PSAY News August

Welcome to the PSAY August Newsletter!

Celebrating a successful hui and an exciting new team! 

In this issue:

PSAY Hui 2017: Sure to Rise – how it went

PSAY’s biennial hui in balmy (or barmy) Palmy from 10 - 12 August was pretty fabulous by all accounts. 

We were lucky enough to have guest speakers across the hui. The CTU’s Sam Huggard, Green Party candidate Chlöe Swarbrick, PSA general secretary Erin Polaczuk, social justice activist and PSA member Josie Butler, and All Souls Colleague Examination Fellow and author of the recently released book The New Zealand Project, Max Harris all delivered inspiring speeches about politics, activism, leadership and a future for New Zealand.

There were also plenty of conversations, both in the programme and outside of it, about the future of our union, our workplaces and our community. As well as discussing strategic priorities for the Network over the next two years and making plans in our regions we elected a whole convenor new team to implement these. Check out some of their comments on the Hui and introductions below. And keep an eye out for heaps more exciting news to come from.

With a goal of encouraging active and engaged members and delegates, Day two of the hui featured participant led-workshops, where PSAY members stepped-up and ran workshops themselves. Topics including women in the workplace, equal pay and self care were very well received.

But the hui wasn’t all work: Cake decorating and practicing the Treat Her Right equal pay dance got people moving in their free time and we managed to squeeze in some traditional PSAY Karaoke. This down -time was important and meant there was plenty of opportunity for people to get to know each other, establishing connections across sectors and forming friendships. We put the dance into action on Saturday, check out the video under recent events below.

PSAY Convenor Team – Introducing….

 convenor team


Megan Barry – National Co-convenor (based in Auckland)

“It was great to see so many young active PSAY members facilitating workshops and teaching others the skills they have developed. I love meeting new people on day 1 and seeing them come out of their shell as the weekend goes on.“

My name is Megan Barry I’m 26 years old and I currently work in Acute Mental Health Services as a registered nurse. I have a passion for helping others. I have played football since I was four and have been able to travel to countries around the world with football. I’m looking forward to my new role with PSAY and can’t wait to get more youth active in the PSA and help to develop more young leaders.



Daniel Freeman-McGrath – National Co-convenor (based in Whangarei)

I attended the PSA Youth Hui in 2015 and this year, and they have both been amazing opportunities to meet, learn from and build long lasting networks and friendships with likeminded people from across the country.

Kia ora tatou, my name is Daniel Freeman-McGrath, and I am a social worker for Oranga Tamariki in Whangarei. I have been a member of the PSA for four years, and I joined the PSA to be a part of a collective working together for better and safer working conditions. I joined PSA Youth, because I wanted to be more involved in the PSA and I thought the Youth network would be a great way to get more involved (Which it has been!). My vision for young members of the PSA is for them to be more involved in the PSA and their workplaces, and for them to be supported to further develop their strengths.



Mahesh Khupse – Auckland Convenor

Hi, I am Mahesh. I am currently working with Housing New Zealand as a Project Manager in the Asset Development Group. I am your new regional convenor for the Auckland Region. My motivation for standing up for this role was to make our network stronger and more active. I am really looking forward to working with you all.


Liam Russell – North Island Provincial Convenor (based in Hamilton)

“After the PSAY Hui I feel inspired to take an active role in influencing the environment in which we work for the better. I was amazed by the passion everybody in the room shared for what they do; we are all just here trying to help each other out with the resources we have available.“

Hi my names Liam Russell and I’m an Investigator with Inland Revenue. I am your new North Island Provincial Convenor for the Youth Network and couldn’t be more excited. I have had involvement with PSA prior to taking up this role; being a Delegate and current site convenor for IRD Hamilton.

I look forward to being able to meet more of the youth members in the region and hear your thoughts on what we should be doing. If you have any ideas for a potential event in your region or would like to share your thoughts on where we should be going, get in contact!



Andrei Gilbert – Wellington Convenor

“Hui was an amazing time with likeminded people that care and want to be involved with PSAYouth. It was a great time to set goals on what we want to achieve and what our vision is. I look forward to the next 2 years.”

Hi my name is Andrei Gilbert. I work at department of internal affairs. I am pleased to be PSAYouth convenor for Wellington because I believe that youth are important and people should get a say on all maters. I also believe that there is massive positives with equal pay tegarding to gender and age and want to advocate and fights the battle to close the gap. 



Jacqueline Atkinson – South Island Provincial Convenor (based in Dunedin)

“Really awesome to be in such an inspiring environment with heaps of passionate people, learning from peers as well as great guests and of course amazing PSA staff and the wonderful convenor team!“

Hey, Im Jacqueline! I work for the Dunedin City Council doing Tenancy Management for our Community Housing. The reason why I stood for convenor for the Provincial South Island (as soon as I stood up I was like what are you doing!??This is sooo out of your comfort zone!) was to gain a lot more confidence in myself in leadership situations, and connect with likeminded individuals around this awesome country we live in! really looking forward to building on the great work that has already been done!


Mo Abdi – Christchurch Convenor

“The whole vibe of the PSA Youth Hui 2017 was amazing. The organisers did a great job in selecting a wonderful mix of attendees. If I had to choose my favourite part of the whole experience it would have to be listening to guest speaker Max Harris. His life story and ideas about the lack of LOVE in politics just blew my mind.”

My name is Mohamed, but you all can call me Mo. I am currently working at Inland Revenues Russley Road office as an Early Debt Management Customer Service Specialist. I’ve been in this role for the past 7 months and have been with IR overall for just over a year now.  

I was elected for this role on 12 August 2017 while attending the PSA Youth Hui in Palmerston North. I am incredibly humbled to be the go-to person for Youth PSA members in Christchurch.

Hope you all have a lovely day and make sure you vote :)

Stand Up cross union youth news!

Check out August's Stand Up newsletter for the latest across the youth union movement.

Recent PSA events

The Equal Pay Week of Action started out very strongly on Saturday 12th with actions in Whangarei, Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington.  PSA, along with other unions and community groups turned out in force to support these.

Here are our very own Hui participants dancing in the rain in Palmerston North

And around New Zealand there were plenty more events:

Upcoming PSA events


PSA hosted Election Forum – Monday 28 August - PSA House 11 Aurora Terrace

Living Wage Election Forum – Wednesday 30 August
RSVP on Facebook now!

Youth spokesperson forum, PSA house 6pm Monday 11th
More info coming soon!