PSAY May newsletter

Welcome to the May PSA Youth Newsletter!

In this issue:

NZCTU Women’s Conference – do you want to attend?

The NZCTU Te Kauae Kaimahi Biennial Women’s Conference is this year and PSAY will be sending two representatives as part of the PSA’s delegation. You don’t need to be based in Wellington to attend, all transport, accommodation (where needed) and meal costs will be met by the PSA.

The details are:

Wellington Convention Centre, 111 Wakefield St, Central Wellington, 14-15 July 2017

The theme is Mana Wahine and while the programme is still being finalised there will be 3 keynotes, 10 workshops, a political panel and the presentation of awards to Union Women. Mana Wahine (Powerful Woman) is about the need to actively honour, celebrate the contributions, and affirm the mana of women.

If you are an active PSA Youth member and are interested in attending the women’s conference, please email with a brief explanation of why you’d like to attend.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 May.  After the conference PSAY attendees will be asked to give the convenor team an update and write a piece for this newsletter.

PSA Youth members can also apply to attend through the women’s network. You can join the women's network online by visiting the women’s network page and clicking ‘join network’ when you are logged into MyPSA.

Ministry of Health draft Suicide Prevention Strategy

The Ministry of Health has recently released a draft Suicide Prevention Strategy The document doesn’t have a specific youth focus but we know this is an issue many of our members have personal experience with and strong views about.

The PSA will be putting forward a submission and would like to include PSAY members views. We also encourage you to write a personal submission if this is something you are passionate about. If you would like support to do this or to contribute to the PSA submission please contact Ofeina Manuel-Barbarich

Youth Leadership Training 2017

Recently a call for participants in Youth Leadership Training days was sent and as usual we have had a tremendous response, thanks to everyone who sent in an EOI! The successful participants have all been notified now.

The details of the sessions are below, these are an important step in the lead up to our biennial Hui later this year so keep an eye out for opportunities to get involved in your region!

  • South Auckland (including Hamilton members) – Wednesday 7 June
  • Auckland (Central) – Friday 9 June
  • Wellington – Tuesday 13 June
  • Christchurch (including Dunedin) – Thursday 15 June

PSAY Wellington karaoke

We were treated to the lyrical styling’ of some of our PSAY Wellington members earlier this month, at a multi-purpose gathering covering political neutrality in an election year, karaoke, and meeting the PSAY convenor team over drinks. It was great to meet some new people and see some familiar faces. Keep your eyes out for more PSAY get-togethers and Youth Leadership Training sessions around the country, and our biennial Hui later this year!

Congratulations to Marika winning a sweet PSAY keep cup for her Local Hero sign and photo


Member Q&A - Avi Singh - Electricity Authority

This month we’re chatting with Avi Singh, a PSAY member working at the Electricity Authority in the State Sector.

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

That I would have nothing to say!

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

I’m the Administrator Market Design at the Electricity Authority. My main function is managing the Authority’s advisory groups - these are made up of industry and consumer representatives who aim to provide consensus recommendations on various policy options. Managing these groups means I do a wide variety of tasks on any given day, ranging from preparing and reviewing policy papers to meeting with the chair/members/external stakeholders to writing up meeting agendas and minutes.

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

Winning an award for upholding our workplace values – it came with a $150 voucher for dinner!

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

We have a sizeable work programme and achieving the major milestones often involves tight deadlines. Prioritising between deadlines for various different projects and other urgent matters which crop up outside of our work programme is the biggest day-to-day challenge everyone in my team faces to get things done.

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

I enjoy the regular catch-ups at PSA House about topics du jour. I joined because we often take out various types of insurance while neglecting the need for workplace insurance, which is just as important if not more.

What is your vision for young members of the PSA?

To lead a shift away from nasty, divisive partisan hackery to a more genuine, forgiving and respectful, issues-based political discourse – “to err is human, to forgive divine” (Alexander Pope).

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

Following loads of sport from cricket to tennis to football to rugby, reading the ‘fake’ and ‘failing’ news media as well as books (currently A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand by Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler) and watching films (I recently saw Denial, about a libel trial involving the infamous Holocaust denier David Irving – very useful in this era of alternative facts).

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

Where any government of the day restricted core civil liberties such as freedom of expression and the right to vote on a widespread scale, and without reasonable justification.

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

Martin Crowe – one of New Zealand’s greatest cricketers, whose stylish batsmanship I tried very hard (but failed) to emulate
Peter O’Toole – my favourite actor would make the night a very jolly one

Donald Trump – to find out why ‘the ratings machine DJT’ is the way he is!

What are your three pet peeves?

  1. Referring to all workplaces as ‘companies’ – these are a specific type of legal entity usually set up to make a profit. Organisation is a far better generic term which covers everything from NGOs to community non-profits to state sector entities.

  2. The outdated 400+ year-old charity laws in New Zealand which allow lobby groups and religious organisations to claim charitable status at the expense of community arts centres and sports clubs with a genuinely charitable purpose

  3. The New Zealand media’s need for external validation –New Zealand has loads of great things to be proud of in their own right (scenery, film, television, music, art etc.) and we don’t need others telling us it’s good before we start thinking it’s good.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?

Do the hard work, back yourself to succeed and always strive to maintain high standards.



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The budget pies by Toby Morris, a part of RadioNZ's budget coverage