After trending down for almost a decade, Newshub reveals the gender pay gap has widened – and COVID-19 is being blamed. The pay gap has been trending down since 2014 when women earned on average 14.3% less than men. It increased slightly in 2018 then got to 9.9% in 2020. But it has increased again and women now earn on average 10.8% less than men. Compared to Pākehā men, Pasifika women effectively started working for free on September 22, wāhine Māori on October 3, Asian women on October 23, and Pākehā women on November 15. Minister for Women Jan Tinetti says she would love to see the pay gap eliminated tomorrow since no pay gap is acceptable – and she’s working on a fix.