Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Te Rōpū Whakahau

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 partnership is ratified every year at the LIANZA AGM when the Tumuaki and LIANZA President sign an 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 Scholarship for training
  • Offer full LIANZA membership benefits to Te Rōpū Whakahau members 
  • Utilise our networks in support of Te Rōpū Whakahau activities
  • Fund the Te Rōpū Whakahau tumuaki to LIANZA conference
  • Partner with Te Rōpū Whakahau where possible such as supporting Mātauranga Māori

In return Te Rōpū Whakahau has undertaken to:

  • Be a part of LIANZA Council 
  • Share their strategic plans with LIANZA in order to align future goals
  • Provide advice to LIANZA on Tikanga, te reo, and other matters
  • Bring LIANZA ways of thinking and working that express the partnership approach


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