Our candidates for PSA President

Our candidates for PSA President

A new PSA president will be elected by attendees at the PSA Congress in Wellington on November 16-18. Here are the candidates:

Lusila Aiono-Tahaafe, Oranga Tamariki

E ngā mana, tena koutou katoa & Warm Pasifika Greetings.

Lusila Aiono Tahaafe largeMy 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.

Paula Davis, Justice

My interest in the role of PSA President is about leading unionism in a changing world.

Paula Davis croppedOur 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.

Benedict Ferguson, Auckland Council

Kia ora te whānau o Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi 

Benedict Ferguson croppedI want you to vote for me to be your next President.

If elected, I will:  

  • Elevate the voices of women, youth, Māori, and Pasifika
  • Use our collective voice to speak truth to power 
  • Keep our focus on growing our strength
  • Put the lived experiences of workers in the spotlight 
  • Use my experience as PSA Vice President to care for our staff and our future 

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.

Marshall Tangaroa, Corrections

Kia ora, Ko Marshall Tangaroa tāku ingoa.

Marshall Tangaroa croppedI 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.

 Ngā mihi

 Editor's Note: This article originally included a profile of Paul Black from Corrections. He has since withdrawn his nomination for PSA President.







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