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GWN was excited to mark Matariki again this year by recognising 9 Wāhine Whetū, rising women stars in the public sector.


With the release of the latest progress report on eliminating the gender pay gap in the public sector, the Gender Pay Gap and Pay Equity Taskforce has provided a view in the successes and remaining challenges to achieve gender pay equity in New Zealand's public sector.


The Summit Steering Committees have decided to cancel the Summit in Wellington this year. Read more from the Committee about this and other Summits later this year.


The Office of Ethnic Communities has informational videos in a variety of languages to ensure crucial messages about the crisis are reaching all New Zealanders.

About GWN

We are a professional employee-led network working to create a step change that will enable all women in the public sector to achieve their potential.

Women are the majority of the 350,000-strong public sector workforce.


Key facts:


of the workforce


of senior managers
(tiers 1-3)


19 out of 36
The statistics are worse for Māori, Pacifica and Asian women.
  • Ethnic diversity is increasing in the public service

  • Māori, Pacifica and Asian women are under-represented at all levels of management

  • Increasing ethnic representation in management requires deliberate efforts and will take time.


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