Govt achieves 50 percent women on state boards

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter. Photo: RNZ /Dom Thomas

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the government has reached its target of 50 per cent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards.

“This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - we have increased women on boards to a record 50 percent for 2020, up from 45.7 pe rcent in 2017,” says Genter.

“I am also very pleased to report that women in Public Service senior leadership has also increased from 49.6% in 2019 to 53.2% in 2020, which is the highest level since measurement began in 2001.”

In June 2018 Cabinet set a target of 50 percent of women’s participation on state sector boards and committees, to be met by 2021.

The latest Ministry for Women quarterly update shows that, as at June 2020, there are 1340 women and 1339 men appointed to boards.

“More diverse leadership results in better decision making, better organisational resilience and better performance. It also opens up more opportunities for women to succeed and contributes to a more inclusive and fairer society.”

The Public Service Commission also reported the lowest gender pay gap in the public service since the first time since records began in 2000.

For the first time, the gender pay gap – based on average pay – has dropped below 10 per cent. It was 9.6 per cent in 2020, decreasing from 10.5 per cent in 2019.

Using median pay, the public service gender pay gap also dropped from 6.2 per cent in 2019 to 5.8 per cent in 2020. This is also the lowest level since measurement began in 2000.

“Gender pay gaps are not immovable or inevitable - reducing gender pay gaps takes concerted effort, and it’s very pleasing to see continued and significant progress so soon.

"We have developed tools and guidance which the private sector can use and adapt for work on closing their gender pay gaps. The public and private sector can each learn from each other to improve workplaces for women.

“I want to acknowledge organisations such as Governance New Zealand and the Institute of Directors who continue to champion diversity in governance and ensure board members reflect the communities they serve.

“The challenge now is to maintain the momentum we’ve started in our workplaces.

“I invite women who are interested in serving on boards to join the Ministry for Women’s nominations database. We are always looking for more women to proactively nominate for board roles,” Genter says.

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Posted on 20-09-2020 19:46 | By morepork

I’m all in favor of women getting equal opportunities and equal pay for the same job. In the IT industry that has been the case for the last 50 years and I wouldn’t expect a female programmer to earn less than I did. Nor did they. But there is a question here about who should get an advertised job. I believe it should be the person best qualified to do it. That might well be a woman, but gender should not be any part of the selection criteria, any more than Race or Religion should be. The point made by Slim Shady that these boards have to be representative of the community is a fair one and it ISN’T quite the same as it would be in industry. Nevertheless, unless they have actual gender-based quotas for representation, the best qualified PERSON for the job should get it.

Yadick & Groutby

Posted on 19-09-2020 16:32 | By

Well rescued. My comments are not derogatory or Sunlive wouldn’t post them. They are poking fun. If you don’t find funny or don’t like, I don’t care one iota. Comments don’t need your approval. Also, they pale in comparison to what the Mayor and Councillors call each other in texts and emails. So, I think I’m on safe ground. Back to the article - you are totally wrong about “best person for the job” and if that is all men or women blah blah. These are public boards. They are supposed to be representative of the public. It’s not a job up for grabs in the private sector. So you have both missed the point of the article and the policy. Think about it and don’t be such snowflakes.

@ Slim Shady

Posted on 19-09-2020 08:24 | By

You have not read my post (or groutby’s) correctly. No where do I say they are not up to it. My point, for your sake, is that we should not be setting gender specific targets. If it turns out all females are best then so be it, if it’s all males then so be it. If it’s an unequal mix then so be it. It’s about the best person for the job. I’m not talking about or suggested living in the past. I served under senior female officers in the Army who were absolutely awesome at their job and the best person for it. They got there by their skills and talent not by gender. As for crusty old men with ill-fitting suits - you don’t need to add derogatory accusations to all your comments.

Slim, I agree..

Posted on 18-09-2020 21:27 | By groutby

....with most of your comment, I do not think they ’are not up to it’..( please re-read my post), I am asking the question as if they are or not, to spell it out I am asking who gives a ’rats a**’ who gets the job as long as they can do it better than the other candidates irrespective of gender is clear that the Minister for Women has one intent alone, and I hope that is to select the correct person for the job. I can’t say I agree or disagree with your ’ill fitting suits’ accusation as I do not find that remotely relevant.

Groutby and Yadick

Posted on 18-09-2020 16:47 | By

What makes you think they are not up to it? We have no idea of their experience and skills, nor that of the males on the boards, or the males they “beat” to the appointment. As the boards represent the community it should be equal. And there is no reason to believe they are not up to it unless you believe females are inferior. It is likely that many males on boards are not as qualified as the females they beat to the appointment and they only got on because they are males, because that was how it was. You only need to look at Tauranga Council to see that crusty old men with ill fitting suits, big egos and all the gab does not mean they are any good.


Posted on 18-09-2020 09:27 | By

Hang on - it’s swinging the other way now with more women in leadership roles in the public service, than men. I wonder if men are going to start jumping up and down now crying sexism and telling us all how unfair life is?

So long as..........

Posted on 18-09-2020 07:03 | By groutby

..the appointees are the best people for the role, whatever gender, race or sexual orientation, then that’s great!...but are they?....

So Wrong

Posted on 17-09-2020 22:18 | By

It’s not about setting a gender goal. It’s not about how many men or how many women. It should be about the best person for the position, be that male or female. I don’t mind if my staff are male or female rather what I care about is the best person for that position.