Kim Taunga, Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa, LIANZA immediate past president and currently Head of Community Delivery South (Auckland Council) has made a long-lasting contribution to the way that public libraries meet and respect diverse customer needs. Kim is an inspiration to others. Her commitment to service, to manaakitanga, and her generosity in mentoring and assisting others to learn, develop and get involved are her key drivers.
Kim’s involvement with LIANZA dates from 1995, five years after commencing as a library assistant at Manukau Libraries. Since this time, she has continuously been committed to and involved with LIANZA as regional chair, regional councillor and several conference committees.
Kim has always actively supported the bicultural journey of Aotearoa and the profession. Kim has been highly involved in bicultural and Pasifika kaupapa. She is an enthusiastic member of the LIANZA Pasifika Information Management Network and staunch supporter of Te Rōpū Whakahau partnership. She has demonstrated a strong and enthusiastic commitment to growing the capacity of our profession to provide resourcing and high-quality services to Pacific peoples in New Zealand and in the Pacific. In 2023 Kim was elected to the IFLA Asia-Oceania Regional Division Committee.
Kim has the determination to bring about change and make things better for others. She is hard-working and is not afraid to push boundaries. One of many examples is her clear innovative vision and achievements in major new library build projects such as the libraries at Botany (first public library with RFID), Papakura, Ōtāhuhu (Tōia library pool and rec centre) and most recently Te Paataka Koorero o Takaanini Library and Community Hub. These libraries have attracted and influenced library visitors from Aotearoa and internationally. Kim spoke about Takaanini at the IFLA LBES (Library Buildings and Equipment section) mid-year seminar in Sydney earlier this year.
Kim is a role model for librarianship in Aotearoa. She has coached a new generation of library leaders who will further enrich our profession, services, and communities. She has changed the landscape of future public library leaders through her desire and ability to mentor others. She is a librarian who shares her own experiences and wisdom generously. Kim is a public librarian dedicated to excellence for her communities and profession.
Kim is highly deserving of the award of Fellowship.
Peter Murgatroyd RLIANZA has made an outstanding contribution to health libraries in New Zealand and demonstrated exceptional leadership in this sector, worthy of recognition by the award of a Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa LIANZA Fellowship.
Peter is currently the Library and Knowledge Services Manager at Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, Counties Manukau, supporting the information needs of clinical and patient care staff as well as improvement in healthcare service delivery, design and innovation. He is also responsible for Ko Awatea LEARN, a DHB-focused eLearning community education service providing a range of programmes, courses, and community forums.
Peter has been an active member of the LIANZA Health SIG as well as convenor from 2019-22. During this period, Peter initiated and fostered a relationship between the LIANZA Health SIG and ALIA’s Health Libraries Australia. Peter has encouraged knowledge sharing between these groups and the sharing of professional development opportunities from Australian and New Zealand health librarians. Peter is also a member of the editorial team for the Journal of Health Information and Libraries Australasia (JoHILA). In 2023 Peter was appointed to the IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group.
Additionally, Peter has worked tirelessly to improve communication and collaboration across organisational boundaries and to remove the inequities and barriers to accessing resources. Peter helped to provide the enthusiasm and thought leadership that resulted in a vision for the future of health librarianship in New Zealand and was a key architect of the report that was distributed to stakeholders. Peter was actively involved in the local, regional and national response to COVID 19 contributing to information curation and dissemination within both the health and library sectors in addition to being a Reference Group Member of the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP) 2021-2022.
Peter was also a member of the LIANZA 2019 Conference programme committee and a member of the organising committee for the 2023 Asia-Pacific Health, Law, and Special Libraries Conference. Peter has also presented at a number of LIANZA and other professional association conferences in New Zealand and internationally. He has also published widely throughout his career. Peter has also had a longstanding involvement with library development in the Pacific Islands and has served as Vanuatu Library Association President, Samoa Library Association Vice President and he was also the Pacific Regional Chair of IAMSLIC, The International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centres.
Peter has generously shared his time, knowledge, and experience to support the leadership development of health library colleagues with strategic thinking and clear communication being hallmarks of Peter’s contribution to the sector.
While Philip’s work has been largely based in the public library sector in the Greater Auckland Region, his career has been nationwide, across several library sectors, in professional networking groups and with professional association committees and roles at all levels.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Library and Information Services, Philip’s work in Auckland Libraries has included managing a community library, leading digital solutions across the libraries’ network, and working with the Connected Communities programme. In these generalist and specialist roles, Philip has consistently created success with both processes and people, helping large projects in both planning and implementation phases and ensuring staff-friendly and customer-friendly delivery was always at the forefront. Philip has modelled leadership and strategic thinking through his contributions in all these areas, making him a valuable member of the Auckland Libraries staff.
Within the wider professional sphere, Philip has made a strong and continued contribution to LIANZA at both the regional and national levels. He has served on the LIANZA Hikuwai committee including as chair and was regional councillor on LIANZA Council for two terms from 2019-2023. Philip was involved in two major reviews for LIANZA. He was on the working group for the review of special interest groups and regions in 2019 and contributed significantly as a member of the strategic leadership governance working group in 2020-21. Philip chairs meetings, webinars, and conference sessions in person and online with a respectful, professional approach, and with great humility. In both roles, his contribution has always been a mixture of diligence and practicality, with strong strategic and future-thinking contributions. Philip understands the broader picture of a national organisation and what it seeks to achieve, making him a valuable contributor at all levels.
In all of this, Philip is a quiet and determined professional. He does not need to be in the limelight or to get lots of credit for his mahi, and he takes satisfaction in a job well done and in supporting and encouraging others. His strength is in relationship building and strategic thinking, a combination which makes him a highly effective member of Council, regional committees, and workplace contexts.
It is the breadth and depth of his involvement and contributions in the library profession that makes Philip a worthy recipient of the award of a Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa LIANZA Fellowship.
Lisa Salter RLIANZA is awarded a Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa LIANZA Associateship.
Lisa’s library career has focused on school and community libraries. At the Ruawai College library, the library was developed into a community library hub and Lisa continued with this work while she was employed there.
As Kaipara District Library Manager, Lisa’s vision for her small community is as broad and equitable as that of larger regions, with a focus on continuous improvement, using her strengths of effective communication, a professional approach and spotting chances to develop library services. In her current role, she manages the Dargaville Public Library, four community libraries, a team of staff, and more than one hundred volunteers. In 2022, thanks to Lisa’s work, Kaipara District Libraries went fines-free.
Lisa has partnered with National Library’s Pūtoi Rito project to grow reading for pleasure for young people in Dargaville – a lasting and meaningful project. Her proudest achievement is her high-functioning team of staff and dozens of volunteers.
Lisa has ensured Kōtui is available across a volunteer network. Lisa launched Tutu Discovery Library and developed a strategic direction for the library service. She works collaboratively with neighbouring local authorities.
Lisa has been an active member of LIANZA, PLNZ, and SLANZA. She continues to hold a variety of positions, including as a member of the Kōtui Board manager’s executive and Public Libraries of New Zealand National Executive.
Simon Hart RLIANZA is awarded a Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa LIANZA Associateship.
Simon has worked in management and leadership roles at the University of Otago for over 30 years, collaborating with library colleagues nationally and internationally.
As Learning Services Librarian, Simon coordinated and promoted the library teaching and learning programme, collaborating with The Higher Education Development Centre and academic divisions to promote information skills development.
As a policy, planning, and evaluation librarian, he has initiated and coordinated innovative projects and activities designed to extend assessment activities locally, nationally, and internationally. Simon is the co-chair of the CAUL (Council of Australian Librarians) Value and Impact Community of Practice, facilitating a strong community of practitioners across Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.
Through his research, Simon has contributed widely to the literature on measuring and assessing library services.
Simon cares deeply about how the library supports the library user and how the organisation can support their staff. He continues to provide leadership to foster evidence-based decision making and a culture of continuous improvement in libraries.
Adrian Jenkins RLIANZA is awarded a Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa LIANZA Letter of Recognition for his contribution to the LIANZA Professional Registration Board.
Adrian was a member of the board from 2020 to 2023 and acted as chair from July 2022 to March 2023.
During his time on the board, he worked with the LIANZA Executive Director to update the Professional Registration Board content in the LIANZA Code of Practice. Adrian also led to completion a project to update the Professional Registration Revalidation template to increase the ease of use for members, so the board received the right information to assess. He also established clear guidelines on extra requirements for applicants who requested an extension of submission date for their Professional Registration revalidation journal.
Adrian’s support and leadership of the board have been deeply valued by the sector.
Dawn Carlisle is awarded a LIANZA Letter of Recognition for her contribution to ākonga and kaimahi at Wintec, Te Pūkenga, for her support of learning around Te Tiriti, mātauranga Māori, Pasifika, and equity and inclusion.
Over the last year, Dawn has developed an expansive set of resources for ākonga, enabling them to deepen their understanding of Māori and Pasifika worldviews. She actively sought advice and feedback from Māori and Pasifika groups at Wintec, bringing together Pacific conversations in accessible and comprehensive guides.
In developing this work, which has been deeply valued by ākonga and kaimahi, Dawn has shown dedication, humility, and willingness to learn.
Mark Hughes is awarded a Te Rau Herenga o Aotearoa LIANZA Letter of Recognition for his continued and sustained advocacy and commitment to library and information services in the Murihiku - Otago Southland region. He is described as an integral part of this region and over the past decade or so has taken on several LIANZA committee roles including chair, treasurer, and member in order to provide continuous networking and professional development opportunities.
Mark is described as “the rock that held it all together”, especially over the COVID period and has been on the organising committee for the LIANZA 1910-2010 Centennial Conference.
Mark brings a positive, professional, and proactive presence. His continued contribution has meant that LIANZA has survived and thrived in this region.