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.

Identical information is available for the region’s territorial authorities using the drop down menu above. For other territorial authorities first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above. This information is not available by school.
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 72 45 110 144 51 431 30 498
Māori Male 106 49 178 158 97 398 44 441
Māori Total 178 94 288 302 148 829 74 939
Pacific Female 98 28 121 116 83 778 70 978
Pacific Male 121 33 224 128 122 741 93 871
Pacific Total 219 61 345 244 205 1,519 163 1,849
Asian Female 28 7 26 43 21 712 50 1,120
Asian Male 36 5 32 56 54 701 98 1,222
Asian Total 64 12 58 99 75 1,413 148 2,342
MELAA Female 12 2 5 9 9 90 20 160
MELAA Male 8 4 19 14 18 115 23 162
MELAA Total 20 6 24 23 27 205 43 322
Other Female 4 0 3 6 1 22 0 38
Other Male 3 0 4 7 2 24 3 30
Other Total 7 0 7 13 3 46 3 68
European/Pākehā Female 53 22 111 250 51 1,744 71 2,155
European/Pākehā Male 73 32 208 346 127 1,746 71 2,171
European/Pākehā Total 126 54 319 596 178 3,490 142 4,326
Total Female 237 91 324 501 191 3,476 228 4,583
Total Male 314 107 590 634 379 3,445 306 4,543
Total Total 551 198 914 1,135 570 6,921 534 9,126
  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.