The UFBA holds an Annual Conference in Spring every year with around 400 delegates from member brigades across the country.
The Conference is the UFBA's AGM with keynote speakers, workshops, exhibitions and social functions. It's fully-funded and an exciting opportunity to:
Learn about the UFBA's plans, challenges and vision for the future
Celebrate our successes and service to the public, communities and our country
Connect and network with members and brigades
Share ideas and opinion, get inspiration from speakers
Vote in new Presidents, Board and Technical members
Held at different locations across the country, the 2017 UFBA 139th Annual Conference will be in Auckland from Friday 27 October to Sunday 29 October.
Funding - Each brigade is fully-funded to send one member to the Conference. The UFBA covers the cost of flights, transfers, mileage (where applicable), accommodation and meals. Full details on funding is sent to brigades in July of each year.
Sponsorship - There are lots of opportunities to get involved as a sponsor. We would love to hear from you, contact our Events Team.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q » When will the conference registration information be sent out to brigades?
Information will be sent to brigades in early July. The information will also be published on the website the day that it is mailed out.
Q » When can we nominate our delegate to attend?
Brigades are able to nominate their delegate at any time during the year, the paperwork will need to be submitted to the UFBA by the due date.
Q » Can I book my accommodation and travel before the online registration opens?
If you are a funded delegate we would prefer that you use the online system to book your flights and accommodation after you've sent your Delegate Notification form through to the Office. No accommodation or flight bookings should be made before you register online.
We would prefer you to book in accordance with the registration document as we are then able to track your reservation and transport requirements and the processing of expense claims can be more timely. In addition, the UFBA has access to rates that the general public does not.
Q » Why can I see a cheaper flight on the Air NZ site rather than the Orbit Travel site?
If you check the Air NZ site and you select a couple of seats to compare against Orbit, this then "removes" them from the inventory so these seats will not display in Orbit's online system or any other booking system (including Air NZ's for other people looking at the flight).
It's a live web feed so any seats booked or viewed by other travellers impacts immediately on the seats that are able to be displayed by Orbit and Air NZ. Likewise, if you look in Orbit's booking tool 2 mins after checking the Air NZ site, the inventory could have changed with seats being selected by other travellers and so it may not have the same seat availability
Q » Why is there no longer a Gold Star Dinner at conference?
Over the years the conference schedule and timeframes have changed. As the conference is now run over three days, there is no available night for a separate Gold Star Function. The feedback that we have had over the last few years is that attendees would prefer to go to the all inclusive Welcome Function on the first night rather than be separated out.
UFBA Reimbursement Policy for Challenges & Conferences
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