UFBA blog

Bill’s blog: Merger, Conference, FENZ and Wellbeing

Posted on 16th July 2019

Tenā koutou katoa It’s been a while since I wrote to you all. The team in the UFBA office have been absolutely buzzing with activity – it’s an especially busy period for us all at the moment, but an exciting one. Merger progress - watch this space We’ve got progress on the merger –

Reward and recognition announcement for volunteers

Posted on 18th June 2019

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin yesterday announced a $4 million-a-year package to recognise the contribution made by Fire and Emergency volunteers to communities across New Zealand. This is timely during National Volunteer Week, which is all about recognising the contribution of volunteers to New Zealand’s economy and wellbeing. UFBA and FRFANZ brigade members have been providing a sounding board

The UFBA Advocacy and support service

Posted on 10th June 2019

The UFBA Advocacy and support service your first choice for conflict resolution and complaints Every Fire and Emergency email address will have received a notice about the new interim Complaints process sent from Fire and Emergency. We’re glad this process will not be necessary for the vast majority of you for whom brigade life is without conflict –

Congratulations to Queen’s Honours recipients 2019

Posted on 5th June 2019

We were delighted to see among this year’s queen’s Birthday Honours recipients the following honourees for services to Fire and Emergency NZ and Community: Gary Aitken, a volunteer firefighter of 53 years from Warkworth, has represented the Auckland Provincial Association andbeen heavily involved ina number of local clubs  and associations including a role as Justice of

UFBA FRFANZ Submission on dispute resolution scheme

Posted on 28th May 2019

This is a subject the UFBA has a vested interest in, as your primary source of sector-related independent advocacy. The UFBA was named in the Independent Review into Workplace Bullying (the 'Coral Shaw Report') as a partner for FENZ to work with to update the process. We encourage all volunteers to have your say and make your own submissions direct

Addressing important health needs of firefighters – cancers and psychological trauma

Posted on 24th May 2019

Kia ora, As indicated in previous UFBA news updates, your Association has been working with NZPFU on the matter of ACC law recognising “firefighter cancers” and the bid for presumptive legislation. This campaign is being led by NZPFU Secretary Wattie Watson. We understand Wattie was involved in a similar successful campaign with the Victorian Firefighters and Unions prior

Bill’s blog: Acknowledging us all for International Firefighters Day

Posted on 6th May 2019

This year’s National Firefighter Combat Day coincided with International Firefighters Day - what perfect timing to bring together over 150 firefighters. While the sector sadly didn’t get as much attention on this day as World Naked Gardening Day (also May 4th) I want to take this moment to acknowledge each one of us - it’s

Building bridges with international partners - UFBA signs MoU with IFE

Building bridges with international partners - UFBA signs MoU with IFE

Posted on 12th April 2019

We recently built upon the UFBA's national presence and wider profile with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the IFE - the Institute of Fire Engineers, New Zealand Branch. Based in the UK, the IFE is a worldwide body that provides research, training, conferences and professional qualifications for firefighters and civilians who work in fields related to

Tax improvements for volunteer reimbursements

Posted on 3rd April 2019

After nearly a year we’ve heard about some improvements for volunteer reimbursements. This follows our contribution to a submission with Volunteering NZ last April to the Tax Working Group, as advocate of one of New Zealand’s largest volunteer workforces. The submission identified an issue around Individual Volunteer Reimbursements and Honoraria Payments with Individuals receiving tax penalties

Initiatives to engage youth and community

Posted on 29th March 2019

Growing volunteer numbers and developing community resilience Last year, UFBA began work to establish a youth scheme by surveying members – we had a great response from 290 individual brigades and your feedback was extremely enlightening. Analysis of the survey showed a demand for a scheme from brigades throughout the country. A think tank of representatives from brigades which are actively

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