Less than a third of Cabinet are female

Jacinda Ardern has been a staunch supporter of equality. Just yesterday she promoted equality in rugby – see Rugby doesn’t deserve to be New Zealand’s national sport, equality or not.

But the day before she diluted the female presence in her Cabinet, from 35% to less than a third, by demoting Clare Curran to reduced ministerial duties outside Cabinet. Now:

  • 3 of the top 10 Ministers are female (still)
  • 6 of the 19 Ministers in Cabinet are female
  • 2 of 6 Ministers outside Cabinet are female
  • 2 of 3 Supporting Party (Green) Ministers are female (still)
  • TOTAL 10 of 28 Ministers are female

In the place where Ardern could walk the walk on her equality ideals, Government, she is falling well short.

It could be that there are not enough female MPs in the three parties in Government who are experienced enough or capable enough to fill the top positions in equal numbers to men, but this must be a bit embarrassing for Ardern.


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  1. NOEL

     /  26th August 2018

    Dont knock it. If Genter had her way it would have to be 70per cent women. Somehow in her silly mind that equates to gender equality.

  2. sorethumb

     /  26th August 2018

    They need more female chess grand masters

  3. Gezza

     /  26th August 2018

    Reposted from yesterday in the hope of more upticks than I got then.

    Alan Wilkinson / August 25, 2018
    Disgraceful column by Alison Mau and I see Stuff closed comments quickly to stop her roasting:
    Gezza / August 25, 2018
    Calm down. She’s just giving an opinion. All good. Jacinda should think about such things, If she’s going to walk the talk.

    At least the Greens have largely dispensed with men. Unless they have two mums.

    … … …

    Hon Meka Whaitiri
    MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti

    Minister of Customs
    Associate Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Local Government and Crown/Māori Relations

    Ko Te Tairawhiti Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ngā iwi.

    Hon Meka Whaitiri was born and raised Manutuke, Gisborne, and educated in Hastings. She was Head Girl at Karamu High School and played both netball and softball at a national level. Meka worked at the freezing works in Whakatu and went on to complete a Masters in Education from Victoria University.

    Meka has a strong Māori governance background and sound knowledge of how government and Parliament works. She was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Labour, and was also previously a senior adviser to the Minister of Māori Affairs. Meka was a mandated Treaty negotiator for her Rongowhakaata iwi and she spent four years as the Chief Executive of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

    Meka is the proud mother of two sons.
    Kiri Allan
    Labour List MP
    Junior Whip

    Kiri is a commercial lawyer and business consultant based in Whakatane and working all throughout the East Coast electorate. She has a focus on the primary industries, as she believes enhancing the primary sector in the East Coast region is vital to regional development. Regional development creates jobs, and Kiri’s focus is on decent jobs, homes, and ensuring that the East Coast is a place where families can live and thrive.

    The East Coast is one of the most beautiful regions in the country, with its expansive coastlines, vast country land, and great community. However, many people within the East Coast region have witnessed a growing chasm between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ – in particular, the rise in numbers of working families that are barely making ends meet.

    Kiri is committed to the East Coast region having been raised in Paengaroa, marrying into the Coates family from Kawerau and Te Teko, and working within the business sector throughout the broader East Coast region. She has 16 years advocacy experience both domestically and internationally, is a director on a company in the horticulture sector, is an executive member on a national Kiwifruit growers association, a board member of 350.org (a climate change organization focused on divestments) and manages a multi-million dollar primary sector portfolio throughout the East Coast region.
    Kiri believes the East Coast region has been neglected for too long and believes our region deserves more.

    If Ali Mau gets a #whynot? campaign going & Lizzy Marvelly gets on board – this could get tricky for Jacinda.

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  26th August 2018

    How patronising (or should that be matronising ?) some women are to other women.

    She seems to think that we should have things handed to us, things that men have to work for. It’s an insult to women to want us to make up the numbers, as if women can’t do things on merit,

    • Pink David

       /  26th August 2018

      Isn’t this the entire underlying philosophy of modern feminism? All women are victims and have no agency, which is the fault of how society is structured. Therefor all society must be restructured.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  26th August 2018

        Well, yes, we are victimised by not being subject to conscription and being forced to go to war….no equal numbers on the cenotaphs….

        It goes on and on. We don’t have equal numbers on rubbish trucks, in mines, in roading, in furniture moving….we have to live longer…..

        • sorethumb

           /  26th August 2018

          Apart from that you go to the school dance and you have your alpha male and alpha female etc,etc.

        • Pink David

           /  26th August 2018

          ” We don’t have equal numbers on rubbish trucks, in mines, in roading, in furniture moving”

          I can’t say I’ve ever seen a feminist call for equal representation in these kinds of jobs, just the MP’s, board members and CEO’s. Almost as though they are looking for all the well paid jobs, and not just equality.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  26th August 2018

            No, really ? What makes you think that they want equality only at the top ?

            (apart from the fact that it’s true ) 😀


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