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New Zealand Public Service Association celebrates 100th anniversary

29 April 2013
PSA centenary banner
This year the PSA celebrates its centenary. It’s a huge milestone for the union and a year-long programme of events has been organised across New Zealand.
The union has commissioned a centenary banner and published two books: an oral history of the PSA from 1984 to 2012, and a biography of one of the union’s most influential leaders, Dan Long, who was president (1958-60) and general secretary (1961-76).

PSA has been a member of PSI since 1970, but its history dates back to 1913, when the Public Service Association (PSA) was formed from the remnants of a body known as the Civil Service Association. It was open to ‘all persons in the employment of the New Zealand Government” with personal service to membership, the commitment.

A special interactive centenary website documents the people and events that shaped the union’s history. It has video and audio clips as well as online access to 100 years of the PSA Journal.

The New Zealand  Film Archive is also compiling a presentation documenting the union’s history through film and TV clips.

In September, the PSA will be part of a conference on the public sector, organised with with Victoria University. Several events are planned all over the country.

For the PSA’s current focus see www.psa.org.nz


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