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
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
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
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