Story: Parliament

Numbers of women MPs

In comparison with men, numbers of women in Parliament remained very low until the 1980s. The women's movement led to an increase, and after the introduction of mixed-member proportional representation (MMP) in 1996, female representation grew significantly. The 2017 election saw 46 women elected, making up 38% of Parliament.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: New Zealand Parliamentary debates

and the New Zealand Houses of Parliament

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John E. Martin, 'Parliament - Impact of MMP', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/33716/numbers-of-women-mps (accessed 20 February 2019)

Story by John E. Martin, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2015