Women's Network

The PSA's women's network aims to promote the interests of women within the PSA, facilitate the sharing of information and experiences and encourage and support women’s participation in PSA representative structures at all levels.

Womens network logo purpleThe Women's Network is a place for women members to share experiences about work and organise around the things that need to change. Over 50,000 women are members of the PSA.

The women’s network has over 5500 members, and growing rapidly. Any woman can be a member of the Women's Network.

Joining the Network

Existing PSA members

If you're already a PSA member, click the 'Join Network' button at the top of this page (you will need your member number and to log in here).

New PSA members

If you're about to join up as a new PSA member, you can sign up for the women's network when you join the PSA by simply checking 'women's network' on the join form. Join the PSA online here.

What's great about the network

Women's network members get invited to network events, such as the biennial national conference and regional events. They also get priority to attend PSA women’s leadership workshops.

Margaret Takoko and Debbie Taylor are the PSA Women's Network organisers. 

Margaret is based in Gisborne and can be contacted at margaret.takoko@psa.org.nz

Debbie is based in Auckland and be contacted at debbie.taylor@psa.org.nz

Debbie attends regular meetings held by the Council of Trade Unions Women's Committee throughout the year.

A new committee was elected for the 2018-20 term. There were a large number of candidates for the committee and the women listed below were successfully elected:

Gail Arthur Sector Rep
Nia Bartley Regional Rep 
Michelle Callinan-Troup Regional Rep 
Tessa Clement Regional Rep 
Rose Cosgrove   Regional Rep 
Caro Fisher  Sector Rep
Donna Husek  Regional Rep 
Jennifer Laulala  Co Convenor 
Kahu Lousiale-Tahaafe  Regional Rep 
Nancy McShane  Co Convenor 
Carolyn Mihaere  Regional Rep 
Maree Nilsen  Regional Rep 
Mari North  Sector Rep 
Erin O'Connell  Regional Rep 
Paula Pereda Perez  Regional Rep 
Janet Quigley PSA President
Razia Rafik Regional Rep
Sally Simpson  Runanga Rep 
Margaret Takoko Organiser
Debbie Taylor Organiser
Jo Taylor Organiser
Donna Wealleans Sector Rep
Alison Arron Organising Administrator

New Horizons Trust - Offers awards to women for second-chance education and training.

History of Equal Pay -  A collection of PSA and personal papers collated and inventoried in 1990 by consultant archivist, Diana Morrow.

Flexible Work - Employment NZ

CTU Women’s Council - Council of Trade Unions

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Victims' Protection Act 2018 Fact Sheet  (PDF Download) - Council of Trade Unions

Why We Have This Family Violence Policy - Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Work and Parenting

Parental Leave - Employment NZ

Flexible Work - Employment NZ

Infant feeding at work - Employment NZ

Pregnancy and your job - Ministry of Health

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment - The Human Rights Commission 


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Social Worker pay equity settlement marks an historic milestone

Reaching the offer of a pay equity settlement for social workers at Oranga Tamariki is an historic milestone that begins to put social work up where it belongs, says the PSA.

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PSA says nationwide "stocktake" would help end workplace sexual harassment

A national "stocktake" of workplace sexual harassment would signal a serious approach to a growing problem in New Zealand, the PSA says.

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Domestic violence legislation shows unions’ power to drive change

World-first legislation to give workplace support to victims of family violence proves unions are driving change for all workers, the PSA says.

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"An ambition to do things differently": Gender Pay Gap Action Plan welcomed

The hundred-year campaign for equal pay may be close to a conclusion with a set of concrete goals being released today, the PSA says.

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