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The purpose of the UFBA is to support a unified membership that is valued.

The Board constantly strives to find ways to improve our support for the membership.

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The UFBA has listened to membership feedback over the past few weeks regarding the FENZ consultation on the Volunteer Brigade Leader Development and Review Process.

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FENZ and Hato Hone St John (HHSJ) have been working through an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) since 2022. 

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The UFBA has been approached by members who have put forward suggestions for the UFBA’s submission on the FENZ Volunteer Brigade Leader Development and Review process consultation, which we are currently working on.

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Members, you need to have your say on the new processes for Volunteer Leaders!

As you are aware, FENZ is required under the FENZ Act to consult with volunteers on all matters that might substantially affect them.

local planning
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FENZ has a legal obligation to conduct local planning in accordance with Section 21 of the Fire and Emergency NZ Act. This has been a requirement since FENZ was established in 2017.

Paearu Mahi
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Recently, FENZ asked all Unions and Associations for Feedback on five draft eligibility and assessment policies related to the Paearu Mahi (performance criteria) project they are running. The criteria relates to personnel seeking the Assistant Fire Commander/Fire Commander ranks.

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Today, FENZ started consultation on their new draft Code of Conduct – which impacts all FENZ personnel directly, as it sets out behavioural standards and is a key enabler to building a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

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Kia ora members

Thank you all for an amazing year.

GPS-based dispatching
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The UFBA is aware of concerns being raised about the introduction of GPS-based dispatching for call-outs and that there are some misinterpretations of the intentions of this FENZ project.

UFBA
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While we wait for our 2023 recordings to be finalized and published – we have some exciting news to share with members!

The 2024 UFBA AGM and Conference Hui will be heading down south, to the stunning new venue at Te Pae Convention Centre in Christchurch.

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We are seeking expressions of interest from UFBA members to be part of the FENZ Eke Taumata Advisory Group. It’s very important that there is a strong volunteer voice in this group, as many aspects will affect volunteers.

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Below is a pdf copy of the article from the online Listener magazine

Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/the-listener/new-zealand/with-climate-change-bringing-more-extreme-events-is-the-community-spirit-of-volunteer-firefighters-enough/JM464HRQGVAVDPI4UXZFQ2GZXQ/

2023 AGM & Hui
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Kia ora members

Only three weeks to go and we are excited to be hosting our largest AGM and Conference Hui yet!

But if you’re not attending, you can still get involved…

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Case solved
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Alongside our sector advocacy and individual advocacy services for complaints and disputes, we are also constantly working with members to advocate for operational matters.

Challenge Panel Vacancy
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We have a vacancy in the UFBA Challenge Panel for the upcoming 2024-2025 Challenge Season.

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The UFBA Annual Report 2022/23 is now available

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Over the next two weeks, Bill Butzbach, UFBA CEO is having his second round of online meetings with all UFBA Brigade Reps, by region.

Volunteers voice
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On Wednesday 6 September, a report was issued from FENZ which shows what FENZ has done and plans to do, to address the 20 recommendations made in the Te Kawa Mataaho – Public Service Commission review (PSC report) to improve the culture of FENZ.

Existing leaders
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Kia ora members,

Over the past seven weeks, we have received a significant amount of feedback from members expressing their concerns around eligibility to attend the Emerging Leaders Conference Hui.

Inc Societies
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Last year, we gave members a heads-up about the new Incorporated Societies Act 2022 coming into effect and we have been working to gather more information about how the changes might affect some of our member brigades.

In summary:

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The countdown is on…

Have your meeting
Time is running out to have your brigade meeting and nominate your AGM Delegate and Emerging Leader Representative.
Remember, this doesn’t need to be a formal meeting, just any gathering as long as it is minuted.

 

AGM & Conf 2023
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Kia ora koutou

Our dedicated Events Team of three people have been working hard, calling all brigades directly, to help clarify the separation of our AGM and Conference Hui, discuss the reasoning and what our pressures are.

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Fire and Emergency have issued a national notice regarding potential BA mask communication issues.

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On Tuesday 25 July, Fire and Emergency released their consultation document outlining options for a new way of managing complaints.

AGM Motions
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Kia ora members, just a reminder that any brigade wishing to submit a Motion to the AGM must complete the Notice of Motion form and send it to us by 3 August.

The form is available on our website: https://www.ufba.org.nz/events.../agm-and-conference-hui

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Attention all members! We need your help to reach quorum.

Last year, you voted to have a 30% quorum for our AGM – this means we need at least 208 registered voting delegates to be able to go ahead with this important meeting.

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The UFBA’s approach to driving positive change is to work collaboratively with the decision-makers.

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Register now for the 145th UFBA AGM and the UFBA Emerging Leaders Conference Hui at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.

LSGC Medals
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Following our AGM last year, where members voted in favour of extending the UFBA Service Honours to include the same recognition for all brigade members – operational, operational support and non-operational, the UFBA then approached Fire and Emergency to consider applying similar criteria for th

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We are excited to open registrations for our 145th AGM and our Emerging Leaders Conference Hui which will be held at the Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington.

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Check out this awesome story from Wairarapa Times-Age about the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade and their Medical First Response Service being recognised in the Fire and Emergency Ngā Tohu Raukura Awards: ‘Life-saving’ work receives recognition - Wairarapa Times-Age