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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.

Chief Executive Officer Blog: 31 January 2018

Posted on 31st January 2018

Ramping up UFBA/FRFANZ actions

Chief Executive Officer Blog: 21 December 2017

Posted on 21st December 2017

UFBA/FRFANZ: Looking forward to the challenges ahead in 2018

Chief Executive Officer Blog: 22 November 2017

Posted on 22nd November 2017

2017 UFBA Conference: Showing the way forward

Chief Executive Officer Blog: 29 September 2017

Posted on 29th September 2017

UFBA secures funding in 2017-2018 for additional volunteer advocacy and support services

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