For those of you who haven’t experienced LIANZA Conference before, you will, over the three days find yourself becoming more and more familiar with the lady pictured at right, our Conference MC, Amiria Reriti.
The MC at LIANZA Conference has a very important role. They impart important information like what to do, where to go, and when to be there. They keep the ball rolling or stall for time when it turns out the next speaker is in the loo. In essence they keep the whole thing going smoothly by making sure that the assembled masses are well-informed and in good humour. No small task. Last year’s MC Greg Morgan was terrific though by the end he’d nearly lost his voice (bless ‘im).
Our MC for this year Amiria Reriti probably has a bit more experience taking care of her vocal chords as among the many, many things that she does can be included performing with Moana and the Moahunters. She’s got strong roots to Christchurch hailing from Ngāi Tahu hapū, Ngāi Tuahuriri.
But it doesn’t stop there. Amiria is a manager within the Auckland Regional Public Health Service and has been the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Te Kura Kaupapa Māori a Rohe o Mangere, ATAK the National Māori Smokefree Coalition and currently the Black Pearl National Trust. She was a foundation trustee for the Māori Music Industry Coalition and is also a Director of a company, The Associates. Busy lady, eh?
Aaaand, she’s currently gracing our screens in Māori Television’s popular follow-up to Ask your Auntie, namely Aunty Moves In. Oh, and she’s also a Justice of the Peace and Marriage Celebrant. And she was in a movie with Cliff Curtis. Man, that is one full CV.
If she can manage all that then I’ve no doubt she’ll be able to wrangle hundreds of librarians with aplomb.
Coming up tomorrow on the blog, we’ll be doing a bit of a wrap-up, drawing together that last-minute stuff you need to know as well as pointing you in the direction of other sources of LIANZA Conference coverage.
Not long now, guys!