• Posted on: 31/03/2021
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Kia ora e te whānau o Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi

Welcome to this edition of Te Mahinga Ora.

I am writing this message from home, along with all of us in Tamaki Makaurau who are in Covid-19 Alert Level 3.

It reminds me how fortunate we are to live in Aotearoa, the relative freedom we had during the summer holiday period, and how fast our lives can change during a global pandemic.

Life goes on albeit a little different. Thanks to all of you who are working hard to keep our borders safe and ensure public service continues to be delivered.

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 level changes, the PSA National Pasefika Fono and the Women's Network Conference could not go ahead as planned. Plans are underway to look at how we can hold these again either face to face or online.

NEW REPRESENTATION

At our February Executive board meeting, DHB board representative Stacey Muir was elected as your new Vice President, and Public Service board representative Athol Ringrose was elected as your next Treasurer.

They join Lesley Dixon, who following a rule change at Congress is our Māori Vice President. We’ve also welcomed Ulualofaiga Mareko to the board as our Pasefika representative, following another change made at Congress to introduce Pasefika representation throughout the union. Congratulations to you all.

MYANMAR CONFLICT

Also at our recent board meeting, we heard from UnionAID's Michael Naylor about the fightback against the military coup in Myanmar. Our union sends its support to public servants and unionists there who are risking their lives to fight for democracy and a better life.

STRATEGIC GOALS REFRESH

The union is continuing the process of reviewing our strategic goals. Our current plan had goals for 2021 and 2024. They are transforming our workplaces, building our union, advocating for strong, innovative and effective public and community services, and equal pay.

Over the past three years, our union has been focussed on achieving these goals and it was great to see results coming through including the settling of more equal pay claims, the passing of new public service legislation, and growth across the union.

As we move into the review phase Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina, sector committees and networks will be feeding their ideas and issues back to the board for decision time in April.

ACKNOWLEDGING ANNIVERSARIES

We recently acknowledged the ten year anniversary of  the Ōtautahi February 22 earthquake and as we go to print will be marking the two years since the March 15 terror attacks. We dedicate some of this edition to reflecting on these.

GOING ONLINE

Finally, please feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback on what you would like me to cover in future issues of your journal.  For those of you on Facebook, feel free to follow my newly created @PSAPres page. I will be doing weekly Facebook live sessions on Mondays and many other things to come!

Ngā Mihi

Benedict Ferguson