UFBA Officers

Dame Margaret Bazley ONZ DNZM

Dame Margaret Bazley ONZ DNZM


Dame Margaret Bazley was made Patron at our 2014 Conference in Tauranga. She has extensive experience and knowledge of government as a senior public servant and was a former Chairperson of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission. She has held the positions of Acting Chief Executive of the Department of Work and Income, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Policy, Director-General of Social Welfare, Secretary for Transport, and Deputy Chairperson of the State Services Commission. She is a former Chairperson of the Foundation of Research, Science and Technology ; a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and the Royal Commission into Auckland Governance, and Commissioner for the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct; Chair of the Fundamental Review of the Legal Aid System.

Alan Kittelty

Alan Kittelty


Alan joined Springfield Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1985 and transferred to Darfield in 1990 where he has held the position of Chief Fire Officer since 2010. He has served as President of Canterbury Provincial Fire Brigades' Association. Alan spent a term as a member of the UFBA Board from 2012-2014 and has many years’ experience in both governance and management roles. An advocate of strong leadership, he has been part of working parties and advocacy groups on behalf of the UFBA for a number of years.

Joe Manihera

Joe Manihera

Vice President

Joe was elected as an Executive Officer at the 2016 AGM in Christchurch. In 2011, he was elected a member of the UFBA Technical Panel serving three of four years as Convenor establishing a strong network with brigades throughout the country. It also highlighted a world of constant change and the need to ensure this is managed and embedded in a proper manner. This tenure and current role as a Volunteer Support Officer in Area 25 (Southland), provides a strong appreciation of the topical issues that are common with volunteers.

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