Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Mohan Lal and Jock Walker - What can main stream libraries learn from Te Pātaka Māramatanga- an indigenous academic library: Lesson from Wānagogy

Mohan Lal and Jock Walker present their paper to the LIANZA 2014 conference in Auckland on the impace of indigenous library approaches at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Rachelle Forbes - The Writing is on the Wall

Rachelle Forbes presents her paper to the LIANZA 2014 conference in Auckland on the challenges of curating the Waitangi 2014 exhibition.

Aotearoa 1840’s: a time when Māori literacy rates per capita in New Zealand were higher than Pākehā in England, when te reo Māori was the language of the day, and the status of Māori women and men was reflected through birth right rather than gender politics…

Reflections On The Mātauranga Māori Workshop From LIANZA Staff & Councillors

LIbrary Life Article: 16 December 2013

This year LIANZA sent several of its staff and Council along to the Mātauranga Māori November workshops run by Te Rōpū Whakahau.  Those who attended included Amanda Cooper, Christine Busby, Laurinda Thomas, Maree Kibblewhite and Joanna Matthew.  This was an interesting and powerful day and has really challenged us with the way we are engaging with our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi).  

Below are our personal reflections on the course and to that challenge:

Joanna’s response:

Keynote Address LIANZA 2010: Chris Szekely

Adressing the LIANZA conference in 2010 this is a personal reflection on the changing library and information needs of Maori. In the 1990's, the Te Ara Tika Project identified the key issues relating to Maori use and non-use of libraries. Chris considers how much progress has been made in addressing these issues, and the extent to which Maori are redefining their needs and expectations.

LIANZA waiata

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

Download the waiata  (433KB) and read on for the lyrics, a translation and the full history of the waiata.

Rukuwai Jury and Anahera Morehu: Kei ā Wai? | Who Has...

Rukuwai Jury and Anahera Morehu present their paper to the 2011 LIANZA conference surrounding the lack of Māori libraians in the sector. 

You walk into a library looking for information, as you look around at your fellow patrons and the staff it suddenly dawns on you that you’re a one of a kind... Ever wondered where Māori are in your library? Why are Māori graduates in library studies not applying for careers in your library?

Keynote Address: Aroha Te Pareake Mead

Aroha Te Pareake Mead's address to the 2011 LIANZA conference about the Wai-262 taonga claim.

The WAI-262 Taonga Claim

Six original claimants Ngāti Kuri, Ngāti Wai, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Koata who asserted that the Crown:

• Failed to actively protect the exercise of tino rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga by the claimants over indigenous flora and fauna and other taonga, and also over mātauranga Māori (Māori traditional knowledge);

• Failed to protect the taonga itself;

Te Wero i te Ūpoko Tukutuku – The challenge of Māori Subject Headings

This paper, presented by Teri Ta’ala at LIANZA Conference 2008 in Auckland, New Zealand, outlines a small and informal review of the challenges experienced in the application and implementation of Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku / Māori Subject Headings (MSH) list by Library staff at the University of Auckland (UoA) Library.

Tū te ihi, tū wehi, wana: Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku and empowerment through access

This paper and slideshow was presented by Jacinta Paranihi, Kaitiaki o Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku – Māori Subject Headings Librarian, at LIANZA Ihi, Wehi, Wana: Power, People, Passion Conference, 29 Oct – 2 Nov 2011, Wellington, New Zealand.

Pre-literate Māori knowledge frameworks as post-literacy strategies

NZLIMJ Vol 54, issue 4, July 2014: An investigation into using Māori knowledge frameworks in pre-literate communities by Baruk Jacob.


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