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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 2,200 members throughout New Zealand with around $15 million in total assets. Currently we are the second largest New Zealand Association of Credit Unions Affiliated Industrial Credit Union in New Zealand.
We have established our own office in Petone, Lower Hutt. Our core banking system allows us to perform every service you could expect, and we have internet and mobile banking, and online loans application services available.
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.
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.
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!
Member Services Consultant
I started at New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union in 2018 as a Member Services Consultant and I was so excited to join such a strong, fun team at such a reputable Credit Union. I am looking forward to getting to know our members and being able to provide them the great service they obviously already get.
I have 20 years experience in accounts and administration and my most recent role was Finance Manager at a printing company which I really enjoyed but I am loving the people contact that comes with the Member Services Consultant position at NZFCU.
In my spare time I have two beautiful daughters and two fluffy friends to keep me busy. I’m interested in Art and have recently returned from an amazing trip to the UK with one of my oldest friends.
Team Manager Home Loans
I started at New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union and have come with a banking background, having worked firstly with National Bank and more recently with Kiwibank. I have also spent some time as a Life Coach and a volunteer Budget Advisor. A key driver of mine has always been to make a positive difference to the lives of others, using the financial services and coaching skills I have developed and practised over the years.
I am married, with 4 adult children, and having played rugby, tennis and touch football over the years, now thoroughly enjoy being on the sidelines urging on my grandchildren at their hockey and rugby games.
MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
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 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 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.
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 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.
Tui became a Director at the NZFCU in 2014. Tui is also a Trustee and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Tui comes from a legal background, and now works for Fire and Emergency New Zealand in the Communications Centre, as a Communicator. The role requires Tui to work 10 hour days and 14 hour nights, within different teams.
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