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May 8, 2019

Te Aka Wahine o Tamaki/AGWN is delighted to offer a free seminar series that provides professional development and information on significant public sector initiatives.

Apr 5, 2019

Fiona Ross has accepted the appointment as Director of the Family Violence and Sexual Violence Joint Venture.

Feb 10, 2019

Congratulations to Jez Tavita on winning the award for 2018 – another public service woman working towards achieving her potential.

Dec 10, 2018

On Monday 10 December, Hon Julie Anne Genter, Minister for Women, launched the public service flexible-work-by-default pilot initiative.

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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: 

 

In public service departments, women are:

  • 61% of the workforce
  • 45% of senior managers (tiers 1-3)
  • 12 out of 29 chief executives
 

The numbers are improving but there are some serious challenges:

  • women earn 9.4% less than men in the June 2017 quarter, down from 12% in 2016 (Source: Statistics New Zealand)
  • the gender pay gap in some agencies is as high as 39%
  • women are still 82% of administration and clerical roles but only 33% of IT professionals
 

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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