E tū Governance: get involved!

Strong internal democracy is a core part of E tū’s platform. From elected workplace delegates to our member-led National Executive, we make sure that members’ voices are heard at all levels in our union. Read about our committees and networks below and think about where you might be keen to help!

Te Runanga

By Sharryn Barton, Runanga Convenor

Nau mai, haere mai. Te Runanga welcomes all tangata whenua members of E tū to be involved in our activities. Te Runanga does not act alone and we look forward to the contributions made by our members in shaping the strength and direction of E tū.

Muriel, Joe and Sharryn

If you are interested in building a vibrant, relevant and influential representation for tangata whenua workers, their families and communities and if you are an activist on your worksite and in our union campaigns, Te Runanga is for you.

We are available to visit your worksite, marae, or other community events to share with you our vision and plan for a better future for our mokopuna.

If you would like to be involved in Te Runanga, or have any other questions or comments, please email communications@etu.nz and we will get back to you.

Youth Network

By Emily Sheffield, Network Convenor

The Youth Network represents all E tū members under the age of 35. We aim to be leaders in building progressive and inclusive workplaces and modelling best practice workplace behaviour and attitudes.

Young people have the responsibility and opportunity to create the workplaces of tomorrow. Through a union lens, this means rethinking the way we organise collectively in the face of a changing economy – particularly the casualisation of work.

E tū Youth Conference 2016

We need the voices of all young members in our network! Please get in touch to play your part. You can start by joining us on Facebook: facebook.com/EtuYouthNZ

Over 35? You can help as well! Please identify young members in your workplace who would be keen activists.

If you would like to be involved in the Youth Network, or have any other questions or comments, please email youth@etu.nz and we will get back to you.

E tū Women’s Committee

By Marianne Bishop, Committee Convenor

The E tū Women’s Committee has been very busy since being elected in 2016. The Committee is acutely focused on E tū’s strategic goals: growth, reach, and capability, and we provide a valuable perspective by representing all women in the governance of our union.

We’ve been closely engaged with many of E tū’s campaigns, with our equal pay win being an absolute highlight. From bringing delegations to parliament, to running equal pay ratification meetings, to simply hitting the streets with our message, members of the Committee are crucial in this ongoing campaign.

Women’s Committee in 2016

We also participate in Living Wage activities. We were hugely supportive of getting the White Ribbon Campaign on E tū’s agenda, and our members are involved in all sorts of other E tū and community campaigns across the country.

The Women’s Committee is calling for expressions of interest for attending the E tū Women’s Conference, held in Wellington 11-12 June 2018. There will be speakers, workshops and more – it’s going to be informative and fun.

If you are interested in applying, would like to be involved in the Women’s Committee, or have any other questions or comments, please email etuwomen@etu.nz and we will get back to you.

Komiti Pasifika

By Lalopua Sanele, Komiti Convenor

Talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, fakaalofa lahi atu, kia orana, fakatalofa atu, malo ni, mauri?, and warm Pacific greetings from the members of E tū Komiti Pasifika!

Lalopua with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Our Komiti is for members from right across the Pacific Islands. We hold regular fono (meetings) where we discuss our union activities and the specific issues for members from the Pacific Islands, and we have a lot of fun socialising with other union members.

We’re very active in many E tū campaigns, including our fight for equal pay and the Living Wage campaign. We also organise for better communities outside of regular union organising – we are particularly active around housing issues.

There is always room for more! If you would like to be involved in the Komiti Pasifika, or have any other questions or comments, please email communications@etu.nz and we will get back to you.