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


Brendan Prince

Chief Executive Officer


Brendan has worked within the financial services arena (Credit Unions, Banking and Finance) for over 20 years. He has considerable experience in providing leadership and support around organisational strategy, regulatory requirements, banking operations, member experience, along with marketing and sales. Brendan believes that an industrial based Credit Union is now more relevant to New Zealand society than it has been for some time. With the philosophy changing from looking globally to looking and acting locally, now more than ever the New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union has strong growth and engagement opportunities across the emergency services of New Zealand. Brendan’s interests outside of work include fitness, family activities and travel.

Lauren Elliott

Team Manager - Member Services


I have been at the NZ Firefighters Credit Union since 2013 and came here from another major credit union. Prior to that I was self-employed and owned two businesses. I enjoy working here as I love being part of ‘Firefighters helping Firefighters’ and enjoy developing relationships with our members all over New Zealand. On behalf of all of the office staff I can honestly say we always strive to give you the most efficient and personal service that you wouldn’t usually get at a major bank, and we are here to help you.

In my spare time I am kept very busy with my kids, dogs and cats but I love going to the movies, getting outside in the fresh air (when it’s not too cold in windy Wellington!) and eating cheesecake and anything else I can get my hands on!

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Teresa Smith

Member Services Consultant


I have been at the NZ Firefighters Credit Union since 2015. I came to the Credit Union with experience from a Corporate Trustee and several other jobs. I like working here as I have a long history with Credit Unions and this is a good one!

I live with my 2 young kids and my fiancé and in my spare time I am generally cleaning up after the kids or playing with them.

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Chelsea McKibbin

Member Services Consultant


I started at the NZ Firefighters Credit Union in 2017 and I am really enjoying my role as an Office Administrator as we have a great team here. I came to the Credit Union from a customer service background and therefore I am very customer service driven and I enjoy contributing to a great experience for our members.

I enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends in my spare time and I’m hoping to get a puppy soon.

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Tia-Maree Needham

Member Services Consultant


I started at New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union in 2017 and am really enjoying myself so far. I have 19 years experience in finance, insurance and banking and after a stint at studying nursing I have returned to the finance industry which has always been my first love. I am enjoying dealing with our members and being able to build relationships with members on a more personal level which is very unique to the credit union environment compared to what I’m used to at the major trading banks.

When I’m not at work I spend most of my time being a taxi for my kids, taking them to their sports and activities and if I get any extra time I spend it socialising with friends.

Contact Tia-Maree here

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS


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.

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.

Chris Walbran

Director/Treasurer


Chris has been a Director and the Treasurer of New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union since 2014. Since joining the NZFCU Chris has qualified as a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (CMInstD). Holding a Master in Business Administration (MBA) Chris is a business advisor and coach with extensive experience as an owner/operator and careers in accounting and management roles spanning private, corporate and public sectors.

He has a strong ethos of 45 plus years volunteering in various community organisations including over 25 years as a volunteer fire fighter.

Margaret Fleming

Director/Secretary


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.

John May

Director/Board Member


John May joined the NZ Firefighters Credit Union as a member in 1982. In 2003 he was elected to the Board as a Director, and in 2007 was also appointed as a Trustee. John is employed by Fire and Emergency New Zealand as a Volunteer Support Officer in the Hutt/Wairarapa area, which is in addition to his 48 years experience as a volunteer firefighter.

John’s interests outside of work include him and his wife Sue travelling throughout New Zealand in their Motor Home, as well as being actively involved in the Wellington area of the New Zealand Caravan Association.

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