UFBA News

Bill’s Blog - Understanding Governance and our Constitution

Posted on 13th November 2018

Policies, legislation, rules and regulations, constitution, remits, submissions, governance, quorum... It’s a minefield of terminology out there and we often make assumptions that everybody in our sector knows the differences between each, but this isn’t necessarily the case. The UFBA  is built upon rules and agreements (or regulations) that have been in place for many

Annual report – acknowledging change, diversity and transparency

Annual report – acknowledging change, diversity and transparency

Posted on 24th October 2018

By now all member groups should all have received the latest UFBA Annual Report & Financial Statements sent to all stations. This covers the period from beginning of July 2017 to end of June 2018. As a registered charity we report on the year’s activities and so the annual report helps present a transparent picture of all that we have

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

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

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