Message from George Verry, Chief Executive Officer
On 30 June, the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill to repeal the two Acts governing New Zealand’s fire services (the Fire Service Act 1975 and the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977) and to give effect to a single unified fire services organisation (FENZ) was introduced to Parliament.
The Bill takes a contemporary approach to legislation and does not prescribe how the organisation is to be structured or managed. Instead it takes an enabling and permissive approach.
At a very high level, the Bill can be described as setting out the objectives and functions of the organisation and then vesting the power and authority necessary to achieve those objectives in the Board.
The Board is then expected to design the detailed systems and structures to deliver the results and delegate such of its powers as it considers necessary to management.
Positive outcomes for volunteers
The interventions and contributions of the UFBA to the reform process to date have served the cause of fire services volunteerism well. I can point to numerous positive provisions in the FENZ Bill that simply would not be there without our firm persistent advocacy.
We are well positioned to secure the interests of volunteers, their brigades / rural fire forces and the communities they represent when the FENZ Board comes to consider the detailed design of the systems and structures to achieve the objectives of the Bill.
FENZ Bill: An Analysis from a Volunteer Perspective
For ease of reading and understanding, the UFBA has put together a short but impactful plain language analysis of the FENZ Bill from a volunteer perspective. You can download the FENZ Bill: An Analysis from a Volunteer Perspective here or download below.
Our analysis emphasises points in the Bill that our members, in particular volunteers, would consider most relevant.
UFBA submission on the FENZ Bill
Submissions on the FENZ Bill close on Thursday 18 August. We are in the process of preparing a submission on behalf of members.
In line with our member consultation process since the Government released the Fire Services Review Discussion Document on 27 May 2015, we are seeking feedback from a representative cross-section of our membership on the FENZ Bill in a number of ways.
From page 4 onwards of the FENZ Bill: An Analysis from a Volunteer Perspective, we have noted the specific provisions of the Bill that we will focus on during our member consultation.
We would welcome your feedback on the Bill - either from your member brigade / rural fire force as a whole or as an individual.
Deadline for your feedback
Please send us your comments by Thursday 11 August::
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
- Fax to 04 237 2680, or
- Post to UFBA, PO Box 56079, Tawa, Wellington 5249
Thank you for taking the time and consideration to contribute your feedback because it will greatly help the UFBA reflect the views of members in our submission.
4 August 2016
For ease of reading and understanding, the UFBA has put together a short but impactful plain language analysis of the FENZ Bill from a volunteer perspective
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