Support Builds for Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment

Support Builds for Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment

PSA members and the wider union movement are voicing their support for the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment.

The Council of Trade Unions and FIRST Union have thrown their weight behind the campaign.

“Covid-19 has reminded us all how fundamental a strong public sector is to our society’s wellbeing,” says CTU secretary Melissa Ansell-Bridges.

“It lays down a real challenge to politicians from across the political spectrum to rebuild better.

FIRST union, which represents more than 30,000 private sector workers is also voicing its support.

“We see this an exciting opportunity to get ordinary New Zealanders active and engaged in an election year,” says FIRST general secretary Dennis Maga.

“Everyone can have a decent standard of living and fully contribute to our society if we empower ordinary working people and encourage politicians to be bold.”


PSA Pasefika co-convenor Ulualofaiga Mareko

Our members have also been getting behind the campaign.

At our Let’s Do Even BETTER campaign launch, Kaumatua Allan Franks described it as providing an opportunity for our children, while support worker delegate Simone Best also saw it as a “light at the end of the tunnel” for her and her whānau.

The PSA Pasefika Network is on board too. Our Aoteaora Wellbeing Commitment postcards have been translated into Samoan, Tongan and Cook Island Māori, while the Komiti is keen to help encourage voter turnout which is traditionally lower in Pasefika communities.

PSAY co-convenor Megan Barry

PSAY co-convenor and youth rep on the PSA Executive Board Megan Barry believes the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment is an inclusive way to move forward in uncertain times.

“As much as changes to the healthcare system would be great, as a nurse in south Auckland I can see that changes to healthcare alone will not be enough.

“We need to make changes in all areas of life; housing, education, income support, public transport and internet access. Let’s do even better now, to make life the best in the future.”




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Let’s Do Even BETTER

As we count down to Election 2020 we face a choice.

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Committing to Wellbeing

This election we’re asking the politicians to commit to providing a collection of public services that will help ensure the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

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Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment: Key First Steps

So how can we build a better Aotearoa together? Here are the first steps towards fulfilling the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment.

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What do the politicians think?

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New Act affirms right to political expression

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New law a pathway for pay equity

It was a moment to savour for all of us who have been campaigning for pay equity.

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Supporting our Frontline Workers

The people who work on our border and in managed isolation and quarantine facilities are among those doing it tough as the battle against Covid-19 continues.

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“The virus doesn’t discriminate, neither should we”

PSA Pasefika union members have been voicing their support for the Pasefika community during the latest Covid outbreak.

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Reflections of a Webinar MC

Our Progressive Thinking webinar series has provided an opportunity for conversations about new ‘Perspectives on the Future of Public and Community Services’.

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Raising waka, not just yachts

Covid-19 has revealed how institutions in Te Ao Māori can react decisively and positively on behalf of their people, DR AMOHIA BOULTON and DEB TE KAWA write in their chapter in our Progressive Thinking series.

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Raising waka: Reflections from Te Rūnanga

Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina KUIA GEORGINA KERR supports the assessment of Progressive Thinking authors Dr Amohia Boulton and Deb Te Kawa that the overall Māori response to the initial Covid crisis was exceptionally well done.

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“We did good”

Union members are celebrating two new collective employment agreements in the community and public service sector

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Unions seek election commitments for workers

Here's what the Council of Trade Unons is asking the political parties to commit to this election:

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Safer Sick Leave

PSA delegate Bob Renshaw was among the essential workers who presented a petition calling for safer sick leave to Workplace Relations Minister Andrew Little on September 1.

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Attacks on Filipino Unionists Condemned

The murders of dozens of trade unionists in the Philippines sparked a protest in Wellington in July.

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Out of Office

He may be humble but honours have come the way of horticulture expert Murray Dawson.

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On the Job

Donna Wealleans says support workers are told they shouldn’t get attached to their clients. But she believes you shouldn’t be doing the job if you don’t care.

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An amazing four years

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It is with mixed feelings that I sit down to write my last message to you all as PSA President.

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Climate Change is a whole of union issue

Kia ora PSA members!

Climate change is something that will impact every living thing on our planet. Should we as union members be actively working to fight it? Should climate change be one of our Strategic Goals?

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News in Brief

Protests at proposed cuts at Canterbury DHB, a campaign for home support with dignity, the PSA member card goes digital and other stories feature in our News in Brief.

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Te Tohu Reorua: Bilingual Signage

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Around and About Pics

Photos from protests against proposed cuts at Canterbury DHB, and attacks on Filipino unionists, along with the presentation of the Safer Sick Leave petition feature in our Around and About pages.

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