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
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
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
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
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
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
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