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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

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

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