PSA Youth - February 2017

The network for members under 35

In this issue:

Shout out to you - 2016 was a fantastic year!

Caleb Gordon

2016 was yet another year that saw PSAY moving from strength to strength. This growth and development comes down to you! Last year, young PSA members saw opportunities and went for them. They showed up and engaged - and that's what solidarity and the union movement is all about.

We had a decent number of people attend our Youth Leadership training days which will continue this year. Congress was a huge success, with solid Youth representation and a remit that will see room for Youth participation ensured in future. We also set up working groups looking at collective bargaining, and held a number of local events up and down the country.

Stand up for Students Future

Erina Stockman

In January, some awesome volunteers met to discuss the on-going sustainability of Stand Up For Students. We spent our time creating goals we will achieve in the next 3 - 5 years and how we can create more leadership opportunities for young passionate unionists. 
For many students, the educational workshops that Stand Up For Students offers is their first introduction to the union movement. As a group we discussed the importance of getting young people involved in paving the future of NZ Employment Law and the union movement. 
To get involved wherever you are email and come join an amazing team of young, passionate volunteers.

Public Services International Oceania Youth Representative – EOIs open!

Susannah Bailey

The New Zealand Public Service Association is a member of Public Service International (PSI) – a global union movement for public sector workers. PSI has youth representatives from across the globe, including two Oceania youth representatives. One of the current representatives (Nick Kelly from the PSA) is standing down, which creates an exciting opportunity for someone new to fill the role. We think that someone should be from the PSA Youth network!

We are calling for EOIs from any PSA member aged 35 and under who is interested and can commit time to this role. 

The main role of the PSI Youth representative is to build the links between PSI and youth union networks in Oceania.  The other current PSI Youth representative is Ashvini Ambihaipahar, from the Electrical Trades Union of Australia.  If a PSA Youth member is selected, you will be expected to represent NZ PSA Youth, and to work with Ashvini to build connections in the Pacific.  You will be expected to keep in touch with the work being done by PSI internationally and feed that back to PSAY, and ensure that PSI are aware of any PSA Youth campaigns they can support. 

PSI do not have a formal youth structure, which makes this somewhat challenging at times.  One of the main goals of the next year is to establish a strong PSI Youth virtual network, and promote with PSI the creation of a formal international youth structure. 

The youth rep is required to attend the annual OSRAC meeting, from 2018 (the 2017 meeting is this week). This is the PSI Oceania sub region’s main meeting each year. Attached to OSRAC there is always a youth forum which the youth reps are in charge of organising.

Other than OSRAC there are various other PSI conferences within the Asia Pacific region that you may be invited to represent Oceania youth members at.  

This is a two year position.  Time requirements may vary but please expect to need to commit approximately one hour per week in addition to the annual conference and any others you may be invited to attend.  You may need to negotiate with your employer time off from work to meet the requirements of the role, and we are happy to assist you with this. 

All PSA Youth members are invited to express your interest, but preference will be given to those who have been active in the PSA Youth network.

To express your interest, please email with a brief description of why you are interested in the role, what you think you can contribute, and your availability.

EOIs close on Friday 24 February.

Got a question?  Please email or phone 0508 367 772 and ask to speak to the current PSI Youth representative Nick Kelly, or PSA Youth Organiser Susannah Bailey.

PSAY member Q+A - Mahesh Khupse200 ConsBI Mahesh Khupse AO 20160406242

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

I was pleased to have an opportunity connect with young members of PSA.

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

I work for Housing New Zealand Corporation in Asset Delivery Group as a Project Manager Redevelopments. I oversee and manage residential construction projects at various sites across Auckland.  Normal day tasks includes site visits to check on progress on site and health and safety. I also spent lot of time on liaising with external and internal stakeholders.

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

I had an opportunity to work on new community focused development in Takanini, where over 600 architecturally designed homes will be built over next few years. Specially in a time of housing shortage in Auckland, being part of solution is really rewarding.

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

Hardest thing is managing time. Prioritization of work and being organised is very important part of the job.

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

PSA Youth is platform to share ideas, knowledge and experience and opportunities for professional development . I think everyone should have an opportunity to realize their full potential.

What is your vision for young members of the PSA?

I believe young members are the future leaders and should be well represented in decision making process. They should have an opportunity to up-skill and gain leadership skills.

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

I love outdoors. Beach, great walks, kayaking. 

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

Injustice. I would be wanting to help out where I can to make it right.

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

Albert Einstein - Knowledge

Indira Gandhi - Leadership

Steve Jobs - Passion, Innovation

 What are your three pet peeves?

Injustice, Ignorance, people who throw others under the bus

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?

I wanted to be an Airline Pilot when I was 16. But ended up becoming an Engineer.  I would say KEEP DREAMING! lol

Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share my thoughts.

 An ambulance at the bottom of the cliff


Cartoon by Sharon Murdoch - published in Sunday Star Times, 12 Feb 2017