Building a productive and competitive economy is a Government priority and achievement in education is essential to this goal. Education helps New Zealanders develop the skills needed to reach their full potential and contribute to the economy and society.

A Level 2 qualification gives people opportunities in terms of further education and employment, contributing to better health outcomes and a better quality of life.

To boost skills and employment the Government has set a Better Public Service target that 85% of 18-year-olds will have achieved NCEA level 2 or an equivalent qualification in 2017.

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18-year-olds with a minimum of NCEA level 2 or equivalent, by the age they left school (2016)
Ethnic group Gender Left school at
age 15
Left school at
age 16
Left school at
age 17
Left school at
age 18 or above
Below level 2 Level 2 or above Below level 2 Level 2 or above Below level 2 Level 2 or above Below level 2 Level 2 or above
Māori Female 36 13 39 54 26 145 17 168
Māori Male 41 30 83 64 27 161 18 137
Māori Total 77 43 122 118 53 306 35 305
Pacific Female 3 3 2 4 1 7 2 19
Pacific Male 1 2 5 5 5 10 3 20
Pacific Total 4 5 7 9 6 17 5 39
Asian Female 1 0 0 2 0 8 0 16
Asian Male 1 0 0 0 0 12 0 23
Asian Total 2 0 0 2 0 20 0 39
MELAA Female 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2
MELAA Male 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5
MELAA Total 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 7
Other Female 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2
Other Male 0 1 1 0 1 4 0 2
Other Total 0 1 1 0 1 8 0 4
European/Pākehā Female 5 3 16 39 13 225 11 238
European/Pākehā Male 14 13 38 70 27 230 9 219
European/Pākehā Total 19 16 54 109 40 455 20 457
Total Female 41 17 54 87 35 364 27 401
Total Male 54 41 112 126 53 382 25 362
Total Total 95 58 166 213 88 746 52 763
  1. The data in the above table relates only to the cohort of 18 year-olds; the age in the table is the age on their last day at school.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students are excluded.