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 (2016-2018)
Group Below NCEA level 1 NCEA level 1 or above Percentage with NCEA level 1 or above
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
Female 626 709 754 8,925 9,146 9,141 93.4 92.8 92.4
Male 1,056 1,057 1,165 9,248 9,509 9,296 89.8 90.0 88.9
Māori 567 656 686 2,345 2,575 2,512 80.5 79.7 78.5
Pacific 618 643 696 4,037 4,127 4,165 86.7 86.5 85.7
Asian 143 148 200 4,073 4,286 4,313 96.6 96.7 95.6
MELAA 48 41 37 593 627 671 92.5 93.9 94.8
Other 6 8 18 128 136 157 95.5 94.4 89.7
European/Pākehā 550 538 623 8,683 8,976 8,870 94.0 94.3 93.4
Region Total 1,682 1,766 1,919 18,173 18,655 18,437 91.5 91.4 90.6
New Zealand Total 6,150 6,418 7,033 54,368 56,524 55,852 89.8 89.8 88.8

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.