NCEA level 2

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 2

2017 data have not been updated in these tables but National and school level data is available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

School leavers with at least NCEA level 2 or equivalent by ethnic group and gender (2014-2016)
Ethnic group Gender Below NCEA level 2 NCEA level 2 or above Percentage with NCEA level 2 or above
2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016
Māori Female 98 112 129 218 238 294 69.0 68.0 69.5
Māori Male 236 186 189 198 249 282 45.6 57.2 59.9
Māori Total 334 298 318 416 487 576 55.5 62.0 64.4
Pacific Female 41 30 44 91 112 101 68.9 78.9 69.7
Pacific Male 48 72 50 92 94 99 65.7 56.6 66.4
Pacific Total 89 102 94 183 206 200 67.3 66.9 68.0
Asian Female 25 25 34 202 214 240 89.0 89.5 87.6
Asian Male 27 42 54 199 227 229 88.1 84.4 80.9
Asian Total 52 67 88 401 441 469 88.5 86.8 84.2
MELAA Female 12 6 10 43 58 62 78.2 90.6 86.1
MELAA Male 11 18 20 42 47 45 79.2 72.3 69.2
MELAA Total 23 24 30 85 105 107 78.7 81.4 78.1
Other Female 8 6 1 19 17 23 70.4 73.9 95.8
Other Male 9 8 4 20 27 19 69.0 77.1 82.6
Other Total 17 14 5 39 44 42 69.6 75.9 89.4
European/Pākehā Female 392 351 334 2,249 2,337 2,375 85.2 86.9 87.7
European/Pākehā Male 632 596 548 2,215 2,226 2,347 77.8 78.9 81.1
European/Pākehā Total 1,024 947 882 4,464 4,563 4,722 81.3 82.8 84.3
Region Total Female 534 496 490 2,704 2,834 2,933 83.5 85.1 85.7
Region Total Male 888 856 796 2,658 2,760 2,858 75.0 76.3 78.2
Region Total Total 1,422 1,352 1,286 5,362 5,594 5,791 79.0 80.5 81.8
New Zealand Total Female 5,383 5,053 5,119 23,561 24,458 24,617 81.4 82.9 82.8
New Zealand Total Male 7,575 7,301 6,828 22,783 23,794 24,176 75.0 76.5 78.0
New Zealand Total Total 12,958 12,354 11,947 46,344 48,252 48,793 78.1 79.6 80.3

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.