New revelations about volunteer fire fighters association

NZPFU National Secretary Wattie Watson, and the first woman board member of the UFBA, Judith Stanley, call for a Ministerial inquiry into the $4 million the UFBA receives every year.

The Chair of the Volunteer Firefighters' Association, the UFBA, and its Chief Executive are the sole shareholders of a limited liability company registered two weeks before the chair commissioned an inquiry into the CEO. UFBA chairman Richie Smith and Chief Executive Bill Butzbach, jointly registered Tangata Matatau Limited with the company's office on August 3 last year.

Just over two weeks later,  Mr Smith commissioned a QC to conduct an inquiry into Mr Butzbach relating to claims of bullying and harassment. The inquiry was later abandoned and Mr Butzbach reinstated.

Listen to our National Secretary, Wattie Watson speak with Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon this morning questioning whether the $4 million the UFBA receives every year is being well spent:

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