The majority of the Pacific Pay Gap can't be explained, and is likely due to racism or unconscious bias by employers.
The Auckland University of Technology research, released today by the Human Rights Commission, analyses the job characteristics, education levels, number of household dependents, and regions where people lived.
For Pasifika males, those factors accounted for only 27 percent of the pay gap, meaning almost three-quarters of the pay gap couldn't be explained.
For Pasifika women, 61 percent of the pay gap couldn't be explained.
Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali'i Karanina Sumeo spoke to Corin Dann.