West Auckland Heritage Conference 2022

Sunday 13 November, 10am – 4pm

 

Titirangi War Memorial Hall

 

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Photo by Olaf Petersen of Mrs Avis MacIntosh practicing over hurdles at Ranui while her two-year-old son Clive looks on, c.1964.

The West Auckland Heritage Conference has become a day-long tradition. We hope you will join us for the upcoming 2022 edition on Sunday 13th of November, themed “Trailblazers and Troublemakers of the West”. Sold out last year, we recommend you reserve your tickets now.

Sixth Heritage Conference coming up!

Themed “Trailblazers and Troublemakers”, this is an opportunity to hear story tellers and historians alike, treating you on intriguing tales of West Auckland people, places and events. Waitākere Ranges Local Board member Sandra Coney says once again the conference will showcase some of the incredible stories from the area’s past.

“It just gets better every year and it seems that we will never be short of incredible stories to tell and a history worthy of discussing. What these stories also tell us is that what makes this area special and why people choose to come ‘out west’ hasn’t really changed from days gone by so whether your family has lived here for generations, you are new to the west or just fascinated by history, this conference has something for everyone.”

Lunch and break times are great to catch up with fellow enthusiasts and exchange knowledge and recent discoveries, or have a look at the display boards and videos in the main hall.

This event is organised by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board with support from the Whau Local Board and it part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. The conference is a collaborative effort by many in the community and council.

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The conference is $20 for the whole day including lunch. Limited spaces, buy your ticket here.

2022 Conference Programme

Andrew Clifford, director of Te Uru and co-organiser, below.
Mandy Patmore, director of Kakano Youth Collective, below
Martin Sutcliffe and Naomi McCleary on the Corbans Art Estate, below
Auckland Heritage Whatipu Wharf

Photo by Olaf Petersen of Mrs Avis MacIntosh practicing over hurdles at Ranui while her two-year-old son Clive looks on, c.1964. 

2022 Conference

This sixth iteration will focus on Trailblazers and Troublemakers – people and organisations out West who challenged the status quo, facilitated change and did things their own way, as well as on the people telling their stories. For instance a women running a timber mill, a visionary planning a canal between our two harbors and a group fighting for the future of a heritage building.

Auckland Heritage Whatipu Wharf
Jack Diamond with his camera at the entrance to a cave, Maori Bay, 1957.Photographer: John Thomas Diamond. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, JTD-01E-00495

2021 Conference

The fifth West Auckland Heritage Conference was held on 11th April 2021, themed Hidden Stories of the West.  To view the recording of the whole conference, view individual presentations or see some impressions of the day, click on the link below.

2019 Conference

The fourth West Auckland Heritage Conference was held on 20th October 2019 in Titirangi. The theme was Destination West. Have a look at the programme, and some photos and recordings from the conference.

Auckland Heritage Whatipu Wharf
Doris Morgan on Tom Pearce’s Rex Acme Speed King at Waiatarua, on the way to Piha, circa 1935. Private collection.
Auckland Heritage Whatipu Wharf
View of a scene from a theatre production by the Prospect Players showing Gladys Prior and Dr. Roberts in ‘Sinbad the Sailor’. Photographer: John Thomas Diamond. J.T. Diamond Collection, JTD-12K-02023-1. Auckland Libraries West Auckland Research Centre

2018 Conference

The third West Auckland Heritage Conference was held on 7th October 2018. The theme was The Creative West. Have a look at the programme, and some photos and a video from last year.

2017 Conference

The second West Auckland Heritage Conference was held on 8 October 2017. The theme was The People of the West. Have a look at the programme, the presentations and some photos from the conference

Pre-war Karekare gang outide Annex to the Barracks, Karekare, late 1930s
Pre-war Karekare gang outside Annex to the Barracks, Karekare, late 1930s 
Auckland Heritage Whatipu Wharf
Women fishing from wharf at Whatipu. 1941. Auckland Libraries. West Auckland Research Centre. J. T. Diamond Collection. JTD-06K-03148.

2016 Conference

The first West Auckland Heritage Conference was held on 2 October 2016. The theme was New Stories of the Old West. Have a look at the programme, and some photos and a video from last year.

Conference News

The latest info for our 2022 programme.

Who is your trailblazer?

Who is your trailblazer?

"Trailblazers and Troublemakers":people, groups and organisations who challenged the status quo, came up with inventive (good and bad) ideas or did the unexpected. We found some amazing people, but we are certain there are many more out there! Do you know of a...

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Save the date

Save the date

Save the date! Sunday 13th of November 2022 will be our next annual West Auckland Heritage Conference. The venue will be the Titirangi War Memorial Hall, which is also the topic of one of our key note presentations, by Graeme Burgess. Two weeks after the Auckland...

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A Whale of a Tale

A Whale of a Tale

End Event by Sir Bob Harvey Every year the last presentation is a very special one - sometimes poetry, music or video all inspired by our West Auckland heritage. This year it will be very special: Sir Bob Harvey and Moby Dick! Is it possible the whale which stranded...

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Annalily van den Broeke 

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