New faces, new leaders:  2015 AGM

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Wellington Living Wage Network hosts more than 30 leaders at its AGM.

New representatives join experienced hands on the Governance Committee following last night's AGMs in Wellington (above) and Auckland.  Faith group representative, Rev. Dr Susan Adams; union representative, Dr Sandra Grey; and community representative Rory Lenihan-Ikin provide a wealth of experience as the Movement enters its third year.

In Auckland guests Professors Jane Parker and Jarrod Haar from Massey University presented early finding in the latest research on the Living Wage in New Zealand.  This research considers key factors that have encouraged NZ employers to pay a Living Wage and will be available through our website soon.

Unitarians, Anglican Social Justice Council, the Auckland Women's Centre, Migrant Action Trust, Tongan Youth Trust, Unions, Pitt St Methodist, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Auckland Action Against Poverty, St Matthew in the City, and Pacific Women's Watch were among the organisations represented at the Auckland AGM by 52 enthusiastic leaders who worked through important issues for the Auckland Council election campaign in 2016.

2015/16 Governance Committee
Leonie Morris - Auckland Women’s Centre.  Auckland – Community Stream
Leonie has had a long history in community work and union work, has been the manager of the Auckland Women’s Centre since 2005 and a member of the Living Wage Governance Committee for the last year.  In New Zealand 60% of those paid less than the living wage are women, consequently as soon as Living Wage Aotearoa was established AWC became a member. 

David Hall - Auckland Anglican Social Justice Group.  Auckland – Faith Stream
David has been a member of the Auckland Anglican Diocese Social Justice Council/Group since 2009 and on the LWMANZ Governance Committee since 2013.  After a career as an Electrical Engineer and Manager, David was appointed Executive Director of the Leprosy Mission NZ, an international development agency in 1993 where he was involved in various human rights and social justice issues in various countries including India and Ethiopia.  Since retiring in 2009 he has continued his involvement in a wide range of justice issues, particularly those involved with the growing inequality in New Zealand society.  David is also on the Living Wage Accreditation Board and was involved in the setting up of the employer accreditation process.   
Muriel Tunoho - Health Care Aotearoa.  Wellington – Community Stream
Muriel is passionate about the Living Wage Movement and continuing to improve worker’s lives and build a civil society together.  Muriel has significant governance experience in the union, community and health sector and is currently active in building a new Living Wage network in her community in the Hutt Valley.

John Ryall – Service and Food Workers Union.  Wellington – Union Stream
John Ryall is the National Secretary of the Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota and has been involved in the trade union movement for over 30 years.  He also has a long history in community health organising as a governance board member of all three Wellington-based union health services and Whai Oranga o te Iwi Health Service.
Brian Dawson.  Wellington – Faith Stream
Brian's ’day job’ is as Vicar of St Peter’s Anglican Church on Willis St in Wellington.  St Peter’s was a founding member of LWMANZ.  His involvement in the Living Wage Movement includes being on the local board in Wellington, actively participating in the Wellington City Council campaign, working with others keen to bring more churches (both local and regional) into the fold and two terms thus far on the national governance committee.

Warwick Jones – PSA.  Auckland – Union Stream
Warwick has spent most of his working life in the trade union movement since becoming a workplace delegate at Fisher and Paykel. In 1982 he commenced work as an organiser for the Northern Stores Union and in 1998 he joined the PSA. He is currently Assistant Secretary with responsibilities for  Auckland and Hamilton teams and  DHB and Local Government sectors.  He has been on the Governance Committee for the last two years.
Rose Black – Poverty Action Waikato.  Hamilton – Community Stream
Rose Black is Pākehā of Irish and Scots descent, and lives in Hamilton, where she works as a researcher and advocate with Poverty Action Waikato.  She is a community psychologist, supervisor and researcher with interests in ways members of dominant groups like Pākehā recognise and mark their culture, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, decolonisation, social justice, poverty, living wage, and community reintegration for prisoners.  

Sandra Grey – NZ Tertiary Education Union.  Wellington – Union Stream
Sandra is currently the National President of the Tertiary Education Union.  Sandra is an academic committed to social justice, who has built on connecting my scholarship, teaching and ongoing activism drawing on the strengths of each field to contribute to the others. Sandra has been actively involved in campaigning for workers and citizens’ rights through her own union but also in wider campaigns, including the Living Wage Wellington.  She is experienced in governance roles having sat on the council of the Australian National University, the Academic Board of Victoria University of Wellington and as an executive member of the TEU since 2008. 
Rory Lenihan-Ikin - Victoria University of Wellington Students Association.   Wellington – Community Stream
Rory is the Wellbeing and Sustainability Officer on the executive at the Victoria University of Wellington Students Association and is in his final year of a degree in Politics, Sociology and Marketing.  Since attending the Living Wage residential training in 2014 Rory has been highly active for the Living Wage in Wellington.  As one of a handful of activists that guide the campaign to make Victoria University a Living Wage employer, his connection to the student body has provided valuable asset for strengthening support for the movement among young people.  As a member on the Newton hub, he has also been involved in the Wellington City Council campaign, providing organisation support for events and running photography and social media. 
Susan Adams Rev/Dr – St Mathews in the City.  Auckland – Faith Stream
Susan has spent her working life in community development and education on behalf of church agencies of both the Anglican and Methodist churches.  She has been a volunteer in the Auckland Living Wage Movement for the past 18 months networking and addressing small groups.  She has extensive experience in leadership development and education for social change. 

Our latest Member Group is the Coalition of Selwyn Supporters, which continues to campaign for dignity, equality and a Living Wage at Selwyn Foundation.  To be kept up to date with campaign news, email

Great to have employers renewing their accreditation and leading the way for small businesses. Thanks Presland and Co.