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 14 10 34 25 21 95 22 152
Māori Male 30 9 78 63 41 121 13 118
Māori Total 44 19 112 88 62 216 35 270
Pacific Female 2 3 8 2 6 41 13 53
Pacific Male 6 1 18 6 23 46 15 51
Pacific Total 8 4 26 8 29 87 28 104
Asian Female 2 1 5 2 3 72 16 145
Asian Male 7 0 3 6 9 66 37 140
Asian Total 9 1 8 8 12 138 53 285
MELAA Female 3 0 2 0 1 14 8 38
MELAA Male 0 1 3 2 3 17 13 30
MELAA Total 3 1 5 2 4 31 21 68
Other Female 3 1 2 0 0 7 0 14
Other Male 1 0 2 3 4 9 1 16
Other Total 4 1 4 3 4 16 1 30
European/Pākehā Female 31 17 92 161 54 920 67 1,325
European/Pākehā Male 56 23 193 269 96 923 65 1,180
European/Pākehā Total 87 40 285 430 150 1,843 132 2,505
Total Female 52 24 130 183 80 1,090 111 1,643
Total Male 96 32 269 330 159 1,129 135 1,459
Total Total 148 56 399 513 239 2,219 246 3,102
  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.