PARBICA 14 In Samoa



The Pacific Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA) held its 14th Biennial Conference  from 20 – 27th August at the Orator Hotel in Apia, Western Samoa. The Conference which was attended by most archives, records and library professionals from the region was very successful. Being registered as one of the largest Conference organised so far, it was attend by over a hundred (100) participants from countries such as Cook Islands, Australia, Hawaii, New Caledonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Fiji, Palau, Niue, Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu and government officials from Samoa.

The week long program was organised to cater for two workshop streams that were held in parallel sessions during the first two days. There were also presentations on country reports from the various PARBICA member country, state and territory representative on the major achievements and challenges since the last PARBICA conference in 2009.

Also organised for the last two days were presentations of various projects and developments from around the region on recordkeeping strategies implemented and challenges faced.

The Conference program also included a cultural tour to the village of Amaile in the province of Aleipata on the eastern point of Upolu Island where the participants were hosted to some significant cultural traditions such as the welcoming kava ceremony, dances, feasts and visits to the historical sites of the village.

Fiji was represented by staff of the National Archives of Fiji, Reserve Bank of Fiji, Pacific Islands Forum and the Sisters of Nazareth.

The National Archives of Fiji was represented by the Director, Mr Misiwaini Qereqeretabua and Librarian, Ms Salesia.N.Ikaniwai.

The duo was invited to make two presentations during the conference. These were on implementing recordkeeping strategies specifically on Fiji’s experience and challenges when developing and implementing the National Records Management Policy. And on the setting up of the National Memory of the World (MOW) Committee and the recent successes of the National Archives of Fiji’s nomination to the MOW regional and international register.

The Biennial Conference concluded with the PARBICA Business Meeting which was held on Saturday 27th August. The election of the new office bearers of the Bureau was one of the highlights of the meeting.  It was also an opportunity to discuss and finalise the resolutions and matters presented during the week which will be the focus of the newly elected Bureau for the next two years.

The new PARBICA Bureau members are as follows:

President: Ms Amela Silipa (Samoa)

Vice President:  Ms Dianne Macaskill (New Zealand)

Secretary General: Ms Anna Gulbransen (New Zealand)

Treasurer: Ms Helen Walker (Australia)

Editor: Ms Karin Brennan (Australia)


Ms Julian Chonigolo (Solomon Islands)

Ms Naomi Ngirakamerang (Palau)

Mr Misiwaini Qereqeretabua (Fiji)

The next PARBICA Conference (PARBICA 15) will be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands in 2013.


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