Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

LIANZA Council

Council Members

The LIANZA Council provides governance, policy and strategic direction for the Association and is made up of a President, President Elect, Past President, Treasurer, six regional councillors, two representatives of Te Rōpū Whakahau and the Executive LIANZA Director.

Upcoming LIANZA Council meeting dates for 2019:

  • Friday 10th May
  • Wednesday & Thursday 26th and 27st June (strategic planning)
  • Friday 12th July


LIANZA’s vision is ‘People and communities connected and empowered by information’. Do you want to play an essential role in enabling this vision to be realised?

LIANZA is seeking nominations for LIANZA President-Elect and three regional councillors. Nominations for these positions open on Wed April 3 and close on Wed May 1, 2019. Are you or a colleague ready to step into a new leadership role? Download an application form here. 

LIANZA President-Elect
LIANZA President serves a three-year presidential term, with consecutive one-year terms as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past-President. The three Presidents work closely together to deliver on LIANZA’s strategic mission ‘Strengthening our members to be innovative and responsive to future information needs’ and five-year strategic plan. Over the three-year term the ideal next President-Elect would be confident to represent LIANZA and be passionate about the place of libraries and information services in making Aotearoa New Zealand a better place where everyone can thrive and grow and participate in communities, in education, and in employment.
This role provides many leadership opportunities - representing LIANZA at hui, forums and conferences, working alongside national and international stakeholders, leading the Council and championing our partnership with Te Rōpū Whakahau partnership. The person who becomes President Elect in 2019-20 will be the LIANZA President in 2020-21. The focus of presidential role in 2020-21 will be LIANZA and support of members nationally.

LIANZA Regional Councillors
LIANZA Council is made up of regional councillors elected from each of our six regions. Next month LIANZA will be seeking nominations for regional representation from Hikuwai, Te Upoko te Ika a Maui and Aoraki. If you are already involved in a LIANZA region or if you are looking for a new challenge and want to make a significant contribution to the library sector at the national level, then starting considering nomination to LIANZA Council.

For more information read our Guide to LIANZA Council.


Paula Eskett

President - Paula Eskett

Waimakariri Libraries

Open Access working group
Conference 2017 

  • Key alliances 
  • Conference 
  • NZ Book Awards Trust 
  • Open Access 
  • One Library Working Group 
  • National Resource Sharing Thinktank


Immediate Past President  - Louise LaHatte

Auckland Libraries

  • LIANZA office
  • One Library Working Group
  • Key alliances 
  • IFLA 
  • Professional Registration Board
  • Te Rōpū Whakahau / LIANZA
  • Kōtuku 
  • One Library Working Group

President-Elect - Rachel Esson
National Library of New Zealand

Library Life 
Research SIG
Membership Acquisition
Rules Committee

Executive Director - Ana Pickering
  Treasurer - Claire Carran

Regional Councillors

Paula Eskett

Aoraki-Kelsey Johnston
Christchurch City Libraries 

  • Library Life 
  • CPD 
  • Kōtuku 
  • Workforce Development

Hikuwai - Anahera Morehu
Te Tumu Herenga | Libraries and Learning Services
Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau | University of Auckland

  • Ngā Upoko Tukutuku-Maori Subject Headings
  • Conference 2019
  • Standing Committee on E-lending and digitisation
Photographer: Cr Cathy Casey
Date: 25 October 2016
  Ikaroa - Maria Brewerton


Otago/Southland - Anne Buck
Dunedin City Council
Rules Committee
Membership Acquisition

Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui - Brigid Brammer

Waikato/Bay of Plenty - Amanda McFadden
Tauranga City Council
Workforce Development
Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki - Cellia Joe-Olsen
Alexander Turnbull Library
Te Rōpū Whakahau / LIANZA Partnership
  Te Rōpū Whakahau Representative - Carla Jeffrey

Regional Chairs

Aoraki Region - Elaine Sides

Hikuwai Region - Philip Miles

Ikaroa Region - Karen Tobin & Sharon Tristham

Otago/Southland Region - Mark Hughes

Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Region - Stephnie Burton

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Region - Dawn Carlisle


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