Whakatau mai, welcome! Te Rōpū Whakahau is the leading national body that represents Māori engaged in culture, knowledge, information, communication and systems technology in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Established in 1992, we aim to teach, strengthen and unify our members in Aotearoa and around the world.  Our members are national and international individuals and organisations that have a keen interest in the indigenous worldview and its application to the information sector.  Te Rōpū Whakahau advocates for Māori working in culture, knowledge, information, communication and system technology, client access and services, and improved management of Māori materials.

Membership is open to any person, group or institution with an interest in ngā taonga i tuku iho, culture, knowledge, information, communication and systems technology work.

Join us today!

To apply for membership to Te Rōpū Whakahau, download the Membership Form, fill out your details and the type of membership applied for, and send the completed form along with the appropriate fee  to:

Kaitiaki Pūtea
Te Rōpū Whakahau
PO Box 5409
WELLINGTON 6140

Cheques should be made payable to Te Rōpū Whakahau. Payment may be made by direct credit, internet banking, bank transfer to the bank account below.  Please ensure you include your last name or reference:

Te Rōpū Whakahau
ANZ, Wellington South
06-0577-0086056-00

Members’ benefits

Personal members of Te Rōpū Whakahau are entitled to:

  • Join the Te Rōpū Whakahau general mailing list Email Kaiwhakahau for access
  • Opportunity to publish pānui items on the website
  • Discounts for attendance at the Hui-ā-Tau
  • Entitled to apply for Te Rōpū Whakahau scholarships, grants and sponsorship
  • Graduate recognition
  • Collegial networks
  • Mātauranga Māori expertise
  • Regional activities including region web page and region emailing list
  • National activities
  • International activities
  • International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum (IILF)
  • IFLA Indigenous Matters Section
  • Association membership of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)
  • One vote at the Annual General Meeting
  • Professional development through nomination to Ngā Kaiwhakahau
  • Professional Registration with LIANZA
  • Attendance at members’ rates to IFLA events as part of the Te Rōpū Whakahau Association membership
  • Attendance at members’ rates to LIANZA events under the partnership agreement with LIANZA

Update your information

If you are a current or former member of Te Rōpū Whakahau and you wish to update your contact information or other details, or simply check on your membership status, send an e-mail to the Kaitiaki Pūtea.

Professional registration

Te Rōpū Whakahau is affiliated to the LIANZA Library and Information Profession Registration Scheme, as per our partnership agreement and position statement.

If you are applying for LIANZA Professional Registration as a financial member of Te Rōpū Whakahau, please e-mail the Kaitiaki Pūtea to confirm your membership with the LIANZA office.

Subscription Definitions

1. Personal Members
Personal members are individuals of Māori descent who are interested in Te Rōpū Whakahau, Mātauranga Māori and/or Information. Personal members can attend and vote at the AGM.

2. Personal – New Members
These are people who qualify for Personal membership and are joining Te Rōpū Whakahau for the first time.

3. Associate Members
Any individual, group or institution who is interested in Te Rōpū Whakahau.

4. Institutional Members
Any Māori group, Māori organisation, or Māori Institution who is interested in Te Rōpū Whakahau, Mātauranga Māori and/or Information. Institutional members can attend and vote at the AGM.

5. Student
Anyone who is studying either full time or part time, can belong to Te Rōpū Whakahau. To qualify for Student Membership you must be enrolled in study (this may include secondary and/or tertiary courses). You are eligible if you are studying full time or part time (being that you are working less than 30 hours a week and studying two or more papers in one semester or term). Confirmation of study noting the date of study must be submitted with your application (e.g. an offer of study, a fees invoice or a letter from the educational institution).

6. Retired
Personal or Associate individual members of Te Rōpū Whakahau who retire from the workforce but retain an interest in the Association can become Retired Members.

7. Sustaining Members
Personal or Associate individual members who find themselves in changed circumstances can become Sustaining Members for a fixed term. Changed circumstances may include going on parental leave, becoming unemployed, being too ill to work.

8. International
Citizens and residents of other countries who are interested in Te Rōpū Whakahau. Personal, Associate or Institutional members who have moved overseas but who still want to retain their membership.

Membership Fees

SUB 1 – PERSONAL (Individual of Māori descent entitled to attend and one vote at AGM)

a. Personal (NEW) – $50.00

b. Personal – $100.00

c. Student – $25.00

d. Retired – $75.00

e. Sustaining – $50.00

f. International – $75.00

SUB 2 – INSTITUTIONAL (Māori group, organisation or institution entitled to attend and one vote at AGM)

a. Institutional – $220.00

b. International – $165.00

SUB 3 – ASSOCIATE (Any individual, group or institution. No votes at AGM)

a. Associate – $100.00

b. Student – $25.00

c. Retired – $75.00

d. Sustaining – $50.00

e. International – $75.00

Subscriptions are valid for the twelve months following receipt of payment.