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The fact that it is in Manukau, South Auckland – first time ever in this region so makes me excited to show everyone what we’ve got
Engaging and connecting everyone with our exciting programme, keynotes, challenges, and presenters in an awesome space that speaks to our theme ‘Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou |Our Families, our Communities, our libraries.’ I'm also looking forward to continuing these engagements and relationships post conference.
Meeting friends past, present and future and having a laugh, a talanoa and sharing a physical, mental and spiritual feed!
A: I am being biased with this one, but one of my top picks for the first day is seeing some of my team speak about their work at Tupu; other top picks are areas of our industry, I'm not a part of such as ‘It takes a community to raise a reader’ by Jo Buchan from the National Library; ‘Brokering, boundary-spanning, belonging: becoming embedded in a community of practice’ by Courtney Harper from the Counties Manukau Health Library; and ‘Sole charge roles: going it alone’ by Zoe Cornelius at the Department of Corrections.
A: There is something for everyone, so difficult to say. However, I encourage everyone to explore the programme and make your own list/s. It is the first time we are introducing Talanoa sessions, so hope you will attend one which is in your top pick.
A: My Top 7 (I have plenty more but am sticking to 7) in chronological order. My picks are mostly Youth focused as I’m interested in finding out more about our Youth and how to engage with them! Perhaps it is also a way for me in my late-ish 40’s to stay young at heart! Maybe some of that Youth energy will rub off on me! LOL
- Selina Tusitala Marsh – I’m interested to see and hear how does a Pasifika poet describe our libraries? What is a ‘fire-breathing library’?
- LIANZA Conference Newcomers Function I think Pasifika cultural injection into this event will make it very exciting and interesting!
- Angel Jewel Tucker, USA, Kansas Youth Services Manager – I’m interested to hear her experiences with youth in her local communities!
- Pasifika Lightning talks 10 mins or so each covering Youth, Pasifika engagement and Pasifika collections all in around 30 mins!!!
- Youth Panel Talanoa – I’m very interested to listen, hear and understand what our youth have to say about their libraries!!!
- Sam Saili, SkyEye Pacific – I’m interested to hear how a Pasifika business entrepreneur operating in the Digital technologies space describes our libraries and may have ideas we can incorporate into our practice.
- Daphne Smithers – Responding to the needs of our Pacific neighbours’ libraries. Ideas on how I/we can help our Pasifika neighbours too!!!
A: See what it’s like to be in a journey that would normally take 20mins, but in Auckland peak hour traffic, ends up being 1 ½ - 2 hours ha! There’s White Water Rafting next door to the event’s centre, the Sky Tower or Tupu Youth Library – the only youth library in NZ 😉 (otherwise, check out Te Manawa)
A: The Manukau harbour and coastal walk/walkways https://walksinauckland.com/tag/manukau-harbour-walks/, the Mangere Arts Centre, heritage buildings & libraries, and the Otara Market on Saturdays (6am-12noon)! Nau mai, haere mai, afio mai, susu mai, me’a mai welcome to LIANZA 2019!
A: Rainbows End and the Vector Wero Whitewater Park for some thrills and spills and they are both so close to the Conference! A little further afield is Mangere Mountain a nice easy walk to summit with spectacular views with the Mangere Mountain education centre located on the mountainside for further information and activities. Visit the CBD, Skycity and the waterfront and jumping on the ferry is also a must do, as well as the Zoo!