Eke Taumata policy consultation
Have your say – be part of our change journey to creating a safe, positive and inclusive environment for us all
Seeking your views on our draft Code of Conduct Te Tikanga Whanonga and revised draft Bullying, harassment and victimisation policy
People are at the heart of Fire and Emergency New Zealand. This includes both our Fire and Emergency whānau, whose mahi every day helps keep New Zealander’s safe, and the communities we serve and support.
As an organisation, we strive to provide an environment where all our people feel they belong, one that is safe, positive and inclusive, so that collectively, we can serve our communities and each other. We know we still have a way to go before it is a reality for every one of our people, and Eke Taumata is our organisational commitment to delivering on that positive, safe and inclusive environment for us all.
Eke Taumata is about our values and who we are and want to be as an organisation. The programme of work under Eke Taumata will assist in creating a positive, safe and inclusive work environment for every one of us, but we cannot achieve that without everyone in the organisation playing their part.
Work is now being carried out across Fire and Emergency New Zealand to achieve long-term positive change in the environment we provide for all of our people to ensure their experience working or volunteering for Fire and Emergency is a positive one. This work is a priority for both the Board and the Executive Leadership Team.
The Te Kawa Mataaho/Public Service Commission review(external link) into Fire and Emergency’s workplace culture identified the need to strengthen our policies, particularly around bullying and harassment and our response to unacceptable behaviours. We have taken that on board and developed to consult on our revised draft Bullying, harassment and victimisation policy.
The review also identified the importance of a single, unifying Code of Conduct that sets clear markers of who we are as an organisation and what’s important to us in the way we conduct ourselves, and the way we interact with others. Our Code of Conduct should be a key foundational document that underpins the way we each need to contribute to creating an organisation that is trusted and respected by our communities, and by each and every one of us who are part of it. We have developed a draft Code of Conduct (Te Tikanga Whanonga), that, once finalised, will underpin our journey towards creating an environment where we all feel we belong, one that is positive, safe and inclusive.
We want your views on our proposed new Code of Conduct and our revised draft Bullying, harassment and victimisation policy. We will only achieve the changes we are seeking if each and every one of us plays a part. This consultation process is about ensuring your voice is heard in establishing the goalposts for the environment we want to provide for everyone who is a part of Fire and Emergency. Please make sure you have your say so your voice is represented in our journey towards making each and every one of us feel like we belong, so collectively we can focus on providing service to our communities and to each other.
Ngā mihi nui
- New Draft Code of Conduct
- Revised draft Bullying, harassment and victimisation policy
- Unacceptable behaviours schedule
About these documents
We currently have a number of Codes of Conduct – there is no one unifying document that clearly sets the goalposts for expected standards of behaviour and conduct within Fire and Emergency. Unless we are all clear on what is expected of us, it is hard for us to play our part in creating an organisation where we all feel we belong and where we all feel supported to thrive, so we can put our focus on serving the communities that rely on us, and on serving and supporting each other.
Te Tikanga Whanonga – Our Code of Conduct sets the goalposts for us all in the way we need to behave, conduct ourselves and interact with others if we are to provide a place where we all feel we belong, where we all feel supported to thrive, so collectively we can focus on delivering service to our communities and each other. Once finalised, it will become our single Code of Conduct, ensuring the same benchmarks are set for the way we all undertake our roles, interact with others and conduct ourselves.
The new draft Code of Conduct has been built around three key pillars:
- The standards of integrity and conduct that apply to all of us as part of the public service
- Our values and what they mean in practice for our behaviour and conduct
- Our individual and collective responsibilities in ensuring we provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for everyone who is part of Fire and Emergency, paid or volunteer.
It also outlines the consequences of behaving in ways that work against providing an environment where everyone feels they belong and is supported to thrive, or our ability to maintain the respect, trust and confidence of the communities we serve, and our stakeholders.
The revised draft Bullying, harassment and victimisation policy is now framed around six clear rules outlined in the policy, incorporating the key elements outlined in the Te Kawa Mataaho/Public Service Commission review(external link).
These elements include the:
- investigation of all formal complaints of bullying or harassment
- dismissal of personnel found by an investigation to have committed bullying or harassment
- referral of allegations of criminal offending to the New Zealand Police.
We know changes need to be made to achieve the positive work experience we all want – where everyone feels respected and included – and it is our collective responsibility to do this.
We encourage you to take the time to read the documents and let us know your thoughts. We want to know whether the new draft Code of Conduct and the revised draft Bullying, harassment and victimisation policy meet your expectations and will support us in our journey to creating a safe, positive, and inclusive environment for every one of us, so we can best serve our communities, and each other.
The consultation closes on Sunday 10 March, so please share your views with us on our draft new Code of Conduct, and our revised draft Bullying, harassment and victimisation policy.