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

UFBA consulted by Volunteering NZ for submission on volunteer tax rebates

Posted on 11th May 2018

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

Richie Smith and Brenda Pilott appointed to UFBA Board

Posted on 1st May 2018

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,

Have your say on the proposed Local Advisory Committees (LACs)

Posted on 30th April 2018

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

UFBA’s 15th Leadership & Governance Workshop develops new leaders

Posted on 27th April 2018

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.

Public consultation on Local Advisory Committees (LACs) starts Monday 9 April

Posted on 5th April 2018

Public consultation on the proposed boundaries for Local Advisory Committees (LACs) will start on Monday 9 April.

Service Honours January - February 2018

Service Honours January - February 2018

Posted on 9th March 2018

UFBA Service Honours - 50 Year and Gold Star medals from January - February 2018

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