2018 Conference Programme

On the 7th of October the conference The Creative West was held, the third West Auckland Heritage Conference. This event was organised by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board with support from the Whau Local board. The conference is a collaborative effort by many in the community and council.

The Waitākere Ranges were an inspiration for many artists, from people inspired by famous painters like Colin McCahon, and the director of the McCahon House will be discussing the challenges of maintaining the right atmosphere for the museum, to architects like Henry Turbott who designed the Arataki Visitor Centre. Tanya Wilkinson shared her experience of living in an architecturally designed community house by Tibor Donner and three West Auckland Writing groups gave everyone ‘writing prompts’. This conference had more presentations then ever before, most of which can be downloaded as pdfs below.

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 year, we’ve also been lucky to have had some extra events around the conference as well, including walks, book launches, exhibitions and a panel of actors and screen writers for local TV series like Outrageous Fortune, WestSide and Brokenwood.

The board thanks all those involved in putting it together and hopes everyone has enjoyed this creative heritage weekend!

Sandra Coney, Heritage portfolio, Waitakere Ranges Local Board.

2018 Conference Presentations

Click to view a PDF of the presentation for the 2018 presentations. If you download a presentation and would like to use it, please ensure you have the agreement from the author or photographer. The last three presentations didn’t supply a downloadable pdf.

Looking Westward

by Linda Tyler

The Gift of the Matariki Kapa Haka

by George Taua and Tyler Taua-Gordon

Far Pavillions

by Bill McKay

Bravado and a Love of Crafting

by Helen Schamroth

Four Photographer

by Raewynn Robertson

The Glen Eden Playhouse Theater

by Janet Clews

Titirangi Folk Music Club

by Tricia Lee

Once Upon a Time in the West

by John Parker

The Burgeoning of the Corban Estate Arts Centre

by Martin Sutcliffe

Writing in the West –

by Rob Moore, Ron Riddell and Melanie Wittwer

Through the Artist’s Eyes – and Ears

by Michelle Edge

Kakano Youth Arts Collective

by Mandy Patmore

Head for the Hills

by Judy Millar

Don Binney’s West Coast

by Hamish Coney


by Stephen Ellis

Who was Ivan Cuba?

by Gai Bishop

Beethoven in the Family Car – The Fantasy World of Peter Sauerbier

by Fiona Drummond

Cameron Johnson: First Artist of the West Coast of Auckland

by Sandra Coney

Living in a Tibor Donner House

by Tanya Wilkinson

Harry Turbott – The Journey of a West Coast Environmental Designer

by Garth Falconer

A New Vision in the West

by Andrew Clifford

Colin McCahon House in the 21st Century

by Vivienne Stone

The heART of This Place

by Naomi McCleary

Voices from the Stream

by Anna Fomison

History of the Glen Eden Theatre Company

by Pauline Vella

The Creative Mind

by Caroline Robinson