The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Te Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine, is the Government’s principal advisor on achieving better outcomes for women in New Zealand.

Economic independence

Economic independence

We provide advice on increasing the opportunities for women to contribute to the workforce to the full extent of their skills and abilities.

Safety for women

Safety for women

We advise government agencies on how to ensure policies recognise the impacts of violence against women in New Zealand and work towards greater safety in the future.

Women in leadership

Women in leadership

We have developed specialist expertise in the area of women in leadership, including a nominations service for women on state sector boards and committees.

03
Oct

The New Zealand gender pay gap is 9.9 percent (as measured by median hourly earnings as at June 2014 from the New Zealand Income Survey (NZIS)). The gender pay gap has been reducing over time. However, any gender pay gap is unacceptable and improving women’s economic independence, which includes reducing the gender pay gap, is a priority.

17
Sep

Women’s Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew has celebrated the 121st anniversary of women’s suffrage with an event recognising women leaders in innovation. This event, part of the Leading Edge series being held at the National Library in Wellington, looks at New Zealand, both past and present, through the lens of innovation.

"In celebrating our women leaders in innovation, I acknowledge the women and men in 1893 that were innovative in their struggle to give women voting rights," Mrs Goodhew said.

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