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Libraries Seek Maori Views At Hui

Friday 3 May 2002

A hui held last Wednesday by Christchurch City Libraries at Rehua Marae was aimed at promoting the continued development of services for Maori.

“We’re actively seeking the views of Maori and other interested parties to incorporate into our strategic review process,” says Christchurch City Libraries Manager, Sue Sutherland. “All participants were encouraged to have their say at the hui and we were particularly interested in what they saw as Maori information needs, their opinion of Christchurch City Libraries and how we can better meet their needs.”

The hui, which was supported by Whakapapa Ngai Tahu, forms part of the Library’s journey ‘Towards Mahi Ngatahi’. A key step in the journey was taken last April when Dr Terry Ryan was appointed as Kaumatua or ‘elder’ to Christchurch City Libraries.

Dr Ryan opened the hui with a karakia and welcomed participants to the Marae. Over 60 people from a wide range of interested groups, including mental health advocates, Work and Income New Zealand representatives, teachers and Treaty of Waitangi educators took part in group korero discussions. Topics included education, health, intellectual access, intellectual property, partnerships, recreation and Whakapapa.

Responses were recorded and will contribute to the development of a three year plan that will work within the Library’s overall strategic plan which is now being developed.

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