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It’s been a while since I wrote to you all. The team in the UFBA office have been absolutely buzzing with activity – it’s an especially busy period for us all at the moment, but an exciting one.
Merger progress - watch this space
We’ve got progress on the merger –
Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin yesterday announced a $4 million-a-year package to recognise the contribution made by Fire and Emergency volunteers to communities across New Zealand. This is timely during National Volunteer Week, which is all about recognising the contribution of volunteers to New Zealand’s economy and wellbeing.
UFBA and FRFANZ brigade members have been providing a sounding board
The UFBA Advocacy and support service
your first choice for conflict resolution and complaints
Every Fire and Emergency email address will have received a notice about the new interim Complaints process sent from Fire and Emergency.
We’re glad this process will not be necessary for the vast majority of you for whom brigade life is without conflict –
We were delighted to see among this year’s queen’s Birthday Honours recipients the following honourees for services to Fire and Emergency NZ and Community:
Gary Aitken, a volunteer firefighter of 53 years from Warkworth, has represented the Auckland Provincial Association andbeen heavily involved ina number of local clubs and associations including a role as Justice of
This is a subject the UFBA has a vested interest in, as your primary source of sector-related independent advocacy.
The UFBA was named in the Independent Review into Workplace Bullying (the 'Coral Shaw Report') as a partner for FENZ to work with to update the process.
We encourage all volunteers to have your say and make your own submissions direct
As indicated in previous UFBA news updates, your Association has been working with NZPFU on the matter of ACC law recognising “firefighter cancers” and the bid for presumptive legislation. This campaign is being led by NZPFU Secretary Wattie Watson. We understand Wattie was involved in a similar successful campaign with the Victorian Firefighters and Unions prior
This year’s National Firefighter Combat Day coincided with International Firefighters Day - what perfect timing to bring together over 150 firefighters. While the sector sadly didn’t get as much attention on this day as World Naked Gardening Day (also May 4th) I want to take this moment to acknowledge each one of us - it’s
We recently built upon the UFBA's national presence and wider profile with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the IFE - the Institute of Fire Engineers, New Zealand Branch.
Based in the UK, the IFE is a worldwide body that provides research, training, conferences and professional qualifications for firefighters and civilians who work in fields related to
After nearly a year we’ve heard about some improvements for volunteer reimbursements. This follows our contribution to a submission with Volunteering NZ last April to the Tax Working Group, as advocate of one of New Zealand’s largest volunteer workforces. The submission identified an issue around Individual Volunteer Reimbursements and Honoraria Payments with Individuals receiving tax penalties
Growing volunteer numbers and developing community resilience
Last year, UFBA began work to establish a youth scheme by surveying members – we had a great response from 290 individual brigades and your feedback was extremely enlightening.
Analysis of the survey showed a demand for a scheme from brigades throughout the country. A think tank of representatives from brigades which are actively