Female representation in parliament and local government

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

For the government to represent the population, it’s important that people from different groups – including both men and women – participate. 

Representative governments engage diverse communities, draw on the skills of the broadest group of people, and provide checks on the use of political power.

This indicator measures the proportion of elected members of parliament (MPs) and local government who are female.

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. Female representation in parliament and local government – tables (Excel, 3 sheets, 21kb)

Includes breakdowns by sex and by local body type.

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