Kākahu artist:  Paola Hapeta, photo credit:  Steven Ma Ching.

 

About Me

Ko tainui te waka
Ko Waitakere te maunga
Ko Waitemata te awa
Ko Ngāti Pāoa toku iwi
Ko Te Uri Karaka toku hapu
Ko Wharekawa toku marae
Ko Nikora Anaru ahau

I am originally from Auckland, Aotearoa; and am a member of the Ngāti Pāoa iwi.  A first-generation scholar, I graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a BA in Social Sciences.  From there, I spent three years working in administration and marketing for Auckland City Libraries (Tāmaki Pātaka Korero).

My next big adventure took me to the Pacific Northwest, where I completed my Master of Library & Information Science degree at the University of Washington Information School in June 2017.  My areas of professional interest are Mātauranga Māori, integrating indigenous knowledge within libraries and the LIS curriculum, instructional design, and outreach services.  

After graduation, I moved across the country to the Upper South, and began my first official librarian role as an NCSU Libraries Fellow at North Carolina State University.  There, I am cross-appointed between the Learning Spaces and Services department, and am undertaking a strategic initiative - Expanding the Libraries' Special Collections Outreach & Engagement for Community Impact - for the Special Collections Research Center.

Through working in libraries, I aim to ensure libraries operate as spaces of inclusion and equity.  I attempt to apply principles of social justice and critical pedagogy within my work, and am active in the #critlib community.  I have been honoured to have my potential in libraries recognized as an ALA Spectrum Scholar, an ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellow, and an ARL Diversity Scholar.  In actively advocating for equity and inclusion, I aim to dismantle barriers to retention, staff wellness, and indigenous autonomy which are pervasive in our profession.

I balance my professional life with literary and artistic pursuits, including creative non-fiction, music journalism, and collage. My work has been published in print and online, and been presented in a number of solo and group art shows. I have given my time to a number of organizations promoting human rights, animal welfare, and environmentalism; and place great value in being of service.