Gender pay gap narrows

Women's hourly pay has gone up faster than men's in the past year leading to the smallest gender pay gap in five years.

Statistics New Zealand says the gap is down from 12% in the June 2016 quarter to 9.4% at the same time this year.

The top two women in New Zealand politics agreed yesterday in saying it was a step in the right direction but still not good enough.

Women's Minister Paula Bennett says she believes New Zealand can be the first country to rid the workforce of the gap altogether, while

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said the gap was moving the right way. 

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