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 7 7 41 29 24 161 15 141
Māori Male 23 11 50 51 27 150 15 141
Māori Total 30 18 91 80 51 311 30 282
Pacific Female 3 2 4 1 3 25 4 36
Pacific Male 2 1 6 5 8 24 4 29
Pacific Total 5 3 10 6 11 49 8 65
Asian Female 0 0 1 0 1 24 3 41
Asian Male 0 1 2 2 2 21 4 44
Asian Total 0 1 3 2 3 45 7 85
MELAA Female 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 13
MELAA Male 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 7
MELAA Total 0 0 0 0 0 10 3 20
Other Female 1 0 1 0 0 2 2 6
Other Male 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 8
Other Total 1 0 1 1 0 5 2 14
European/Pākehā Female 6 4 29 58 12 360 26 416
European/Pākehā Male 24 8 72 111 35 443 35 392
European/Pākehā Total 30 12 101 169 47 803 61 808
Total Female 14 13 63 76 35 514 46 598
Total Male 42 18 120 154 62 562 51 536
Total Total 56 31 183 230 97 1,076 97 1,134
  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.