The Human Rights Comission is conducting the Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry to better understand why the Pacific Pay Gap exists and how it can be closed. 

If the gap were to continue closing at its current rate, it would take 110 years before the Pacific Pay Gap was closed. We think that is far too long.  We hope the recommendations of this Inquiry will contribute to the Pacific Pay Gap, and the Ethnic pay gap overall, being closed in a much shorter time frame than 100 years.


We want to hear from Pacific workers, self-employed Pacific people, businesses, unions, NGOs and community groups.  If you are a Pacific worker of Pacific self employed contractor, here is how you can get involved.  We are particularly interestred in those in the private sector in manufacturing, construction and health.


There are several ways in which you can reach out to us with your submissions.  You can either:

  1. Complete the online survey
  2. Email your submission to
  3. Write to us: PO Box 6751, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142
  4. Invite us to run a workshop* at your event
  5. Invite us to run a Talanoa* with your group
  6. Social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, send us a video


Submissions close: 31 March 2022


Workshops – our team can give a presentation outlining the Inquiry.  People will then break into groups and feedback to our team.  There is no limit to the number of participants, however there will be a set time limit for the workshop, and it will often be at events like conferences.


Talanoa – Talanoa is a form of narrative inquiry developed from Pacific people’s oratory tradition which can be found throughout the Pacific. Each Talanoa will be comprised of a small number of participants and will be held in a familiar and safe environment where participants feel comfortable. This type of engagement is about building trust through connection and relationship and sharing experiences through narrative.