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.

A big thanks to everyone who stood as a candidate for the Women's Network Committee Regional Representative positions, and to those who voted.

Congratulations to the successful candidates who have been elected: 

Auckland/Northland - Michelle Troup and Jennifer Laulala
Central North Island - Tina Corrigan
Lower North Island - Nia Bartley
Christchurch - Jessi Abrams
Rest of South Island - Ingrid Dugand

We encourage anyone interested in the network to make the most of local leadership opportunities coming up as regional hubs get underway with events, activities and gatherings.

Margaret Takoko is the PSA Women's Network organiser. 

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

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

Suffrage Day 2020

Click here to see the newsletter from the Ministry of Women's Deb Malcolm about Suffrage Day 2020

Other Resources

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 


SUBJECT: Suffrage Day – 19 September 2020

Kia ora koutou,

127 years ago history was made when Aotearoa New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. To celebrate Suffrage Day (19 Septmeber) this year we’ve partnered up with the National Library of New Zealand and the Government Women’s Network to highlight the work of three suffragists who were instrumental in securing the vote for women. From 18 September to 10 October 2020 a free Suffragist display featuring Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, Kate Sheppard and Mary Ann Müller will be in the foyer at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington.

We also recognise that many of this year’s celebrations will be online. We have attached a list of resources to help you celebrate Suffrage Day and to share with your audiences:

·         Explore National Library’s He Tohu site for details around New Zealand’s suffrage history and  resources for schools and community groups.

·         Read about Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, Kate Sheppard, Mary Anne Müller and other suffragists on Te Ara, the encyclopedia of New Zealand.

·         Search the 1893 suffrage petition database on NZ History to see if your ancestors signed the petition.

·         Read He Tohu Rangatira – Māori women and the 1893 suffrage petition from Archives New Zealand to learn about the wāhine Maori who signed the petition.

·         Download the free ebook, New Zealand Women and the Vote, from Manatū Taonga Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

·         Find out about women’s activismin New Zealand throughout history from NZ History.

·         Write a biography on one of the women who signed the petition. Archives New Zealand has advice for researching and writing a biography on one of the signatories so we can learn more the individual women who came together to make history.

Attached you’ll find a Suffrage Day symbol that you can share across your social media channels in celebration.

The Ministry for Women’s website also has further facts and figures on women in New Zealand. Please let us know if you need further information.

We wish you a wonderful celebration of this milestone in New Zealand’s history.

Ngā mihi


Deb Malcolm


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