You might be surprised to know that the LIANZA office consists of only three people.

Our executive director, communications advisor and office and design manager are a tight team who like to get things done.

If you have any questions, need help or simply have a brilliant idea or two –
get in touch!

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LIANZA Presidents serve 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 and five-year strategic plan.

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The LIANZA Council provides governance, policy and strategic direction for the Association and is made up of a President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, Treasurer, six Regional Councillors, two representatives of Te Rōpū Whakahau including the Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki. The LIANZA Professional Registration Board Chair and the LIANZA Executive Director are ex-officio members.

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LIANZA wouldn't be the strong organisation it is today without the hard work from volunteers on our standing committees, advisory groups, project working groups and various other volunteer roles. We sincerely thank everyone who contributes time and effort, and your employers – who generously allow you to carry out LIANZA work during office hours.

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LIANZA has active member communities based regionally or with shared interests in particular aspects of library and information management. If you haven't joined one yet, what are you waiting for? These communities use LIANZA as a platform to connect and get things done. Special interest communities are formed by our members, for our members, and we love it.

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Te Ropu Whakhau logo

Te Rōpū Whakahau has been the leading national body representing Māori within the Library and Information profession in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1992.

LIANZA's formal partnership with Te Rōpū Whakahau began in 1995 – the goal of this partnership was to provide mutual support and to set a visible example of the partnership principles described in the Treaty of Waitangi.

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The LIANZA waiata has been prepared especially for the Association in 1995 in both Māori and English, by Mike Kawana. Download the lyrics of the LIANZA Waiata.



  • Kim Taunga 2


    LIANZA President-elect

​Kia orana kōtou katoatoa,
Ko Kim Taunga tōku ingoa
Ko Araikonga tōku pāpā
Nō Rarotonga mai ia
Ko Patricia tōku māmā
Nō Airangi ia.
I whānau mai au ki Tāmaki Makaurau
I tupu mai au i Ngāmotu
Kei Te Rae o Kāwharu ahau e noho ana
Kei Ngā Pātaka Kōrero o Tāmaki Makaurau ahau e mahi ana
Ko au te Pouārahi Pātaka Kōrero ā-Hapori ki te Tonga me te Rāwhiti.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
Kia orana e te whānau LIANZA,​

My name is Kim Taunga and my Dad was born in Rarotonga and my Mum has Irish whakapapa. I was born in Auckland, grew up in New Plymouth and live in Grey Lynn. I work at Auckland Council and Auckland Libraries and right now work as the Head of Community Libraries South and East with a team which look after 27 of our community libraries. (I also love sports -ocean swimming, triathlons, anything really and dogs and riding bikes with kids and sometimes a party or two).

I have been a LIANZA member since I was a library assistant when my first manager took me to a branch meeting back in the 90’s! I have an Associateship and have been chair of the LIANZA Hikuwai and a Hikuwai regional councillor for a couple of terms, as well as holding a social portfolio on several LIANZA conference committees. I look at the list of LIANZA presidents and realise I have been lectured by and worked for and with so many people on that list, very humbling to even think about joining it.

I’m proud to be part of an organisation with such a long history and which supports meaningful values and work. If as President I can serve you and help move LIANZA forward, remain vital and relevant, then excellent! Thanks for being a LIANZA member and I hope to see you at a LIANZA gathering soon.

  • erica_rankin


    LIANZA President

Kia ora koutou katoa,

I am currently Community Libraries Manager at Christchurch City Libraries, managing staff, service delivery and customer experience across half of the city’s libraries. I have considerable experience working in the public library sector, predominantly as a Team Leader, Manager and member of the Christchurch City Libraries Lead Team.
I have also managed the Content team at CCL and more recently held the role of Establishment Manager, for the development of the new Christchurch Central Library, Tūranga.

In this role I managed multiple library work streams and worked closely with the Project Director and wider project team to plan, scope and integrate library service requirements with construction activities. My strong communication and interpersonal skills were key to this role, ensuring that both library and project needs were understood and met.

My ability to listen to the voices of multiple individuals and groups and to advocate and champion their needs is a strength, as is my ability to lead, inspire and motivate others. I was excited to be selected by LIANZA as one of the portfolio leads for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress and looked forward to growing my connections and networks with the wider profession through this role.

I see the role of LIANZA President-elect as requiring many of the skills and abilities that I bring and a wonderful opportunity for me to learn, share and represent libraries of all sectors across New Zealand, through the challenges and opportunities we face in these unprecedented times.

I look forward to joining the LIANZA Council and meeting as many of you as possible over the next three years.

  • Anahera Morehu, LIANZA President-elect


    LIANZA Immediate Past President

Ko Ranginui te tuanui, ko Papatuānuku te paparahi

Ko ngā maunga, ngā poupou, e kore e nekeneke

He uri ahau o te Whare tapu o Ngāpuhi

Anahera is currently the Kaiārahi at the University of Auckland (UoA) Faculty of Business and Economics. Prior to that she was the Kaiwhakahaere Toi Aronui me Māori me Moananui-a-Kiwa at Te Tumu Herenga, UoA.

In her imaginary remaining spare time she is a Ngā Kaiwhakahau member (National Council) of Te Rōpū Whakahau, on the LIANZA Professional Registration Board, Māori Subject Headings Governing Group and has just recently stepped down from four years as LIANZA Regional Councillor for the Hikuwai region.

Anahera says, over the years I have actively contributed to, and participated in, various professional development opportunities, regional, national and international events, advocated on behalf of members, promoted LIANZA offerings, hosted conferences, judged on panels, and other various duties.

I will be proud to further realise LIANZA’s vision statement of people and communities connected and empowered by information. He tangata, or people are the heart of our profession, and like the Māori proverb says, it is the most important thing in the world. He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. I am humbled to contribute to strengthening our people, our members to be innovative and responsive to current and future information needs.



The LIANZA Standing Committee on Copyright advises LIANZA Council on copyright issues affecting libraries,  the need to lobby on behalf of the library community, and makes submissions on copyright legislation.

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The Conference Committee organises our bi-ennial LIANZA conference and ensures the smooth running of the event from start to finish. The theme, logo, welcome, social events and conference 'vibe' are all due to their passion and commitment to their profession.

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This committee provides advice to the Council when they are looking to make changes to the Rules by which the Association is governed.

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The Board assess all applications for professional registration and revalidation, approves mentors and advises on the LIANZA Professional Registration Scheme.

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The Credentials Committee are responsible for awarding LIANZA Professional Recognition awards to their peers.

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The LIANZA Standing Committee on Freedom of Information is working on a framework of position statements and an update of the LIANZA Privacy Statement.

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LIANZA wouldn't be the strong organisation it is today without the hard work and game-changing contributions from the volunteers on our standing committees and advisory groups, project working groups, committees of regional and special interest communities and various other volunteer roles.

We sincerely thank all of you who volunteer your time and effort for the profession, as well as your employers who generously allow you to carry out LIANZA work during office hours.


  • Natalie Smith
  • Aaron Wanoa
  • Heather McCaskill
  • Brigid Brammer
  • Kay Morfett
  • 'Asilika Aholelei
  • Trish Beamsley
  • Ana Pickering


  • Laurinda Thomas (Chair)
  • Joan Simpson
  • Lee Rowe
  • Justine Lester
  • Alison Fields
  • Bernie Hawke
  • Dyane Hosler


  • Louise LaHatte (Chair)
  • Stephanie Colling
  • Rob Cruickshank
  • Winston Roberts
  • Laura Cook


  • Māori Subject Headings Governing Group – Anahera Morehu
  • Open Polytechnic LIS Stakeholder Advisory Group  Ana Pickering
  • New Zealand Book Awards – Anne Morgan


  • Melanie Johnson (Chair)
  • Zoe Richardson
  • Alice Cruickshank
  • Nicola Harwood
  • Mandy Henk (co-opted)
  • Michael Wolf (co-opted)


  • Catherine Doughty (Chair)
  • Anahera Morehu
  • Jane Robinson
  • Anne-Maree Wigley
  • Aubrey Kirkpatrick
  • Adrian Jenkins
  • Sharon Cornwall


  • Anne Buck (Chair)
  • Elaine Sides
  • Moira Fraser