President's Message

President's Message

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

Kia ora e te whānau o Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi

Once again, Aotearoa has needed to lockdown with Covid-19 being found in our community.

For those of us living in Tamaki Makaurau, strict restrictions remain in place as I write this. This time around lockdown seems a little harder! 

But as with last time we were in lockdown, life goes on and we adapt to our new ways of working, living, and socialising. Thanks to all of you who have helped deliver public and community services during this time. I know it is not always easy.

As with last time, we have had to postpone many events that were planned. While some events could go ahead online not all could be easily moved to that format.

One event that could be easily moved online is our Annual General Meeting– the first time we have run our AGM fully online.


In September, the PSA held webinars with Dr Siouxsie Wiles focussing on busting a few myths and answering questions that members had about Covid-19 vaccinations.  I encourage you all to watch this at 

Getting as many of us as possible vaccinated against Covid -19 is now more important than ever.  Not only does being vaccinated help protect yourself, but it also helps protect those who can't be vaccinated for health reasons and children under 12 years of age.

Once vaccinated if you do contract Covid-19 you are less likely to need hospital treatment.

If you are yet to be vaccinated, I encourage you to go ahead and do so. If you are worried about getting vaccinated or have questions, please talk to your GP, or read the information on the Ministry of Health website.  

The more people that get vaccinated, the better off we will all be. We are stronger in numbers and collectively we can play our part by choosing to be vaccinated.


In this issue of Te Mahinga Ora we present the PSA’s refreshed strategic goals for 2021-2027.

They reflect a renewed commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti and Ngā Kaupapa values, and the deepening concerns of our members and our union about climate change.

These goals have been approved by the PSA Executive Board, but we are keen for all members and delegates to help bring them to life in their workplaces and the wider community.


Please feel free to get in touch with me about the strategic goals or any other issues at Or you can follow me on Facebook @PSAPRes where I do a weekly Facebook live video most Mondays.

Kia Kaha!

Benedict Ferguson



Also in this issue:

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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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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News in Brief

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

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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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A potential gamechanger

Could bananas be the key to creating a more environmentally friendly dairying system?

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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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