Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire and Emergency) is a Crown Entity. Established on 1 July 2017 under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2017, it bought together New Zealand’s 40+ firefighting organisations with a combined volunteer and paid workforce of around 15,000 people.


What we do and why we do it
He aha ā mātou mahi, ā, he aha ai

Principal objectives

  • Reducing the incidence of unwanted fires and the associated risk to life and property.
  • Protecting and preserving life, and preventing or limiting injury, damage to property, land and the environment.

Main functions

  • Promoting fire safety (including guidance on the safe use of fire as a land management tool) and firefighting.
  • Delivering fire prevention, response and suppression services.
  • Protecting the safety of persons and property endangered by incidents involving hazardous substances.
  • Rescuing trapped people as a result of transport accidents or other incidents.
  • Undertaking urban search and rescue.

Our Values

  • We Do the Right Thing | Kia Tika
  • We Serve and Support | Manaakitanga
  • We Are Better Together | Whanaungatanga
  • We Strive to Improve | Auahatanga
Ahipara_Chris Adams

Why work with us?

Vision, Purpose, Priorities


Stronger communities
Protecting what matters

Stronger Communities
Protecting What Matters


Protecting and preserving lives, property, and the environment

Te whakamaru me te tiaki i ngā tāngata, rawa me te taiao



Building resilient communities
Collaboration, partnerships, and influence Growing our people
Intelligence-led, evidence-based decisions Keeping pace with change

Click ‘APPLY FOR THE POSITION’ clearly quoting reference code FNZceo1021.

Address your cover letter and resume to Kirsten Henderson of Fisher Leadership.

Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive will be accountable to the Board for:
  • Delivering against the strategic framework and strategic priorities.
  • Achieving Statement of Performance Expectations and business plan targets.
  • Leading the cultural transformation agenda, building on the existing foundations achieved in service of ensuring a unified, positive, and inclusive workplace culture.
  • Lifting organisational environmental scanning, change and innovation practices, to ensure Fire and Emergency is alert to and prepared for future scenarios and potential changes.
  • Ensuring Fire and Emergency operates within approved budget expectations.
  • Demonstrating an enduring commitment to Iwi, Tangata Whenua, and key sector partners to deliver tangible benefits to the communities Fire and Emergency serves.
  • Leading the organisation’s commitment to the safety, health, and wellbeing of all Fire and Emergency personnel and contractors.
  • Leading and modelling sound organisational practices across all corporate dimensions [e.g., HR, finance, leadership, stakeholder communications, safety, health and wellbeing, risk and assurance].
  • Contributing to the ongoing development and performance of the emergency sector system.
  • Achieving Chief Executive performance objectives set annually by the Board.

Should you wish to discuss this position further, please contact Kirsten Henderson in New Zealand (0800 605 010) or David Baber in Melbourne (+61 3 9016 6000).

Indicative Timeline

  • Applications close 26 November
  • Fisher Leadership interviews from 22 November to 3 December
  • Shortlist finalised 9 December
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand interviews 17 December

Click ‘APPLY FOR THE POSITION’ clearly quoting reference code FNZceo1021.

Address your cover letter and resume to Kirsten Henderson of Fisher Leadership.