Meet the delegates team at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, which we are delighted to welcome to the ever-growing fold of E tū. Most of the dancers and support staff officially joined early in March.
The company used to have its own union, but as it increased in size, the Secretary advised members to seek a more arms-length union.
“We were kind of at a plateau a bit with our own union so we thought we needed someone who’ll have a bigger voice for us,” says dancer and delegate Katie Hurst-Saxton.
The delegates are hoping for a close working relationship with the Ballet’s board and management: “more input, more communication and more trust,” says delegate and office administrator, Nigel Boyes.
E tū also represents the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, with which the ballet works closely, so that was also a good fit. The union has been working to forge closer ties between the orchestra and Australian performing arts networks and hopes to provide similar opportunities for the ballet.