A new PSA president will be elected by attendees at the PSA Congress in Wellington on November 16-18. Here are the candidates:
E ngā mana, tena koutou katoa & Warm Pasifika Greetings.
My name is Lusila Aiono-Tahaafe and I’m a Regional Learning Advisor for Oranga Tamariki, humbly seeking your nomination for President of the PSA.
If you’re looking for a President who can effectively lead you through these unusual and constantly changing times – then look no further!
I’m a Māori/Pasefika woman, who has been a member of the PSA for 24 years, and who is not afraid to speak up and challenge organisational leadership and government if this leads to better outcomes for members.
I have worked across the sector committee areas and have extensive knowledge and experience with political process, governance policies and in appropriating funds wisely.
My goal is to evaluate and design a strategic approach to unite the five sector committees, review PSA policies and public spending cuts to ensure there’s a vision that aligns to our new working life.
My interest in the role of PSA President is about leading unionism in a changing world.
Our work is already demanding, with rising inequality, technological changes, and the need for flexible work.
However, in a post-Covid-19 world, we will face more challenges. As we rebuild the national economy, there will be a push for austerity measures and public spending cuts.
Our PSA members will need strong leadership to counter this old thinking and promote a new vision for our community and public services. I have the passion, skills and experience to lead our union through the challenges ahead.
As a Public Service Sector Co-Convenor with 10 years’ delegate experience, I’ve been learning about all the other sectors, by talking with members, delegates and organisers, about their concerns and struggles.
I want to connect with the delegates in all sectors about what we can do to help our PSA members everywhere.
Kia ora te whānau o Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi
I want you to vote for me to be your next President.
If elected, I will:
My values are grounded in the belief that everyone deserves dignity and respect, that there is mana in work, and that we should be involved in decisions about our working life.
I have spent my working life serving the union movement: I have been a delegate for 16 years, PSA board member for eight years (four as Vice President).
I would be honoured if you used your power to elect me as our next President.
Kia ora, Ko Marshall Tangaroa tāku ingoa.
I have been a loyal PSA union member for approximately 30 years, since joining the Justice Department as a Prison Officer in 1990.
I have been a National Delegate for the Department of Corrections for 16 years and am currently the Tuakana for Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Ȧwhina.
The past four years I have been a member of the PSA Executive Board and I’m proud to belong to a progressive and influential union which supports diversity.
We are in unprecedented times due to Covid-19, the next 12 months will be challenging times for the union but I am confident the union is in a great position to recover through these different times.
I know I have the skills, knowledge, experience and attributes to lead our union as President of Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi through this time of recovery.
Editor's Note: This article originally included a profile of Paul Black from Corrections. He has since withdrawn his nomination for PSA President.