LIANZA's biennial conference is the largest gathering of library and information professionals in Aotearoa New Zealand bringing together over 500 delegates from New Zealand and around the world.

We've held these gatherings all over Aotearoa New Zealand, bringing important global key notes to our library and information professionals here and providing our professional community opportunities to learn from each other.

LIANZA 2019 Conference logo
Tēnā koe, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orana, Ko na mauri, Mālō e lelei, Mālō ni, Ni sa bula, Tālofa, Talofa lava, Warm greetings to you.


LIANZA Conference 2019 was held in Auckland from October 21-23 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. The Conference was a unique experience, convened by our Pasifika Information Management Network and held for the first time in South Auckland. The 2019 conference theme was ‘Our families, our communities, our libraries’ represented in our logo by the rope bindings to represent the physical, cultural and spiritual elements that bind us together in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific; the land, the water, air and our cultural values, languages, knowledge, relationships, communities and families which not only connect, but also sustain us.  The waka with a Polynesian sail, symbolises the shared journeys and histories of our peoples Māori and Pacific, but also the transportation of knowledge to the future, thus emphasising sustainability and continuity. The combination of both concepts reinforces the theme statement of the importance and value of enduring partnerships between our libraries, our communities and our families in this crucial work for the well-being of all future generations.
Ian and Mack
Ian and Mack
Richy, Jenny, Elenoa and John
Richy, Jenny, Elenoa and John


Our Families, Our Communities, Our Libraries

Nāu te rourou nāku te rourou

Our conference theme focuses on the wellbeing and success of our people and invites us to examine our current practices, approaches and services to our families and communities.

The vision for the LIANZA 2019 Conference is for all participants to share, gift, reciprocate and collaborate using the elements of va fealoa`i (respectful relationships), mafana (warmth), ofa (love), malie (humour) through talanoa (shared dialogue).

Our Families are those closest to us, those we hold dear, our whanau, our iwi/aiga/kainga.  Families can be small or large extended groups. Families are central to the wellbeing of individuals and to the collective, and are hubs of information, learning, knowledge and wisdom.

Our Communities are diverse. A community is a collective grouping of those people we desire to see the best of. These are our diverse villages that include churches, schools, government and non-government sector groups and communities that we collaborate closely with or we may wish closer collaboration with.

Our Libraries are the people we work with and the institutions we work in. We collaborate and partner with families and communities to provide them with relevant and engaging information services, including academic and information literacies knowledge and skills. Our libraries and information management sector is a crucial partner contributing to families and communities wellbeing and success outcomes.

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to our first conference in Manukau City!

Ngā mihi nui kia koe, Ma le fa’aaloalo lava,
Richy Misilei and Judy McFall-McCaffery
On behalf of the LIANZA 2019 Conference Committee – PIMN komiti


  • Richard Misilei Tupu Youth Library, Auckland Libraries
  • Judy McFall-McCaffery The University of Auckland
  • ‘Asilika ‘Aholelei Otahuhu College
  • Jennifer Barnett Auckland Libraries
  • Mack Leala Ōtara Library, Auckland Libraries
  • John Mata'afa Te Matariki Clendon Community Library, Auckland Libraries
  • Elenoa Mo'a Sili-Mati Auckland Libraries
  • Ian Toki Ōtara Library, Auckland Libraries
  • Irene Tufuga Ōtāhuhu Library, Auckland Libraries
  • Sana Saleem Unitech Library
  • Trina Roycroft Takapuna Library, Auckland Libraries