At the 139th AGM of the United Fire Brigades’ Association, brigade delegates have the opportunity to vote for your representatives on the UFBA team.
Joe Manihera who was elected as Vice President at the 2016 AGM shares his insights on the UFBA and our advocacy and support services.
In 2011, Joe was elected as a member of the UFBA Technical Panel, serving three of four years as Convenor establishing a strong network with brigades throughout the country. This also highlighted a world of constant change and the need to ensure this is managed and embedded in a proper manner.
This tenure and Joe’s current role as a Volunteer Support Officer in Area 25 (Southland), provides a strong appreciation of the topical issues that are common with volunteers.
What have been the highlights of your time as UFBA Vice President?
Working at this level of the organisation, the staff management team and the Board, has provided an invaluable insight and a better understanding of the organisation and the many issues the UFBA is dealing with.
What would you like to achieve in your time as an Officer of the UFBA?
To support the six goals outlined in our refocused strategic plan and to ensure outcomes are consistent with the values important to the UFBA, which are also included in the plan.
You are a graduate of the UFBA Leadership and Governance workshop. How does this programme benefit brigades and their communities?
From the Leadership and Goverance Workshop, graduates are given a transportable skill set they can utilise in working on or interacting with boards within their communities such as schools and councils. They are able to define the relationship and accountabilities of Boards and their Management teams.
What are the advantages of brigade delegates attending Conference?
Delegates can directly influence outcomes that affect the UFBA through making informed decisions gained from presentations at conference. The learnings from conference workshops provide added value for delegates and brigades.
How do members benefit from UFBA/FRFANZ representing their interests?
The strength of both associations is the working relationships they have forged with stakeholders thus ensuring the impact of change on their memberships are provided for through membership participation in working groups and committees.
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