ANGEL JEWEL TUCKER
Youth Services Manager, Johnson County Library Kansas, USA
Angel Tucker has worked in Youth Services at Johnson County Library, Kansas City, USA for 16 years and currently serves as the Youth Services Manager - overseeing programming and outreach for ages birth to 18, parents, and educators. She is the founder of elementia Johnson County Library’s nationally recognised visual and literary arts magazine for young adults and currently coordinates Race Project KC – an equity initiative that aims to bring students and educators together to discuss the history of race, equity, and inclusion in the United States. Angel was awarded a Library Journal Mover and Shaker Award in 2018 for her work on Race Project KC with nationally recognised author Tanner Colby. Angel received her Master’s in Library Science from Emporia State University and her undergraduate degree in Language, Literature, and Writing from the University of Kansas. Angel lives in Kansas City, Missouri USA with her husband and two children.
FA'ASO'OTAULOA SAM SAILI
Chief Executive Officer,
Fa’aso’otauloa Sam Saili was born, raised and educated in the tiny island of Samoa. He has been in the ICT sector for over 18 years with expertise in System Analysis and Design, Data Networks, Databases and Project Management. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He is 12th of 13 children so he has been in negotiations all his life. Raised in the Samoan culture of “tautua” or “to serve”, it has been natural that the company he founded with his siblings embraces serving for the benefit of the community.
MARY LEE KENNEDY
Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries, USA
Mary Lee Kennedy is the Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), in Washington DC which represents 124 institutional members drawn from libraries and archives in major public and private universities, federal government agencies, and large public institutions in Canada and the USA. ARL's mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication by fostering the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promoting equity and diversity, pursuing advocacy and public policy efforts, forging partnerships, and catalyzing collective efforts. Prior to joining ARL, Mary Lee was the Chief Library Officer of the New York Public Library, Senior Associate Provost of Harvard Library, Executive Director of Knowledge Services at the Harvard Business School, and Director of the Knowledge Network Group at the Microsoft Corporation.
NEW ZEALAND KEYNOTES
SELINA TUSITALA MARSH
Pasifika poet-scholar and current New Zealand Poet Laureate
Selina Tusitala Marsh is a Pasifika poet-scholar and is the current New Zealand Poet Laureate (2017-2019). She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019. As the 2016 Commonwealth Poet she wrote and performed a poem for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. Her first collection, Fast Talking PI (2009), won the Jesse Mckay Best First Book in the NZ Book Awards, her second collection, Dark Sparring (2013) was critically acclaimed and positioned her in 'the vanguard of contemporary Pacific Literature' and 'one of the most important poetic voices of her generation' (Edmeades 2013), while a third collection of poetry, Tightrope (2017) was long-listed for the NZ Ockham Book Awards. An Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Auckland, Selina teaches Pacific Literature, convenes its largest course in Creative Writing, and supervises poets in its Masters of Creative Writing Programme. Selina has led over 100 workshops for community and professional groups, spoken and mentored at over 40 schools and is in demand as a keynote speaker and performer. She delivered the prestigious annual New Zealand Book Council lecture for 2016, was made Honorary Literary Fellow in the New Zealand Society of Authors’ annual Waitangi Day Honours for 2017. Selina hosted an event with former President Barack Obama where they spoke about the importance of poetry in the world. Selina is working on Tokotoko Tales: A Poetic Memoir capturing her two years as New Zealand’s first Pasifika poet and the difference her difference makes. Mophead, her a graphic mini-memoir, will be published in 2019.
CEO, Le Va
As CEO, Monique Faleafa ensures the purpose of Le Va is clear: to support Pasifika families and communities to unleash their full potential. Le Va provides national programmes for New Zealand in suicide prevention, mental health and addiction workforce development, violence prevention, mental health promotion, disability support services, public health, cultural competency training and holistic wellbeing.
Monique is also a registered clinical psychologist and has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, Pasifika communities, mental health, research and social services. She also contributes at governance levels for New Zealand, currently serving on two crown agencies as Deputy Chair of the Health Promotion Agency, and the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Monique served on the New Zealand Psychologists Board for 9 years, contributes to Ministry of Health committees and policy, and is a founding member of Pasifikology – New Zealand’s national Pasifika psychology network. In 2016, Monique was awarded as a Member of the NZ Order of Merit and a finalist in the New Zealand Westpac Women of Influence awards. She has recently featured in leadership books such as Leaders Like You, and Womankind. Internationally, she is a mental health advisor to Australia’s National Rugby League; is an Alumni of the commonwealth Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue; and an Associate Member of Global Women.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DAMON SALESA
Pacific, University of Auckland
Damon Salesa is a scholar of Pacific politics, history, technology, culture and society. He is a prizewinning author of works on the Pacific, New Zealand race and politics. He has written or edited a number of books including Tangata o le Moana (2012) and Island Time: New Zealand’s Pacific Futures (2017). His 2012 book Racial Crossings won the Ernest Scott Prize. He is a graduate of the University of Auckland, and completed his doctorate at Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He taught for a decade at the University of Michigan, before joining Auckland University where he was previously head of Pacific Studies. A Samoan born and raised in Glen Innes, he hails from Satapuala and Falealupo. He became Auckland’s Pro Vice Chancellor Pacific in November 2018, the first Pacific Pro Vice Chancellor in New Zealand.
Chief Advisor (Māori), Social Investment Agency
Atawhai Tibble is the Chief Advisor Māori at the Social Investment Agency. He is of Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Tuwharetoa, and Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga descent. Atawhai has a law degree from Victoria University, is a fluent speaker of Māori, and is a Māori cultural expert. But he is also a creative. An accomplished kapa haka performer, singer and songwriter, he travelled to open the Te Māori exhibition in Chicago in 1986, and was part of the national kapa haka that performed at the World Expo in Seville Spain in 1992. In 1994, he co-wrote a song on the Once were Warriors Soundtrack – So Much Soul, which he performed with his band Gifted and Brown. He also cowrote and performed te reo Maori songs on the Tangiora 2 album with his band Maia.
Atawhai has a background in Māori development. He has done most of his work in the public sector. He has worked as an advisor in the Beehive for two Ministers, for the NZ Treasury, the State Services Commission, Statistics NZ, the Ministry of Education, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, and Te Puni Kōkiri. If you asked Atawhai what is at the heart of his career, it’s two things: doing the Mihi AND the Mahi. In other words, he enjoys helping government agencies not only respect Māori values and protocols, but integrate this respect into the work what we do with Māori.
If you check out his Linkedin profile, and his posts, you will see that Atawhai has a gift for explaining this in really layperson’s terms. For example, his 5 Wai’s on Māori engagement helps organisations connect with Māori, on purpose, in a culturally respectful way. Over 20,000 people have downloaded this. Likewise, his post on Tikanga Tips offers simple, practical and friendly advice to beginners on how to connect with Māori in a positive and respectful manner. Underpinning his skill set is a huge intellect, an even bigger empathy, and a pragmatism that he says comes from his Ngāti Porou father.
Based in Wellington, he is married to Salli, who is a UN diplomat. They are the proud parents of Kaea (17) and Manaaki (15). The Tibbles are a Hurricanes whānau!
CHALLENGES FOR LIANZA CONFERENCE 2019
Our Families, Our Communities, Our Libraries!
Two of our keynotes have asked us to do something different for their speaking fees, resulting in challenges that we hope LIANZA members will help us meet! Both challenges are sure to engage us with our conference theme and to test us – as Patrick Ness says, ‘Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge’!
CHALLENGE ONE: READING MATERIAL FOR YOUNG MEN
Our first mystery keynote has challenged us to find books for three sons who:
- are Pasifika, aged 16, 18 and 20 years
- aren’t always keen on reading (they are average readers)
- are sports-mad, especially for rugby league
- are into drawing, true stories,gaming, cars and ‘making stuff’
This challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to suggest a book or several book titles that will get this keynote speaker’s young men to read, and help them find a love for reading. If you think you have the perfect book(s) for these young men, please enter the details in this Google Spreadsheet. The conference committee will then moderate the list, purchase the selected books and present the book collection to the mystery keynote, who will be revealed at the conference. But wait, there's more – the list will be made available by LIANZA as a useful resource for all to access in future.
CHALLENGE TWO: BOOKS FOR PACIFIC SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Our second keynote will be donating their full speaking fee to a literacy initiative – supporting the production of Pacific reading material for Pacific high school students in the South Auckland region, and written by young Pacific writers – to address the lack of good Pacific reading material available for Pacific youth. This second mystery keynote will also be revealed during the conference.
To match this generous gift, we are challenging LIANZA members and Conference 2019 delegates to also donate any books that fit within the following guidelines:
- for ages 13-18 years
- fiction and/or nonfiction
- written by Pacific authors, Māori and other indigenous authors
- books on/about Pacific peoples – cultures, histories, navigation, migration, astronomy, science, languages, identities, sports, etc.
You can either bring these books to conference or send them to the following address: 102R Dawson Road, Clover Park, Auckland 2023 – Attention: Richard Misilei.
So, there you have it, two challenges have been issued. Feel free to contribute to one or both. But whichever you choose, know that the very act of providing even one book title, has the potential to change the course of someone’s life. Good luck information angels!