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

Liz Dennett is a specialist colorectal surgeon, working in both the public and private health systems in Wellington. She is a senior lecturer in surgery at Otago University and is the first New Zealand female general surgeon appointed to the court of examiners of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Bonita Bigham is not ashamed to admit that she gets bored easily. That’s one reason why she’s got so much on her plate – she’s in her second term as a South Taranaki district councillor, runs her own communications business and is studying fine art. She's had her fair share of adversity too, which makes her even more determined to help her community.


The gender stocktake 2015 shows women’s participation rate at 43.4 percent on state sector boards and committees as at 31 December 2015, up from 41.7 percent in 2014.  This represents the highest level of women on state sector boards since the Ministry commenced recording this data in 2004.

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