"We have come too far to not go further"


"We have come too far to not go further"

‘Tawhiti rawa i tō tatou haerenga atu te kore haere tonu’ - Sir James Henare

The Public Service in its current form is failing Māori. This is abundantly clear as Māori are over-represented in all negative social statistics. We need a public service that delivers for Māori.

In our submission on the Public Service Legislation Bill, Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina recommended the purpose of the new Act be amended to recognise the public service’s role in supporting the Crown in its relationships with Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

By weaving the intention of Te Tiriti through the Public Service, we can enhance the relationship between Māori and the Crown and work together to design and deliver services that achieve better outcomes for Māori.

SPELLING OUT RESPONSIBILITY

Under the new bill public service leaders are responsible for developing capability of the public service to better engage with Māori.

But it is disappointing it is not more explicit in codifying their responsibilities. We need stronger legislation that spells out expectations to deliver for Māori.

Chief executives should also be required to give practical effect to the Crown’s Te Tiriti obligations in their employment relationship with Māori working in public services.

MĀORI LEADERSHIP

We  recommend the appointment of a Deputy Commissioner Māori to provide visible leadership on public service outcomes for Māori.

Māori leadership ensures better outcomes for Māori , primarily because with leaders at the table we can influence fundamental decisions.

We also recommend the establishment of a Māori standing advisory committee to assist the Commissioner with their responsibilities. The committee would include representation from Māori leaders within the public service and the Māori structures of the unions of Māori working in public services.

A RANGATAHI VIEW

Rūnanga Rangatahi rep Rireana Kirkwood gave a hearfelt personal submission  on the new bill:

I have found working for Māori in the Public Service to be fulfilling. I feel I am achieving change in the community even if it is just a small change. When the bill refers to the ‘spirit of service’ I understand this fully.

However, being a 22 year-old woman in the Public Service, I would like to see more opportunities for young aspiring leaders in our community.

In my career my ultimate aim is to help stop the vicious socio-economic cycle Māori find themselves in. So I want outcomes that benefit Māori workers in the Public Service and Māori in the community I serve.

I understand how important this bill will be. It needs to be bold, especially around Te Tiriti o Waitangi to attract more young people to work for the public service.

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Also in this issue:


‘We thank you for your brave stand’

As forty or so people gathered in the blazing Wairarapa sun, only two had ever joined a protest before in their lives. Within twenty minutes, they were leading their own chants and you could hear them for miles.

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“Remember the loss but also remember the hope”

PSA delegate Benjamin Gresham says the Christchurch Invitation is a call to spread peace, reconnect, and feed the hungry - which draws on the teachings of the Muslim tradition.

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Leading the charge on contractor rights

The PSA made a change to its rules in 2018 by enabling contractors and labour hire workers to become members.

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Make it Real

Their work often goes unnoticed - but they’re the ones that keep organisations running smoothly, the ones you turn to when things go wrong, the ones that are first to greet the public.

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Mana Wahine Claim goes to Waitangi

The stall gave us an opportunity to kōrero kanohi ki te kanohi with the wider community about the kaupapa of Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina’s Waitangi Tribunal claim.

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Opportunities and issues with new bill

The PSA welcomes most aspects of the bill - but there are issues it does not address and we drew these to the attention of the select committee.

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We Count

More than 30% of lesbian, gay and bisexual public service workers who responded to the State Service Commission’s We Count Survey last year reported being uncomfortable being open or out at work.

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The PSA’s greatest victory?

On 29 March 1974 more than 600 uniformed school dental nurses proceeded silently down Wellington’s Lambton Quay. It was, as one observer noted, “almost certainly the largest demonstration of women since the days of the suffragettes”.

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Maranga Mai

The guiding purpose of Maranga mai o ngā whakangungu ā rohe is to enable Māori delegates to use their perspective and experience to advocate for Te Tiriti o Waitangi in their workplaces.

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Pacific organisers speak of challenges and triumphs

The organisers from Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Australia, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands were attending the International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific workshop in Nadi in November.

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Climate Talk

Tried talking to your Dad about the bushfires in Australia only to discover he’s a climate change denier?

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Holiday Home Snaps

The snaps from holiday home stays around the country show just how much fun and relaxation our PSA accommodation has to offer .

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The Marlene Pitman Award

This award was originally created in honour of Marlene Pitman, who passed away on 16th January 2010, to recognise her membership and service of 25 years. As an activist at Child Youth and Family, she was convenor of the Social Services sector committee and an executive board member for 2 years, a delegate for 23 years and a hardworking member of Te Komiti o Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina.

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Radio NZ

A groundswell of public and political opposition to that plan soon led to a backdown from the RNZ Board and management.

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Book Review: Pay Packets and Stone Walls

At the beginning of her memoir Elizabeth Orr pledges to tell the truth about the fight for pay equity for women, her reasoning being that it has lessons for the future.

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New CTU Secretary Looks to the Future

“I had completed a conjoint arts and law degree so the position tapped into my passion for drama and the arts as well as my knowledge of employment law and policy,” the 31 year-old recalls.

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Leading the Way

“As a child I thought everyone had a Mum and Dad who cared about them,” says the Ngāti Kahungunu wahine who grew up in a loving whānau environment.

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On the Job

“I can help with mental and physical health problems. I want to provide a service where they don’t need to see lots of people.

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Te Reo o te Tari

*Good morning.* Mōrena/Ata mārie. *Welcome to (workplace).* Nau mai ki . *Are you busy?* He nui ō mahi? *I am very busy!* He tino nui aku mahi! *No. I am not very busy. Kāo.* Kāore i nui aku mahi. Kei te aha koe? *What are you doing? *Kei te tuhituhi au. *I am writing. *Kei te mahi au.* I am working.*

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