WEST – The History of Waitakere

Edited by Ruth Kerr (Managing Editor) and Finlay Macdonald (General Editor); Published in July, 2009 by Random House.  25 chapters written by 24 writers to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the renaming of Waitakere City. 125,000 words; 420 images.

Generations of New Zealanders have been captivated by Auckland’s West. Dynamic and distinctive, Waitakere is a city of firsts: Croation, Dutch and Pacific Island settlers, wine industry, vibrant arts community, eco hospital, eco mall, nuclear free, Project Twin Stream, smokefree and a commercial film industry. It’s strong and proud identity, built on its pioneering determination, sets Waitakere apart.

WEST got fantastic reviews in The New Zealand Herald and The Listener –  see:

Herald Review

Listener Review

Going West Books and Writers Festival – September 2009

‘By, Buy, Bye the Book’ – ‘WEST’ panel discussion with Ruth Kerr, Finlay Macdonald and Rod Oram. Readings by Simon Prast.

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