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 45 44 64 269 290 289 85.7 86.8 81.9
Male 80 65 68 256 280 275 76.2 81.2 80.2
Māori 109 91 109 353 377 362 76.4 80.6 76.9
Pacific 1 7 11 22 28 33 95.7 80.0 75.0
Asian 1 2 2 7 6 16 87.5 75.0 88.9
MELAA x x x x x x x x x
Other x x x x x x x x x
European/Pākehā 21 21 26 219 229 248 91.3 91.6 90.5
Region Total 125 109 132 525 570 564 80.8 83.9 81.0
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.