President, Anahera Morehu is one of the key individuals who upholds this ambition of LIANZA. During the month of May Anahera met with Deputy Chief Executive of Enterprise Partnerships, Hoani Lambert of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). Mr Lambert has recently taken on the role this past April and leads the Information and Knowledge Branch which oversees the National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and Archives New Zealand, Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga.
Anahera originally met with Hoani because LIANZA is part of the wider information and knowledge network that he oversees.
Anahera and Hoani spoke on many different topics throughout their meeting, which left Anahera excited to develop and grow the relationship with the DIA. Anahera mentioned that there some key takeaways from the conversation she was extremely eager to share with the sector.
“It was great to see interest in what we do within whare taonga, considering that he leads both Te Rua Mahara o Aotearoa and Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa. A great opportunity in bringing his expertise into the sector and fresh eyes to our sector. Honest, genuine and ready to collaborate with LIANZA and Te Rōpū Whakahau in future aspirations of these organisations.”
When asked if there was anything to look forward to in the future for LIANZA and its members because of this meeting between herself and Hoani, Anahera mentioned the integrity that LIANZA has within whare taonga.
“Members are key to keeping our relationships strong and even finding new relationships. Although the DCE of DIA, [Hoani] is still a person who is interested in what it is we do. He walks in both Pākehā and Māori, political and apolitical worlds; [and] willing to contribute within our community.”
Overall, Anahera and Hoani’s meeting was a great start to a wonderful relationship between the DIA, LIANZA and the information and library sector. We look forward to seeing what the future may hold!