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MASTERS, Talei; WALKER, Helen; SILIPA, Amela 


Talei Masters is a Senior Archivist/Advisor in the Digital Continuity team at Archives New Zealand.
This role involves the provision of support to government agencies in digital records transfer and to
Archives New Zealand in managing digital archives. Talei also serves as Secretary General of the
Pacific Regional Branch of the ICA (PARBICA) and has delivered training in the PARBICA
Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit in Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands.

Talei has an MSc Econ in Archive Administration from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She
worked in local government authorities in the UK as a professional archivist and records manager for 9 years, before moving to New Zealand in 2012.


Helen Walker is Director of the International and Strategic Liaison Section at the National Archives of
Australia. Helen serves as Treasurer of the Pacific Regional Branch of the ICA (PARBICA) and has
delivered training in the PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit in Tonga, Samoa and
Australia. Helen lead the final development of implementation guidelines and training products to
support ICA-Req and was the National Archives of Australia Project Manager for the ICA 2012

Helen has a Graduate Diploma in Archives and Records Management from Monash University and
has been a professional archivist with the National Archives of Australia for 17 years. She was
appointed to the ICA’s Programme Commission (PCOM) in 2012 and currently serves as the Secretariat to the ICA’s Forum of National Archivists.


Amela Silipa is the Director of the National Archives of Western Samoa. She has also served as
President of the Pacific Regional Branch of the ICA (PARBICA) since 2011 and has delivered training in the PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit in the Solomon Islands.


He waka eke noa - A canoe which we are all in with no exception

Brief summary:

PARBICA has developed from a group of interested individuals into a productive body for Pacific
archivists and record keepers. Its officers explain how the branch is structured, supported and
directed. They will lead an interactive exchange with the audience to compare and discuss ideas for
improved governance and operation of ICA branches.


Founded in 1981 PARBICA covers the largest and most diverse geographic region of the ICA. It has
over 90 members, from 20 countries, including government archives, non-government institutions and
associations, and individuals. Many members have limited capacity in terms of staff numbers,
professional skills, storage, communications and power infrastructure, access to basic supplies and
training. Many member countries have a history of foreign administration and governance frameworks
are still developing in some. Practitioners are geographically dispersed even within countries, some
being comprised of islands hundreds of kilometres apart. The climate of the region presents significant
challenges with regard to the preservation of records. So the characteristics of the region combine to
present a wide range of issues for PARBICA.
PARBICA has an active constitution. The Bureau is well supported by member institutions and
responsibility is shared proportionally. Work is directed by a business plan, built on members
resolutions from the General Assembly. The Bureau is currently implementing recommendations that
focus on financial sustainability and modernisation. Despite geographical and economic challenges,
members convene for networking and training at biennial conferences. The branch has successfully
gained aid funding for a number of regional projects, including AUD$1m to develop the award-winning
Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit. As a result of work by the Bureau, member nations are
becoming increasingly self sufficient, securing internal funds, grants and in kind contributions to
develop archival capability in the region (in areas such as training workshops, placements,
preservation and digitisation work).

Scientific contribution:

For the last 10 years PARBICA has had a tradition that its well resourced member institutions support
the foundational functions of the Bureau, such as the Treasury and Secretariat. Member institutions
from Pacific Island countries have traditionally provided leaders and Bureau members. This model
works well for PARBICA and has enabled the branch to achieve a significant amount, but it does
depend on the commitment of the institutions involved. PARBICA’s Bureau would like to stimulate
discussion about branch administration and activity with other branches. This could contribute to an
improved network of branches and the improved performance of ICA, which operates through its


ICA, Pacific, PARBICA, governance, archives