I recently met with Terrisa (aka TKG) from the Bicultural sub-committee and together we put our heads together to take a look at the programme from a bicultural perspective.

It all begins on Monday the 12th of October, when we start with a powhiri in Victoria Square. You can see a glimpse of Victoria Square at the end of the CSI – Conference Scene Investigators video here. And you can learn the waiata here.

Pou in Victoria Square

Pou in Victoria Square

We’ll be sharing more specific details about the powhiri next week, where to meet, what the expectations are, what to wear, what the wet weather provisions are, but for now, all you need to remember is that it will take place on Monday 12th from 8.30am.

So, onto the ins and outs of the LIANZA 2009 programme through a bicultural lens.

Starting out on Monday October 12th, we are privileged to have, as our opening keynote speakers, the father and daughter team of Sir Tipene O’Regan and Hana O’Regan. They will be discussing the growth and future of Generation Ngai Tahu.

Later on Monday afternoon, at 2.30pm, Terehia Biddle will outline the different ways that Archives New Zealand has undertaken to ensure the success of iwi-related projects in her presentation Kei hea te taunaga mai o aku kupu?  Where will my words lie?, including the digitisation of materials to creating successful partnerships with Māori responsible for hāpu-iwi archives.

Moving through to Tuesday October 13th, we see that Anahera Morehu from Te Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau will be busy on this day as she is co-presenting two sessions, and it’s rumoured that she may also be chairing a session. Phew, talk about a busy conference exprience indeed!

First up at 11am, Anahera Morehu and Eddie Neha, from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, will address the issue of Mātauranga Māori in relation to Professional Registration. If you want to explore what Mātauranga Māori is and how it relates to you, and what types of training could you undertake to improve your understanding, then this session is a must.

Te Rōpu Whakahau (TRW) is meeting at 1.15pm. Call by the TRW exhibitor’s stand for further information. You’ll be wanting to drop by the TRW stand anyhow, to buy a raffle ticket and find out about the upcoming 2010 Hui-a-tau in Ōnuku Marae.

Later on, at 2.30pm, Anahera Morehu is joined by Kim Gutchlag, Charlotte Stretton and Teri Ta’ala for a workshop-style session titled Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku : Advance the Future. This session will begin with a brief background to the development of Māori Subject Headings (MSH) and then move into a group discussion about where to from here in terms of MSH. Check the session abstract for an idea of the questions that will lead into this discussion.

On Wednesday October 14th at 11.45am, Te Rōpu Whakahau Tūmuaki (President) Jackie Te Roe (Haki) Tahana will report back from the International Indigenous Librarians Forum (ILLF) 2009 in his session Maku ano i hanga toku nei whare.

Other aspects of the programme on Wednesday14th October that could be of interest are Penny Carnaby’s address at 9.15am A new equity emerges : citizen-created content powering the knowledge economy, Jessica Dorr’s keynote session at 9.45am, Libraries building communities : communities building libraries, and Loriene Roy’s session at 11.15am on New National Indigenous Library Services Iniatives.

We will end our conference with the poroporoaki at 3.10pm on Wednesday October 14th. This is a farewell ceremony to formally close the conference, with an opportunity for the manuhiri (guests, in this case, the delegates) to reflect upon their experiences and to show thanks to the tangata whenua (hosts) for their hospitality.