PSAY Leaders Hui – “Best hui ever!”

Reflections from PSA Youth organiser Susannah Bailey

I’m super excited to report back on the PSAY Leaders Hui. The PSA Youth network have had some pretty awesome events over the years, but this year’s hui was a definite highlight for me. We had such a fabulous group of members, there was amazing energy in the room, really robust debates and discussions, loads of members stepping up to formal and informal leadership roles, and real action coming out of the event.

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It’ll take some months to report on the many things that came out of hui. We’ve included some longer reports below, but briefly, some highlights from the hui include:

  • 13 participant-led workshops (sessions run by members on topics of their choosing)
  • Robust debate around the establishment of PSA Youth rules, including the creation of a new PSAY structure
  • Strongly contested PSAY convenor elections (18 EOIs for 7 roles) and the election of a new team of fabulous PSAY convenors
  • Members presenting to MPs on the future of work (the MPs sat in the audience and asked questions of us!) – (more in the next newsletter)
  • Opportunity to engage with sector convenors, PSA national secretary and PSA president
  • Lots of opportunities for networking, building regional and interest-based connections and planning next steps
  • Loads of post-hui commitments including the creation of a number of post-hui working groups and a wider PSAY committee, and participants sharing learnings in their workplaces and elsewhere (more in the next newsletter)
  • Members rocking the coolest ever PSAY t-shirts, as well as some pretty amazing fancy dress costumes on the first evening!
  • A stunning venue with loads of space to enjoy each other’s company

hui 3But don’t take my word for it. Here are a few thoughts from participants:

“Best hui ever!!”

“Excellent! Great to see so many members stepping up and really shaping the network!”

“Really awesome and inspiring and a good way to connect outside my own sector.”

“I feel so more confident and empowered to be involved in the PSA.”

“The hui was such an amazing opportunity, I feel so privileged to be here and I will advocate and encourage others to be involved and I would love to be further involved in the future.”

“I feel so much more connected to other youth in New Zealand facing similar issues in similar workplaces. As a newly elected convenor, I now feel empowered to tackle some of these issues in my region while developing new skills.”

hui 4You can check out some of the many pics from hui on the PSAY Facebook page.

The PSAY Leaders Hui was for PSAY members who have been actively involved in PSA Youth. We know there were many members who would like to have attended who couldn’t. We will be doing what we can to share presentations, learnings and discussions from hui over the coming months. And we’ll be planning and sharing how you can get more involved in PSAY in the coming months. Maybe next time we’ll be able to get you along to hui too.