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.

School leavers with at least NCEA level 2 or equivalent by gender and ethnic group (2017-2019)
Group Below NCEA level 2 NCEA level 2 or above Percentage with NCEA level 2 or above
2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019
Female 73 79 95 241 255 258 76.8 76.3 73.1
Male 116 109 113 220 236 230 65.5 68.4 67.1
Māori 165 156 166 297 312 305 64.3 66.7 64.8
Pacific 3 12 21 20 23 23 87.0 65.7 52.3
Asian 1 2 3 7 6 15 87.5 75.0 83.3
MELAA x x x x x x x x x
Other x x x x x x x x x
European/Pākehā 32 36 52 208 214 222 86.7 85.6 81.0
Region Total 189 188 208 461 491 488 70.9 72.3 70.1
New Zealand Total 11,705 12,015 13,086 50,950 49,282 48,620 81.3 80.4 78.8

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.