Waitakere candidates put to the test

Greg Presland said YES to the Living Wage at the West Auckland People's Assembly for this year's council elections.Greg Presland is a lawyer, a Living Wage Employer and first time candidate for the Waitakere Ward. He stands alongside Deputy Mayor, Penny Hulse, who also agreed to support a Living Wage for directly employed and contracted workers and to vote to ensure that, as a first step, the tender for cleaning services in 2017 is issued on the basis that all cleaners are paid no less than the Living Wage. Candidate, John Riddell, also voted to support the Living Wage commitments.

Read about the election events at  Next week the same website will promote candidates who support the the Living Wage from around the country.  Be sure to check in with those people who have listened to the community and will make a difference to our lives if they are elected.

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Recent events

Our first Governance Committee member from a group representing former refugees was elected last week: Ibrahim Omer-Salin.  Nearly 60 people attended two successful AGM meetings in Wellington and Auckland where a new Governance Committee returned familiar valued faces and introduced new talent. Representing the faith-based groups are: Rev. Dr Susan Adams (St Matthew-in-the-City), Jenny Dawson (St Anne's Anglican, Porirua), and David Hall (Anglican Social Justice Group).  Representing Unions are: John Ryall (E tū and Warwick Jones (PSA).  For the community/secular groups the following were elected: Muriel Tunoho (Helathcare Aotearoa), Ibrahim Omer-Salin (Changemakers Refugee Forum), Rose Black (Poverty Action Waikato), Diana Yukich (Titirangi Residents and Ratepayers), and Leonie Morris (Auckland Women's Centre).
Living Wage leaders Building Power in Our Communities
Participants at the 2016 National 5-day Residential Training course in Tatum Park this week pictured above. We are growing our Movement by Building Power in our Communities!

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The Living Wage Movement welcomes Diana Yukich back to the accreditation programme as the volunteer leading the administration of this work alongside Jeff Rowe and Glen Stenhouse.  Diana initiated the accredited process in 2013 and is runs an accredited Living Wage Employer business with her partner, Kevin Church: a fine arts printing business, Opticmix.

Upcoming Events

Meet U.S. community leader

An evening with Sr Maribeth Larkin: Columba Centre 40 Vermont St Ponsonby 7-9pm Tuesday 30 August
Community Building for Social Change: 10am-3pm Wednesday 31 August Pompallier Diocesan Centre 30 New St Ponsonby ($30 BYO lunch)

Sr Maribeth is a member of the Sisters of Social Service well-known for her work for social justice on the streets of Los Angeles where she fights for access to housing, education, transport, health and a Living Wage for the city's low-income residents. These events promise to be interesting and inspiring.

Please register with Peter Garrick phone 376 3037 by Monday 29 August.

Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust is the first disability organisation in New Zealand to achieve Living Wage Employer Accreditation. Rawiri Evans, Chairperson, said for a small trust that had been delivering services to disabled people in the Hutt Valley for more than 35 years, this was great. Rawiri said that the Board felt the Trust philosophy of valuing the dignity of the individual and their contribution to society applied not only to the clients of the trust but to the staff members as well, and this was one way that the trust could show their appreciation of the work that all HVDRT staff members do.