Here’s a message from the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo who is leading the Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry.



The Pacific Pay Gap is the difference in average hourly wages between Pacific workers and the highest-paid gender and ethnic group in Aotearoa New Zealand — New Zealand European men. Learn more.


Illustration of a NZ European man

NZ European men

$1.00
Illustration of a NZ European women

NZ European women

$0.94
Illustration of a Māori man

Māori men

$0.80
Illustration of a Māori woman

Māori women

$0.77
Illustration of a Pacific man

Pacific men

$0.76
Illustration of a Pacific woman

Pacific women

$0.73

Source: Household Labour Force Survey, 2020, Average Hourly Wages, Statistics New Zealand

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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.

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