Let's close the Pacific Pay Gap

We want to better understand why the Pacific Pay Gap exists and how it can be closed.

Kia orana! Fakaalofa lahi atu! Tālofa nī! Mālō nī! Ni sa bula vinaka! Malo e lelei! Fakatalofa atu! Kam na mauri! Noa’ia ‘e mauri! Halo olaketa! Ekamowir omo! Mogethin! Ran alim! Talofa lava! Tēnā koutou katoa!


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.  The Inquiry will consider the experiences of all Pacific workers, with a special focus on Pacific workers in three industries: 


  1. Manufacturing 
  2. Construction 
  3. Health

Through the Inquiry, the Commission hopes to recommend solutions to address the persistent Pacific Pay Gap, racial discrimination, and lack of equal employment opportunities that Pacific peoples face.

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.

How will you protect the privacy and confidentiality of participants who are part of the inquiry?

The information you provide either to our online survey, workshops, or our talanoa will be used solely for the purpose of informing the work and findings of the Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry. 


All information you provide will be held confidentially. 

Personal information provided by individuals and information provided by businesses will be anonymised to ensure that the individual responses cannot be attributed to individuals and organisations/businesses in any report, publication or document that we generate. Please see our privacy policy here.  

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We are always keen to hear from you, you can all us on 0800 496 877 or click the button below and send us an email.