'I'm not doing a woman's job' - male early childhood teacher

Parliament will debate a bill drawn this week that could get the wages of Kiwi women more in line with Kiwi men.

Employers may have to reveal how much they pay men and women doing the same job.

But what about women-dominated industries? Almost 92 percent of New Zealand's nurses are women, and we only have six male midwives. Only two percent of our early childhood education (ECE) teachers are men.

Can things ever really be equal, when there are still jobs most men simply won't do?

Three's The Project was joined by early childhood teacher David Mason, who says he is "definitely not" doing a women's job.

"We, as a society, need to have males and females in early childhood, because it makes the relationship and the qualities come out in the children a lot better," he says.

Mr Mason says he became an ECE teacher because he was unable to find a building apprenticeship. Then his mother told him he could change careers - into nursing or ECE.

"I gave it a thought, and here I am," he says.

Mr Mason says he strongly believes we will have a world where men work in the currently women-dominated industries in equal numbers.

"Definitely. It's not long now," he says. "We're just slowly breaking the barrier."