Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Waiata, taonga and tohu at library conference

Using culture to connect libraries and communities is high on the agenda when over 650 members of the New Zealand Library and Information managment profession gather in Auckland next week for the annual LIANZA Conference Pou Whakairo - Connect & Thrive.

Sponsored by NZMS (New Zealand Micrographic Services Ltd), the conference will be held at SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre from Sunday 12 October to Wednesday 15 October.

Leading an impressive group of speakers and presenters on key issues and collaborations for libraries and indigenous communities are Keynotes Rangimarie Hunia, Whanau Director of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Board, Director of Rangitia Investments and Professor Wiremu Doherty, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, New Zealand Maori educationalist and academic and creator of The Ranga Framework.

Conference Convenor, Anahera Morehu, Library Manager Māori and Pasifika Services at the University of Auckland, says the annual conference is a fantastic opportunity for the library and information profession to better understand and help preserve our indigenous knowledge.

“Both Hunia and Doherty will challenge and encourage the library profession to foster and build connections with local iwi, supporting them to develop the resources and knowl­edge to create and manage their own information”.

“The four day conference programme includes sessions across the spectrum of Māoridom from te reo, waiata, taonga, tohu and research allowing delegates a greater insight into the communities they support”.

From pōwhiri to poroporoaki, the programme includes a fantastic line up of international visitors reaching as far as Ireland, Eibhlin Roche, Guinness Archives through to Thomas Frey, future proofing the information sector.  Our gala dinner initial entertainment is an interview with reknowned author Witi Ihimaera, who will give us a quick glimpse of Māori Boy and a teaser for upcoming movie The Patriarch.  Dame Fiona Kidman will liven up our experience with repertoire and debate and provide a quick snip from her latest book The Infinite Air.

Drawing on the teaching and learning practices of a student centred learning approach at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, the largest indigenous tertiary education provider in the world, Maria Rautangata will take us on a journey of transformation through an understanding of Māori spiritual symbologies.

Rachelle Forbes has created the space for a dialogue to exist that brought the nine pages of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to life, exploring the tohu (symbols) of the ancestors allowing stories to be shared and new understandings created.  

View these key topics in more detail in the conference programme -




For more information or to arrange interviews with speakers please contact:

Megan Button
Communications Manager
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Tel: +64 4 801 5542 |    +64 21 232 2007
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