PSAY Winter Panui

Winter is here, and so is our latest pānui!

What’s in this issue:

• We have begun receiving Hui 2019 EOIs – get yours in TODAY!

• Convenor Q &A with Daniel Freeman-McGrath

• Solidarity for the teachers’ strikes

• We finished the latest round of YLT In Chch last week

• School strikes for climate

• The Wellbeing budget

We have begun receiving Hui 2019 EOIs -get yours in TODAY!

We have received a number of Expressions of Interest for the PSA Youth 2019 Hui. If you haven’t submitted yours, you still have time, but get in quick; you have until 4pm on Monday 10 June to do this! - Don’t miss out! You would have received a reminder email on 30 May with your personal EOI link.

The theme of Hui this year is BACK TO THE FUTURE!!! and will focus on what the union and PSAY network need to do to keep growing, and growing stronger, for the future. Participants will also contribute to network planning (discussing network priorities and activities for the year ahead), think about new ways of doing things (including reviewing the PSA Youth rules and structure), and elect new network convenors. All of this will take place over three days in Wellington.

Convenor Q&A with Daniel Freeman-McGrath

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

I am a social worker for Oranga Tamariki, and trying to describe an average day is very difficult as every day could be totally different! One day could be in the office and another day could be out on the road doing visits, or it could be a combination of both!

What attracted you to the convenor role?

I was attracted to the convenor and delegate roles for the same reasons, which are very similar to what attracted me to social work, and that was to be able to provide support and assistance to others. However, what gave me the inspiration to apply for the convenor role was going along to the PSA Youth Leadership Training and Hui back in 2015 and seeing for myself the amazing work that the PSA and PSA Youth was doing, learning about what Unions had done in the past, and being involved in planning for the future.

Did you have any doubts about applying? And how did you get past them?

I think I pretty much have doubts about everything I do, but I had been thinking about applying to become a convenor since 2015. To get past my doubts, I talked to my friends, PSA staff and previous convenors, I then put my thoughts to paper, and I worked up the courage to put myself out there, and I hope you do too! If I can do it, you can do it too!

What is your ultimate dream for this platform?

My dream for this platform has been to inspire and support others to do the same, to become delegates, to become convenors, to get involved in the PSA Youth Network and the PSA.

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

Practically any causes that impacts on the wellbeing of others would get me on the streets protesting, and unfortunately I imagine there will always be a need for protesting, but that doesn’t mean we should give up, we just have to keep challenging!

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Put yourself out there, give things a try, you can do it!

Solidarity for the PPTA and NZEI

PSA Youth stands in solidarity with the teachers’ strikes, in particular in support of fair pay and manageable workloads. Chronic underfunding of education over the last decade has left teachers underpaid and overworked, which means more teachers than ever are leaving the profession.

Children and young people are our future, and it is essential that those who are supporting them like teachers are themselves supported. Let's bring out the best in our teachers by continuing to show our support for them! Kia Kaha!  


We finished the latest round of YLT In Chch last week

We have now finished the current round of Youth Leadership training, the last one being held in Christchurch last week! But don’t worry; these will be back after Hui!

School strikes for climate

PSA Youth is proud to support the second School Climate Strike. Participating primary, secondary and tertiary pupils walked off school grounds to participate in protests, rallies or tree plantings on the 15 March and again on 24 May. The second strike was planned because students still didn’t feel that our planet and future is secure and questioned why they should go to school if they weren’t going to be listened to.  

The Wellbeing Budget

The Labour coalition government has released their first ever “Wellbeing Budget”, which has been considered a world first, and has received widespread praise, in particular for prioritising support for mental health, family harm and children’s wellbeing.

There are raft of new initiatives designed to put the needs of the people back at the forefront of Public Service and hopefully this budget will be the beginning of many future budgets that focus on the wellbeing of everyone. Just like our workplaces if we have a happy and healthy community, then our communities will be productive and thriving.

Mental health received the biggest funding and investment boost on record, receiving almost 2 billion dollars over four years! Half a billion has been set aside particularly for those suffering from mild to moderate anxiety and depressive difficulties which did not require hospitalisation but significantly impacted their quality of life. It’s great to see that the support will start to be offered earlier and to more people! For a detailed analysis of what this budget contains, check out the Council of Trade Unions’ report