Women in the House – some numbers from the 2014 election

Based on the election night results, we will have 121 MPs in the House, of whom 39 will be women. That’s 32.2%. It’s the same proportion of women as there was following the election in 2011, and it’s down from 34% in 2008.

Excluding parties with just one MP (ACT and United Future), here are the numbers for each party.

Greens – 6 men, 7 women, 54% women
Maori – 1 man, 1 woman, 50% women
Labour – 20 men, 12 women, 37.5% women
National – 44 men, 17 women, 28% women
New Zealand First – 9 men, 2 women, 18% women

Well done to the Greens and the Maori party.

My own party needs to do some very careful work on selection. The proportion of women in the Labour caucus doesn’t meet the party’s goal of 45% at this election, and it’s slipped backwards from 2011. We lost three strong women last night – Moana Mackey, Carol Beaumont, and Maryan Street – and that’s very hard to take.

We have good Maori and Pasifika representation in caucus, but no Chinese New Zealanders, and no Indian New Zealanders.

UPDATE: The numbers have changed due to special votes – see Women in the House – updating the numbers.


6 comments on “Women in the House – some numbers from the 2014 election

  1. Mike@nz says:

    Don’t you think that you are being more than a little hypocritical in your insistence of a gender quota? If your goal is to possibly overlook the best qualified candidate to favour another candidate based purely on gender, you are even more sexist than those you accuse.

    I think you need to take a good long look at yourself and your prejudices.

  2. Rose says:

    I think this is referring more to a fairer representation of women across the caucuses, including getting women involved etc. Not every middle-aged white man is exactly the best qualified either – might just have high familiarity.

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