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 27 95 187 142 13 464
Māori Male 28 126 213 149 10 526
Māori Total 55 221 400 291 23 990
Pacific Female 1 6 34 35 3 79
Pacific Male 2 9 40 30 4 85
Pacific Total 3 15 74 65 7 164
Asian Female 0 8 15 36 6 65
Asian Male 1 2 22 42 6 73
Asian Total 1 10 37 78 12 138
MELAA Female 0 3 8 12 2 25
MELAA Male 0 0 3 8 1 12
MELAA Total 0 3 11 20 3 37
Other Female 0 1 3 7 0 11
Other Male 0 0 7 7 0 14
Other Total 0 1 10 14 0 25
European/Pākehā Female 17 134 406 415 26 998
European/Pākehā Male 22 194 455 400 26 1,097
European/Pākehā Total 39 328 861 815 52 2,095
Regional Total Female 38 214 580 592 44 1,468
Regional Total Male 47 291 627 548 43 1,556
Regional Total Total 85 505 1,207 1,140 87 3,024

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.