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

Inspiring Women

Mayor, Whanganui

Annette Main became the mayor of Whanganui in 2010, following a long career in tourism and a stint on the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council. Read about what prompted her to enter local government and what she has learnt.

Kidscoin founder

Brittany Teei is determined to pass on the lessons she learned in the tough world of professional tennis. Through Kidscoin, a software programme that teaches kids financial literacy, she’s found just the way to do it.

Specialist colorectal surgeon

"The feminisation of the medical workforce is bringing about positive change," says colorectal surgeon Liz Dennett. Liz 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.

Recent News & Events

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.
We have worked with a variety of sectors and analysed many others. Here’s what we’ve learned.

Women at work


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

Research and publications

Read the latest resources and publications.