Snippets from some of our PSA networks.
The new Women’s Network Committee met on 13-14 October in Wellington, for the first time since their election in July. There was a bittersweet farewell to Janet Quigley, who has stepped down as convenor to take her new position as PSA president. Janet has been closely involved with the development of the network since it was revitalised in 2011 and will continue to promote the work of the network in her new role.
The Committee have elected Virginia Wilton as convenor. Virginia is a policy analyst with the Ministry of Social Development and long standing committee member. She will be assisted by Chantalle Smith (National Library, Wellington), Nancy McShane (Canterbury DHB, Christchurch) and Shani Wallace (Inland Revenue, Dunedin) in deputy convenor roles. We welcome Virginia to her new role.
This September, PSA youth successfully proposed a rule change at PSA congress. The rule change means the Executive Board will work with PSA Youth to develop a plan that creates youth representative roles on each of our sector committees and on the Board itself.
This is fantastic news for the network as it gives youth members greater opportunity to be represented and the ability to be more actively involved in decision making at these higher levels of governance. This was achieved through the hard work of many PSA Youth members including Caleb Gordon, Candace McCabe, and Rauhina Scott-Fyfe who all spoke in favour of the remit at Congress.
Tapu Tangaroa-Li has been elected to the Council of Trade Unions Komiti Pasifika as one of two youth convenors, following the resignation of the previous CTU Komiti Pasifika youth convenor.
Tapu is a PSA equal pay advocate as well as an active delegate for Pasefika within MSD. The role of youth convenor gives Tapu observer rights at the National Affiliates Council meetings, to help grow her leadership and understanding of the CTU as well as New Zealand politics in general.
The CTU Komiti Pasifika need their voice to be loud, strong and from the grassroots. Issues like climate change, minimum wage, and 90 day trials all impact disproportionately on Pasefika communities. Tapu’s election to the komiti will help drive real action in these areas, supporting movements like the Living Wage campaign.
This year the focus of CTU Komiti Pasifika is driven by the theme of ‘Olaga’ - the Samoan word for ‘Life’. The Komiti want to enable people to tell stories about how these issues are connected and connect to the life of a family.
Brian Palalangi, who works at the NZ Transport Authority, has been re-elected as convenor of the PSA Pasefika network. PSA Pasefika network is working to consolidate their current workplan to provide focus on one or two big ticket items in the coming months.