Aotearoa New Zealand has a longstanding commitment to promoting women’s rights and achieving gender equality. Over time, governments have developed a range of important policy initiatives to meet our obligations under the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Women’s activism and advocacy has been an important driver in this work.

However, gender equality for all is an unfinished project.

Gender analysis, and gender responsive budgeting, are tools that have significant potential to integrate diverse gender perspectives throughout the policy making process. Despite international support for the mainstreaming of both gender analysis and gender budgeting, New Zealand has yet to fully implement these tools.

Our Gender Responsive Analysis and Budgeting project (GRAB-NZ), housed at the University of Auckland’s Public Policy Institute, examines a range of data, methods and capability building strategies to identify ways to advance gender inclusive policy and improve the wellbeing of all women across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Here you will find more information about our team, our research and analysis, and updates on what is happening in New Zealand and overseas.

We are also keen to support the sharing of the gender focused policy advocacy work being undertaken by women’s groups around Aotearoa New Zealand.  Feel free to get in touch if you would like be involved.

Research Team 

Professor Jennifer Curtin

Director, Public Policy Institute

Sarah Bickerton

Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute

Dr Yanshu Huang

Research Associate, Public Policy Institute

Dr Maria Bargh

Associate Professor of Māori Studies, VUW

Te Arawa (Ngāti Kea/Ngāti Tuarā), Ngāti Awa

Associate Professor Barry Milne

Director, Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS)


Expert Advisors 

Professor Rhonda Sharp

Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of South Australia

Dr Suzy Morrissey

Research Associate, Public Policy Institute

Professor Susan Himmelweit

UK Women’s Budget Group

Dr Angela O’Hagan

Reader in Equalities and Public Policy, Department of Social Sciences, Glasgow School for Business and Society

Dr Monica Costa

Senior Research Fellow, School of Economics, Finance and Property, Curtin University


The Gender Responsive Analysis and Budgeting Project is operated by the University of Auckland, under a contract funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment