Stratford is another of those towns in the shadow of Mount Taranaki. Stratford also benefits from tourism and providing services to the township and rural communities in the area. Stratford is also the entry/exit point to the ‘forgotten highway’ to Tauramanui; a road for many is by-passed for other easier handling options.
Stratford is another of those towns struggling with the past and current economic outlook.
Stratford is on the banks of the Pate River, at the junction of the Patea River and Paetahi Stream, approximately 15 km east of the headwaters.
On December 3, 1877, the name Stratford-upon-Patea was adopted. The supposed similarity of the Patea River to the River Avon in England.
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