Member Q&A - William Wong
Each month we talk to a PSA Youth member and find out about their work and passions.
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This month we profile William Wong, a Parking Officer for Auckland Transport.
What were you initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A?
Didn't really mind. You caught me on my way home on a Friday after work, so you can imagine I probably would have agreed to anything.
What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?
I'm a Parking Enforcement Officer for Auckland Transport, based In South Auckland. On a Normal day I would be stationed in an area, where we would help control traffic and deal face-to-face with the public. Also enforcing any safety or obstruction offences.
What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?
Helping a elderly lady in Howick who had lost her way. I personally escorted her to her destination and made sure she would be fine from there. It may have only been a little thing that anybody would have done, but hopefully any small acts like that help the public image of a parking warden.
What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?
Dealing with members of the public who you've probably caught on a bad day. I guess the unknown - that one day you may run into someone that tries to hurt you or a colleague.
Do you have a message for people who hate on parking officers?
Stop telling me to get a real job when you're standing outside WINZ.
What bought you to join the PSA and the PSA Youth network?
I have always been in a union since joining the workforce. I joined PSA Youth as it was a good opportunity to get off the road and broaden my network.
Name some things you like about the PSA Youth network
There is a wide range of experience when we are all in a room, and the feeling that ideas and leaders that will take us into the future could come from this group.
What is your vision for youth in the PSA?
We are the foundation of the strength in the union as we will be the union now and into the future.
How about when you aren't at work? What else do you like to do with your time?
I'm involved at Campbell Park Tennis Club, where I play interclub. I'm also a bit of a gamer. I play multi-player games o the PC and XBOX.
What are your three favorite foods?
Anything that is eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
What are your three loves?
Tennis. Family. Friends.
What are your pet peeves?
People who believe that everything has to be done their way, because it's the only way....and Cats.
What advice would you give your 18year old self?
Cut down on the bakery on the way to work, it packs on real fast.
Anything else you would like to add?
Yea, I urge everyone to try to get as involved as they can with PSA, there are great opportunities out there in front of you, you just have to grab them.