Tēnā koutou katoa,

Another update - this time from the West Coast, where the strategic leadership team (SLT) and I travelled to visit several urban and rural stations (Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi, Hokitika, Kumara, Moana, Brunner, and Greymouth) to get their perspective on local issues and integration progress to-date.

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As some of you may remember, as part of the integration programme we held a series of workshops last year with our unions, associations and partner organisations to agree some principles about how Fire and Emergency NZ could work as an integrated organisation: portal.fireandemergency.nz/notices-news-and-events/news/starting-conversations-about-how-we-will-work-as-one-organisation/

This process was called the 'high-level' design of the operating model. Over the next month you'll be hearing more about the work that's underway to use these principles to develop a 'detailed' draft operating model – in other words, what our organisation will do, how we will do it, and how we will work together.

It will look at aspects including new capability areas, the needs and risks of our communities and how we can be organised to be more flexible and adaptable to meet those needs.

Along with all the other work we have underway across our organisation, this process will help ensure Fire and Emergency is well placed to tackle changing risks in New Zealand with an ageing population, climate change and the population shift from rural to urban areas.

More information about this will be available in the March edition of the Fire and Emergency NZ Update, on the Portal and through briefing material that will be sent to leaders from next week onwards.

We’ll also let you know how you can provide feedback on the things that will be included in the draft Operating Model, which we expect will then go out for consultation from July 2018.

Hei te wā, until next time,


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