Eco Network

The Eco Network is for members interested in building union activity around climate change and other environmental issues in their workplaces and beyond.

Eco Network icon only2As a member led virtual network, we are here to  help promote ideas, support member led activities, and tap into the expertise of the PSA membership on environmental issues.

We currently have over 1200 network members, and are in the process of establishing an informal network structure including leadership roles – ‘Eco Reps’. 

Network purposes and goals

The purpose of the PSA Eco Network is to build union organisation to improve workplace sustainability, and contribute to global campaigning for environmental justice and action on climate change.

More specific goals are:

1. Promote the shift to more environmentally sustainable workplaces
2. Educate members and the public about the connections between environmental quality, economic health and social justice
3. Show leadership on workplace sustainability 
4. Build union organisation

Your Eco network organiser

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The activities of the network are supported by PSA Organiser, Susannah Bailey.

Susannah: "I’m excited to help grow the Eco Network, connect interested members, and progress shared goals". You can contact Susannah at

We also have a group of non elected leaders called "Eco reps".  To find out more about the role and who your local Eco Rep is check out the Eco Network Structure below.

The PSA’s purpose is to build a union organisation able to influence the industrial, economic, political and social environment in order to advance the interests of PSA members. Those interests include achieving a sustainable future – something all of our members depend on.  We also recognise that poor environmental outcomes are linked to unequal and unsustainable economic outcomes, which are directly linked to poor and unequal social outcomes.

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One of the most serious issues currently impacting our planet is climate change.  Climate change will affect not only our lives, but also our work.  PSA members across the sectors (including those working in health, environmental services, primary industries, town planning, and civil defence) are planning for and will be directly grappling with changes brought on by increasingly severe extreme weather events and changing weather patterns.  All public and community services, and workers, will need to adapt. 

We know that for many of our members, climate change and other environmental issues are deeply felt concerns, and they want to see the PSA and other unions demonstrating leadership. 

For some insights into the relevance of climate change to unions, check out this video from the 2018 Just Transitions Summit:

For more information on Just Transitions, see the Just Transitions tab.

Current state

The PSA Eco Network is currently an informal network with over 1,600 members. 

In 2018 we created an informal structure for the network.  We called for people to step up to unelected Eco Rep roles.  These are network leaders, and we have welcomed anyone who has expressed an interest in the role.  We currently have 19 Eco Reps.

New structure

We are creating a formal structure for the network with the following elected positions:

1)      2x National Convenors (at least one female)

2)      Auckland Regional Convenor

3)      Wellington Regional Convenor

4)      Christchurch Regional Convenor

5)      North Island Regional Convenor (outside Auckland/Wellington)

6)      South Island Regional Convenor (outside Christchurch)

We will also have deputy convenors in each region, to stand in for each convenor as needed.  These will be unelected roles.

In addition, we will continue to have unelected Eco Rep roles, that anyone can volunteer for to participate as a leader in the network.    There will continue to be no cap on Eco Rep numbers. 

Roles and responsibilities

National convenors

  • Represent PSA Eco Network members across the country
  • Help to coordinate and support the regional convenors
  • Build and maintain relationships with other areas of the union eg. the Executive Board, sector committees, Te Rūnanga, and other PSA Networks

Regional convenors

  • Represent PSA Eco Network members in the region (for the North Island and South Island convenors the region is the relevant island outside of the three main centres)
  • Help to coordinate and support the PSA Eco Reps in their region
  • Help to organise PSA Eco Network activities in their region

All convenors (in addition to the above)

  • Attend monthly convenors teleconference and 6 monthly planning day (by VC)
  • Help develop and implement the PSA Eco Network annual plan
  • Contribute to communications to the network including newsletters and social media
  • Provide feedback to the Executive Board and other areas of the union
  • Input on PSA policy and practice
  • Promote participation in the network
  • Lead or participate in working groups on projects of interest

Eco Reps

  • Help to coordinate PSA Eco Network activities in your workplace
    • Promote participation in the network
    • Can participate in Eco Network activities and projects as willing and able
    • Can step up to deputy convenor roles

Network leaders will be supported by the PSA Eco Network Organiser.

Want to become a leader?

We invite you to express your interest in one or more of the convenor roles.  You can do so by emailing with a paragraph or two about yourself and why you are interested in the role.  Please get in touch by Friday 10 July with your expression of interest. 

Please also get in touch if you are interested in becoming an Eco Rep or if you have any questions. 

Election process

The convenor roles are two-year positions elected by the membership of the network.  Voting will take place electronically.  All Eco Network members will be invited to vote for the National Convenors as well as a regional convenor for their region. 

Eco Reps are not elected roles and there is no cap on numbers. 

Rationale for new structure

The rationale for these changes is to:

  • Assist us in building a member-led structure for the network, with members helping to develop and coordinate plans, activities, network leaders and members across the country and in their region.
  • Grow activity of the network including more local events and activities
  • Provide formal leadership opportunities for network members
  • Provide opportunities for members to get involved in the network in different ways
  • Ensure that anyone who wants to step up to a leadership role still can, by still retaining unelected Eco Rep roles
  • Differentiate between leadership roles within the PSA structure (convenors) and leadership roles in workplaces (Eco Reps)
  • Elected group of convenors with clear accountabilities and responsibilities
  • Ensure that the three main membership centres will have representation
  • By creating two national convenor roles, share this work
  • By ensuring that at least one of the two national convenors is female, help to ensure that female members are in leadership roles in our network. 


Current Eco Rep Contact Details:





Paul Cottam

Christchurch City Council


Georgia Mayer

Regional Public Health


Katalina Semisi



Rowan Cant

Oranga Tamariki


Sam Cussen

Ministry of Health


Briar Wyatt

Auckland Council


Brittany Travers



Danny Stevens

Ministry for Pacific Peoples Wellington 

Ursula Rojas-Nazar

Ministry of Education Whanganui

Lee Boyd

Plant and Food Motueka

Francisco Hernandez  

ACC Wellington
Nia Bartley Capital Coast District Health Board Wellington

Kelly Hosking Gisborne District Council Gisborne

Tim Enright Auckland Transport Auckland

The PSA Eco Network is currently an informal network of the PSA, but we are aiming to become a formal network.  Formal networks are included in the PSA rules and have a stronger constitutional role at the PSA.  This includes providing advice to the PSA governance structures, sending representatives from the network to the PSA Congress, and having the ability to submit and vote on remits (rule changes) or resolutions to Congress.   

PSA Congress is a national gathering of delegates and representatives from formal networks that takes place every second year (November this year).  Members attending vote on rule changes and resolutions and elect the PSA President.

To become a formal network, we need to submit a remit to Congress that attendees will vote on.  However unfortunately as an informal network, we don’t have the right to submit remits to Congress.  We have developed a remit to become a formal network, which the Local Government Sector Committee has submitted on our behalf.  Eco Reps and the Eco Network Organiser have been meeting with each of the sector committees and formal networks to request that they support our remit at Congress.  The response has been very positive so far, and we are grateful for the support we have received across the union. We are meeting with the PSA Executive Board this week to discuss our remit and work plan.   

You can view our remit and justification for this here


Just Transition is an ongoing project of coordinated work to help support workers through the transition to a low emissions economy.

PSA is committed to helping achieve the goal of a Just transition, as is the NZ Council of Trade Unions

The CTU’s Just Transitions resources can be found here

In 2019 a Just Transitions Summit was held in New Plymouth representing the unveiling of many new Government-backed and private innovations, meant to assist NZ in achieving our Just Transition goals. 

More information on that summit including presentations and initiatives can be found here







We have set up a facebook group for members to use as a space to collaborate and share ideas.

You can join the group here 



In the following links you can see past ecoNet news and updates.

Archived newsletters:

September 2019

June 2019

April 2019

December 2018

September 2018

April 2018





A collection of resources for the eco Network

Eco Network Poster

Download the Eco reps poster and let everyone in your office know about the Eco Network and who they can contact to find out more

We also have a Eco network pamphlet which can be requested by sending an email to Enquiries subject line Eco Network pamphlet

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The Wellbeing Budget 2019: What's in it from an Eco perspective?



Rank The Banks have put together a useful table for assessing the lending and investments practices and policies of NZ Banks




Eco Network- environmentally friendly tavel tips for easter

With many of us planning trips away for Easter, PSA Eco Network has some tips for reducing your fuel consumption and your impact on the environment (not to mention your wallet) these holidays.

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