Targeting the untapped talent in the South Island and Wellington


Over March to May the women’s network held leadership workshops in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington. Women members from across the South Island, Wellington and the Manawatu Wanganui regions were invited.

womens confThe workshops were very well received, and participants left with a range of leadership aspirations for getting more active in their union, from recruiting new members to the network, to becoming the President of the PSA. 

Catherine Weusten, a member from IRD who attended the workshop in Christchurch, said: “I can now better discuss issues impacting women in the workplace, for example, equal pay or flexible work arrangements. I found it very beneficial to look at why we have too few women leaders and insights into behaviour and pressures contributing to this. The session on getting ourselves to the table, identifying supports and tools available to actively achieve leadership aspirations was very helpful. I really enjoyed this course and feel empowered!”

The network intends to hold a workshop once a year in each region. We are planning to repeat the workshops in the Auckland/Northland and Central North Island regions in October 2014. There are always more expressions of interest than we are able to accept, so look out for the opportunity to express interest for the workshop in your region!