Insight

Insight for 9 September 2012 - Politics and the Status of Pacific Women

Megan Whelan considers the appalling violence and health statistics for many Pacific women and asks if more female MPs help?

Pacific women marchThe Pacific region has some of the worst statistics for women in the world, with about two thirds of women having suffered some kind of violence at the hand of a family member.

Women's economic power is lower, as are rates of health and education.

At the same time, the region has few women in elected positions.

Insight looks at moves to increase political representation across the region, and at whether that will improve the status of Pacific women.

And are New Zealand and Australia are doing enough to help women living in the Pacific in some of the world's poorest countries?.

Image:  Women's organisation in Kiribati holds anniversary parade.

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 5 July: Getting Real About Renting

Renting Helen Walsh
Auckland landlord Helen Walsh is renovating her second rental property in Howick. ( RNZ/Kate Newton )

Home ownership may still be the Kiwi dream but, for a growing number of New Zealanders, renting is the reality.

More than half the population aged 15 or over now lives in a rental property and people are renting for longer and much later into life.

The Government has focused its efforts  on trying to build more homes in an effort to meet housing demand.

But is it also time to consider the well being of those who are renting indefinitely?

Kate Newton asks what kind of changes New Zealand might need to make to its tenancy laws and culture in order for renting to become a more attractive prospect for those who have no other choice.