Transition team at the UFBA Conference 2016

Transitioning to FENZ was one of the major talking points at this year’s United Fire Brigades Association Conference, held at the Army Museum in Christchurch, 28-30 October.
FENZ Transition leaders and the Project team were invited by the UFBA Executive to update delegates and seek their feedback on key topics.

“… it’s the spirit of co-design that is so essential to FENZ’s success”

“We really value these opportunities,” Transition Director David Strong says. “We need feedback to make sure the right decisions are made, and it’s the spirit of co-design that is so essential to FENZ’s success. We felt welcomed and were really encouraged by the willingness to engage on many subjects in a constructive way.”


Day 1 speeches & presentations (Friday, 28 October 2016)

  • Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Peter Dunne speech
  • Board Chair, Paul Swain presentation

Day 2 speeches & presentations (Saturday, 29 October 2016)

  • NZFS National Commander & CE, Paul Baxter presentation
  • Transition Committee Chair, Dr Nicola Crauford speech and slides
  • Transition Director, David Strong


Day 2 FENZ workshops (Saturday, 29 October 2016)

The FENZ Transition Project team ran four workshops seek input on areas of interest identified in recent national UFBA workshops, to answer some of the questions people have been asking about the transition, to inform and guide the project team, and to provide delegates with an update so they can share this with their people.

  1. Volunteer relationship with FENZ: This session was an opportunity for delegates to identify the relationship volunteers would value with FENZ, from Day One. This interactive session was led by Workstream lead Yvonne Coventry, with support from Fraser Fyfe. Read the Presentation

  2. Local committees and pilots: This session provided a brief over view of local committees and an opportunity for discussion on the piloting of local committees. This session focused on the process of putting the plan into place. The session was led by Principal Advisors Stu Rooney and Bryan Cartelle, with support from Workstream lead Janine McLees. Read the Presentation

  3. Day One operations: This workshop provided an insight into what the proposed legislation will mean for operations on Day One with an interactive session to get input on some of the challenges involved, and discuss some of the options provided by the project team. This session was led by Workstream lead Richard Stewart with support from NZFS Deputy National Commander Paul McGill. Read the Presentation

  4. Draft Volunteerism Principles: This workshop was an opportunity for delegates to hear the results of the (urban and rural) volunteer workshops on volunteerism principles that have taken place to date by a working party that includes the UFBA, and supported by research. The session was led by Volunteer Resilience Lead Brighid Jamieson with support from Principal Advisor & Stakeholder Engagement Lead Sue Sherburd. Read the Presentation



Comms pack:

All delegates were provided with a folder containing copies of the following documents to share with their teams:


The comms pack distributed at the UFBA Conference, and on the Tokomaru Bay Fire Station coffee table days later!



Some highlights from the three day event.