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 New Zealand gender pay gap is 11.8 percent (as measured by median hourly earnings as at June 2015 from the New Zealand Income Survey (NZIS)). In dollar terms men’s  median hourly earnings have gone up by $1.07 since last year, while women’s earnings have gone up by $0.50.  The gender pay gap has been reducing over time. However, any gender pay gap is unacceptable and improving women’s economic outcomes, which includes reducing the gender pay gap, is a priority.


A Dunedin-based geologist has won the inaugural L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science New Zealand Fellowship. Dr Christina Riesselman, based at Otago University, will use the $25,000 grant to research climate change since the last Ice Age.

“What we’re learning about past climate will help us better understand the changes that we’re making to the planet right now, and help us plan for the future,” she says.


Women's talents in the labour market are underutilised. Women are significantly underrepresented across construction and trades, engineering and digital technology industries, industries that are likely to drive New Zealand's growth for the next five to 10 years. This report shows the lessons learnt from increasing the number of women in trades and construction in Canterbury.

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