PSAY December Newsletter

The December update for PSAY - Check out our plans for 2018, Sector committee news and our usual Q&A.

Christmas message

By Andrei Gilbert

Merry Christmas from the PSAYouth team! 2017 has been a busy year for everyone. Our network held our biennial Hui as well as leadership training and numerous other events hosted in our regions – particularly around the general election. Not only did we have youth-focused activities, we were a big part of the wider PSA Stand Together campaign and our members were represented at the CTU Women’s network and biennial conferences. It’s great to see the network growing like this, and that our influence is increasing as we grow. Youth issues are union issues, and we are a major part of making sure these are heard.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, stay safe on the road and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

2018 PSA Youth plans
By Lauren Hourigan

We’re excited about what’s ahead for PSAY in 2018. We’re bringing back more of our popular Youth Leadership Training starting early in the year. We’re also set to pilot some new training opportunities mid-year.

Our full network Huis are every second year, so 2018 we will have more of a focus on regional gatherings to build our active local groups. If you have an idea for something you’d like to see in your region contact your convenor using the details in the sidebar.

In 2018 we have PSA Congress and the CTU Stand Up conference, so we won’t be short of places to make ourselves heard! We will have delegations to both of these awesome events, so keep an eye out for the opportunity to attend. If you are interested in proposing policy remits, particularly for PSA Congress, let us know!

At 2016 Congress we got approval to trial youth sector committee representatives, which we selected at our Hui this year. By having youth positions on sector committees, we give young people within our union a chance to take on leadership roles at the top of our organisation. These help to guide strategy and make sure that the issues that impact young people are being considered at every level of our union. At 2018 Congress we are submitting a remit for a formal rule change to make these positions permanent. 

We are keen to hear your other ideas as to how the PSA can better support our young members.

There is lots of work going on behind the scenes at the moment, establishing the Network’s policy priorities following our Hui, designing new training courses, creating resources for our priority areas including student membership recruitment, and planning for a really exciting 2018. We are looking forward to seeing and hearing from you after an energising summer break.

Sector Committee News
By Andrei Gilbert

In early November I attended the Public Service sector committee for the first time as an observer. As I could only be there for one day I was impressed by the way sector committees were so open to having youth observers and I look forward to the next meeting in the New Year.

Megan Barry, observer for the District Health Board sector committee said that all members of the DHB Sector were very welcoming and excited to have youth members participate as observers. Megan also found the first meeting to be about understanding the processes and from the second meeting she feels that she will be better able to put forward the views of the youth members. 

This is an exciting opportunity and it has a created a unique space where youth voices can be heard all the way up to sector committees.

Our Network observers are:

  • Community Public Sector Committee: Johnathan Whye
  • District Health Board Sector Committee: Megan Barry
  • Executive Board: Jonny Murnane
  • Local Government Sector Committee: Charlotte Knight 
  • Public Service Sector Committee: Andrei Gilbert
  • State Sector Committee: Mahesh Khupse

PSAYouth Member Q & A – Jalan Farris – Department of Internal Affairs

Jalan Farris

What were you initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A? My initial thought was ‘Man, Andrei better get me one of those flash PSAYouth drink bottle’s for doing this’+. 

What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work? I’m a Senior Customer Services Officer at the Logistical Support Centre for the Customer Services business unit within the Department of Internal Affairs and I’m involved with the initial step in which New Zealanders apply for various identity products and services.

What was a highlight at work for you in the past month? Last month we had a ‘Battle of the Islands’ competition within my office. Every team had to decorate their area according to a pacific island chosen for them. It was a great way to learn more about the pacific islands and a great initiative by our Te Ara Vaka team who champion Pacific Culture and its values around the workplace.

How do you like to spend your time outside of work? I enjoy playing sports, trying new foods and travelling. 

What are your three pet peeves? People not pulling their weight in a work environment; dirty dishes being left without washing them; and that thing people do when they know you but won’t say hi and walk past like you don’t exist

What advice would you give your 16 year old self? If you have a chance to do something new, do it.

+Jalan did receive his PSAY drink bottle.

Ōtaki Summer Camp

Ōtaki Summer Camp is for young people who care about political issues and ideas. It is a chance to hear and discuss interesting ideas, meet and get to know others who care, and explore local mountains, forests and rivers with experienced guides.

This three-day summer camp is open to anyone aged 17 – 30 years old (though if you are a bit outside this age range and would like to come, you are welcome to get in touch with us). 19 - 22 January 2018.

Some assume young people in New Zealand don’t care about politics, yet many youth care deeply about the issues affecting Aotearoa and the world. It is more correct to say young people have felt ignored and left out of politics.

The camp will be welcoming, fun, and safe. We have kept the price as low as possible and will provide transport from Wellington. All we ask is that people arrive in time for the Friday night festivities, treat other attendees with respect, and follow our code of conduct.

For more info please go here.

Final Note

The Streets-Free Summer has ended! Streets backed down and factory workers voted to end the boycott after signing an in-principle agreement last month. We can enjoy streets ice creams over this scorcher of a summer!

Streets factory workers say thank you to supporters

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