It is with great sadness that we inform NZPFU members of the passing of NZPFU Life Member Terry Scott.

Terry joined the NZFS as a career firefighter in December 1962.  He first served in Christchurch  and was actively involved in the Union including his tenure as Christchurch President during the 1973 industrial action.  He moved to Dunedin in 1979 to take up the roll of Divisional Officer.  He was a respected firefighter and held in high regard as a manager as he never forgot where he came from and always held the health and safety of firefighters paramount.

A longstanding union stalwart and staunch socialist Terry was recognised with Life Membership in 1995.   He will be remembered for his direct involvement in the formation of a National Union and he was instrumental in the fight for Fire Super  - a tremendous legacy for past, present and future NZPFU members. Terry served 10 years on the National Committee.

After leaving the Fire Service he remained committed to serving the community holding a position on the Fire Service Commission for several years.

Terry was a committed unionist throughout his career and retirement.  He continued to be active in supporting the Union as recently as August 2022 when he joined the Dunedin Local demonstration during the strikes.

On behalf of the NZPFU membership we send our condolences and support to his beloved wife Maureen, their seven children, 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Terry will be at rest at 20 Coleridge Street, Kaikorai Valley until 5pm on Thursday, January 12.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St Patrick’s Basilica, 40 Macandrew Road, Dunedin at 11am on Friday, January 13, the funeral then leaving for Dunedin Cemetery.

His service will also be live streamed  and can be viewed via

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