Women in Fire and Emergency NZ (WFENZ) has set up its latest network based out of NHQ. It includes the Te Ūpoko Region and Newlands offices and is operating as a subsidiary of the Te Ūpoko Regional Women’s Advisory Network. The new network recently held its’ first event with a presentation from Ruth Currie, Deputy Chief Executive, Corporate Operations, New Zealand Police. 

Over 120 people attended in person or joined online to hear Ruth talk about her career working in male-dominated environments, including the New Zealand Defence Force, in the commercial world, and now the New Zealand Police. She worked for NZDF for over 27 years and retired at the rank of Colonel. 

Our National Manager, Equipment and Logistics, Charlie Lott, who was also in the NZDF for many years, joined Ruth to discuss male leadership styles and how she has strived and thrived in her career as a woman. 

You can watch a video of the presentation(external link) and view the presentation slides [PPTX, 7.7 MB]

The Women in Fire and Emergency New Zealand (WFENZ) network was formally established in 2016 to identify, support and grow the talent of our operational women.  

Regional networks hold meetings where our women can discuss any issues they have, share the good things that are happening, and enjoy the opportunity to network with other women working in similar roles.



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