UFBA News

Shaping the positions under Service Delivery

Posted on 7th February 2019

With your voice we’ve already made suggestions to shape the FENZ Operating Model and the Strategic Leadership Team. Now it’s the next step in organisational design. This stage looks at the parts of Fire and Emergency that further drive integration – the team reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery. What this looks like at

Nelson/Tasman fire update from FENZ

Posted on 7th February 2019

You’ll no doubt be aware of the large 1900 hectare wildfires currently being fought in the Nelson/Tasman region based around Pigeon Valley. Over 100 firefighters, 22 helicopters and 2 winged planes have been deployed to tackle this blaze with many of them volunteers.   Here’s an update for today from Fire and Emergency. The predicted moderate weather conditions

Fire and Emergency and St John MOU 2019

Posted on 31st January 2019

We need your views! Fire and Emergency (FENZ) and St John are looking to establish a revised Memorandum of Understanding. UFBA has been asked to provide feedback on the draft document. A group of brigades including first response brigades have already been invited by the Association to assist in this process. We wish to provide all member brigades and fire

UFBA response to the Independent Review

Posted on 24th January 2019

Background The UFBA, along with other associations and unions, have been involved in the consultation under the Independent Review led by retired judge Coral Shaw. As the leading association representing the interests of all firefighters across NZ we fully support the recommendations of this report. FENZ is under no pretence that bullying and harassment is evident in the fire and

Bill’s blog - New year, new opportunities and continued support

Posted on 10th January 2019

Welcome to 2019 and happy new year to you all. Kia ora koutou. We know the ‘holidays’ don’t actually mean a holiday for most people in our sector. So I want to take this moment to acknowledge each of you for your continued commitment and efforts keeping people safe over the busy holiday period As we head

Bill’s blog: Christmas message to our members

Posted on 18th December 2018

A message from UFBA CEO Bill It’s hard to believe how quickly time passes. Here we are again at another Christmas and summer holiday period. Thank you for supporting the UFBA this year I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you who has been involved with the UFBA’s activities this

Bill’s blog - International Volunteer Day and the growing need for community-wide resilience

Posted on 5th December 2018

Today is International Volunteer Day. What does that actually mean to those of us who are volunteers under Fire and Emergency NZ or any of the other invaluable first responder or resilience supporting organisations? It means we should take time to remind people of the things often taken for granted and the responsibilities of community members in acknowledging who responds

Bill’s blog: sharing conference content

Posted on 23rd November 2018

At our Conference last weekend we promised to share the content with you so that those who could not make it could access the same information, and the same learnings, inspiration and occasion shared by our delegates and observers. We have a summary page on our website, gallery of images and for the first time we've filmed all parts.

Bill’s blog - The next steps for our merger

Bill’s blog - The next steps for our merger

Posted on 19th November 2018

As we follow a very successful conference – our largest ever – we can now share the updates presented by UFBA Board Chair Richie Smith on how we’re progressing the merger. 2017’s conference gave the UFBA Board the directive (with FRFANZ Exec) to progress the merger with FRFANZ in 2018. However the roadshows that took place throughout May,

Bill’s Blog - Understanding Governance and our Constitution

Posted on 13th November 2018

Policies, legislation, rules and regulations, constitution, remits, submissions, governance, quorum... It’s a minefield of terminology out there and we often make assumptions that everybody in our sector knows the differences between each, but this isn’t necessarily the case. The UFBA  is built upon rules and agreements (or regulations) that have been in place for many

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