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 53 164 269 271 34 791
Māori Male 69 222 282 222 19 814
Māori Total 122 386 551 493 53 1,605
Pacific Female 2 11 20 28 1 62
Pacific Male 3 11 34 29 3 80
Pacific Total 5 22 54 57 4 142
Asian Female 0 5 32 48 4 89
Asian Male 2 6 39 51 10 108
Asian Total 2 11 71 99 14 197
MELAA Female 0 1 1 8 0 10
MELAA Male 0 3 6 10 0 19
MELAA Total 0 4 7 18 0 29
Other Female 3 15 11 10 0 39
Other Male 1 5 14 4 0 24
Other Total 4 20 25 14 0 63
European/Pākehā Female 26 127 421 523 10 1,107
European/Pākehā Male 33 201 492 506 21 1,253
European/Pākehā Total 59 328 913 1,029 31 2,360
Regional Total Female 73 284 671 787 45 1,860
Regional Total Male 96 410 773 752 49 2,080
Regional Total Total 169 694 1,444 1,539 94 3,940

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.