Above: Daffodil farm, Titirangi, c 1947. From left: Ann Hodge, Miss Shaw, Lynn MacLean, Irene Sharp. Mia Stein Collection.
Welcome to the website of the West Auckland Heritage Conferences.
The West Auckland Heritage Conference has become a day long tradition as part of Auckland Heritage Week. The inaugural conference in 2016 was themed New Stories of the Old West and was held at the War Memorial Hall in Titirangi. Last year’s conferenced focussed on The People of the West at the Henderson Council Chambers. Most presentations from both days are available on this website.
The conference is a collaborative effort by many in the community and council, and is brought to you by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. When the new date and theme for 2018 is available, it will be announced here.
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 outside Annex to the Barracks, Karekare, late 1930s
Left: Women fishing from wharf at Whatipu. 1941. Auckland Libraries. West Auckland Research Centre. J. T. Diamond Collection. JTD-06K-03148.
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.
Read about some of the sessions in our 2017 conference programme.
Naomi McCleary will present on Lois McIvor: "Paint the Light". Lois McIvor bestrode the Titirangi arts scene for 35 years; from 1953 to 1988. A colourful and imposing figure with a commanding presence and matching voice, she was an influential teacher and a...read more
Fiona Drummond, West Auckland Historical Society, will present on a topic which has a high sense of “déjà vu” in her presentation on Henry Atkinson: Engineer, Water Giver & Titirangi Icon. Henry Atkinson is one of Titirangi's best known identities, surveying the...read more
Robert Brassey, Principal Specialist Cultural Heritage, is confirmed as of three Key Note speakers at the West Auckland Heritage Conference. His presentation is titled: The Last Flight of Texas Tornado. At 12.25 am on 9 June 1942 a loud explosion was heard across much...read more