News in Brief

Our Covid vaccination webinars, helping flood victims, and a workplace agreement at ERO feature in our News in Brief.


The PSA has been helping with vaccination education efforts by hosting webinars with microbiologist and New Zealander of the Year Dr Siouxsie Wiles.

Dr Wiles has been dispelling a few myths and answering questions from members about the Covid-19 vaccine.

She also took part in a Kōrero/Talanoa webinar for the wider Māori and Pasefika community which was co-hosted by National Māori Authority chair Matthew Tukaki and PSA Pasefika co-convenor ‘Ofeina Manuel-Barbarich.

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The PSA Pasefika Network has also been speaking out about racist comments and discrimination experienced by community members after a Covid cluster was linked to a church service in Auckland. 

PSA Pasefika condemned the racism and highlighted the positive contribution the community has been making to stamp out the Delta outbreak, including identifying contacts and locations of interest.

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Help floods in

Robyn Murray

When floods hit Westport in July, PSA delegate and Salvation Army volunteer Robyn Murray was one of the first to respond, opening an evacuation centre and caring for stranded residents and tourists.

When Te Mahinga Ora spoke with Robyn the evacuation centre was winding down and a day centre was ramping up.

Robyn said it had been an amazing time. “The last week has been exhausting, but I’ve found that no matter how much you are there for people and how much you give, you get back more. Helping gives you such a good feeling.”

“The connections I’ve made over the last week feel like family connections. We will always have something special in common.”

Thanks to all our members who helped support their communities through the flooding.


A new workplace relationship agreement between the PSA and the Education Review Office recognises the value of our members there, who work to provide a great service to schools, teachers and whānau.

ERO workplace agreementThe agreement has been three years in the making and sets out a shared commitment to guidelines to work constructively to create a positive and fair workplace.

ERO Delegates say it will enable them to raise member issues with management and to escalate them if necessary, along with establishing a framework for negotiations. The agreement also includes Te Tiriti principles, and protocols around delegate engagement and time commitments.

“The agreement enables members and management to work together to find mutually beneficial ways of addressing challenges,” says outgoing ERO PSA convenor Carole Bradley-Beale.

The Government’s new Workforce Policy Statement seeks to establish the Public Service as an exemplar employer, working collaboratively with unions.

PSA Assistant Secretary Basil Prestidge says agreements like ERO’s are a good step in the right direction.

“It’s great to see another good agreement that treats the PSA as a partner that has a vested interest in the well-being of both our members and the organisation they work for.”


We’re excited to announce the PSA website is getting a refresh. Complete with a new look, new navigation, and new features, the new website will be launching early 2022.

The new site will have an increased use of the MyPSA member-only portal, so if you haven’t already, make sure your MyPSA account is active and up-to-date at

The MyPSA member-only portal is the best place for you to access and update your PSA contact information. We recommend making a habit of logging in regularly to check we have the best details for you to ensure you don’t miss out on any essential PSA communications.


Helen Kelly book competitionWe had a huge response to our competition for copies of the book Helen Kelly: Her Life.

The lucky winners were Natasha Hohaia from Oranga Tamariki, Esther Patti from Auckland DHB, Levin support worker Sara Berry, Geraldine Christmas from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Daryl McKay from Palmerston North Corrections and Ros Westerman from Southern DHB.





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Wāhine Māori members call out racism

A survey of our wāhine Māori members has revealed appallingly high levels of bias, discrimination and racism in the workplace – so we’re launching a campaign to call it out.

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President's Message

Benedict Ferguson talks about the importance of vaccination in this issue's President's Message.

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80,000 strong!

Our 80,000th PSA member Susan Klock ticked the box to join the union as soon as she started her new job at the Bay of Plenty DHB in February.

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It feels different this time

Once again essential workers have been leading the way as we work to contain the spread of Covid-19 in our communities.

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Our union goals

We’ve refreshed our strategic goals to strongly reflect our commitment to Te Tiriti and Ngā Kaupapa principles and to combatting climate change.

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A new dawn

Tears of joy, sadness and thankfulness were shed as the New Zealand government officially apologised for the Dawn Raids, writes PSA Pasefika co-convenor ‘Ofeina Manuel-Barbarich who represented our union at the historic event.

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Let's do better on housing

Housing remains a critical issue for our members - and we’re speaking out about the urgent need to build more state houses.

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Putting principles into practice

Work is continuing to eliminate the gender pay gap with the implementation of principles and plans across the public service.

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Recognising admin workers

Dallas Macris feels she’s helping to make a difference for women by being part of the PSA public service clerical and admin pay equity team.

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Fighting for our climate

Our union’s commitment to action on climate change can be seen in our refreshed strategic goals and the formal recognition of the Eco network in the PSA Rules.

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PSA joins calls for democracy in Myanmar

The PSA took part in a Global Union Day of Action for Myanmar on September 15.

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Gig work not a cool side-hustle

Insecure work equals insecure income. When people have no idea about their income then it is impossible to plan for the essential costs of life.

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Leading the Way

A heartfelt thank you to retiring delegate Jenny Goodman from PSA national secretary Kerry Davies.

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On the Job

Hinonga Māngai Māori PSA delegate, Susanne Tapsell is retiring but her legacy at Auckland Council will live on.

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Speaking out on mental health

We always talk about union members having a say about the way they work and how that affects their clients and communities, but what does that look like in practice?

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Online Kōrero

As more of us work from home more often, Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori has produced some great resources so you can kōrero online too.

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Around & About

Our photos from around the union for this issue include the Wellington Women's Network, equal pay increase celebrations for care and support workers, and PSAY youth leadership training.

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Thanks PSA for caring for the carers

Carers who look after whānau do outstanding work every day for their loved ones and the wider community.

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