- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:16
Senior Vice President
PPTA president Robin Duff's interest in teaching and in social justice issues was spurred on by an involvement in local theatre at secondary school.
He began teaching at Burnside High School in 1973 "“ one of only a few schools at that time that did not use caning - and has taught at the school ever since. He is currently on leave from his position as an assistant HOD English.
Robin's first union involvement came as a member of the Freezing Workers Union in Tomoana in Hastings and when he began teaching at he had no hesitation in joining PPTA.
Since then his involvement with PPTA has been extensive at branch, regional and national levels. Before becoming president Robin was PPTA junior vice president, a PPTA Executive member and convener of the Association's Safe Schools' Taskforce, a position he still holds today. He has also held positions as Executive member on Management Committee, Te Roopu Matua, Secondary Principals' Council and a convener of the Political Strategy Committee as well as a member of the Professional Issues Advisory Committee.
Robin has many goals as president but top of the list is negotiating a fair settlement to the Secondary "“ and Area Schools "“ Teachers Collective Agreements in 2013 that makes secondary teaching a more attractive proposition and also broadens the career pathways, and professional learning opportunities, available to secondary teachers.
Robin also wants to make classroom teaching more enjoyable and promote the excellent work of passionate and dedicated teachers throughout the country.