30 Years of Innovation & Technology


1 – 4 August 2017

Auckland, NZ


To all members:
This is an official communication from the FRFANZ Executive advising of an important matter that will be introduced at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on 2 August 2017. This notification is issued in accordance with Section 12.1 of the organisations Constitution.

UFBA Merger Communication from FRFANZ Executive

Conference 2017

Join us for the Forest and Rural Fire Association NZ’s Annual General Meeting and Conference.
This year, FRFANZ celebrates 30 years and we will be looking back over how much has changed in the last 3 decades.
Hear from keynote speakers and a wide range of national experts in two days of stimulating, interesting and though provoking conference sessions.

We will also be hosting an invaluable field trip on the third and final day.

 1 – 4 August 2017

 Auckland, New Zealand


1 August 2017

Workshop: Fire & Emergency NZ

2 August 2017

Conference Day 1
Conference Dinner

3 August 2017

Conference Day 2

4 August 2017

Field Trip

Conference Sponsors

  • Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

    If you wish to become a sponsor or exhibit at the 2017 FRFANZ Conference, contact us.


30 Years of Innovation & Technology

Please note: This is a draft programme. Some details still to be confirmed.
Tuesday 1 August
1:00 pm -
4:00 pm
Workshop: Fire & Emergency NZ
Integration and Support for Volunteers
5:30 pmConference Registrations Open
6:00 pmMeet & Greet Function
Wednesday 2 August: Conference Day 1
7:30 amRegistration
8:00 amFRFANZ Annual General Meeting (including elections)Click here for AGM Agenda
9:00 amTea BreakExhibition Hall
9:30 amWelcomeChair Kevin Ihaka, FRFANZ
9:35 amOfficial OpeningCouncillor Sharon Stewart
9:45 amMinister of Internal AffairsHonourable Peter Dunne
10:00 amFire & Emergency NZ BoardNicki Crauford
10:15 amFire & Emergency NZ CERhys Jones
10:30 amIntegration ProgrammeDavid Strong
11:00 amPanel Discussionwith Fire & Emergency NZ senior leaders
12:00 pmLunchExhibition Hall
1:00 pmThe G Wagon: Tragedy to ImplementationSteve Pellicano, DWELP Victoria, Australia
1:45 pmUFBA Chief ExecutiveBill Butzbach
2:15 pmFRFANZ / UFBA: The Way AheadKevin Ihaka & UFBA Officials
3:00 pmTea BreakExhibition Hall
3:30 pmTBC
4:00 pmClose of Conference Day 1
Conference Dinner
5:00 pmPre Dinner DrinksExhibition Hall
6:00 pmConference Dinner
Thursday 3 August: Conference Day 2
8:15 amNZ Fire Fighters Welfare / Credit Union
8:45 amFire Brigades Institute NZ
9:15 amNZFS Mobility ProjectChris Cunningham, FENZ
10:00 amTea BreakExhibition Hall
10:30 amScion Update
11:15 amUAV DevelopmentsDavid Herries, Interpine
12:00 pmLunchExhibition Hall
1:00 pmTeam MonitoringDr. Chris Bearman
1:45 pmPanel Discussion - Innovation to Operation
2:15 pmZero Coverage TechnologyVodafone Representative
3:00 pmTea BreakExhibition Hall
3:30 pmFire Fighters Sports Council
3:45 pmAFAC Burning ProjectDeb Sparkes, AFAC
4:30 pmConference Close
Friday 4 August: Field Trip

8:45 am -
1:00 pm
Dealing with fires on the Gulf Islands
Take a cruise around Auckland Harbour and hear from the Auckland Rural Fire team about their experiences with fighting fires on the islands.
Nibbles provided and a cash bar will be available on board. Limited spaces available.

Download the PDF Program


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland CBD

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is set right in the midst of New Zealand’s busiest city, providing plenty of activities and attractions.

The block-booked conference accommodation has now been filled.

If you wish to stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland, please book your accommodation using the button below. Let the Reservations team know you are with the FRFANZ Conference and they will give you the best rate available.

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Fire & Emergency NZ – Integration and Support for Volunteers



+ GSTPer Person

Conference Dinner


+ GSTPer Person

Field Trip

$ 90

+ GSTPer Person
“Dealing with fires on the Gulf Islands”
Limited spaces available

Due to some members not having an “agency” to help them fund their attendance to the FRFANZ conference, FRFANZ and the UFBA have negotiated with Fire and Emergency NZ to help assist those volunteers that have had to self-fund to attend the conference.
For more information on this and details for Volunteer registrations, click here.

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About Us

FRFANZ is a national association that represents people and organisations concerned with fire and fire protection in the forests and rural areas of New Zealand. Responsibility for fires in these areas lies with the Rural Fire Authorities (RFA); there are 86 RFA’s covering 97% of the land area of NZ. The remaining 3% is urban fire district area for which the New Zealand Fire Service, a national organisation, is responsible.

The National Rural Fire Authority is tasked with the co-ordination of the RFA’s at a national level. However, delivery of rural fire protection and suppression of wildland fires remains with the rural fire services that are funded and overseen by RFA’s. RFA’s can be territorial local authorities, statutory committees, government departments and military. Therefore, the rural fire services are much more diverse that the urban fire service.

FRFANZ’s role is to develop and provide communication links between all those involved in rural fire from the firefighters to national administrators.

The Association meets its role in many ways, including holding annual conferences with overseas speakers, promoting rural fire competitions, sharing information, lobbying, assisting with the publication of research reports, and providing service honours to firefighters.


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