Member Q&A - Cory Anderson

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cory andersonThis month we catch up with Cory Anderson, Resource Consents Administrator, Auckland Council.

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

Oh no! My picture's gonna be in the newsletter! 

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

I'm a Resource Consents Administrator at the Auckland Council.  My primary task is to enter applications into the Council's computer systems and ensure they're all in order for when they are sent to the planners. 

We also do 101 other things to ensure the consents process works as smoothly as possible, from arranging meetings between council staff and customers to doing administrative work behind publicly notified consents.

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

I'm not sure I can pick a single "highlight" - but I really enjoy working with my team.  A bright bunch of noisy and humorous people make what might be an otherwise mundane workday quite enjoyable.

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

Our processes are constantly changing as Auckland Council progresses from being an amalgam of eight different local authorities to one big super-Council.  So you have to constantly be aware of the changes and up-to-date with the latest way of doing things.  It can be quite perplexing at times!

What brought you to join the PSA and the PSA Youth network?
I joined the PSA because I think that unions have an important role advocating for workers, both in the workplace and in society more generally.

As for the Youth network, I think I was signed up automatically...but it turns out that it is a really easy way to get more involved in the Union, and also a really great way to learn how unions work.  Joining such a large organisation means it can be difficult to find out what I can do, but through the youth network I was able to get involved really quickly.

Name something you like about the PSA Youth network:

The huge diversity and number of people involved!

What is your vision for youth in the PSA?

We need to be our own advocates - youth should be involved at every level of the union.  I think there's a lot of energy and enthusiasm out there that only needs to be tapped into.

How about when you aren't at work?  What else do you like to do with your time?

I've been a left-leaning activist since my student days, and I'm still very devoted to that.  I also enjoy reading, horror movies, and occasionally cooking.

What are your three favourite foods?

So hard to choose! Lasagne, Christmas pudding and coffee.  Definitely coffee.

What are you reading?

A philosophical tome called "History and Class Consciousness" ... and "World War Z" by Max Brooks

What are your three loves?

Beer, chocolate and television.

What are your three pet peeves?

Technology that doesn't work, disorganisation and people who are late!

What advice would you give your 18year old self?

Learn to drive - I've just passed my restricted licence after more than ten years (!) on my learners!

Anything else you would like to add?

If you're reading this, you're probably already a member of the union... so there's no need to tell you to join!

But if you aren't already, find a way to get more involved - it's a worthwhile activity and we'll all be better for it.  The youth network is a good place to start!