Members are advised that starting Wednesday 3rd June, Mel Johnson the Te Hiku Welfare Officer, will begin making station visits to meet the crews.

Unfortunately these have been delayed due to the COVID-19 situation, but with the transition to Alert Level 2, these visits may now begin.

A NZPFU Local Executive will be making the tour with Mel, introducing her to the crews around the Auckland Region.

Mel will be explaining a little about her role, the assistance she can provide, where members can go to seek help, and answer any questions that members may have on Welfare issues.

Please refer to the schedule that has been published by your Area Management, and ensure that you are on station for your scheduled time, going K9-01 for the duration of the visit.

If any members have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact one of your station cluster representatives.

A copy of Mels bio is attached below:

I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to join Fire and Emergency New Zealand in the new position of Welfare Officer for Te Hiku.   

Although I have been around for a couple of months now, the unfortunate situation with COVID-19 has prevented me from getting out to meet people.  

I came to FENZ from the Department of Corrections where I have worked as Northern Region Staff Welfare Coordinator since 2013, supporting the staff who work in both the prisons and community probation areas.

I am extremely passionate about the welfare and wellbeing of people, having spent all of my working life caring, supporting, empowering and guiding people through some very difficult situations and life challenges. I am looking forward working alongside colleagues and to provide an extension of the support available to all staff in Te Hiku.

On a personal note, my family and I have been in New Zealand since 2008. I have been married to my husband Malcolm for twenty six years, I am a proud Mum of 2 and a Nana of 1. 

I am hoping to get out and about around the region as much as possible once the levels of lockdown are reduced and look forward to meeting you all.

In the meantime please feel free to contact me on 027 367 5112 or email Mel.Johnson@fireandemergency.nz

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