Nō Kōterani ōku tūpuna.
Ko Clyde tōku awa.
He kaimahi au ki Te Herenga Waka.
Tēnā tātou kātoa.
I teach in the English Programme at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and have been active in the TEU branch at Victoria since 2012, serving on the branch executive (2013 – 2020), as co-president (2019-2021), and three times as part of our bargaining teams (2016, 2017, 2019). I come from a family of trade unionists and educators and am committed to the basic principles of both free, accessible public education and trade unionism: an injury to one is an injury to all. The TEU’s member-led, rank-and-file approach to branch organising is something I value.
The core role of the TEU – defending and extending members’ conditions and protecting jobs – is going to be all the more important in the coming year as we face Vice Chancellors hoping to use the COVID crisis as an opportunity to push through attacks on their workforces. Our industrial and professional strategies are going to be tested in this period and I would welcome the chance to serve the union on a national level. The basic tenets of fighting unionism and organising I believe apply as well to our sector as to any other.
Kei te tautokotia te kaupapa o Te Koeke Tiriti e au.