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Pacific staff in the Public Service

SSC has previously highlighted barriers that Pacific public servants face while working in New Zealand, including: difficulties in recognition of their cultural values as important skills that contribute to the workplace, fewer opportunities for direct input into decision making, and a lack of development opportunities. ( This report has shown that Pacific public servants have the highest pay gap relative to other ethnic groups, and are under- represented in management and policy roles and over- represented in front-line occupations such as corrections officers and case workers.

On average Pacific staff are significantly younger than non- Pacific staff, with a much larger proportion of staff in the 20-40 age bracket and less staff in the 50-65 age bracket. This partly explains the high pay gap for Pacific staff.

Pacific public servants predominantly work in the North Island. 50% of Pacific public servants work in Auckland, and 30% work in Wellington.

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