Gender Quotas Database

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New Zealand (New Zealand)

New Zealand (New Zealand) has a Unicameral parliament with the use of voluntary party quotas. 49 of 120 (41%) seats in the House of Representatives are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of Parliament: Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • For the Single/Lower House? No
  • For the Sub-National Level?

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties? Yes

Is there additional information?...

  • No

Last updated: Feb 19, 2020

Single/Lower House

House of Representatives

Total seats 120
Total Women 49
% Women 41%
Election Year 2017
Electoral System MMP
Quota Type No legislated
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline

Voluntary Political Party Quotas*

Party Official name Details, Quota provisions
The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand The Green Party adopted a 50/50 % quota in 2015; “In Government, it will ensure half of all Green Cabinet Ministers are women”
Labour The Moderating Committee must, in determining the list, ensure that for any percentage of the Party Vote likely to be obtained, and taking into account the electorate MPs likely to be elected with that level of Labour support, the resultant Caucus will comprise at least 50% women (Party constitution, article 8.47)

* Only political parties represented in parliament are included. When a country has legislated quotas in place, only political parties that have voluntary quotas that exceed the percentage/number of the national quota legislation are presented in this table.

Additional Information

No additional information available

Additional reading

  • Curtin, Jennifer (2008) "Women, Political Leadership and Substantive Representation: the Case of New Zealand". Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 61 No 3, 2008, 490-504, Advance Access Publication 16 March 2008

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