The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Parish
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Parish has its headquarters in New Plymouth, and covers the country lying between the Mokau river on the north, and the parishes of Stratford and Okato to the south. The principal church is known as St. Joseph's, and occupies a commanding position in the town of New Plymouth. It is of wood and iron, has seats for 600 persons, and has an organ with a choir gallery. The presbytery adjoins the church, and so does the convent known as the Monastery of the Presentation. The block of land occupied by the various buildings has frontages to three streets. Dean McKenna is parish priest, and is assisted by the Rev. Father MacManus, as curate.