranaki. The plans have been drawn on a compass rose template from the New Zealand Survey Department, although they have not been logged in any respect and are all undated. They are possibly from the period c. 1890-1899.
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ARC2013-1433

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A small black notebook containing lined pages secured by two rusted staples. Inside front cover has 1916 and 1917 calendars. Inside back cover has a "Ready Reckoner and Marketing Table" and "POSTAL INFORMATION" section. First page has "15665 M. W. Beattie" handwritten and underlined in pencil. The remaining text is also handwritten in pencil and details the index and content of the following filled in pages. The subject matter is military and contains instructions and guidelines on handling equipment and techniques to use. Penultimate page has a pencil rubbing of a coin.
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ARC2013-1424

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A topographical map of New Plymouth from the ‘New Zealand Topographical Map’ series. Published by the Department of Lands and Survey under the authority of W.N. Hawkey.
Includes roads, water features, relief features, railways, vegetation features and miscellaneous features.
NZMS 260, Sheet Q19 New Plymouth
Edition 1, 1984
Scale: 1:50,000
Size: 660mm (H) x 553mm (W)
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ARC2013-022

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A topographical map of Tongaporutu from the ‘New Zealand Topographical Map’ series. Published by the Department of Lands and Survey under the authority of W.A. Robertson.
Includes roads, water features, relief features, railways, vegetation features and miscellaneous features.
NZMS 260, Sheet Q18 Tongaporutu
Edition 1, 1986
Scale: 1:50,000
Size: 660mm (H) x 553mm (W)
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ARC2013-021

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One mile to one inch series topographical map. Relief shown by contours and spot heights. New Zealand Department of Lands and Survey.
Scale 1:63,360 ; Transverse Mercator proj. (E 174°4°13°-E 174°33°0°/S 38°59°29°-S 39°14°35°).
Scale: 1:63,360
NZMS 1; Sheet N110
Edition 2, 1977
Size: 565mm (H) x 796mm (W)
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ARC2013-020

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A topographical map of Stratford from the ‘Topomap’ series. Published by the Department of Lands and Survey under the authority of W.A. Robertson.
Includes roads, water features, relief features, railways, vegetation features and miscellaneous features.
NZMS 260, Sheet Q20 Stratford
Edition 1, 1987
Scale: 1:50,000 (2cm : 1km)
Size: 656mm (H) x 948mm (W)
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ARC2013-019

11 cadastral maps titled 'Aotuhia Regional Land Use Study' classifying land tenure, land use, soils, forest and scrub types, etc. Published by the Department of Lands and Survey New Zealand under the authority of I.F. Stirling, Surveyor General, c. 1975.
Scale: 1:50,000
Size: 688mm (H) x 578mm (W)
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ARC2013-005

A series of cadastral maps titled 'Aotuhia Land Development'. Created by the Lands and Survey Department, created September 1982, February 1985 and May 1986.
Maps show individual blocks within the larger Autohia block and detail contour (moderately steep, steep, easy hill, very steep, flat, easy hill) and cover (scrub, bush, poor pasture, rough grazing, second growth, fern, pongs, new grass, swamp, crushed scrub) of the land.
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ARC2013-002

A selection of 19 cadastral from the series ‘New Zealand Cadastral Maps NZMS 261’ from Taranaki and surrounding districts. Second edition, 1981 and 1984. Published by the Department of Lands and Survey.
Scale: 1:50,000
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ARC2012-201

Topographical map titled 'North Island New Zealand, Hawke's Bay, Wellington & Taranaki, South of Latitude 39°S'. Photo-lithographed at the head office Department of Lands and Survey, Wellington May 1897.
Showing Taranaki, Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, South Taranaki Blight, South Pacific Ocean and top of 'Middle Island'. References include boundaries of land districts, roads, tracks, railways open for traffic, chief towns, townships, postal stations, railway stations and homesteads.
Scale: 1 inch to 8 miles
Size: 674mm (H) x 922mm (W)
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ARC2012-194
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