Today is Pink Shirt Day – a national day about everyone in New Zealand working together to Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together and Stop bullying. It is a day that aligns with our organisational values – Kia tika, Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga, Auahatanga.

At Fire and Emergency, we celebrate Pink Shirt Day every year to stand up against bullying, celebrate diversity and promote kindness and inclusiveness. Bullying, harassment and unwanted behaviour of any kind is not tolerated here.

So today, I encourage you to take some time with your teams to have a kōrero and re-familiarise yourselves with our code of behaviour.

If you see bullying or harassment of any kind, don’t put up with it. Call it out so it can be stopped. Follow up with the person being bullied to ask if they are okay. Our see the harm, stop the harm(external link) video can give you guidance on how to do this.

If you have experienced unwanted behaviour, I know it can difficult or stressful to reach out. I encourage you to seek support or advice if you need to. We take these matters seriously and there are lots of places where you can seek support. You can also confidentially raise a complaint by contacting the Behaviour Conduct Office, email bco@fireandemergency.nz or call 0800 470 951 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

Watch Deputy Chief Executive People Brendan Nally, Deputy Chief Executive Office of the Chief Executive Raewyn Bleakley, Positive Workplace Programme Lead Danelle Whakatihi and myself talk about what Pink Shirt Day means for us and Fire and Emergency. It is core to the organisation we are creating here at Fire and Emergency – one where everyone is safe welcome and included.

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