Age

Completion of upper secondary education is associated with a range of economic and social benefits both in New Zealand and across the OECD. Retention to senior secondary schooling is linked to higher levels of skills and knowledge required for participation in our increasingly knowledge-based society and the wider global community.

The retention data presented here is calculated from school leaver data, that is, it is the age that a school leaver completed their schooling. The Ministry convention is to consider the proportion of students that remain at school until at least their 17th birthday; this is a year after compulsory education and the average age for a student completing their upper secondary qualifications.

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.

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

Age of students when they left school by ethnic group and gender (2016)
Ethnic group Gender 15 16 17 18 19+ Total
Māori Female 23 82 154 152 12 423
Māori Male 36 127 167 127 14 471
Māori Total 59 209 321 279 26 894
Pacific Female 7 17 58 53 10 145
Pacific Male 8 18 62 55 6 149
Pacific Total 15 35 120 108 16 294
Asian Female 4 17 79 139 35 274
Asian Male 3 9 82 141 48 283
Asian Total 7 26 161 280 83 557
MELAA Female 1 3 16 37 15 72
MELAA Male 2 6 16 36 5 65
MELAA Total 3 9 32 73 20 137
Other Female 0 1 8 15 0 24
Other Male 0 2 6 14 1 23
Other Total 0 3 14 29 1 47
European/Pākehā Female 58 261 958 1,325 107 2,709
European/Pākehā Male 71 491 1,074 1,177 82 2,895
European/Pākehā Total 129 752 2,032 2,502 189 5,604
Regional Total Female 81 346 1,195 1,632 169 3,423
Regional Total Male 108 605 1,317 1,471 153 3,654
Regional Total Total 189 951 2,512 3,103 322 7,077

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.