Today our Chair, Paul Swain, has launched Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s Our National Strategy 2019 – 2045 on behalf of the Board.

We know that we and our communities will face increasingly complex challenges as the climate changes, as our population ages, grows and becomes more diverse, and as technology developments continue to gain momentum.

As our communities evolve and adapt to these challenges, so must we in order to  keep meeting their needs and to meet our mandate to protect the people, property and environment of New Zealand, now and into the future. To do this well, will undoubtedly mean changes to how we work.

Our National Strategy outlines how we will make these changes over time. It will help inform things like our planning and investment decisions, and the attributes and skills our people will need.

It sets out how we will build a respectful and inclusive organisation that is well placed for the future, and that people want to be part of.

In June this year, our Chair launched our strategic framework and I outlined some of its content in my blog. I talked about our new purpose and vision, the strategic priorities and outcomes we will focus on, and the values and operating principles that will help us to create a positive culture within our organisation.

Our National Strategy provides more detail about how we’ll deliver the strategic priorities outlined in the framework, and the areas where we need to make the most change now.

We’ve chosen a 25-year time-frame, 2019 to 2045, for this National Strategy because that’s enough time to make significant changes to the way we work.

Delivering our strategic priorities

Our five strategic priorities are the areas where we need to make the most change now in order to effectively meet the demands for the future:

  • Building resilient communities, Te hanga hapori aumangea
  • Collaboration, partnerships and influence, Te mahi tahi,ngā rangapū, me te aweawe
  • Growing our people, Te whakatipu i ā mātou tāngata
  • Intelligence-led, evidence-based decisions, He whakatau whakamātautau ā-taunakitanga, ārahi ā-atamai
  • Keeping pace with change, Te haere tahi ki te hurihuritanga.

Our National Strategy describes why each of these is an immediate priority, what we need to do, the shifts we’ll make in our work, and what success will look like for Fire and Emergency and our communities.

We will track and review our progress towards these strategic priorities over time, to make sure we’re still meeting our communities’ needs. 

Downloadable resources

I encourage you to read Our National Strategy 2019-2045(external link) and display the new strategic framework posters in English and te Reo and the values poster. These posters replace any old versions you may have up on display; we’ll also send copies to stations and area/region offices in November.

Over the coming months I look forward to sharing more detail about what this National Strategy means for all of us and the work we do.

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