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

Education and training

Connecting women with opportunities to develop their skills.

Utilising women’s skills

Utilising women's skills

Connecting skilled women with employers



Working to ensure women and girls are free from violence



Encouraging and developing women leaders


The Ministry of Justice is reviewing how the law responds to family violence. This includes a review of the Domestic Violence Act 1995, and related family violence legislation, such as the Bail Act 2000, Crimes Act 1961, Sentencing Act 2002 and the Care of Children Act 2004.


Ministry for Women Chief Executive Jo Cribb says lessons from the Canterbury rebuild can assist other organisations to make better use of women’s skills. Since 2013 the number of women employed in construction in Canterbury has more than doubled, from 3,100 to 7,800. Jo said research to understand the perceived barriers for women was the critical starting point.

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