Our partnership is implicit in the current LIANZA constitution; the Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki is one of the ‘officers’ and Te Rōpū Whakahau appoint one of the LIANZA Council members. In addition, the LIANZA Council quorum must include at least one Te Rōpū Whakahau representative.
In 2020, LIANZA Council and Te Rōpū Whakahau Ngā Kaiwhakahau planned to engage more strategically with a noho marae, however this was held online, due to travel restrictions.
During the current considerations about the LIANZA rules, some changes have been proposed by Te Rōpū Whakahau, discussed at member hui around the country and debated by LIANZA Council.
Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki Carla Jeffrey explains, “The proposed LIANZA governance changes provide an opportune time to consider the current relationship between Te Rōpū Whakahau and LIANZA. Te Rōpū Whakahau has decided that the requirement for two representatives to sit on council is unnecessary to enable our partnership to flourish. Te Rōpū Whakahau has discussed this with our members, who are in agreement and excited to explore how we can partner with LIANZA in the future. We have not made any other decisions and will continue to explore how to change and grow our partnership with LIANZA”
A new clause ‘LIANZA will work in partnership with Te Rōpū Whakahau’ will be added to the LIANZA constitution to make the partnership more explicit. LIANZA Council will also appoint one councillor with skills that include Tikanga and Mātauranga Māori knowledge.
LIANZA President, Erica Rankin shares, “I look forward to working with our Te Rōpū Whakahau colleagues to progress a new way of working together to develop a shared understanding of what our partnership entails and how we can capitalise on this for the benefit of our members. I think this is a wonderful opportunity to build on the strong relationship and history which exists between the two organisations and I am excited about what the future will bring.”
LIANZA Council and Te Rōpū Whakahau Nga Kaiwhakahau intend to continue to engage strategically at annual hui. LIANZA Executive and Te Rōpū Whakahau intend to meet by early next year to plan the hui and begin re-negotiating the partnership agreement. The partnership will enable LIANZA to ask Te Rōpū Whakahau for advice, and enable the two associations to focus on strengthening mutual support.
LIANZA has provided leadership to the wider library and information profession for 110 years and currently operates under its own Act of Parliament (Library Act 1939). It has a strong national network, active community of members, a strong volunteer base, an established profile with the government, strong international connections, and serves all parts of the diverse library and information sector. However, the current governance structure has been in place since the early 1990s and a review has been done to ensure that the association is future-ready. LIANZA also needs to be prepared for the introduction of the new Incorporated Societies Act and this governance review will ensure our rules are ready for changes required for incorporation. A working group was formed in February 2020 and examined the current governance structure, interviewed a wide range of professionals in the sector, identified strengths and weaknesses with the current LIANZA model, and evaluated alternative governance models. An interim report was presented to the LIANZA Council in June 2020. A smaller governance working group established in September 2020 considered the interim recommendations, refined the organisational model and developed a change proposal and a consultation plan. Initial feedback was sought in early June 2021 from current or past members of LIANZA Council, standing committees, regional or special interest community groups, or working groups. LIANZA Council considered this valuable feedback in July.
LIANZA Executive Director, Ana Pickering hosted in-person member events in July and August with hui in Hamilton, Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch. The Dunedin hui was cancelled due to lockdowns. Two online hui were also held in August and over 60 members have attended the in-person or online hui. Members were presented with proposals for governance, advisory and operational changes. Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki Carla Jeffery, LIANZA Immediate Past President and former Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki Anahera Morehu and Cellia Joe Olsen, also a former Te Rōpū Whakahau Tumuaki joined these member hui to present their perspectives and thoughts.
LIANZA has a set of rules or constitution and a code of practice. Governance changes require member approval at an annual general meeting. However proposed advisory and operational changes are part of the LIANZA Code of Practice and do not require member approval.
The feedback from the member hui has been considered by LIANZA Council, and legal advice is now being sought on the draft governance rules.
LIANZA Members have been given the opportunity to provide feedback online and will receive the proposed constitution prior to the LIANZA Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday November 10, 2021.
Check out the proposed LIANZA organisational changes HERE >>