January's PSAY Pānui

Welcome to the first pānui of 2019!

What’s in your pānui this month:

Youth Leadership Training (YLT)

Youth Leadership Training has begun for 2019. The training has already been delivered to our Auckland and Dunedin members on 4 th and 7 th of February respectively.  Coming up is YLT for Wellington on 7 th of March and then Christchurch on 21 st of March.

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Dunedin YLT last week

This training is very popular and numbers are limited. We’re seeking expressions of interest in Christchurch, Whangarei and Rotorua right now so make sure you get your expression of interest in to be considered. The training is only open to members who have not already completed PSAY Leadership Training. It’s a great opportunity, so make sure you take it!

Mental Health & Addiction Survey

The release of He Ara Oranga - Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction at the end of 2018 strongly reflected the need for a reset of New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services, and the Government will be formally responding to the Inquiry report next month.

PSA is preparing a response to the recommendations outlined in the Inquiry report. We’re so proud of all your contributions to the Youth Network’s submission, and it would be great for you to have your say on the recommendations now they’re out.

We invite you to give feedback on each of the 40 individual recommendations through the PSA’s survey here While the survey is targeted at PSA members working in mental health and addiction services, we also want to invite PSAY to contribute. So, follow the link, have your say on as few or as many recommendations as you want, and when asked “Do you work in mental health and/or addiction services?” please specify that you are PSAY.


For the extra-enthusiastic, there’s also a Facebook group for ongoing 

discussion. Again, this was targeted at members working in mental health and addiction services, but PSAY are 100% welcome to contribute.


World Youth Day/Week

World youth Day/Week has been and gone! It started on the 22 nd of January and ended on the 27 th The event, which was held in Panama, is all about youth being connected and creating relationships with their peers from around the world.

The next World Youth Day event will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2022. Check out this link for more information.

Stand Up Conference

The biennial Stand Up conference: Power Up 2019 is being held in Muriwai, just out of Auckland, on Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 March. Stand Up  is New Zealand’s youth union movement coordinated through the Council of Trade Unions and its affiliated unions. Stand Up is an exciting way to get involved in campaigns and issues that impact the lives of young working people across different sectors and occupations.

Jacqueline Atkinson, our South Island provincial youth convenor, will be representing the convenor team at this event. Expressions of interest are now closed, and we’ve advised the delegation of our decision. Honestly, this was such a difficult decision – more than 50 people applied for 8 places in the delegation. You are all incredibly cool individuals and we would have taken the whole network if they’d let us!

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Upcoming Events

Wanna taco'bout unions? Calling all union and union adjacent peeps - all are welcome for cheap tacos, beverages and fabulous conversation on the third Tuesday of the month, at Wellington's premier living wage bar! Taco Tuesdays means $2 Tacos all night long

Check out the Facebook event here for more details!



Convenor Q&A – Malavai

What were your initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A?

Hmmm where do I start and what do I share, but overall excited to have the opportunity to share with the PSAY family.

What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?

I am a Resource Assistant for Youth Justice at Oranga Tamariki. Every day is a different day and brings new challenges and blessings.

What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?

When I received a thank you note and phone call from one of our young people. To know that something so little that I had done for them counted as something so huge and important to them is what makes it all the worthwhile to get up every day and do the job I do.

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?

Knowing that when things don’t work how we need it to, not to give up but try and do something different.

What do you enjoy about being part of PSA and PSA Youth and what brought you to join?

PSA has been awesome in the opportunities and support that they have provided me with.

What can I say, if you’re not part of the PSAY you should be!

What is your vision for young members of the PSA?

Young people are our future leaders, we need to have our say today for a better tomorrow.

How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

I love travelling but most importantly I love spending time with my family and church family.

Which three figures from the past or present would you invite to your place for dinner, and why?

My grandparents, Martin Luther King, and Mother Theresa - they have all inspired me and what awesome conversations we would have about what is going on in the world today!

What are your three pet peeves?

  1. Bullies
  2. Mess
  3. Lateness

What cause would get you out on the streets protesting and why?

Anything that would be in support of helping my family, friends or communities.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

When someone tells you, you can’t do something, prove them wrong. Don’t change who you are for others, be true to who you are and remember you may be one person, but you can make a huge difference in someone else’s tomorrow.