Last week we mentioned our work on reviewing changes to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. The Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill proposes that Associations “that employ a person or persons for not greater than 100 hours per week.” will be granted exemption from H&S legislation.
Another issue is that while an
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
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
FENZ have launched an ew initiative called Beacon. It is an online platform for all FENZ personnel to share ideas to help improve Fire and Emergency NZ, regardless of where in the organisation they are. Beacon will also allow firefighters and operational volunteers to collaborate with colleagues and solve challenges together through commenting and voting. Ideas for future challenges
We’re very proud to see UFBA Deputy Chairman of the Board and CFO of Alexandra VFB Russel Anderson has received a Queens Service Medal for his services to Fire and Emergency NZ in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours. CFO Russell has been a volunteer firefighter since 1989 and joins a list of other deserved firefighter recipients including
Following consultation with our members the UFBA has submitted a response to Fire and Emergency NZ’s proposed setting of boundaries for sixteen Local Advisory Committees to match those already established by Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM).
LACs will represent a local perspective to the Board of Fire and Emergency NZ to help influence national strategy, address local
By invitation, Volunteering New Zealand has made a submission to the Tax Working Group (on 30 April 2018) regarding making changes to the tax system to benefit volunteers and volunteering. A key recommendation is to give real consideration to the implementation of a ‘Volunteer Tax Rebate’.
The UFBA under our Memorandum of Understanding with Volunteering NZ was consulted to input
UFBA Board Chair Rick Braddock has today announced the appointment of Richie Smith as an Independent Director and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Smith will replace Mr. Braddock whose mandatory six year term concludes in June. Richie Smith has been in Directorship roles dating back to 1995 covering a broad range of sectors including start-up, export and foreign investment, farming, transport,
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
Around 240 personnel from around the country have now graduated from the highly valued UFBA Leadership and Governance Workshop following the 15th course in Wellington in March.