LIANZA President Corin Haines has promoted sector conversations and discussions, regardless of topic, in the Polynesian spirit of ‘talanoa’ which resonates with the in-house practice NZMS works on to create potential conditions for communication based on a terrain of mutuality – and I promise it beats antagonism, bias or disrespect based on status, predisposition or representation hands down… I offer this paper in the spirit of promoting constructive dialogue around a topic of significant cultural heritage importance.
Ask a customer-facing librarian working in a public library around the country about one of their most accessed local history resources and they will tell you their community & regional newspapers feature right up there. So it is deeply ironic to me that these are not identified more strongly as a critical resource for us to preserve for future generations:
“I want to discuss the preservation of your local history with you, especially your community newspapers. I want you to help me voice a call to arms to develop a published strategy for a (distributed) National Newspaper Collection – to collaborate and contribute to a New Zealand NewsPlan…”