By Ruci Farrell - email@example.com
Today is International Women's Day and Minister for Women Julie Ann Genter says there is much to celebrate since women in New Zealand fought and won the right to vote 125 years ago.
She says New Zealand continues to be a beacon with women holding key positions such as Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, Chief Justice Sian Ellis and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
However, she says there's still room to build a more fair and inclusive society together.
"There's still a persistent gender pay gap and it is worse for Maori and Pacific women."
Suzanne McNabb, a board member on the United Nation Women New Zealand National Committee, says the state of gender pay gap with Pacific women in New Zealand is prevalent throughout the Pacific region also.
"When you look at the gender pay gap for Maori women, the pay gap for Pacific women, the gap gets bigger so you would expect that that would be the case in the Pacific Islands as well."
Ms. Genter says the New Zealand Government is committed to improving the lives of all women and girls.