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 (2017)
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 32 18 33 50 19 171 18 177
Māori Male 37 28 67 79 29 181 15 120
Māori Total 69 46 100 129 48 352 33 297
Pacific Female 2 2 2 5 1 16 1 11
Pacific Male 1 2 5 4 4 12 2 13
Pacific Total 3 4 7 9 5 28 3 24
Asian Female 0 0 0 0 0 10 2 15
Asian Male 0 0 0 2 0 9 0 12
Asian Total 0 0 0 2 0 19 2 27
MELAA Female 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6
MELAA Male 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 4
MELAA Total 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 10
Other Female 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 4
Other Male 1 0 1 1 1 3 1 2
Other Total 1 0 1 1 2 7 2 6
European/Pākehā Female 12 3 14 40 15 266 10 242
European/Pākehā Male 14 10 44 73 7 213 15 171
European/Pākehā Total 26 13 58 113 22 479 25 413
Total Female 41 20 44 87 34 406 30 403
Total Male 48 36 104 143 38 382 30 296
Total Total 89 56 148 230 72 788 60 699
  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.