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.
In 1995, LIANZA altered its constitution as a result of the partnership to ensure the proper Te Rōpū Whakahau representation on the LIANZA Council. The relationship is ratified every year at the LIANZA AGM when the Tumuaki and LIANZA President sign a partnership agreement honouring the partnership for the coming year.
TO SUPPORT THE PARTNERSHIP LIANZA HAS UNDERTAKEN TO:
- Provide a yearly payment of $10,000 to Te Rōpū Whakahau to recognise their advisory role
- Provide the Rua Mano Grant - an annual subsidy of approx. $500 for a LIANZA or Te Rōpū Whakahau member to attend the Te Rōpū Whakahau Hui-a-tau
- Offer full LIANZA membership benefits to Te Rōpū Whakahau members
- Utilise our networks in support of Te Rōpū Whakahau activities
- Support the Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki to attend the LIANZA conference
- Partner with Te Rōpū Whakahau to support understanding of Mātauranga Māori
- Make provison for two Te Rōpū Whakahau representatives, including the Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki on LIANZA Council
- Give the status of officer of LIANZA to the Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki