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 (2016-2018)
Group Below NCEA level 2 NCEA level 2 or above Percentage with NCEA level 2 or above
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
Female 330 355 386 2,465 2,715 2,631 88.2 88.4 87.2
Male 488 529 558 2,471 2,690 2,683 83.5 83.6 82.8
Māori 278 316 320 760 996 1,002 73.2 75.9 75.8
Pacific 144 139 180 603 659 649 80.7 82.6 78.3
Asian 44 52 67 548 621 608 92.6 92.3 90.1
MELAA 21 36 36 125 143 137 85.6 79.9 79.2
Other 12 16 3 21 25 47 63.6 61.0 94.0
European/Pākehā 447 479 529 3,374 3,656 3,636 88.3 88.4 87.3
Region Total 818 884 944 4,936 5,405 5,314 85.8 85.9 84.9
New Zealand Total 11,567 11,908 12,936 48,951 51,034 49,949 80.9 81.1 79.4

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 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.