Post the Loafers Lodge fire the NZPFU organised a lawyer to assist members to draft affidavits that could be provided for any internal or
external inquiry into the matter. It was obvious there would be coroners hearings, likely criminal charges and various inquiries including a
FENZ review. We wanted to ensure our members could collate their information as soon as practicable to the event into an affidavit that
could be presented in any inquiry or legal forum. We also wanted to mitigate the harm caused when having to repeatedly recall in detail
involvement in traumatic events such as the Loafers Lodge fire.
TRAINING/EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP TO ASSIST UNION FAMILIES
The Northern Drivers’ Charitable Trust is offering a scholarships to assist union members or their families to assist with training or
re-training in any trade, skill or tertiary study.
Employees cannot be compelled to participate in employment investigations
Various NZPFU members have been reporting receiving emails containing a “lawful directive” to participate in employment investigations. The
implication of the email is that those that refuse to participate may be subject to disciplinary action themselves for failing to comply
with the “directive”.
WHANAUNGATANGA WELLNESS SURVEY REPORT IS GRIM READING
The Report of the Whanaungatanga Wellbeing Survey is grim reading with nearly one in three career firefighters meeting the criteria for one
or more mental ill health indicators and Communication Centre dispatchers reporting this highest rates of mental health issues when compared
to other roles in the organisation. In addition to the exposures to trauma through emergency response, the survey found only 6.6% career
firefighters felt supported by FENZ as an organisation.
Update on Payroll issues, Income Protection Insurance and reimbursements, and Industrial Officer
Members have a range of issues from queries to known errors in their pay and back-pay. I met with relevant FENZ management late last
week to get a picture of what was happening and timelines for resolution.
Psychological Support and Supervision Pilot Launched
An important part of 2023 settlement of the collective agreement - the NZPFU initiated Psychological Support and Supervision Pilot – is now
Welcome to Te Kāhui Kaipatuahi o Aotearoa, the NZ Professional Firefighters' Union.
The NZPFU is a key partner with Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Through reducing the likelihood of unwanted fires, reducing consequences
from emergencies and helping build resilient communities we contribute to a safer environment for New Zealanders.
Our members serve their communities to protect and preserve life, property and the environment. NZPFU representatives are based on all
career fire stations. There are also 19 Union Locals in the major metropolitan and principal centres where career firefighters are