The president is a member of the PSA nominated by a sector committee or the Committee of Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina and elected by the national delegates’ congress.
The president is elected every two years, with the right of re-election for a further two years, and may stand for such office again after a break of two years. The functions of the president are:
- to attend, convene and carry out the direction of all meetings of the national delegates congress, special delegates congresses, annual general meetings and the executive board;
- to enhance the union’s profile, and be a spokesperson for the PSA where appropriate;
- to maintain an overview of the activities in sectors and Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina (the president may attend, as appropriate, any meeting of a sector committee or the Committee of Te Rūnanga o Nga Awhina).