A comprehensive guide to setting up and running an ELN at Fire and Emergency.

What are ELNs?

Fire and Emergency is a large organisation full of people from all walks of life. Employee Led Networks (ELNs) are groups of like-minded people who come together to improve workplace conditions for all personnel, and help our people feel included, valued and like they can be themselves at work.

ELNs can act as a catalyst for change in the workplace by:

  • providing a sense of belonging for our people
  • providing a space for our people to have their voices heard
  • increasing engagement, productivity and encouraging innovation
  • contributing to the attraction and retention of diverse workforce talent
  • supporting professional development and giving visibility of emerging talent and future leaders.

ELNs also support Fire and Emergency’s work in our communities and provide connections into other networks across the public service.

New ELN Guidelines

Today, we are launching new Guidelines for our ELNs. This is an exciting step on our diversity and inclusion journey and a contribution to our long-term culture change.

The Guidelines outline Fire and Emergency’s commitment to ELNs and the formal process for setting one up and running it, including who to talk to, how to find a champion, what forms to fill in and how to access funding.

The Guidelines also formalise the role of our Chief Executive and wider Leadership Team in supporting our ELNs.

If you have a ELN idea or vision you’d like to progress, check out the guidelines.

Funding pilot

We’re also piloting a new funding model. For the first time, existing ELNs will receive $10,000 each to help fund the running of their network, for things like events, travel, overtime and marketing. Networks will also be able to bid for further funding from a pool managed by the Organisational Development Programme team.

ELNs you can join

If you’d like to join an ELN, here are some links to more information.



Membership of ELNs is voluntary and open to all Fire and Emergency personnel (paid, volunteer and contractors).

Cross-agency ELNs represent the interests of collective organisation-level ELNs across the public service.

Afi Pasefika(external link)

Regional Women's Advisory Network(external link)

Fire and Emergency Disability Network(external link)

Whiria te Tāngata – Rainbow Network(external link)

Cross Agency Rainbow Network(external link)

Government Women’s Network(external link)

Pacific Public Servants Network(external link)

Pan-Asian Public Sector Network(external link)

Public Service Futures(external link)

Tūhono Māori Public Service Network(external link)

We Enable Us | Mā mātau anō mātau e whakamana(external link)

The ELN Guidelines were developed by Fire and Emergency’s Kia Toipoto programme and contribute to the diversity and inclusion aims of Eke Taumata and our long-term workforce culture change.

Go to the ELN Guidelines.

For more information or support, contact the Organisational Development team at OrgDev@fireandemergency.nz.

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