Engineering New Zealand’s Otago Heritage Chapter presents the Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference – The Future of the Past. We've got an action-packed agenda, including two full days of inspiring sessions and keynote speakers – plus, a post conference half-day tour.

We're excited to announce this year's Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference theme is 'The future of the past'.

The conference will focus on heritage engineering or technology which has endured, undergone development, restoration and repurposing to claim its place in the future. And taking place in Aotearoa's deep south, Otago, it's a theme that aligns well with the story of the region.

Read more about the conference theme

Key dates

Conference: 14-17 November 2021
Location: Dunedin

Pre-conference tour

We have regrettably had to cancel the pre-conference tour. This is due to the continued uncertainty created by Covid.


The Conference opens on the evening of 14 November at Toitū, Otago Settlers Museum, where delegates and partners will be welcomed by Mana Whenua.

Conference proceedings on 15 and 16 November will be based at the Dunedin Centre, part of the Dunedin Town Hall complex, located in the central city. It's within 10 to 15 minutes’ walk from the University, museums, the thriving warehouse precinct and a range of hotel and motel accommodation. 

See the full conference programme

See all the papers and presenters

Find out more about accommodation, transport and sightseeing in Dunedin

The conference dinner

This will be held after the first day of proceedings on 15 November, and feature Sir Ian Taylor CNZM as the after dinner speaker.

Sir Ian Taylor has had a varied career as a rock musician, a children’s television presenter and an entrepreneur, and is the CEO of Animation Research Ltd, which works at the cutting edge of sports television coverage.

The winner of the Inaugural Engineering Heritage Award will also be revealed at the dinner. Entries are now open – so, if you've been part of an innovative heritage project of historical or cultural significance, that's delivered value to a community, iwi, organisation, the environment, education or general New Zealand society – we encourage you to enter!

Find out more about the award

Keynote speakers

We're delighted to announce our keynote speakers, who come from a range of backgrounds. They'll share knowledge gained in Aotearoa and internationally across a spectrum of heritage aspects, from traditional Māori knowledge, to the Christchurch rebuild.

  • Takerei Norton (Ngāi Tahu), Manager of the Ngāi Tahu Archive and Kā Huru Manu, the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project, which focuses on recording Ngāi Tahu histories, traditions, and place names on the Ngāi Tahu Geographical Information System.
  • Keith Paterson, Project Director for the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral which was severely damaged and closed by the 2011 earthquakes. 
  • Matthew Churchward, Curator for Museums Victoria and closely associated with the restoration of the Great Melbourne Telescope. 
  • Glen Hazelton, Director Organisational Development, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

Find out more about our keynote speakers

Post-conference half-day tour

A half-day guided Engineering Heritage tour of Dunedin is planned for the morning of 17 November, which includes the Gasworks Museum, harbour reclamation, the cable car and the warehouse precinct.

Partners' programme

We've got a fascinating partners' programme lined up over the four days – so there's something for everyone.

Registration now open

Register for the conference


Conference early bird (before 31 August 2021) $600 
Conference (after 31 August 2021) $700

Partners' Programme 
Partner Registration - Includes Conference opening and Conference dinner $150 
Partners' City and Peninsula day tour $160

Programme details and pricing may be subject to change.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the conference, please get in touch. Our team will be more than happy to help.

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