Our venue for the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa Conference is King's College, Auckland.
King's College is surprisingly one of the youngest 19th century schools to be established in New Zealand. It was built 71 years after Christ's College and 53 years after Auckland Grammar School. If you want to to know more see the list of schools and dates below.
King's College started life as a combined primary and secondary school for boys in Remuera, Auckland, and moved to its present location near Middlemore Hospital in 1922. With only 78 students in 1896, today, in 2016, it has grown to 1,032 students including girls.
One of the earliest mentions of the college in the Auckland Star 1. reports that a start has been made to build the school, but notes that "Owing to the abnormal cost of material the original scheme for the building of a new King's College at Middlemore, near Otahuhu, has been modified". However, three years later, the same paper was reporting that the new school had been "established for over a year, and Mr J.V. Collyns, acting headmaster, expressed the satisfaction that existed on all sides in the changed locale. The buildings were still being improved, and in a few years would, he thought, rank with the best in the Dominion."2. In 1920 the Auckland Star advertised on its front page "King's College old boys to raise 10,000 pounds for a memorial chapel". According to John Bean, Archivist at King's College, "The fund raising was very successful and the Chapel was dedicated on Anzac Day in 1925".3.
When it moved to its present location King's College was built "to be a city school in the country". But, in the last 94 years the city has grown and now it well and truly laps at its boundaries. The airport is only 20 minutes away and the main railway link to downtown Auckland is a convenient 5-minute walk away. However, once you enter the gates of the school, the avenue of trees and the grounds surrounding the old red brick buildings, are a calm oasis. The college site is very compact and the boarding houses offering accommodation are not far from the main hall, lecture theatre and classrooms. With onsite parking for 500+ vehicles, the gym, international standard track and heated swimming pool you are sure to have a very comfortable stay at conference.