Trade unionists & environmentalism – Notes from a talk to the Green Party Rongotai Branch

Tēnā koe te Kaiwhakahaere ko Tom. E te whānau kākāriki, tēnā tātou. Ko Grant Brookes tōku ingoa. He mema o te uniana ahau.  Greetings everyone. Thanks to Rongotai Branch Co-Convenor Tom, for inviting me to speak. My name is Grant Brookes. I’m a trade unionist. As mentioned in Tom’s introduction, I am also the NationalContinue reading “Trade unionists & environmentalism – Notes from a talk to the Green Party Rongotai Branch”

Moving on from NZNO and the past

A year ago this month, I reluctantly stepped away from the role of NZNO president. After persevering for years, I could no longer work with a Board dominated by individuals who were taking the organisation down the wrong path.  Nothing can change the fact that from 2015-2020, I held the office for the longest continuousContinue reading “Moving on from NZNO and the past”

PSA Eco Network: Your chance to input on PSA Strategic Goals and climate submission – plus convenor vacancies

23 February 2021  Kia ora, In this newsletter: Have your say on NZ’s climate change response Climate change and the PSA Strategic Goals Eco convenor vacancies  Your views wanted on NZ’s climate change response Grant Brookes – Wellington Eco Network Convenor  This month has seen the release of the first report by He Pou aContinue reading “PSA Eco Network: Your chance to input on PSA Strategic Goals and climate submission – plus convenor vacancies”

The PSA & me: A review of ‘White-collar Radical – Dan Long and the rise of white-collar unions’, by Mark Derby

It was January, 1997 when I first joined the Public Service Association.  Starting as a new grad nurse at Auckland DHB with nearly a decade of student activism under my belt, as well as a Nursing degree, there was never a doubt that I would join the union. The following year I would become aContinue reading “The PSA & me: A review of ‘White-collar Radical – Dan Long and the rise of white-collar unions’, by Mark Derby”

Book review: ‘On Fire – The Burning Case for a Green New Deal’, by Naomi Klein

The climate emergency existed long before the Government declared it.  It’s been present not only in distant places, as rising seas gradually swallow low-lying cities like New York and London, and entire Pacific nations. It is present in New Zealand here and now, in the more frequent water rationing seen in Auckland and Northland, moreContinue reading “Book review: ‘On Fire – The Burning Case for a Green New Deal’, by Naomi Klein”