Economic and social rights

Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry

The Human Rights Commission has launched a ground-breaking public inquiry into the Pacific pay gap to examine the causes and contributory factors of the pay gap, conditions of work, promotion, and career advancement of Pacific workers. 

Find out more at the Pacific Pay Gap website here.

What is the Pacific Pay Gap?   

The Pacific Pay Gap is a high-level indicator of the difference in pay between Pacific workers and the highest-paid gender and ethnic group in Aotearoa New Zealand — New Zealand European men. In 2020, the gap in average hourly wages experienced by Pacific men was 24 per cent and Pacific women was 27 per cent when compared to New Zealand European men.  Pacific Pay Gaps are substantial and persistent and have not changed significantly for more than ten years. 

What is the Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry?  

The Human Rights Commission is conducting the Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry to better understand why the Pacific Pay Gap exists and how it can be closed. We want to hear from Pacific workers, self – employed Pacific people, businesses, unions, NGOs and other community groups.  

In addition, we want to know what businesses are doing, or could be doing, to improve job opportunities and income for Pacific workers so the Pacific Pay Gap can be closed.    

The inquiry will consider the experiences of all Pacific workers, with a special focus on Pacific workers, in the private sector, in three industries:  

  • Manufacturing  
  • Construction  
  • Health 

Through the inquiry, the Commission hopes to recommend solutions to address the persistent pay gap, racial discrimination, and lack of equal employment opportunities that Pacific peoples face.    

How can you get involved?   

The Human Rights Commission wants to hear directly from Pacific communities about the human rights violations they are experiencing concerning pay, work conditions and career progression.  

You can write to us, email us, send us a video, or attend one of the fono which will be held across the country.

Check out our website for more information.

For more information, please get in touch with the Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry Project Manager Lisa Meto Fox at [email protected]