Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina
Te Rūnanga continues to promote the interests of Māori members by ensuring Māori have a voice in the PSA, from the workplace to the union’s top decision making bodies.
As workplaces review their Mahere Rautaki (strategic plans), Ngā Kaupapa o Ngā Toa Āwhina has been able to offer up its expertise.We believe alignment to Ngā Kaupapa of Kotahitanga, Rangatiratanga, Kaitiakitanga, Manaakitanga, Wairuatanga, Whakahiato Umanga, Whanaungatanga and Whakamana provides unity and strength for Māori across our workplaces.
Other work this quarter includes strengthening Māori capability through attendance at maranga mai courses across the country. These courses promote knowledge and understanding about how to be an effective Māori delegate at all levels of the union and the workplace. We are also holding sector runanga meetings to elect sector mangai for the next two years and set priorities for each sector. We continue to support the development of a Māori bargaining strategy to provide consistency of work conditions for Māori across all sectors.
Nominations for Marlene Pitman Award open
The PSA’s Marlene Pitman Award recognises and celebrates the contribution, success and outstanding service of Māori delegates at workplace, enterprise, sector and Te Runanga o Ngā Toa Awhina level (individually or as a group).
Nominations for this year’s awards are now open. PSA members are invited to nominate and consider Māori delegates who have provided outstanding leadership above and beyond the expected duties of their role. All nominations will be considered by the TRONTA committee with the successful person endorsed at Hui Taumata for a two year period. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 30 January 2018.
Maranga mai – Māori delegate training
Maranga mai is the PSA’s delegate education training focused on Tikanga Māori and is open to all delegates who identify as Māori. The course provides a space to discuss practical solutions as well as a chance for korero.
Attendees are offered both stage and one and stage two delegate training with maranga mai providing an additional opportunity to focus purely on workplace issues as they affect Māori.
Māori members have said the most important element of maranga mai is that it provides a safe space where people can talk about Māori-specific issues within their workplaces, or other issues they face that they might not feel comfortable to raise in other spaces.
Carolyn Mihaere (Nga Puhi nui tonu – Ngati Pakau me Te Mahurehure ōku hapū) says the best thing about maranga mai is being allowed to just be (Māori) and not having to filter or censor your comments knowing that others have had similar challenges.
As well as a space for learning and discussion, the course offers the chance to share whakapapa and build relationships with other Māori, strengthening connections that stretch through all parts of the PSA.