Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Cheer - Joint Te Upoko/SLIS Christmas Dinner!

Mark your diaries now!

Come and join us for an early festive dinner at Keenan's Bar, 132 Lambton Quay, Wednesday 8 December from 5.30 onwards.

*Bring along a Christmas decoration - feel free to unleash your creative energy!*

This year we're combining our festivities so please see below :
5.30: Drinks and nibbles in the main bar
6 - 6.30: SLIS AGM downstairs - SLIS members only
7pm: Dinner downstairs

Bar tab and nibbles provided

Investment : $20 for main course and dessert

Please RSVP to Merryn Hedley : by 24 November.
Please indicate what you plan to attend:
1. Drinks/nibbles,
2. SLIS AGM, and/or
3. Dinner.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Minutes of Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui regional AGM 2010

Kia ora koutou

With our second online AGM having been completed a week ago (I do apologise for the lateness in having the minutes and results out), I can say I think we're getting better at it.  I have noted that something we should really try explaining better is the legal jargon we use, for example, when to use the "abstain" response.  Anyhoooo, here they are:


Minutes for the Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui regional AGM 2010:

Meeting opened online at 14:56pm Thursday 30th September.

Attendees: Claire Benson, Laurinda Thomas, Anne Anderson, Linda Hall, Tom Avery, Pauline La Rooy, Amanda Cossham, Kareen Carter, Julian Sutherland, Debbie Burgoyne, Charlotte Clements, Janet Upton, Kathleen Ann Reweti, Sylvia Kaa, Cherie Shum, John Hayden Stears, Carolyn Lyon, Jessie Moir, Jan McCarthy, Rachael Asi, Debbie Duncan, Janet McFadden, Gillian Ralph, Nola Millar Library, the American Reference Centre - US Embassy, the National Library, Scotts College, plus 4 others

Minutes of Previous AGM: - Do you accept the minutes of the previous year's AGM as a true and accurate record? Moved: Laurinda, Seconded: Hana = carried
  • N/A Did not participate last year 68.6% (24/35)  
  • Yes 31.4% (11//35) 
  • No 0% (0)

Matters arising: No matters arising

Financial report for 2009/2010 activities: - Do you accept the Treasurers (financial) report for the previous year's activities? Moved: Charlotte, Seconded: Paddy = carried
  • 100% accepted by attendees

Annual Report for 2009/2010 activities: - Do you accept the annual report for the previous year's activities?  Moved: Paddy, Seconded: Laurinda = carried
  • 100% accepted by attendees

Election of committee members:
All nominees were successfully elected.

Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui regional LIANZA committee for 2010/2011:

Trish Beamsley (Te Rōpu Whakahau representative)
Gabrielle Hikaka (Te Rōpu Whakahau representative)
Laurinda Thomas - Regional Councillor

Hana Whaanga
Charlotte Clements

Tom Avery
Cherie Shum
Helen Naismith
Kathryn Oxborrow

Feedback from Question: "What events or speakers would you like to see, hear, or meet in the region?:

  • Good question. Some more Hutt Valley events would be great. I'll need to think about this more
  • Quiz night. Would be keen for another sesion on copyright and DRM
  • events in the Hutt please.
    political discussion about real questions in the profession e.g. "value of being RLIANZA, versus qualifications". MIS vs teaching qual, teacher/librarianship. 
    a partnered event with SLANZA would be nice
  • Maori
  • Possible election themed meeting at the end of the year

Further comments:
  • Really enjoyed LIANZA b'day at Film archive and Meet the Leaders keep it up
  • Thank you very much to all the committee members for October 2009 - October 2010 for their work for us over the year. Much appreciated.

Sadly, we do farewell Paddy Plunket and Anne Thompson at this point in the minutes of the AGM.  We wish Paddy and Anne all the best and hope to continue to see them in the library and information management community.

Thank you to all attendees and visitors of our AGM.  And congratulations and a big huge welcome and thank you to the new standing committee members, Tom, Cherie, Helen and Kathryn!

Kia ora.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

2010 AGM

The AGM for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui is again being held online this year.

*yaaaaaay* I hear you say!

A new page on this blog has been added where all the relevant documents will be available to view and a link to the voting machine (known as SurveyMonkey) will be. On this new page, 2010 AGM, you will be able to:
  • Remind yourself who the committee members are
  • Participate in the online AGM and vote in the committee members
  • Read the chair's (Paddy Plunket's) annual report for 2009/2010 activites
  • Read the minutes of the previous year's AGM
  • View Anne's financial report
  • Tell us your thoughts (by commenting on this post, raising an issue in the voting procedure, e-mailing us individually and/or messaging us on Twitter)

Voting and discussion open from:
Thursday 30 September 2010 -- Friday 15 October 2010

We invite all members to participate in voting and discussions on the best way for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui to promote and support the development of information professionals, knowledge transfer and information services in the region.

We would like to encourage and invite all and sundry (LIANZA members mainly) across the region to participate in this year's AGM.

Thanks so much!
Hana Whaanga (for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui LIANZA)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Committee member profile's for 2010

Kia ora koutou

Well, another AGM is looming in front of us, and it is with great regret that we farewell two long-standing committee members from Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui; Paddy Plunket, and Anne Thompson.  Paddy and Anne have both been involved with the committee for a number of years and their energy, efforts, advice, conversation, opinion, organising skills and leadership, will be sorely missed by those that remain.

The committee members for October 2009 - October 2010 were:
  • Paddy Plunket (outgoing chair)
  • Laurinda Thomas (Regional councillor, continuing)
  • Anne Thompson (treasurer)
  • Gabrielle Hikaka (Te Rōpu Whakahau representative)
  • Trish Beamsley (Te Rōpu Whakahau representative)
  • Charlotte Clements
  • Timothy Greig
  • Hana Whaanga

It is with great pleasure that I can introduce FOUR new committee sprockets that have put up their hands to be voted onto the committee for this year's AGM.  Please put your hands together for....

Cherie Shum  
I have been working in libraries for about 10 years, starting with a small school library and then a large public library.  I am currently the Collection Development Acquisitions team leader at the National Library.

I am a registered librarian, graduate of the Aurora Leadership Seminar, a LIANZA mentor and an Associate member of LIANZA.

Tom Avery
I've been engrossed in the world of libraries and LIANZA since 2001. While working in public and academic libraries and studying for library qualifications, I've got to attend lots of great LIANZA events including conference, but also regional events and talks by international speakers. I'm nearing the end of my course and would like to put more into the LIANZA and library communities and make our community buzz. My latest role is in library systems so I'm naturally interested in gadgets and technology, but really I'm interested in how libraries can add value to their customers with these tools. Catch up with me on my blog or on twitter @wifilibrarian.

Kathryn Oxborrow
Hi, I’m Kathryn and I’m from the South Coast of the UK.  I started my library journey as a Library Assistant at Reading University Library and then I did my MA Librarianship at Sheffield University.  For the past nine months I’ve been working at the UK Department of Health as an Assistant Librarian, with involvement mainly with cataloguing and customer services. I’m about to start work at the National Library of New Zealand working as a Collection Management Librarian in the Legal Deposit team.  I’m very excited to get       involved with NZ librarianship.


Helen Naismith
My name is Helen Naismith and I have been working in the library profession for 33 years. I started as a young shelver at the Wainuiomata Public Library at the age of 16 then worked my way through several job changes to become a Cluster Manager here at the War Memorial Library today.

My experience is vast and varied having spent many years as a children's and young persons librarian, then in a more senior management role. I completed the NZLA Certificate and was in the very last intake of students doing this course through the Teacher's College in Wellington.

I have almost completed the MLIS papers and have a Diploma in Business from the Open Polytechnic. My interests are reading, dancing, jewellery making, gardening and swimming. I love working in the customer service area and am passionate about libraries, literature and information management.
I would consider it an honour to be part of the LIANZA committee and look forward to meeting everyone and working hard on the behalf of this fine committee.

regards Helen Naismith.


If you'd like to view the current committee's profiles, who are re-standing (Hana and Charlotte) or hold positions that don't need to be voted for (Laurinda - Regional Councillor, Trish and Gabrielle TRW Representatives), then you can view those here in last years profiles.  

They are last years, so just pretend that we're a little older and a little wiser now and have more strings to our respective bows.

Laurinda thought she'd update hers...

Kia Ora! I’ve been working in the library and information sector since 1998, starting off as a Library Assistant at Massey, then an Assistant Librarian at VUW, before tracking off an on OE to the UK, and working as Consultant for a Library Software company. Coming back to NZ in 2008, I took a role as a Knowledge Analyst, and am now Acting Director of Knowledge Management at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (soon to be the Ministry of Science and Innovation).

I joined the Te Upoko regional committee in 2002, and served as secretary from 2003-4. I rejoined the committee in 2009, and the 2009/10 year was my first as the LIANZA Regional Councillor for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui. I'm now into the second year, and it's proving to be a great experience (see my report for the last year here

In my spare time, I love to poke around in bookshops, and am a big fan of the F1.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Join the Te Upoko region on the LIANZA website and win!

Earlier this year, LIANZA launched it's new website. After a few early technical problems, we've sorted out the major glitches and are making progress on getting the site into great shape for our members (see WAG for more information on this).

We want to make the new site a great place to go with an active community. To do so, we'd like to encourage you all to sign up to the website, and join the Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui group on the Communities page. We've noticed that lots of people have listed the region on their personal profile, but not joined the Te Upoko community group. Our aim is to have all our regional communications going through the website, so we'd like to get as many of you signed up as possible!

As an added incentive, we have $30 book vouchers for two people who join up to the Te Upoko community group between now and Friday 1 October - that's just over 1 week away! We'll randomly draw names from all the new people that join up. It only takes a couple of minutes to do so (instructions below).

We will contact the lucky winners personally, and post the results on the LIANZA website.

Good luck!

To create a new account:
  1. Go to
  2. Click on 'sign up' in the top right
  3. Fill in your details, including selecting 'Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui' as your region. Remember, if you make your profile 'private' we can't count you!
  4. Go to your email, and click on the link to complete your registration.

Once you have your account, join the Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Group:

  1. Click on the 'community' tab
  2. Click on 'Find Groups'
  3. Scroll down to 'Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui' and click on 'Request Membership'
  4. Click 'join'. You should now see 'Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui' listed under "My groups" on the left-hand side.