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Women make up 45pc of state sector boards

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/05/2017

The government has hit its target of 45 per cent of state sector board seats held by women, but the private sector is still lagging behind.

Just 17 per cent of seats on NZX-listed company boards are held by women, which according to Women's Minister Paula Bennett is "frankly not good enough".

The government set its 45 per cent target by the end of 2017 in 2011 and achieved it this month reaching 45.3 per cent.

"This has been a priority for us and I'm determined to not only maintain this level but to increase it even further," she said.

"I encourage all New Zealand organisations to strive for greater diversity in their workforce and leadership."

The Ministry for Women carries out a state sector board and committee stocktake each year.

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