Tony Simpson had a very long and varied career with the PSA – as a representative, as an employee and finally as president from 1994-1997
He worked in State Advances, Radio New Zealand, the Ministry of Transport and New Zealand Customs, and developed an encyclopedic knowledge of and staunch commitment to the public service. While a senior industrial officer in the PSA, he had responsibility for those in broadcasting, a notoriously difficult group of workers to organise.
Tony Simpson has published widely on aspects of New Zealand history. His books, pamphlets and articles range in focus from the New Zealand depression in The Sugarbag Years (1974), to the origins of New Zealand cuisine in A Distant Feast (1999). He has written extensively on the lives of working class New Zealanders.