One of the pioneers in the European settlement of Wellington, New Zealand, was John Plimmer. He became knowm as "the father of Wellington". His name remains in Plimmer House and Plimmer's Steps, both in the CBD. At the Lambton Quay end of "his" steps is a bronze statue of him and his dog. "His" house is 100 m up from the top of the steps.

His name also appears in Plimmerton, a delightful beach resort at the mouth of the Porirua Harbour, about 20 km north of Wellington, one of the towns founded by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company, which completed the railway from Wellington to Palmerston North in the 1880s.

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