Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


NZDF Building on Good Progress in Gender Equity

NZDF Building on Good Progress in Gender Equity

A new report on military women in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has found that while New Zealand compares well with other forces, continued improvement is needed in the way the Defence Force attracts and retains the people it needs to succeed in modern conflicts.

The Ministry of Defence report "Maximising Opportunities for Military Women in the New Zealand Defence Force" was released today by the Secretary of Defence, Helene Quilter, and the Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General (LTGEN) Tim Keating. The Review examined international literature and NZDF policies, information sourced from NZDF administration data and organisational surveys, as well as interviews with current and former NZDF personnel across a range of ranks, Services and roles.

LTGEN Keating says he welcomes the findings, which both confirmed the progress made and identified the opportunity for further improvement in gender equity.

“All trades, including combat trades, are now open to women, and family-friendly policies such as flexible working hours have been introduced,” he says. “Anti-harassment training has further improved with the introduction of a Bystander Intervention Programme, and a key finding of this report is that harassment is no longer the top issue for military women.

“We have more women in the Regular Forces than other comparable countries, but we should not be content with simply doing better than those countries. A Defence Force of only 15 percent women is missing out on a significant pool of talent in our community, and we need that talent delivering the Defence Force of the future. We also want more women in our Defence Force because we know women have been a significant success factor in the missions we have undertaken over the past decade.”

The Ministry of Defence Review concluded that in the past 15 years there has been substantial progress in gender equity in the NZDF: “Women in the military find it a safer environment, but there is still work to be done, particularly in the areas of increasing recruitment, retention and progression to senior ranks. Getting women in the door, into branches that lead to the most progression opportunities, and retaining them are the biggest challenges for the future, and more innovative recruitment, workforce planning and retention strategies need to be developed.”

Key findings of the Review include:
• The NZDF has higher female representation in the Regular Forces than the US, Australia, Canada or the UK. The NZDF has not, however, moved substantially forward on increasing the total percentage of women in Service over the past 10 years.
• In 2013, there was a greater percentage of women deployed (17.6 percent) than the percentage of women in the overall NZDF (15 percent). Internationally, Sweden was the only other country identified that sends a larger percentage of women on overseas deployments than they have in their total forces.
• Progression systems are equitable. A cohort study of NZDF personnel confirmed women’s promotional progress appeared identical to men over the first 10 years. There was also pay equity with no significant differences in the salaries of male and female personnel of the same rank.
• Women’s attrition was higher than men (that is, the rate at which women left the Defence Force), which affects the number of women rising to higher positions, as there were fewer women to promote.
• Women reported progress in the area of harassment, with harassment levels dropping by around half over the past four years. Bullying and discrimination levels were largely unchanged. Improved monitoring and interventions are needed to further reduce harassment issues, with the report highlighting recruit training as a specific area of concern.

The Ministry’s Review makes recommendations in four broad areas:

1. Recruit the best personnel by focusing on a broader potential candidate pool;
2. Expand systems to increase women’s retention;
3. Improve pathways for women to attain senior leadership roles; and
4. Further reduce discrimination, harassment and bullying, particularly in recruit training.

LTGEN Keating says a detailed work programme drawing on the findings of the Ministry’s Review is now being developed, including progress indicators, and will be complete by the middle of the year. This would be integrated in the Defence Force’s overall personnel strategy.

In addition, LTGEN Keating says there are some immediate initiatives being introduced. These include:

• a new marketing strategy focused on better reaching women candidates and targeting marketing material to women;
• new research to improve the recruit selection process, especially identifying and reducing the factors that contribute to women not completing the selection process;
• all promotion boards for the Navy, Army and Air Force having female representatives appointed to them without exception; and
• all recruit training facilities immediately being required to have a systematic tracking system focused on bullying, harassment and discrimination.

The Review is at:



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

Public Summaries:


Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news