Te Paea Paringatai (Manager Customer Services, UC Puna o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha – UC Library) has been appointed as a Commissioner on Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i ngā Kohikohinga Kōrero – Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC) for a three year term.
This is a significant appointment on a body that reports to the Minister of Internal Affairs on matters relating to library and information services in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Te Paea is actively involved with international library networks, having served in the IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, as a Standing Committee member, and in her current role as Chair for the Indigenous Matters Section. IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users’ and is the global voice of the library and information profession.
Te Paea is professionally registered and an Associate of LIANZA (the Library and Information Association of New Zealand). She is also the first and only person to have served as President of LIANZA 2016-2017, and before this as President of Te Rōpū Whakahau (National Māori Association for Libraries, Culture, Knowledge, Technology and Information) 2012-2016.
In recognition of her leadership and influence, Te Paea was awarded the Te Rōpū Whakahau Meri Mygind Wahine Toa Award in 2016.
Te Paea’s strengths are in culturally responsive leadership and management experience, applied mātauranga Māori praxis, local government, and working knowledge of the library and information management sector. She is passionate about the intergenerational transfer of wealth and knowledge, and sees the role of libraries as essential for empowering citizenship, evolving thought leadership, and community convergence.
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