PPTA women support essential workers
PPTA wāhine mā showed appreciation for the essential workers in their regions who helped others during level 4 lockdown.
The PPTA Women's Network supported Rural Women New Zealand in thanking those who kept us safe during Covid-19 by taking part in the Rural Women's Mighty Morning Tea Shout on July 29.
Caregivers, supermarket workers, rubbish collectors, couriers and medical professionals were just some of the groups thanked, and in Tauranga it was midwives.
Teachers and nurses have much in common
PPTA Western Bay of Plenty regional women's rep Julie Secker is an English teacher and Kāhui Ako Within School Teacher at Tauranga's Otumoetai College.
She had seen many news reports of how difficult this time has been for midwives and felt they were deserving of a thank you.
"One thing I noticed in particular was how willing midwives were to help new mothers beyond the birthing process, for example, buying them the things they needed when they weren't able to go and get them themselves.
"I know, as the daughter of a nurse, that teachers and nurses have much in common, so I felt we should show them our support and solidarity at this difficult time," she said.
I have been in awe of the birthing centre
Through local café and catering business Bean & Gone, Julie organised for treats to be made for the midwives at the aptly named Bethlehem Birthing Centre.
"I have been in awe of the birthing centre ever since it was established, as it has been set up specifically to meet the needs of new mothers and their whanau in our community, and they do this so very well," she said.
"I think it is fair to say they enjoyed their morning tea, which was well deserved. Next time nurses, I might actually do the making myself, and stay a little longer (had to get it done between lessons, as you do, so it was a bit rushed!)"
A little kindness goes a long way
"I would highly recommend we do more sharing and caring across union groups, as we have much in common, and a little kindness goes a long way," Julie said.
Julie has been regional women's rep for just over a year.
"I decided to step forward to this role as I am passionate about equity in all areas of education, so this seemed like a good fit for me.
"I have found the role exciting, especially when attending conferences, where the heavier issues are weighed and things I have not considered are brought to the fore. I hope to continue to help any women in my region work in a safe and equitable environment."