Research from Otago University shows that only 1% of the current 34,000 Kiwis on parental leave are men.
So why is that?
Otago University law professor Mark Henaghan said research showed that having a man as a primary caregiver could be beneficial for the child and the government should look to do more to help parents who want to stay home with their kids.
Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen spoke to Professor Henaghan on RadioLIVE Drive.
Listen to the full interview with Mark Henaghan above.