An historic event
Our Conference in Christchurch was historic for a number of reasons—the last under the current NZFS regime before FENZ is set up on 1 July next year, the first following our MoU with FRFANZ, and for a better reflection of the diversity in our communities through the record number of delegates.
Conference was all about building strong foundations so we can embrace the changes coming up in New Zealand’s fire and emergency services. The growing engagement of members with our advocacy organisation was shown by the immense positivity, friendship and interest during the sessions.
2016 Annual Conference AGM Minutes
Hon Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs
UFBA Proactive Advocacy: Fire Services Reform
UFBA Chair & Board Reports
Conference in Brief
- A strong focus on the proactive actions taken by the UFBA on behalf of members during the fire services reform
- UFBA was confirmed as the recognised advocate for our membership with the signing of a transitional agreement by NZFSC/UFBA
- NZFSC/FENZ have assured us that our people will be involved in co-design of new processes, policies and regulations
- 265 delegates represented brigades and rural fire forces—a record number (with an additional 24 brigades represented by proxy)
- 92 ‘first timer’ delegates or observers
- 12 rural fire forces represented compared to three last year
- 40 women firefighter attendees
- First woman elected as a UFBA Director—Judith Stanley
- A captivating and acclaimed address from UFBA Life Honorary Member Frank Hardy—at 95 years old
- Warren Maslin, President of the Canterbury Provincial Association, presented on behalf of all Provincials on being fit-for-purpose for the future
- Our keynote speakers who gave us vital messages on the topical topics of managing and dealing with change—but with much hilarity and entertainment as well—Sir John Kirwan (who got 400 firefighters up dancing!) and Ngahi Bidois (who had us all hongi five people we didn’t know).
- Celebrating and socialising with 500 colleagues at the Welcome Function at the Christchurch Art Gallery and 560 at the Conference Dinner at the Air Force Museum.
Download the UFBA 2016 AGM Minutes below:
The Day Three AGM Minutes will be available following confirmation at the UFBA Board meeting on 8 December.
Making the transition to FENZ a reality
"....it is critical to the structure and performance of the new entity that the relationships between the community, the volunteer and the brigade continue, to ensure we continue to have strong foundations to build from."
Download the NZFSC Board presentations:
Download the UFBA reports and presentations:
Fire Services Reform: Proactive UFBA Advocacy
UFBA Chair Rick Braddock Board Report
UFBA Chair Rick Braddock Presentation - Wigram Skies
2015/16 Annual Report
Frank Hardy address
UFBA 2015/16 Highlights of Advocacy, Events & Support Services
Download the UFBA Workshop presentations:
This workshop explained why people resist change, provided a 3 step tool for coaching through change,showed the importance of listening in change leadership and showed how to manage resistance.
This session discussed how change happens one person at a time, the concerns during times of change and how people react to change.
Damian led participants through exploring communicating change, people’s psychological response to change, fear response and attention density.
Smarter, Faster, Better, Cheaper - Debbie Mayo-Smith (a large file 5.4MB)
Participants found how to get more done in less time - managing emails, contacts, folders, calendars, cateegories, online storage Google Maps and smartphones.
The theme of this year’s conference was Building strong foundations.
Two keynote speakers, Sir John Kirwan and Ngahi Bidois, provided delegates with ideas and resources on how to deal with change and lead through the fire services reform—thereby building stronger brigades and communities.
Click here for summaries of Conference Reports and Presentations including Minister Peter Dunne, NZFSC Chair Paul Swain, UFBA Chair Rick Braddock, Patron Dame Margaret Bazley, New Officers and Directors, UFBA Benevolent Fund, Provincial Associations and UFBA Life Honorary Member, Nigel Lilley.
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Draft Order of Business as at 20 September 2016