Late last month I released the Independent Review into our workplace policies, practices and procedures to address bullying and harassment. You heard me say that we are committed to building a workplace where everyone feels respected and included, regardless of gender, ethnicity, role or thinking.

I was, and still am, clear that how we respond and change the culture within our organisation is up to all of us. Work is underway to implement the recommendations from the report. I also want to hear your ideas about what we can do to build a culture that’s more respectful and inclusive via Beacon, our online ideas platform.

I recorded this short video message at Wellington City Station to tell you more:

Here’s a summary of my video message:

I want to talk to you about the Coral Shaw Review and what we’re doing to move forward. The review wasn’t about finding what the problems were, but to point us in the direction of how to resolve these issues and create an organisation that is supportive of our people.

This month we need to start looking at what our solutions are and how we’re going to put them into place to make us the organisation we want to be.

You’ve heard from me, in terms of what we need to do as an organisation. Now I’d like to hear from you, about what’s going to be practical in your areas, stations and parts of the country.

To gain your views, we’re using Beacon, which hopefully you’re already familiar with.  Please talk with your crew and decide how you want to respond – as an individual or as a brigade.

The important thing is that we get your ideas. I’m looking forward to hearing your views, as you know what will work in your location – so please contribute.


Accessing Beacon

You can access Beacon by typing link) into your PC, tablet or mobile phone (no need to go through the Portal). On your first visit you’ll have three options to create an account:

  1. “Fire and Emergency Login” – click this option to use your existing Fire and Emergency user name and password to access the platform immediately.
  2. “Personal Email Login” – click this option to use your personal email address and password of your choice.
  3. “Social media account” – click this option to use your social media account log in details.

NB: Options 2 and 3 involve a one-off validation process to confirm you are part of Fire and Emergency.

You’ll find more “how to” information within Beacon and on Portal.

Independent Review

More information about retired Judge Coral Shaw’s Independent Review, including the full report and support available to you, is on the Portal.

You can also contact the Positive Workplace Culture Review Team at

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