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

Bailey Gair never meant to end up in the civil construction industry, but she's found "literally building your community" - and breaking new ground for women - immensely rewarding.

Joining the Royal New Zealand Army has brought Corporal Kelly Whittle some of the best times of her life. Currently training the next generation of Defence Force medics, Kelly is a strong advocate for women joining the armed services.

“If you want a career that pushes you, that gives you something to aspire to every day, that allows you to go all over the world, this one’s got everything.”

Kelly was a bored school leaver working part-time in a rest home in Gore when she idly applied for the army. The next thing she knew she was in Waiouru, doing basic training.

Sheridan Broadbent is the only female chief executive to lead one of New Zealand's 26 electricity networks. Hard work, drive and tenacity have seen her rise from humble beginnings to tackle a series of challenging roles.

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