A voice for Māori members

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Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina

Māori members play an important part in the life of the PSA, the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi.


The PSA is committed to honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi across the public sector and inside the union. Our structures ensure a Māori perspective can be heard at all levels of our organisation.

All members who identify as Māori are part of Te Rūnanga o ngā Toa Āwhina. Māori identity can be registered on the membership form or by notifying the PSA.

Te Rūnanga o ngā Toa Āwhina represents and promotes the interests of Māori members. It provides a network to ensure Māori have a voice in the PSA, from the workplace to the union’s top decision-making bodies.

The national committee of Te Rūnanga o ngā Toa Āwhina is represented on the executive board.

At work

We want workplaces that reflect the Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles of partnership and good faith and place people at the centre.

We want inclusive workplaces with a culture of respect for diversity, with recognition of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori skills so Māori workers can fully contribute and be respected for their contribution.

It is important that Māori workers are supported through leave and flexible working arrangements so they can participate in important occasions, such as In inclusive workplaces, everyone is treated with respect and treats others with integrity, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga.

hura kōhatu.

Work must also recognise that people may have wider responsibilities to their whānau, hapū or iwi.

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