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The Unwritten City

  • Titirangi War Memorial Hall 500 South Titirangi Road Auckland, Auckland, 0604 New Zealand (map)
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Sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson Titirangi

Great cities spark great writing. New York, London, even Melbourne have inspired many books. So why do so few writers address Auckland as a subject in its own right? Three who have are Owen Gill, Patrick Reynolds and Malcom Paterson. Owen examines the changes we need to make to accommodate two million Aucklanders, photographer Patrick has documented the city’s architecture and Malcolm has delved into the historical stories of Tāmaki Makaurau and Kaipara. They will join in a conversation about how we might become a place that is better at telling its stories.

Owen Gill lives in Titirangi. He was born in the west, and has left Auckland twice – for the east coast of Australia on both occasions – and found his way back to Auckland. He has an MBA, and degrees in public policy and politics.

Patrick Reynolds is a photographer and writer, specialising in the built environment, transport, urban design and architecture. He is a contributing writer for the blog Greater Auckland.

Malcolm Paterson belongs to the Ngāti Whātua iwi and is most closely linked to the marae of Reweti, Haranui and Ōrākei. He has worked for his marae and hapū across various heritage, environmental and commercial roles. Malcolm has written three children’s books sharing historical stories of Tāmaki Makaurau and Kaipara through the adventures of fictional characters (most recently The Taniwha in Our Backyard). He was also a chapter author in West: The history of Waitākere and co-authored an article on the archaeology of a large Māori land block in south Kaipara (in the Journal of the NZ Archaeological Association).

Saturday and Sunday Sessions
8.30am - 5pm
Titirangi War Memorial Hall

Full Day Pass Includes 8 sessions $120.00 | $100 concession
Individual Sessions $18.00 | $15 concession
4 Session Pass | $60 | $50 concession
Tickets available from iTICKET*

A delicious lunch catered by Loaves and Fishes Online orders essential: by 1 September | $22

*transaction fees apply

Earlier Event: 8 September
Later Event: 8 September
Making The Cut: Publishing