NCEA level 1

A formal school qualification is a measure of the extent to which young adults have completed a basic prerequisite for higher education and training, and many entry-level jobs.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education's ENROL system, while highest school qualification is obtained from schools and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Data presented here is for school leavers with NCEA Level 1 and above, level 2 and above and level 3 and above (including a UE Award).

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.Alternatively a large amount of school leaver data is available from our statistical pages. See School Leavers with NCEA Level 1

2017 data have not yet been updated in these tables and will be available shortly.    National data are available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

School leavers with at least NCEA level 1 or equivalent by ethnic group and gender (2014-2016)
Ethnic group Gender Below NCEA level 1 NCEA level 1 or above Percentage with NCEA level 1 or above
2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016
Māori Female 116 100 104 360 369 411 75.6 78.7 79.8
Māori Male 146 118 112 352 377 470 70.7 76.2 80.8
Māori Total 262 218 216 712 746 881 73.1 77.4 80.3
Pacific Female 5 7 3 27 34 36 84.4 82.9 92.3
Pacific Male 6 7 7 22 28 37 78.6 80.0 84.1
Pacific Total 11 14 10 49 62 73 81.7 81.6 88.0
Asian Female 3 2 3 19 14 28 86.4 87.5 90.3
Asian Male 3 0 2 32 24 38 91.4 100.0 95.0
Asian Total 6 2 5 51 38 66 89.5 95.0 93.0
MELAA Female 1 0 x 5 7 x 83.3 100.0 x
MELAA Male 1 0 x 9 6 x 90.0 100.0 x
MELAA Total 2 0 1 14 13 12 87.5 100.0 92.3
Other Female 0 0 1 6 7 7 100.0 100.0 87.5
Other Male 0 2 4 11 9 5 100.0 81.8 55.6
Other Total 0 2 5 17 16 12 100.0 88.9 70.6
European/Pākehā Female 36 41 54 474 514 571 92.9 92.6 91.4
European/Pākehā Male 66 54 53 497 527 562 88.3 90.7 91.4
European/Pākehā Total 102 95 107 971 1,041 1,133 90.5 91.6 91.4
Region Total Female 141 133 148 836 872 942 85.6 86.8 86.4
Region Total Male 201 160 160 860 893 1,010 81.1 84.8 86.3
Region Total Total 342 293 308 1,696 1,765 1,952 83.2 85.8 86.4
New Zealand Total Female 3,092 2,857 2,782 25,852 26,654 26,954 89.3 90.3 90.6
New Zealand Total Male 4,193 3,958 3,630 26,165 27,137 27,374 86.2 87.3 88.3
New Zealand Total Total 7,285 6,815 6,412 52,017 53,791 54,328 87.7 88.8 89.4

Notes:

  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian Females. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  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.