Joe Tonner

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Joe Tonner

Joe Tonner lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. In a relationship with Simone Pearson. Was married to Mary Tonner.

Employment Relations Consultant, Clients includes Lincoln University, Housing New Zealand Corporation, Airways Corporation, Marlborough Lodge, Unlimited Journeys, Farmlands, Ngai Tahu Tourism.


  • Studied at University of Canterbury
  • Went to St Columbas Clydebank

Russian visit

In 1997 Joe Tonner represented the Socialist Unity Party at a Communist Party of the Russian Federation conference in Moscow.

Last SUP Central Committee meeting before split

Wellington March 1990.


Back Joe Tepania, Dave Arthur, Alan Ware, Ken Douglas, Graeme Whimp, Richie Gillespie, Doug McCallum, Jan Farr, Joe Tonner.

Front row Frank McNulty, Jack Marston, Marilyn Tucker, Robin Tate, Bruce Skilton, George Jackson, Bill Andersen.


In 2000 Joe Tonner was national manager of the Public Service Association.

In April, 1985, Joris de Bres was a member of the PSA Auckland staff. He worked with PSA's field staff members.[1]

Street and SUP - (un) healthy association

Maryan Street, far right with SUP supporter Paul Blair (left), SUP members Wayne Ruscoe (next left), Joe Tonner (center front), Bill Andersen (next right, rear), Doug McCallum (second to right, front)

In 1989, the People's Voice, the newspaper of the Communist Party of New Zealand, an article was featured in which it was noted that Street was a Health Effectiveness Studies Coordinator, working alongside Socialist Unity Party member Simon Wallace. As part of this article, there was a photograph of her in the company of SUP members.[2]

Joins SUP

Joe Tonner joined the Socialist Unity Party in 1980 in Hamilton.



  1. PSA Journal April 1985
  2. People's Voice October 16, 1989