Communications Report June 2022
Tēnā koutou katoa, nau mai haere mai to the latest communications bulletin.
It is with some regret that I announce to you the resignation of Ian de Stigter, our Advocacy Officer.
Ian has decided to step down from this role after many years of serving the Technician Community, years spent striving to better our conditions, our standing and our recognition.
Ian’s contributions, his research and comprehensive reports have gone a long way towards aiming to achieve the above.
On behalf of the Executive, I thank Ian for his dedication, passion and commitment in furthering the cause of School Science Technicians and for his valuable and knowledgeable contributions whilst on the STANZ committee.
We will miss you and your input at our meetings but also realise that you are just an email away…….
Ian would like to share his resignation letter with you all.
I have resigned my advocacy role on the STANZ executive. I am mindful of the support and encouragement of executive members, and of other science technicians. Some will be surprised, and perhaps disappointed, that I have not seen out my 2-year term. Since 2006, I have made efforts to improve the prospects for members of our professional group, by collecting and interpreting data about science technicians working in schools. In 2019, when I stood for STANZ Executive, I imagined continuing there in an advocacy role until our Pay Equity Claim succeeds. However, with the long-awaited publication of Safety & Science in November last year, I have recently been able to finish my study on Science Technicians as Lab Managers. I think this is my last contribution to the science technician advocacy data. Moreover, NZEI has expressed a preference to liaise with the STANZ executive through a female member. I haven’t thought that my gender has impeded an objective assessment of the roles and employment of our professional group. I concede, however, that NZEI has a point: my wife could attest that I don’t think like woman! Since nearly 90% of our members are women, I may not be best-placed to represent their views. So, it seems to me appropriate to now step down, and in doing so, express my strong confidence in Sheryl Fitzsimons – both an NZEI insider, and STANZ executive member – who has picked up this liaison role, and is able to well-represent our professional group for Pay Equity purposes.
Ian de Stigter
Safety & Science Update from NZASE:
I have recently attended the NZASE AGM and Meeting where the workshops for the new Safety and Science were discussed.
Apologies were given for the slowness in communicating the dates and contents of the workshops.
This has now been addressed and further information can be found by clicking the links below.
The workshops will consist of 45 minutes of information with time at the end for questions. They will be via zoom with a maximum of 100 people able to attend each session. NZASE expressed surprise at the popularity of the workshops. That just reinforces the need for them.
NZASE will also present at Conference so there will be a learning opportunity there as well.
Below are the times for the workshops. Please note there are also workshops for Principals and teachers but I have not included those here.
FULL no further space – Technician, Tuesday 5 July, 8:30-9:30 am
FULL no further space – Lab Manager/HoD, Friday 8 July, 12:00-1:00 pm
Technician, Thursday 28 July, 12:00-1:00 pm
Lab Manager/HoD, Wednesday 3 August, 4-5pm
Please remember these are being run voluntarily by teachers and technicians with no funding from the Ministry at all. A huge thank you and much appreciation to all those involve in making this happen.
Also note that your school does not have to be an NZASE member to participate in these workshops.
Changing your details?
If you are needing to change any of your details, be they change of Technician, change of address, change of school, change to subscription to Scitechtalk or Tech Tonic, change of name or maybe you are resigning please use the membership form on the website to do this.
Just a reminder that it is not appropriate to share any paid for information via the forum. There are copyright issues with this and we may be held accountable. Examples of this might be information from CLEAPSS, Chemwatch or similar. These are organisations which require an annual subscription to be paid so information from them should not be shared.
It is encouraging to read that so many of you are turning to AC before asking questions on the forum.
Thank you again to Melaina McClure for keeping this updated.
A big thanks to you all for contributing to the forum and especially recently with some new techies being helped so quickly and ably by you. Your short, concise and informative answers are appreciated.
The Conference Committee have been very busy of late. They have announced some exciting scholarship opportunities for eligible recipients and Registrations have now opened.
It’s also great to get the news that the Boarding Hostel is now available as well. Please see the Conference website for more details.
Our delayed Conference promises informative and beneficial workshops, interesting speakers and educational field trips.
If you haven’t already made plans to attend, I urge you to encourage your HOD’s to support your application.
It is not long to go until the end of term so may I take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing and revitalising break.
Kia pai tō koutou rā
Communications Report February 2022
STANZ would like to announce the date for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. It will be held Monday April 11. Times and venue will be announced closer to the time and you are all invited to attend. Covid Rules at the time may mean we will need to hold the meeting via Zoom. We had to do this last year and although not ideal, it was successful. We will keep you informed.
If you wish to have a remit considered for presentation at the upcoming AGM, then the required information must be sent to the STANZ Secretary; Janice Deverick.
Remits must be received by February 25, 2022.
Her email address is [email protected]
See details for submitting a remit in this link: STANZ Remit Policy
As I write, our much-awaited Conference is still happening in Christchurch this year. Should there be any changes, the Conference committee will keep us well informed.
As required by law, the Executive will be reviewing the Constitution this year. As a result of this process there may be recommendations for changes to the Constitution.
You will be informed of any proposed changes. These will need to be approved and voted on before they can be enacted.
CHANGE OF DETAILS:
If there have been any changes to your details, or you are a new or leaving technician, please fill in the membership form. This will help keep our records up to date.
You can find the membership form here or go to the website.
SAFETY AND SCIENCE DOCUMENT:
Thank you to all who have taken the time to contribute to the page that was created to record any mistakes, omissions and questions regarding the new Safety And Science Document.
It is unfortunate that there are still errors in this much revised edition. STANZ wants to keep on top of this so if you see anything in the document that is unclear, badly worded or even just plain wrong, please add your concerns to the document. This will help us address all your concerns.
Click here here to go straight to the document or you can fill it out in the password protected section of the website.
KAY MEMMOTT AWARD:
The Kay Memmott Award for Excellence is awarded to a technician to acknowledge their hard work in their field. Be it working hard for other technicians, showing excellence in their endeavours to their colleagues or they may be that person that can be contacted in a hurry for advice.
This person may be someone who goes the extra mile for local technicians – they may organise the local meetings. They may also be active in promoting science outside their schools to local community groups for example.
As this is a Conference Year, we are looking for a deserving recipient for this award. I invite you to put your thinking caps on for the technician who you think meets all the criteria. Nominations will be opened in Term 2.
Wishing you all a smooth term despite the trying conditions most of us will face.
If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact any one of the committee members.
Contact details are available via the website.
STANZ Communications Officer
New Dates for ConSTANZ 2022
Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th October 2022
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
The ConSTANZ 2022 website is updated and full of useful/exciting information!
Communications Report End of Year 2021
Hello everyone and welcome to the last Communications Report for the year. And what a year it has been!
Our Auckland technicians especially, you deserve a huge pat on the back for what have been challenging and unprecedented times.
I’d like to remind you of your Executive Committee for 2021-2023
President – Arwen Heyworth – Onehunga High School, Auckland
Past President – Communications – Monique Arts – John Paul College, Rotorua
Secretary – Janice Deverick – Alfriston College, Auckland
Treasurer – Jane Lieshout – St Patrick’s College, Wellington
Health and Safety – Sarah Garner – Kamo High School, Whangarei
Advocacy – Ian de Stigter (Mt Grammar, Auckland) and Sheryl Fitzsimmons (Nelson College For Girls)
Newsletter Editor and Web site Manager – Jasmine Harrison – St Andrew’s College, Christchurch.
A very warm welcome to the new members of the Executive. They add to an already strong and focussed team whose combined skills and specialities will serve us well as we head into 2022 with all its upcoming challenges.
As you know, the new Safety and Science Document has been published in an on line version only.
I encourage you to please take the time to read this and leave any feedback on the google sheet.
Links to both documents are below.
STANZ will endeavour to ensure that any concerns will be acted upon.
I also would like to take this opportunity to thank David Cook for his continuing support to Technicians after his retirement. He remained on scitech talk after his retirement as he offered to monitor Accumulated Wisdom for us until a replacement had been found. Although this has not happened as yet, he felt that it was definitely time to move on and he has decided to remove himself from the forum. Thank you, David, for all your wisdom, support and advice over many years. Time to properly retire.
So it just remains for me, on behalf of your Executive Committee to wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year. Sit back, relax and enjoy the holidays doing what you love doing and we look forward to a fresh and reinvigorated start to 2022.
Meri Kirihimete ki te katoa
Communications Bulletin 4 June 2021
Firstly a reminder about the scholarships available for ConSTANZ. These close on 25th June.
Here are the links to the Application forms There are explanatory notes and then the Application form itself.
Get Me To ConSTANZ https://forms.gle/zMGsggqwjvzXkywc9
The links are be accessible from the STANZ website as well.
Next a reminder about the early bird Registration for the conference itself. The cut -off date here is 30th June.
Next week (8-11 June) is Support Staff Appreciation Week. I know not all schools make as much of this as we deserve.
Finally do keep thinking about possible nominations for the STANZ Executive for the next term. Ther will be a forma call for these before too long.
Communications and Health and Safety Officer.
Ian de Stigter’s paper on pay relativity April 2021
School Science Technician and Librarian Pay Relativity to the average hourly wage, 1989-2020
by Ian de Stigter
Data from all-sectors ordinary-time average hourly wage data was obtained from the
Quarterly Employment Survey produced by Statistics NZ, and this is compared in the graph
below against the maximum hourly wage indicated for school Science Technicians and
Librarians in the various collective contract pay scales from 1989 to2020. Read more….
Communications Report May 2021
Communications Officer Report for May 2021
I have taken on the role of Communications Officer until the end of the current Executive Term
The STANZ Executive met at St. Patrick’s College Wellington at the end of Term One. Here is a summary of decisions and discussions.
- STANZ AGM
This was held on a Zoom Platform and a number of technicians from outside Wellington were in attendance and there were also a couple of local Technicians who attended in person. It included a Zoom Meeting with Chris Walker NZEI.
Chris bought us up to date with progress on our Pay Equity Claim which was lodged last year.
- STANZ Executive meeting
- Helen Jordan from the ConSTANZ21 Organising Committee was present and bought the committee up to date with planning. (You may have noted that the ConSTANZ21 website is up and running and registrations are now open). Members can rest assured that planning for possible CoVID 19 eventualities is in progress. Hand sanitizer will be available at the venue for example. Keep watching scitech talk for details of the various Scholarships that will be available to help members attend the conference.
- Executive Elections for 2021-2023. Arwen Heyworth (retiring President) was appointed Returning Officer for this on- line election. Further details will be given as this term proceeds but do consider whether you or a colleague would be willing to stand for the election as there will be a number of vacancies to fill, we also do see the need for a wide geographical spread of members. Feel free to discuss this matter with any current Executive Member should you want more detail
- There was discussion about the HSNO exception for school laboratories which only applies to areas teaching science. Members need to be aware that this means areas like art, food technology and technology are not part of the Possible Responsibility of the Laboratory manager and that these subjects would have to adhere to the full HSNO regulations. Worksafe have said they would talk to MOE to clarify this issue. Arwen will send specific detail to members clarifying these changes as some lab managers were in charge of these areas previously.
- A reminder that STANZ has funding available for specific Cluster Groups or individuals to use for Professional Development opportunities. The details are available from the STANZ Website.
- We have decided to have a ‘member’s only’ section of our website to protect our collective intellectual property: look for details of this shortly.
- Finally a reminder about the protocols to be followed by those posting to Scitech talk.
- Keep the discussion to topics of interest to science technicians.
- Keep posts to a reasonable length.
- Be polite and considerate when commenting.
- If you would like to thank someone, send it to their individual email rather than the group.
- Do not send or reply to test emails.
- Do not use icons in your email posts
- Do not send copyright or paid content through scitechtalk Be aware and respectful of the intellectual property of members posting to scitechtalk
- If you are unsure about your subscription, contact the Group Administrator, whose address can be found in the footer of all emails from Scitechtalk.
- Respect the privacy of members and do not post photos or identifying material unless you have checked with the person involved. Be aware that attributed content may appear in Accumulated Wisdom or Tech Tonic unless you specifically ask that you not be identified.
Health & Safety Officer
Acting Communications Officer
President’s Report April 2021 AGM
It has been another funny start to the year this year, with Auckland already having two lock down periods due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Papatoetoe. The disruption has definitely had flow on effects for us, delaying assessments and distracting students. Fingers crossed that we have seen the last of this for a while!
At the time of writing this report, I have no news on the new Safety and Science document. However, I am due to attend the NZASE Council meeting in a couple of weeks where I hope we will all receive an update and hopefully some good news regarding a release date.
As you will be aware from my recent updates on scitech talk, our Pay Equity Claim appears to be progressing quite rapidly. Our contact on the Pay Equity team at NZEI is keeping us informed and we are even being contacted by the Ministry of Education’s Pay Equity team. I take this as a good sign that our claim is being treated seriously. Please remember, if you haven’t already done so, to see your Payroll Officer at your school to ensure that you are under the new pay roll code for Science Technicians. As always, the Executive team will keep you informed whenever we receive any updates.
Unfortunately, a longstanding member of the STANZ Executive Committee, Terry Price, resigned from the Committee in February. Terry’s workload at school has increased to the point where he can no longer fulfil both roles. We are very sad to see him go. Terry’s long and dedicated service to STANZ has resulted in our electronic newsletter format, scitech talk, our new and updated Constitution and so much more. We have been very lucky to have had him as long as we did. We wish Terry all the best in his future endeavours.
This year is conference year, which means it is also STANZ Executive Committee election year! We are looking for Science Technicians who want to play a role in developing our organisation into the best form that it can be. Personally, serving on the STANZ Executive Committee has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. You get to work with a fantastic group of people who all have the same goal as you and that is to help promote Science Technicians in New Zealand, work towards getting them better and safer working conditions, better pay and provide access to relevant professional development opportunities. To do all of this, we need you! If you are interested in standing for election but want to know more, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team members.
I am getting very excited about ConSTANZ21! I’ve only been to Christchurch once before and that was about 2 years after the quakes. I am looking forward to exploring the city and seeing what the amazing Conference Committee have organised for us. So if you haven’t already, make sure you apply for your Professional Development funding asap!
Communications Bulletin – Members Update Dec 2020
Your Executive Committee held a face to face meeting on 2nd November 2020, at Saint Patrick’s College, Wellington. All the committee members were able to attend.
It was decided that our next AGM will have the option for members to attend remotely via zoom or in person if alert levels allow. Details will be available after the date of the AGM has been announced.
David Cook can take on the role as a travelling ambassador. Schools can pay expenses for David to visit and advise on safety issues. STANZ could cover this cost for a cluster visit, or individual schools could apply for short course PD for funding. We recommend David Cook but he is not an official STANZ representative.
Next year we will be calling for nominations for members to join the Executive committee. You are welcome to put your hand up if you are a school science technician and have been in the role for at least 1 year.
STANZ Communications Officer