Presidential team elections - junior vice president
Joe Hunter – Otago Girls’ High School
Kia ora te whānau o Te Wehengarua.
I’m Joe Hunter from Otago.
Teaching is challenging and rewarding in about equal measures. We’re all in it to make a difference and PPTA unites us with the common goal of quality public education for all.
I was part of the negotiations team for the secondary schools collective agreement and am proud of the recent work that the union has done on behalf of all members’ agreements. Every one of our members has benefitted in improved wages and conditions, and the Accord has opened the way for further work with the Government to shape our education system. We have made real gains in terms of the future of our profession.
This is a time of huge educational change and it is vital that PPTA is driving the conversations, working collaboratively with the Government to effect positive outcomes for teachers and students. In particular, winning the control of significant funding and of our own professional learning gives us real power and the opportunity for growth in our profession and as a union.
PPTA is at the forefront of education – we model good practice, we are evidence-based, we advocate for thoughtful and coherent change. We need to continue to develop our structures, to work on ways to communicate and to empower our members at branch level. We are also well organised and capable of making a real difference in our communities and effecting social justice.
Thank you for your support and engagement in our work.
Melanie Webber - Western Springs College
Crikey it’s a time to be a teacher! It’s one of the loveliest jobs on earth, but it’s certainly not the easiest. Beyond the day to day joys of working with teenagers, the education system is in a huge state of flux. Changes are racing through with the NCEA review, the day after tomorrow’s schools, and attempts to resolve teacher supply issues with an extension of school based teaching training amongst other novel schemes.
Through all this PPTA must maintain a presence at the table, ensuring that teacher voice, the professional voice, is heard loud and clear when talking change in Education. We are the voice of the profession, and we stand for public education. With the collective settled for the next three years, now is not the time to rest upon our laurels. Instead it is time to start planning for our next negotiations. It is also time to begin the vital work on the accord, turning it from words on a page to a reality that reduces workload and increases teacher and student wellbeing.
Teacher shortages continue to plague our schools, and while it would be lovely to think that the promise of the accord and an increase in salaries and units were enough to resolve these issues and see young people flooding into teaching and staying, even I am not that much of a Pollyanna.
Now more than ever we need to be speaking up for what is right for schools, for students and for teachers. I am proud to be a part of a union that does this, and I would be proud to be chosen to speak on your behalf again.