Fire and Emergency was well represented at the Auckland Rainbow Pride Parade with 35 of our people and their whānau taking part in the Parade last weekend, some travelling from as far as Ruakaka, Rotorua, Taupō and Wellington.

National Commander Kerry Gregory said it was a fantastic afternoon walking in the parade with our people and their whānau and “co responding” alongside our colleagues from St John.

“Taking part in the Pride parades each year is an important celebration of our communities and the diverse communities we serve,” says Kerry.

“Diversity is an important part of who we are and it’s reflected in our organisational value of we are better together – whanaungatanga.

“Special thanks to those who helped organise our attendance at the event, in particular Northern Communication Centre Operations Manager, Mark Richards and National Training Centre Learning Development Advisor, Michelle Forrest.

“And to the Birkenhead Volunteer Fire Brigade whose appliance was parked along the parade, colourfully decorated and equipped with a bubble machine and toy waterguns to provide entertainment for the crowd.”

Mark Richards said it was great to see all the support from Fire and Emergency on the day.

“It’s important our people can be their true selves at work or while volunteering for Fire and Emergency and know they are supported – whether they are an ally or part of the rainbow community,” says Mark.

“It was a really fun event and everyone is looking forward to next year!”


Check out this video with a few photos from the day.

Auckland Rainbow Pride Parade 2021

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