Delegate Forums 2023
E tū delegates up and down Aotearoa came together for our Delegate Forums in April and May, the first time we’ve been able to hold these important events in-person since before the pandemic.
The Delegate Forums are all about coming together to learn, plan, and make connections. The jam-packed agenda included discussions about our key campaigns, reports about our many industrial struggles and wins, and lots of input from E tū delegates on what their role means for them.
With the General Election around the corner in October, the Delegate Forums served as an early launch of our election campaign. Delegates discussed exactly what is at stake in this important election, and how we’ll work together to maintain a Labour-led Government.
Many of the Delegate Forums had local MPs from the Labour Party and the Green Party to introduce themselves and share their political vision for Aotearoa.
A survey of delegates taken after the Delegate Forums revealed that the most enjoyable part for most people was connecting with other delegates, whether that was hearing them talk to the whole forum or simply making new connections over a cup of tea during the breaks.
While E tū can be proud of the successful online events we have had over the last few years, including our Delegate Forums, it was clear from the buzz in the rooms across the country that in-person is best. It’s a powerful way to remind ourselves that our union goes beyond our own workplaces and right across our communities.