Network briefs

Social Workers Action Network (SWAN) logoSocial Workers Action Network (SWAN)

This year SWAN is all about education. Workshops have begun, with three scheduled around the country. The programme will develop the skills of our social work members, supporting new activists who will lead SWAN in their regions.

SWAN is working with universities and polytechnics along with the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers and the Social Workers Registration Board to speak to social work students. SWAN works closely with these bodies, collaborating on ways to support social workers, both new and experienced.

SWAN has grown a lot as a network in the last year, and is growing all the time. If you’re a social worker and want to get involved, email or join online at


This time of year is always great fun. The PSA had a float in Auckland’s Pride Parade, with the theme of equal pay. The float was a huge success and received massive cheers and shouts of support from the 200,000 strong audience on the parade route.

We would like to say a big thanks to staff and members who made it come together so well:  Merv Ransom (Out@PSA committee member and float organiser), Debbie Taylor (marcher), Yvonne Bohn (photographer), Gene Saunders (truck driver and float organiser), Becca Davey (PSA banner holder), the PSA Comms Team, Jo Taylor (Dolly Parton), Dianne Boss (Annie Lennox), Ria Walker (Cher), Amy Lautogo (Donna Summers), Drew (Aretha Franklin), and other PSA members and equal pay supporters.

Find out more about Out@PSA and get involved on our website:

Women’s Network

The Women’s Network has a strong presence in the Gender Equity Group, which was established to give recommendations to implement the rule passed at the 2014 PSA Congress relating to gender equity in PSA governance bodies.

Recently the PSA Board agreed to some of the recommendations: that sectors and Te Rūnanga should elect co-conveners (at least one of whom must be a woman); that sector procedures need to ensure delegations to PSA Congress have gender proportion consistent with the sector; that election processes need to be amended to give effect to the gender equity rule; and that any procedures contradicting the rule needs to be removed.

The Board has asked the Gender Equity Group to produce guidance on how the gender equity rule can be applied to delegate and national delegate tiers. The PSA Secretariat will also meet with sector committees to give guidance on the election processes and other practical advice for implementing gender equity.

PSA Youth logoPSA Youth

PSA Youth Leadership training will be taking place in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin from March – May this year. Participants will consider leadership styles and skills, learn about leadership opportunities in the union, and develop an individual leadership plan.

The leadership training is always very popular. This year we are trying something a little different, and will be holding a follow up day for training participants a few months after the first day of training. This will provide an opportunity to check in on each other’s plans, build on connections made at the first day, and put some plans into action.

Keep an eye out for an invite to express your interest in attending one of these days (travel costs to the nearest training will be met by the PSA).