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About Us

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OUR BEGINNINGS


our-beginnings

On 5 May 1976 a meeting was held at the Central Fire Station, Oriental Parade, Wellington.  It was a Brown Watch Night Shift and the Guest Speaker Mr Peter Hills spoke on “Credit Unions and how they work”.

At the conclusion of his talk and by a show of hands the “Brown Watch Bank” was formed. Twelve representatives were elected to form the first Board of Directors, initial deposits of $120 were collected and within days the first loan of $100 was made.

The Wellington Firefighters Credit Union worked initially with no office space, and they were often seen standing outside the Wellington Pay Office collecting money for deposits and loans. Often a fire Engine was seen outside Members Homes conducting business of the Credit Union.

The Wellington Firefighters Credit Union grew to become the New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union in 1981 allowing nation-wide membership.

Today the New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union consists of over, 2200 members throughout New Zealand with over $13 million in total assets. Currently we are the third largest New Zealand Association of Credit Unions Affiliated Industrial Credit Union in New Zealand.

We have established our own office in Petone with full-time staff members. Our core banking system allows us to perform every service you could expect, and we have internet and application banking services available also.

As can be seen the dream in 1976 has become reality and we have an organisation of people helping people that we can be proud of. We now have a successful organisation that we can continue to make grow and reach the target of being the Number One Affiliated Industrial Based Credit Union in New Zealand.

Our thanks go out to our founding members and supporters of your Credit Union.

OUR TEAM


Craig Gold

Craig Gold

Director/Chair


Craig Gold has been involved with the NZ Firefighters Credit Union since 1997, He is currently the Chair of the board and also holds a board role with the NZ association of Credit Unions – known as Co-op Money NZ. Craig current serves as a Senior Station Officer in the Wellington Area.

Lauren Elliott

Lauren Elliott

Manager


I have been at the NZ Firefighters Credit Union for almost 4 years after I missed my first day of work because I was stuck in Auckland following a One Direction concert. That will tell you all you need to know about me – I have fantastic taste in music and I am a really cool Mum. ☺ I have two kids, Tristyn is a 12 year old girl and Marsden is a 10 year old boy, along with 3 cats and 2 dogs so they all keep me extremely busy when I’m not at work. I love working here and enjoy having a laugh with our members and getting to know people from all over NZ.  I love going to the movies in my spare time and eating cheesecake. Cheesecake is life. 

Contact Lauren here.

Chelsea McKibbin

Chelsea McKibbin

Office Administrator


I have been at the NZ Firefighters Credit Union for about 3 months and I am really enjoying my role as an Office Administrator and we have a great team here. I love dogs and wish I could play with puppies all day but unfortunately I need money so here I am! ☺ I plan on getting a puppy next year. I enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends in my spare time.

Contact Chelsea here.

Teresa Smith

Teresa Smith

Office Administrator


I have been at the NZ Firefighters Credit Union for about 18 months and I have two young kids, a 7 year old girl and a 5 year old boy. I live with my fiancée in Wainuiomata and I’m very close to my family. I like working here as I have a long history with Credit Unions and this is a good one! In my spare time I am generally cleaning up after the kids or playing with them.

Contact Teresa here.

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS


Debbie Barber

Debbie Barber


Vice Chair Debbie Barber is a Communications specialist and former journalist . She is a former  Director of Communications at the New Zealand Fire Service and is currently General Manager of Communications at the Ministry of Health.

Margaret Fleming

Margaret Fleming


Director/Secretary has been an Independent Director on the NZFCU Board since September 2014. Prior to her being elected to the Board she was the Learning and Development Manager at Coop Money NZ – a role where she applied a ‘blended’ learning approach to member credit unions staff and director development. She is also Secretary on another Board, continues to create online learning for a few companies as well as owning her own exterior cleaning business. Other interests include travel, reading, walking and the global credit union movement.

Stu Cleland


 

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