Issue date
20 May 2022

Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women has received additional funding in Budget 2022 to continue to support improved outcomes for wāhine women and kōtiro girls. Budget 2022 provides for additional funding of: 

  • $1.6 million to support Manatū Wāhine’s engagement and policy capability to improve outcomes for wāhine women and kōtiro girls; and 
  • $900,000 to support improved outcomes for wāhine Māori, through the Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry and developing and implementing innovative policy responses to improve the wellbeing of wāhine Māori and their whānau.

The funding will support the Ministry to meet increasing demands (Government and non-Government) to provide gender-based data and evidence and gender policy analysis for wāhine Māori and other groups of women (Pacific women, migrant and ethnic women, older and younger women, disabled women, and LGBTQIA+). The funding provides additional resourcing to implement some of the actions in Te Mahere Whai Mahi Wāhine Women’s Employment Action Plan which has a particular focus on all women who experience disadvantage in the labour market. It will also enable greater community and sector engagement.

The funding allows the continuation of the Ministry’s role in leading and coordinating the Government’s response to the Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry. It will enable more research, support collaborative participation and improving policies and services for wāhine Māori and their whānau.

More detail on the Ministry’s appropriations is available on The Treasury’s Budget 2022 website.