NZLA International Affiliations

International Development in Oceania Committee (IDOC)

The International Development in Oceania Committee (IDOC) is a Standing Committee of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and has a long history of collaboration and cooperation with and between the New Zealand Literacy Association (NZLA) and the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA).

The logo of IDOC depicts a wave motif from both Oceania and New Zealand beside the star motif from an Australian legend of the Southern Cross.

This collaboration has always been in the interest of building capacity and capabilities of key literacy workers in the South Pacific Islands. In more recent times, a focus has also been on how these two ILA affiliates can identify and work on areas of mutual interest and need.

IDOC’s aims are to:

  • facilitate the promotion of ILA membership and council development in the Oceania region
  • identify and/or support professional development projects in the region
  • assist with proposal development for ILA and other grants.

NZLA has representation on IDOC and supports its aims and objectives. The current NZLA representatives are Glenice Andrews, NZLA’s National President and Joy Hawke, NZLA’s     President Elect.

The New Zealand Literacy Association, through council support sponsor two Oceania teachers to attend the annual NZLA National Conference.

Each year NZLA work in partnership with Scholastic New Zealand on the Books for Oceania project. For every book purchased, Scholastic contribute a book of equal value. Scholastic package and freight these books to the chosen Oceania recipient. To date $88,000-00 of books have been donated and distributed to schools in the Oceania region.

NZLA Local Councils who wish to achieve Honour Council status are encouraged to:

  • Provide a regional or international membership to an individual or a school in the Oceania region
  • Supply new high-quality children’s books (fiction or non-fiction) to a school in the Oceania region
  • Assist in funding the attendance of an Oceania teacher to an NZLA conference
  • Support a regional council project within the Oceania region

Oceania Teachers to NZLA Conferences

Year From Names Conference

hosted by:



2006 Fiji Matavuso Kotobalavu Tai Tokerau Bay of Islands
2007 Taranaki New Plymouth
2008 Cook Islands Kathy George, Peo Vano Waikato Hamilton
2009 Otago Queenstown
2010 Maureen Goodwin from Cook Is

(attended as chair of IDOC but living in NZ at the time, not sponsored by NZLA).

IRA World Congress Auckland
2011 Bay of Plenty Rotorua
2012 Cook Islands Vaine Teokoitu and Maara Scheel Hawkes Bay Hastings
2013 IDOC Committee Members Cook Islands (Kath George, Eve Reea)

Fiji (Apolonia Tamata), Niue (Folia Tohovaka) Samoa (Dinah Iusitini)

Auckland Auckland
2014 Tonga Debbie Tiatia

Moli Amituanaimisi

Tauranga Tauranga
2015 Samoa Ana Veikoso

Selevaia Maafu

Wellington Wellington
2016 Fiji Amelia Samo

Adi Mere Cula

Tai Tokerau Bay of Islands
2017 IDOC Committee Members Apolonia Tamata – Fiji

Folia Tohovaka – Niue

Waikato Hamilton