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.

School leavers with at least NCEA level 1 or equivalent by gender and ethnic group (2017-2019)
Group Below NCEA level 1 NCEA level 1 or above Percentage with NCEA level 1 or above
2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019
Female 225 242 302 3,293 3,235 3,352 93.6 93.0 91.7
Male 395 447 542 3,356 3,335 3,291 89.5 88.2 85.9
Māori 179 227 286 837 830 862 82.4 78.5 75.1
Pacific 50 67 88 282 275 309 84.9 80.4 77.8
Asian 35 32 44 578 566 651 94.3 94.6 93.7
MELAA 12 13 9 114 120 129 90.5 90.2 93.5
Other 3 6 7 24 21 23 88.9 77.8 76.7
European/Pākehā 399 448 543 5,348 5,335 5,295 93.1 92.3 90.7
Region Total 620 689 844 6,649 6,570 6,643 91.5 90.5 88.7
New Zealand Total 6,289 6,468 7,480 56,366 54,829 54,226 90.0 89.4 87.9

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 students. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed. 'na' = not applicable.
  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 and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.