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Act now to influence the operating model design

Act now to influence the operating model design

Posted on 11th October 2018

You may not realise that we stand at a pivotal point in time in shaping the sector and the latter part of a change process that started back in 2015 with the establishment of Fire and Emergency NZ and the subsequent Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act in 2017. Now it’s time to say what is important to you around

Bill’s blog - Networks, submissions and participation

Posted on 29th September 2018

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at UFBA. Welcoming new blood to the Provincials Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining our colleagues at the Canterbury Provincial Fire Brigade Associations AGM and Conference held in Methven.  Maintaining relationships with the Provincials is a key element of our Association because we can share mutually

Bill’s Blog - Mental health, merger and FENZ consultation

Posted on 10th September 2018

Mental health and wellbeing UFBA management are committed to supporting good mental health and wellbeing and actively advocating to put the issues of mental health and safety in the workplace on the map. Raising awareness of and tackling the “stigma” around mental health is of prime importance through a range of interventions to tackle the issue. This is

Your feedback from the merger roadshows

Posted on 23rd August 2018

Hi everyone, In 2017, unanimous approval was given by members at the respective UFBA and FRFANZ AGM’s to propose a merger of both Associations. The recent co-design roadshows were an important part of progressing the members’ mandate for change on behalf of the Boards, and to ensure we reflect your input and thoughts on a representative association that

FENZ Independent Workplace Review

Posted on 3rd August 2018

An independent review into Fire and Emergency NZ workplace policies, procedures and practices to address bullying and harassment has now started. Retired Judge Coral Shaw will lead the review supported by a reference group including sexual violence advocate Louise Nicholas, Samantha Turner (Partner at Simpson Grierson), Dr Carol MacDonald (Researcher) and Mike Freely (Independent mediator). UFBA CEO Bill Butzbach recently

Volunteerism: Celebrating the lifeblood of New Zealand. Its Volunteer Week!

Posted on 18th June 2018

Hello everyone, Our country has a land mass like the United Kingdom but with a very low population.  Merely ½ the population of London and ¼ that of New York, “we box well above our weight”. Despite the many challenges fronted by New Zealanders, we live reasonably well by any measure. How is this so? A strong

Bill’s Blog: reviewing H&S at Work Act and Crimes Act

Posted on 8th June 2018

It’s been a very busy month so far between the roadshows that started in the far south and many meetings and workshops with our partners at FENZ. We’re working on ongoing reviews to two Acts at present to protect the interests of our large volunteer membership. Firstly, the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, which is

Have your say on the proposed Local Advisory Committees (LACs)

Posted on 30th April 2018

The most recent reviews of the Fire Service (Swain 2012) and (Dunne 2015) recognised that any changes would only be successful if the perspective of communities are included to inform and influence the structure, methods of operation and the work of any future organisation.  This more outward looking and inclusive approach is seen as critical to growing a stronger more influential

Chief Executive Officer Blog: 28 February 2018

Posted on 28th February 2018

UFBA/FRFANZ representatives met with the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon Tracey Martin, on 15 February 2018.

Chief Executive Officer Blog: 12 February 2018

Posted on 12th February 2018

I was very fortunate to accompany UFBA President Joe Manihera and Technical Panel Member Shayne (Tua) Kennedy to the Otago Southland Provincial Association Conference, AGM and Waterway Challenge over the weekend.

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