In Brief

John Ravlich: 30 years and out

John RavlichCongratulations to John Ravlich, who has retired as a PSA delegate after 30 years representing and leading his colleagues at the New Zealand Customs Service in Auckland.

To recognise his hard work over three decades, John was presented with one of the PSA’s Delegate Achievement Awards.

The Delegate Achievement Award is second only in status to Life Membership of the PSA, and recognises “outstanding leadership above and beyond the expected duties.”

Fewer than 15 have been handed out, and John is a worthy recipient.

The presentation was made in a ceremony at Auckland Customs House in February, with PSA vice-president Benedict Ferguson handing over the award, along with words of recognition from John’s manager Brendon Pearce on behalf of Customs.

Following the presentation, PSA members undertook the challenging task of finding a new delegate to replace John – though no 30-year commitment was required of potential nominees.

To find out more about the award, visit

PSA staffer elected to Wellington City Council

Fleur JustinFleur Fitzsimons, who is part of the PSA’s legal team, was elected as a Wellington City Councillor just before Christmas. As one of two councillors for the Southern Ward, Fitzsimons replaces Paul Eagle who was elected to Parliament as the new MP for Rongotai (which includes the Southern Ward) three months earlier.

With an eventual majority of 332 votes, Fitzsimons beat seven other candidates for the seat, and was sworn in early February. She has been given portfolio responsibility for the Living Wage, recreation, city safety (in particular addressing sexual violence), and community facilities.

As well as her work for the PSA for a number of years, Fitzsimons was a leader in 26 For Babies, the campaign for more paid parental leave, and previously she was a president of both local and national-level student unions.

A new home for our digital archive

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Did you know we’ve had a journal since 1914? Did you know you can browse the complete archives of our 103-year history online? Well it’s true!

Our online archive has had a makeover - We’ve moved from Out of Print to A much more robust search, more reliable tools and a much more user-friendly interface are just some of the benefits of the new system.

We’re hoping to add and improve to the archive with time, but for now, enjoy a browse through our history.

Visit and have a look through over a century of our history.

Calling all former typing pool workers!

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Are you a former public service typing pool staffer – or do you know someone who is? The Keystrokes Per Minute project wants to talk to you!

Keystrokes Per Minute is recording the oral histories of people who worked in typing pools from 1945 to the present day. That includes typists, shorthand typists, secretaries and modern-era administrators. These are untold stories, covering the highly skilled work of the typing pool, the changes in technology and the status of their profession.

The project wants to span the decades – so if you’ve got a story to tell, get in touch. Check out the website for more detail:

Competition & winners

competition winnerCongratulations to our book winner, Susanne Markwitz. Susanne wins a copy of Tom Scott's hilarious and heartbreaking memoir, Drawn Out.

Our summer colouring competition was a huge hit again this year. Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter! Our grand prize winner is Anna Eades, age 10, who sent in the most impressive entry. Anna used decoupage to raise up some of the birds and added some excellent looking googly eyes.

Truly above and beyond the average colouring in entry!

Other winners are: Christine Molenaar, Isaac, Josh McMurray, and Amber.

Win an Out@PSA T-shirt!
Send your name, phone number and shirt size to by May 4 to be in to win.