Jacinda Ardern's International Women's Day plea

News 08/03/2019

Jacinda Ardern has made a plea to New Zealand for International Women's Day - nominate more women for the New Year's and Queen's Birthday honours lists.

Ms Ardern is in charge of selection for the honours, which have seen the Topp Twins, Prostitutes' Collective founder Catherine Healy and filmmaker Gaylene Preston made Dames since she came to power.

Hundreds of others have been made Knights, Companions, Officers, or Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

But people need to be nominated before they're selected for the list, and Ms Ardern said men far outnumber women there.

"We get about 1000 people nominated for honours for Queen's Birthday and New Year's, but actually only a third of them are women," she told The AM Show, in a special appearance for International Women's Day.

So she's putting the call out for people to nominate women they think deserve one to help even out the list.

"Please, my plea, there are amazing women doing amazing things, please nominate them for recognition, the more role models we have out there for our young women and girls to see who are being acknowledged for the work they do the better."