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LIANZA Council Election 2018/19

The LIANZA Council election for 2018 was held to appoint three regional councillors and the LIANZA President-Elect.
Congratulations to the new, re-elected or appointed representatives who share below their motivation for serving on LIANZA Council for 2018/19

Rachel Esson - LIANZA President-Elect 

Kia tangi noa mai te kikihi pounamu - The green cicada sings

Ko Manawatū te manawa rahi, Manawatū te kaiwhakamaru – Manawatū the unwavering, Manawatū the protector

Kia rarau iho au i ōna mata ki ngā ringa o ōku mātua – Under whose gaze I was born, into the arms of my parents

Nōreira, ko Rachel tōku ingoa – My name is Rachel

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Kia ora koutou katoa,

I believe that we have the opportunity through LIANZA to help shape a strong future for libraries in Aotearoa New Zealand and I think that I can contribute positively to that future.

I believe that the library sector is stronger together and that by collaborating to deliver common goals we can achieve good outcomes for all New Zealanders. Like many membership organisations, we have some sustainability challenges ahead and I plan to focus on ensuring we retain and grow our membership. As President-Elect I’m looking also forward to learning the presidential ropes and to hearing officially about the IFLA bid. If we are successful the coming year will be an exciting and extremely busy one. 

Brigid Brammer - Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Regional Councillor

Tena Korua, my name is Brigid Brammer, a Coach at Wellington City Libraries. I have been involved in LIANZA for several years initially with the Library Week committee which I chaired for two years. I have worked on a LIANZA Conference subcommittee and more recently I have been chairing Te Upoko te Ika a Maui regional committee. Currently, I am working on the Developing the Workforce Group, looking at ways to introduce a mentoring programme. Working with LIANZA is very rewarding and I believe LIANZA strengthens the value and professionalism of library work. I am keen to represent Te Upoko te Ika a Maui as a regional representative.

Amanda-Jane McFadden - Te Whakakitenga aa Kaimai Regional Councillor 

The reason I stood for LIANZA Council again was that after my two-year term was up I felt I still had a lot to learn about how LIANZA and Council worked. I was really just getting my teeth into my portfolio around Contining Professional Development and wanted to really help develop this further.

I also wanted to further progress my leadership skills and sitting around the table with the fabulous librarians and Executive Director on Council is like a continuous leadership camp. On a personal level, the friendships I have made while being on Council are another reason I wanted to continue for another term.

Anne Buck - Otago Southland Regional Councillor 

I am happy to represent Otago/Southland on the LIANZA Council again. I have a few things that I will be able to continue working on such as the membership strategy and the changes to the rules.  However, this will be my last term, as l feel it is good for others to have the experience of working at this level and seeing the national perspective as well as being able to share the regional one.  

Maria Brewerton - Ikaroa Councillor 

During the time I have been in the Library Profession I feel LIANZA has done so much for me. I’ve been able to participate in conferences, webinars and take advantage of all the cool things on the website.  I’ve enjoyed reading Library Life and contributing to it.  Now I would like to start giving back to the profession and feel joining the LIANZA Council is the perfect way to do this.

I feel will also be able to expand my networks, gain political skills and work to encourage more people working in this industry to join LIANZA and participate in all it has to offer.

Carla Jeffrey - Te Rōpū Whakahau Representative 

Tēnā tatou katoa,

My name is Carla Jeffrey and I currently work at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa, Massey University in the Library as a Business Subject Librarian, based at the Manawatū campus.

I am joining LIANZA Council as a Te Rōpū Whakahau representative. I am pleased to be a part of an organisation that believes in the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and look forward to the opportunity to maintain and grow the partnership between Te Rōpū Whakahau and LIANZA.

From July 1, 2018 LIANZA Council members will include:
  • LIANZA President, Paula Eskett
  • LIANZA Immediate Past-President, Louise LaHatte
  • LIANZA President-Elect, Rachel Esson
  • Te Ropu Whakahau Tumuaki, Cellia Joe Olsen
  • Hikuwai Regional Councillor, Anahera Morehu
  • Te Whakakitenga aa Kaimai Regional Councillor, Amanda-Jane McFadden
  • Ikaroa Regional Councillor, Maria Brewerton
  • Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Regional Councillor, Brigid Brammer
  • Aoraki Regional Councillor, Kelsey Johnston 
  • Otago/Southland Regional Councillor, Anne Buck 
  • Te Rōpū Whakahau Representative, Carla Jeffrey
  • Professional Registration Board Chair, Cath Sheard (ex-officio)

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