Covid-19 response taskforce

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the UFBA maintains active representation on the FENZ Covid-19 Taskforce. Led by Harry Howard SO Greytown VFB, who represents the wider group at meetings, the group representatives cover all regions using their local networks to feedback to him on regional considerations and issues. The UFBA representatives include:

  • Graeme Booth - CFO Laingholme VFB and Past President (R1)
  • Glenn Williams - CFO Te Puke VFB and Past President (R2)
  • Mark Osborne – SO Tawa VFB and Challenge Panel member (R3)
  • Hamish Peter - CFO Rangiora VFB and VDM Region 4 (R4)
  • Jesse Wilcox – OIC Invercargill VFB and Past President of Otago-Southland Provincial Association (R5)

If you have a particular concern or issue you would like to raise with the group, please email

The latest meeting minutes (9, 15, 16, 17 Feb) can be found below:

Download FENZ's safety housekeeping advice below to ensure your station is in tip top shape for hygiene and safety against infection:

Precautions at all UFBA Challenge events

The UFBA events team and Challenge Panel take Covid-19 precautions very seriously and follow appropriate government guidelines. There are mitigation processes in place including sanitisers throughout venues, QR codes and contact tracing for public attendees and competitors and weekly follow up monitoring of attendees from any 'hot spot' regions that may appear. Any competitors who feel ill prior to the event, or on the day, are instructed to stay away and self-isolate as per government instructions.

We will continue to monitor the situation should changes occur and take appropriate action where necessary to protect first responders.

The Ministry of Health is updating their website regularly with information on locations of interest that the confirmed cases have visited recently: If you have been to a location of interest, please stay home and contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to get a test. Please remain isolated until you receive the result. 

The Prime Minister also provided information on face covering use on public transport. Face coverings are mandatory on public transport in Auckland, and for those people travelling to, from or transiting through Auckland by plane. For the rest of the country, face coverings are also mandatory on public transport and on all domestic flights throughout New Zealand.

Wherever you are around the country, please continue to stay at home if you’re sick, seek medical advice and get tested if you’re asked.

Our experience in New Zealand and around the world shows this virus is persistent and therefore, we need to remain vigilant.