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New Plymouth

is an expanding city of about 50,000 people, on the northern side of Mount Egmont, the main servicing centre and port for the surrounding dairying district and since the 1970s an expending petrochemical industry. New Plymouth was a well established Maori settlement area in pre-European times.
In 1828 Richard 'Dickie' Barrett was the first European to settle in the district.
The name comes from the English seaport, most of the first settlers were from Cornwall and Devon.
The town was surveyed and settled in 1841 by the Plymouth Company, part of the New Zealand Company.
In 1860, war broke out between the Maori and European settlers over the sale of the Waitara Block.
Many settlers left the district and New Plymouth became a military settlement and racial strife lasted through the 1880s.
In 1866, oil was found at Ngamotu Beach and the small well and refinery provided petrol for the district for more than a century.
In 1876, New Plymouth became a borough and a city in 1949.
In 1959, natural gas was discovered at Kapuni and in 1969 the large offshore gas and oil field, the Maui, about 30 kilometres off the Taranaki coast was discovered.

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