My latest video update is set in North Canterbury, where I’ve spent two days this week visiting stations between Christchurch and Blenheim. I also checked out our new National Plant and Equipment Distribution Centre. It was the second of two station visits this month, with two days in the Manawatu in early April.

While I’m on the road I really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about the progress we’re making towards unifying our organisation and about the kind of workplace we want Fire and Emergency to be.

In this update, I introduce our new values. Values are core to our organisation’s culture—they describe what’s important to all of us at Fire and Emergency; who we are and the organisation we aspire to be.

Here’s a summary of the key points in my video:

While I was in the Manawatu earlier this month I got to accompany a crew from Milson in Palmerston North when they were called out to a house fire in the country during my visit to that station.

This week I’m in the North Canterbury area going from Christchurch, up through Kaikoura to Blenheim, visiting a number of stations along the way.

In each of these locations we talk through what’s important at each individual site to understand the particular needs of each area and station as we build our organisation.

During last year’s consultation we asked for your feedback about the values we want for our organisation; values that are going to shape our future.

We took your initial ideas from earlier workshops, asked for your feedback on a shortlist of 15 core themes during the Operating Model consultation, and from there finalised the four values for our organisation.

The values are:

  1. We do the right thing – Kia Tika
  2. We serve and support – Manaakitanga
  3. We are better together – Whanaungatanga
  4. We strive to improve – Auahatanga

A printable version of our values can be found here.

I think these values really resonate with who we are as an organisation, and who we want to be as an organisation. They strike at the core of what it is to be a firefighter, what it is to support our communities.

However, simply having values is not the important thing as an organisation—it is being able to live those values and put them into effect.

That’s our challenge for the future. It’s a challenge we’ll all need to take up.

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