The UFBA actively represents and advances the interests of our members by advocating on policy and legislation at a governmental level.
Decisions made by the Government, the New Zealand Fire Service and NZFS Commission, the New Zealand Rural Fire Authority and other fire organisations can significantly impact the way brigades and fire forces function.
We stay up to date on issues that matter to our members and ensure their best interests are always kept in the forefront as decision makers introduce new procedures and policies.
When appropriate, the UFBA also gets involved in the resolution of brigade disputes and negotiates with relevant organisations on behalf of member brigades.
If you need help resolving a brigade dispute or would like to provide input on any of the issues that affect your brigade, please get in touch.
UFBA was established expressly to represent and promote the interests of member fire brigades and fire forces.
Advocacy is the key to fulfilling this objective.
To set out the enduring high level principles we will follow to deliver effective advocacy, we have established a UFBA Advocacy Charter.
The principles include:
- The context for our advocacy and the actions we will take
- Target audiences - who we will proactively advocate the interests of our members and promote the cause of volunteerism to
- Ethical principles - the standards we will follow to deliver effective advocacy
- Member consultation - we will consult members to ensure we accurately portray the position of a majority of brigades
- Effectiveness - we will periodically assess our advocacy programme and determine opportunities for improvement.