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 58 72 63 258 278 360 81.6 79.4 85.1
Māori Male 136 122 111 298 313 360 68.7 72.0 76.4
Māori Total 194 194 174 556 591 720 74.1 75.3 80.5
Pacific Female 20 19 19 112 123 126 84.8 86.6 86.9
Pacific Male 32 34 27 108 132 122 77.1 79.5 81.9
Pacific Total 52 53 46 220 255 248 80.9 82.8 84.4
Asian Female 13 17 22 214 222 252 94.3 92.9 92.0
Asian Male 13 32 29 213 237 254 94.2 88.1 89.8
Asian Total 26 49 51 427 459 506 94.3 90.4 90.8
MELAA Female 4 3 7 51 61 65 92.7 95.3 90.3
MELAA Male 4 10 10 49 55 55 92.5 84.6 84.6
MELAA Total 8 13 17 100 116 120 92.6 89.9 87.6
Other Female 6 4 0 21 19 24 77.8 82.6 100.0
Other Male 4 4 2 25 31 21 86.2 88.6 91.3
Other Total 10 8 2 46 50 45 82.1 86.2 95.7
European/Pākehā Female 212 168 170 2,429 2,520 2,539 92.0 93.8 93.7
European/Pākehā Male 307 278 259 2,540 2,544 2,636 89.2 90.1 91.1
European/Pākehā Total 519 446 429 4,969 5,064 5,175 90.5 91.9 92.3
Region Total Female 291 261 257 2,947 3,069 3,166 91.0 92.2 92.5
Region Total Male 454 442 399 3,092 3,174 3,255 87.2 87.8 89.1
Region Total Total 745 703 656 6,039 6,243 6,421 89.0 89.9 90.7
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.