The Ministry for Women, Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine, works to improve lives for New Zealand women.

Inspiring Women

Scientist, mathematical modeller

Amy Van Wey Lovatt is no stranger to solving complex problems. In fact, as a career mathematician and academic, she specialises in doing just that. But her success is all the more remarkable considering where she started from.


When Carmen Sutton got the courage to tackle her lifelong learning difficulties, a whole new world opened up before her.

How the legal profession can keep young women

If we want young women to stay in law, then the legal profession needs to take action, says QC Kate Davenport.

Recent News & Events

Minister for Women Louise Upston has submitted the Government’s latest report to the United Nations on New Zealand’s efforts to eliminate discrimination against women.
The gender stocktake 2015 shows women’s participation rate is 43.4 percent on State sector boards and committees at 31 December 2015, up from 41.7 percent.

Women at work


Read about the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women (NACEW).

Research and publications

Read the latest resources and publications.