Auckland PSAY Convenor By-elections


Profiles of the people standing for PSAY Auckland Convenor

Justine SachsName: Justine Sachs

Workplace: University of Auckland

Location: Auckland 

Why are you standing to become a PSAY convenor, and what interests you most about the role?

I’m passionate about the trade union movement and union democracy. I’m a former delegate at NZNO and attended the PSA Youth leadership training earlier in June. Both these experiences galvanised me and made me realise how much I want to be involved and work within my union in a leadership capacity. I think I have both the skills and the conviction.

What has been your previous involvement with the PSA Youth network?

I attended the Youth Leadership Training in June. Otherwise I’m quite new to the PSA, I was however, heavily involved in my previous union NZNO. I was a delegate and on the bargaining team during our collective agreement negotiations.

How have you been involved in other aspects of the PSA?

As I mentioned I am relatively new but I attended the rallies in support of striking IRD members. I also regularly attend union Auckland meetings.

What do you think you would bring to the role if elected as a convenor?

I believe I would bring passion, determination, union values and a vision.

I want to work to help grow union membership in my workplace and beyond.

What would be your top priorities in the role?

Developing PSA Youth’s annual plan that focuses on growing the network and outreach.

Ensuring I give input on PSA policy and practice

Promoting the network and exploring new avenues to educate, agitate and organise.

How would you encourage member participation?

A multi-faceted approach is needed:

  • Ensuring events are promoted through traditional and social media channels
  • Making sure there are regular ways for members and delegates to connect and communicate
  • Making events accessible and exciting!
  • Knowing your stuff and being able to communicate/agitate in an effective manner

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Name: Brittany Louise Travers

Workplace: Immigration NZ - Auckland Airport

Location: Auckland

Why are you standing to become a PSAY convenor, and what interests you most about the role?

Over the years, the PSA has been a fantastic pillar of support as I have navigated my initial years in the public sector. I want to give back to the PSAY family and grow membership in Auckland, where it is sorely needed. I am excited about building connections with the PSAY network across New Zealand.

What has been your previous involvement with the PSA Youth network?

I have been an active participant at PSAY Huis. I co-led a collective bargaining workshop at the 2017 PSAY Hui, and led workshops on social media for engagement and the political rights of public servants at the 2015 Hui. In Wellington, I delivered presentations to High School students about workers' rights through Stand Up for Students. (CTU Stand Up Network).

How have you been involved in other aspects of the PSA?

I have been a delegate at MBIE, Auckland Airport, for the past two years. I have gained experience in collective bargaining and organised the strike action for MBIE staff at the Border this year.

I was a delegate at the Tertiary Education Commission from 2015-2016 and gained experience supporting members with a range of employment matters. 

What do you think you would bring to the role if elected as a convener?

I will bring enthusiasm, dedication and creative ideas to the role. I want to be a pillar of support to other PSAY members. I want to support more female members to grow as leaders and get involved in PSAY.

What would be your top priorities in the role?

Organise events to boost engagement within PSAY in Auckland (dinners, panel discussions, guest speaker events). Encourage Auckland members to deliver Stand Up for students workshops.

  • Strengthen connections between PSAY in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand, for example by writing a blog for PSAY Auckland members about PSAY activities in Auckland and across NZ.
  • Encouraging young members to get involved as delegates in their workplace, in collective bargaining, and at the executive level of the PSA

How would you encourage member participation?

I would organise a variety of events to grow solidarity and a sense of camaraderie amongst the Auckland PSAY members. I would like to organise a panel discussion about issues facing young workers, another Auckland PSAY dinner, and an event at the PSA with a guest speaker to inspire our members. I would set up a Facebook event or email members directly to encourage participation.

Tatiana DanielsName: Tatiana Daniels

Workplace: Ministry of Justice

Location: Auckland District Court

Why are you standing to become a PSAY convenor, and what interests you most about the role?

I’m standing up to become a PSAY convenor because I think ti is a good opportunity to advocate and empower youth working in the public service sector. I would like to be part of the conversation on how we move forward and improve the experiences of young people in public service. In my workplace we have high turnover of younger staff and I’d like to be a part of moving toward a change.

What has been your previous involvement with the PSA Youth network?

I have have no previous involvement. Unfortunately when I have had the opportunity to attend PSAY events I have been unavailable.

How have have you been involved in other aspects of the PSA?

I am currently lead site delegate for Auckland District Court. I have attended many regional delegates meetings, and have been privileged to attend the National Delegates conference once as a proxy. I was also lucky to be able to march with Out@PSA at the Pride Parade in Auckland earlier this year.

What do you think you would bring to the role if elected as a convenor?

I think I would bring a fair, balanced outlook from my experience as a lead site delegate, as well as perspective from my experience as a young, queer, maori woman in public service. I also think I would bring a lot of passion for equality, empathy and enthusiasm towards the youth network and the PSA as a whole.

What would be your top priorities in the role?

My top priorities would be retention of youth working within public service, encouraging connection and camaraderie between youth in public service, and ongoing engagement (and therefore empowerment) of young people.

How would you encourage member participation?

I would encourage member participation through advocating and providing safe spaces, consistent updates and communications, and helping to grow a strong presence in public service workplaces.