Finsec President, Sue Boraston, passes away

Sue BorastonFinsec President, Sue Boraston, passed away peacefully last night after beating the odds with cancer for the last five years. She was 53.

Sue’s greatest passion has always been her work with the union and she has been a tireless campaigner for finance sector workers for many years. She began working with the Canterbury Savings Bank in 1972, and was proud to be an employee of the organisation as it evolved from a small bank of sixty or so people, through to Trustbank, and finally Westpac. Sue joined the union in the late 1980s and got involved in the union at an elected level in the early 1990s through her roles as delegate, Canterbury District Committee and member of the TrustBank and then Westpac Union Councils. In 1995 Sue was elected as a National Councillor and later became a member of the Finsec Executive Committee. For the past 5 years Sue has been Finsec President. She was a very respected natural leader and was at the forefront when it came to looking after other people fairly, be it members, elected officials or Finsec paid staff.

In addition to her representative duties in New Zealand Sue was the chairperson of the Asia Pacific Union’s Women’s Committee and was held in high international regard for her work advancing workers’ and in particular women workers’ issues. Sue recently received a standing ovation from over 400 delegates at the Australasian Organising Conference in Sydney in recognition of her contribution to the Australasian union movement. Most recently Sue was presented with an award of recognition from the Asia Pacific Women’s Committee for her outstanding contribution.

Sue’s passion was her union work, and was dedicated to giving a voice to workers. She was a firm believer in the necessity of workers joining unions and working together in order to have a fair go and to build better workplaces. She was particularly proud of the work she was involved with in changing Finsec to a campaigning and organising union that is better equipped to deal with the rapidly evolving finance sector.

Sue was also actively involved in the successful campaigns for major pay rises at Westpac and the significant changes to that bank’s pay system over recent years. She was well respected by both the bank and union for her pragmatic approach to fair bargaining. Sue derived enormous satisfaction from knowing the collective work she was involved in was invigorating workers and tangibly changing our lives for the better.

Sue is survived by her parents, daughters and a beautiful grand-daughter.

If people wish to send messages to Sue’s family they can be emailed to Finsec at union@finsec.org.nz or sent to care of Finsec, PO Box 27355 to be incorporated into a Finsec memory book for her family. Sue has requested no flowers, but that donations be made to the oncology ward of Christchurch Hospital. Donations can be sent to Oncology, Ward 27 Christchurch Public Hospital.

We wish to pass our condolences to Sue’s family but also celebrate Sue’s life lived fully and so much of it in service to others.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank

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3 Responses to “Finsec President, Sue Boraston, passes away”


  1. 1 Kyle Webster 29 September, 2007 at 12:40 am

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of a fellow unionist
    My condoleces to the family.

    Kyle Webster
    New Zealand Nurses Organization (West Coast)

  2. 2 Tom Loughman 7 October, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I am extremely sorry to hear of Sue’s death. My deepest sympathy to her family. I remember her well and like her I served on Distict Committes. Finsec has lost a great friend and tireless worker.


  1. 1 Remembering and honouring Sue « …the gossip Trackback on 28 September, 2007 at 4:14 pm

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