The NZPFU has lifted its ban on participation in aerial appliance working groups and discussions as we now have appropriate representation on the FENZ aerial appliance project.

Last week we notified members not to participate in any discussions or involvement with the aerial appliance project as we did not have appropriate representation on the FENZ working group.  In addition we were greatly concerned the project was a sham as we were repeatedly hearing that FENZ had already placed an order for four aerial appliances.   We updated members later in the week with FENZ categorically denying any such order or decisions had been made, and we had entered into further discussions to determine NZPFU membership on the project groups.

Key concerns for the NZPFU have been remedied with NZPFU representatives from Auckland and Wellington now part of the Reference Group, along with regional representatives, some of whom are also NZPFU SMEs (subject matter experts).  In addition we have our national NZPFU representative Peter Harwood elevated to the steering committee.  We appreciate FENZ Deputy Chief Executive Organisational Strategy and Capability Development Russell Wood genuinely considering our concerns and putting up a representation model that we believe will enhance the project.

We will keep in place our NZPFU SME group who will assist our NZPFU and regional representatives on the reference group to ensure any proposal from the Reference Group is sound and based on operational needs to ensure the protection of the community and to preserve safe systems of work.

Our representatives will now work within this structure to firstly determine the appropriate aerial appliances needed urgently, as well as work towards and sustainable aerial appliance strategy.  We expect this will be a robust process and hope it is the start of sound planning to address current needs and future-proofing the protection of the community.

In unity,
Wattie Watson
National Secretary

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