INTOUCH: NZ Women Executives on the Rise

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Women in business in New Zealand are doing better than their counterparts in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries in Western Europe, including Scandinavia.

The latest findings from accounting and business advisers Grant ThorntonCOs International Business Report survey show that the average proportion of women in the senior management of businesses in New Zealand is 27 percent.

And 70 percent of New Zealand companies have between one and three women participating in senior management. In some cases there are more than three women executives per business.

Grant ThorntonCOs business advisory services director based in Auckland, Pam Newlove, welcomed the news.

C[pounds sterling]Last year, the average figure for women in senior management in New Zealand was 24 percent, so itCOs great to see the percentage on the rise. It is also significant that New Zealand is ahead of countries such as Australia (23 percent), the United Kingdom (21 percent) and the United States (20 percent). …