The Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry

Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry: Addressing Pacific, Māori and Ethnic Pay Gaps

In order to better understand the Pacific Pay Gap and how it can be closed, the Human Rights Commission is conducting the Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry.

They commissioned the NZ Work Research Institute to undertake a research note that explores the factors that contribute to ethnic pay gaps in New Zealand relative to NZ Europeans. We find that the gaps between average hourly wages for the European Workforce relative to Māori and Pacific workers is substantial, and mostly unexplained.


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Not enough time to read the full research note? We have also produced this informative infographic with our key takeaways.


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Most authors also present their findings at seminars and symposiums and copies of their presentations are found here together with a record of our working papers.

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