August 05, 2022
Public sector stocktake shows Māori numbers up
A quarter of the members of public sector boards and committees are Māori, according to the latest stocktake of gender, Māori, Pacific and ethnic diversity.
Just over two-thirds or 67.5 percent are European, 6.4 percent are Pacific, and 4.9 percent are Asian.
Women made up 52.5 percent of public sector boards in 2021, compared with 50.9 percent in 2020 and 49 percent in 2019.
Of the 654 roles held by Māori members, 366 or 56 percent were held by wahine Māori.
The Minister for Women, Jan Tinetti, says diverse boards bring a wider range of knowledge, expertise and skill, which can only be of benefit to the organisation the board is governing.
She says having women’s voices around board tables is a crucial component of making Aotearoa a more equal society. It also paves the way for more women to follow.
Reporting of ethnicity data has improved, with data received for 98.9 percent of board members.
The Full stocktake is here: < https://women.govt.nz/documents/2021-stocktake-gender-m%C4%81ori-pacific-and-ethnic-diversity-public-sector-boards>