Labour leader Jacinda Ardern attended a march for pay equity in Auckland's CBD today, giving an impassioned speech to a large crowd during a rally after the march.
The Vote Equal Pay 2017! rally marched up Queen St before speakers addressed a crowd in front of a mural dedicated to women's suffrage in New Zealand.
"I am proud of what New Zealand has achieved for women. What I am not proud of is that we are still battling pay equity today," Ms Ardern told the rally.
"In 2017 there should be no such thing as a gender pay gap in New Zealand. Labour will not rest until we have pay equity in New Zealand."
Labour also said today that pay equity for mental health workers will be a priority if it is elected to government.
"It is very important for me to right the wrong created by National's exclusion of mental health care workers in the TerraNova equal pay settlement," Ms Ardern said.
The TerraNova settlement applies to 55,000 aged and disability residential care workers and aims to ensure workers in the female-dominated sector are paid fairly.
"I want these mental health and addiction support workers left out of the pay equity deal to know that Labour will not let them down," Ms Ardern said.
"The Pay Equity legislation the government introduced this week will also be scrapped and redrafted when we are in office," she said.
"The current legislation means we will never again see a settlement like the TerraNova settlement, or genuine pay equity achieved for our sisters, mothers, daughters and granddaughters."
"Maybe this has galvanised them, hearing each other's stories and knowing they are not alone," say the nurses behind the Facebook group, New Zealand, please hear our voice.