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 267 265 237 1,000 1,004 1,189 78.9 79.1 83.4
Māori Male 372 401 356 1,014 1,054 1,176 73.2 72.4 76.8
Māori Total 639 666 593 2,014 2,058 2,365 75.9 75.6 80.0
Pacific Female 290 243 257 1,938 1,973 2,063 87.0 89.0 88.9
Pacific Male 419 380 385 1,869 1,901 1,991 81.7 83.3 83.8
Pacific Total 709 623 642 3,807 3,874 4,054 84.3 86.1 86.3
Asian Female 70 77 53 1,942 1,993 1,996 96.5 96.3 97.4
Asian Male 132 113 93 2,085 2,079 2,089 94.0 94.8 95.7
Asian Total 202 190 146 4,027 4,072 4,085 95.2 95.5 96.5
MELAA Female 21 16 15 317 291 303 93.8 94.8 95.3
MELAA Male 46 28 34 296 320 297 86.5 92.0 89.7
MELAA Total 67 44 49 613 611 600 90.1 93.3 92.4
Other Female 8 6 1 70 55 57 89.7 90.2 98.3
Other Male 5 4 4 79 53 71 94.0 93.0 94.7
Other Total 13 10 5 149 108 128 92.0 91.5 96.2
European/Pākehā Female 244 178 218 4,237 4,330 4,222 94.6 96.1 95.1
European/Pākehā Male 353 366 370 4,487 4,442 4,494 92.7 92.4 92.4
European/Pākehā Total 597 544 588 8,724 8,772 8,716 93.6 94.2 93.7
Region Total Female 795 687 674 8,869 8,919 8,981 91.8 92.8 93.0
Region Total Male 1,185 1,154 1,090 9,212 9,112 9,274 88.6 88.8 89.5
Region Total Total 1,980 1,841 1,764 18,081 18,031 18,255 90.1 90.7 91.2
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.