First Joint Meeting at Wairakei

First Joint Meeting at Wairakei

Back row (left to right): Mr. L. J. MacAuley, Mr. F. J. Aitken-Smith, Mr. J. J. Campbell, Mr. T. W. Slinn, Mr. M. D. Thomson, Mr. A. H. McEwan (Convention Chairman), Mr. A. Partridge, Mr. K. Woods and Mr. M. Greig (Convention Secretary).
Front Row (left to right): Mr. J. D. Edwards, Mr. A. C. Stubbs, Mr. W. Raine and Mr. T. W. Whitfield.

A selection of historical paint references

By Peter Walters

This edition of Brushstrokes celebrates our 49th convention held at the Wairakei Resort, the penultimate one before our Golden Jubilee Convention. Painted Memories will celebrate the occasion by taking you back to the meeting of the Auckland and Wellington Sections, also held at the Wairakei Resort, that set the groundwork for all subsequent conventions.

Soon after the formation of an Auckland Section, which came into existence on January 1, 1961, the Wellington Section proposed that a joint meeting of the two New Zealand Section Committees be held in order to discuss matters of common interest. This idea resulted in the holding of a meeting of the two Sections at Wairakei over the weekend of 11 and 12 August of 1962. The report of this meeting, in a JOCCA published late 1962, erroneously referred to this as the First New Zealand Convention. Those attending considered this meeting to be the inaugural meeting of the Auckland and Wellington Section Committees of OCCA.

The meeting followed the format of a Convention, in that papers were presented to those attending, but the meeting was only open to the Committee Members of the Auckland and Wellington Sections. This meeting was a trial run for subsequent Conventions, and contained, as a main discussion point, the proposal to hold annual conventions in New Zealand.

Reproduced below is the extract from that JOCCA Report on pages 795 and 796 of JOCCA 1962. Note that the JOCCA Photo Key contained a typo, incorrectly referring to J.D. Edmonds as J.D. Edwards.

First Convention in New Zealand

The first Convention in New Zealand was held at the Wairakei Hotel, Wairakei, over the week-end of 11 and 12 August, under the chairmanship of Mr. A. H. McEwan (Chairman of Wellington Section). The Convention secretary was Mr. M. Grieg, of the Auckland Section. Present from the Wellington Section were Mr. J. J. Campbell, Mr. T. W. Slinn, Mr. M. D. Thomson and Mr. J. D. Edmonds. The Auckland Section was represented by Mr. A. Partridge, Mr. W. Raine, Mr. T. W. Whitfield, Mr. F. J. Aitken-Smith, Mr. L. J. MacAuley and Mr. A. C. Stubbs.

It was most pleasant to have Mr. Woods, of Australia, in attendance. His comments during the discussion concerning the linking of the New Zealand Sections with the Australian Federal Committee were most welcome.
The Wellington Section representatives arrived late on Friday evening and met those from the Auckland Section on the following morning. On the Saturday afternoon a golf tournament was arranged.

The results were as follows :
Best net score 12 holes :

1. Mr. M. D. Thomson Net 44
2. Mr. W. Greig Net 45
3. Mr. W. RaineNet 46
Longest Drive Mr. J. Edmonds
Nearest Hole.. Mr. J. Edmonds
Most Honest Golfe.. Mr. J. Campbell
First Six Holes Mr. A. H. McEwan
Second Six Holes Mr. M. D. Thomson
Sealed Six Holes Mr. M. Greig
Auckland won the teams' event.

In the evening was held the technical session, two subjects being given, Mr. F. J. Aitken-Smith (BIP, Auckland) speaking on the "Australian Corrosion Association" and Mr. T. W. Slinn (BALM Paints, Wellington) lecturing on "Acrylics in the Surface Coating Industry." After these papers a film entitled "New World of Chemistry" was shown.

On the Sunday morning there was a forum, which considered the following subjects:

a) A report on the Fourth Australian Convention, given by Mr. J. Edmonds.
b) The question of the two New Zealand Sections joining with the Australian Federal Committee with a view to forming an Australasian Committee.
c) A discussion on the holding of an annual Convention in New Zealand. It was decided unanimously that this be held with a larger programme of lectures and discussions.
d) Matters of local interest to both Sections.