CHALLENGES for LIANZA Conference 2019
Preparations are well underway for LIANZA Conference 2019. We have an amazing line-up of keynote speakers and, as with any conference, these speakers receive a fee.
However, 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!
Are you up to the challenge?
Final NZ Keynote Speakers revealed
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.
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.