Sector Rūnanga Rep
Kia ora te whānau o Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi,
Ko Panguru te maunga, ko Whakarapa te awa, ko Te Rawawa te iwi, ko Waiariki te hapū, ko Ngatimanawa marae taku turangawaewae, ko Daniel Haines ahau.
I have been an active member of the Public Service Association since I begun work at the Auckland Council in 2016. I'm currently a rūnanga representative, the central co-convenor, and a member of the regional delegate committee. In particular, I am passionate about representing Māori workers and youth workers.
My background is in the student union movement, and as a student, I was the elected president both at the University of Auckland (AUSA) and the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). In both of these roles, I was privileged to advocate and campaign on behalf of students. Unions play a critical role in giving voice to the voiceless.
I believe that unions can work in partnership with employers to create meaningful outcomes for employees. Meaningful relationships require focused work, and employees and employers do not always have to agree, but good advocates can proactively prevent issues before they arise.
Nau te rourou, nāku te rourou,
Ka ora te iwi.