West Auckland Heritage Conference 2018

Above: View of a scene from a theatre production by the Prospect Players showing Robert Prior and Gladys Prior in ‘Golden Kiwi’, 1963.
Photographer: John Thomas Diamond. J.T. Diamond Collection, JTD-12K-02023-2.
Auckland Libraries West Auckland Research Centre

Come to the Titirangi War Memorial Hall

for the third edition of the West Auckland Heritage Conference!

The Waitākere Ranges were an inspiration for many artists, from people inspired by famous painters like Colin McCahon to groups like the The Glen Eden Players. At this conference, with more talks on offer than ever before, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the stories of many of these artists, musicians, architects and performers.

The presentations include:

  • Naomi McCleary on the golden days of public art in Waitākere City Council days 
  • Bill McKay on the extraordinary local examples of mid-century architecture  
  • Linda Tyler’s picture-packed overview of arts and crafts of the west
  • A panel of seasoned writers and publishers on getting your research in print

While this conference still celebrates the unique heritage of the West, this year we’ve included more of a focus on contemporary artists, and how they were influenced by the great West Auckland artists of last century. Several talks feature heritage projects or groups that started last century, but are still going strong, so in a way, we could say heritage is being made as we speak.

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

Register Free

Register by 30 September – the conference is free, but registration is required as places are limited.

2018 Programme

The programme for the 2018 West Auckland Heritage Conference is now confirmed. Come along to be inspired and informed!

The programme will be subject to change – please check back for any updates.

West Auckland Heritage Conferences 2016 and 2017

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.

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

Left: 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

Read about some of the sessions in our 2017 conference programme.

What’s your story?

Submissions are now open for the West Auckland Heritage Conference, on Sunday 7 October 2018 at Titirangi War Memorial Hall. The theme for this year is: The Creative West. Submissions close Saturday June 9. Let’s discover the threads that weave together...

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We have a date!

The third West Auckland Heritage Conference will take place on Sunday 7th of October, 2018. We'll be back in Titirangi, now the War Memorial Hall has been reopened after repairs. Other locations for talks will be the Titirangi Library next door, the...

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Lois McIvor: “Paint the Light”

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...

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