UFBA News

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

New Zealand teams claim victory at Australasian Rescue Challenge

Posted on 31st July 2018

We are delighted that New Zealand teams from volunteer brigades have claimed victory this year over competitors at one of Australasia’s leading international challenges – the ARRO Australasian Rescue Challenge. The event held in Warragul, Victoria, 26-29 July, saw 18 teams from three countries (Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong) compete in a number of scenarios designed to replicate

Submission on Health & Safety at Work Act Amendment Bill

Posted on 19th June 2018

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

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

Beacon – FENZ new ideas-sharing platform

Posted on 6th June 2018

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

Congratulations to Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients

Posted on 5th June 2018

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

UFBA/FRFANZ submission on proposed Local Advisory Committee boundaries

Posted on 22nd May 2018

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

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