Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Meet the Office

You might be surprised to know that the LIANZA office consists of three people - that's right, lucky number three. Here we are:


Joanna Matthew – Executive Director

Joanna has a varied background in not-for-profit management, manufacturing, and health. At LIANZA she has the privilege of maintaining our external relationships, handling sponsorship, delivering on key projects, supporting Council, and providing oversight to the team. We refer to her as My liege, Illustrious Leader, Boss Lady, and Big Cheese. She means business, but she has a heart of gold.

Currently reading: The Speed of Dark by Emily Moon / 027 284 3733


Julia de Ruiter – Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Julia has a background in public libraries and social media. Her role at LIANZA is exciting, including running our social channels, producing publications and content, management of key relationships and communications with our members. Julia is an incurable stationery addict and a proud cat lady. 

Currently reading: Being Mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande / 027 812 9597



Jess Davidson - Office Administrator

Jess is our resident genius when it comes to admin and design. She brings mad skills from the Massey Design course and we look forward to seeing her apply them to Library Life (oh snap she already has and it's now the bomb). With a tonne of experience in customer service and management, Jess is always available to help. She loves a good green curry but eats weird snax at her desk.

Currently reading: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


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