Building a productive and competitive economy is a Government priority and achievement in education is essential to this goal. Education helps New Zealanders develop the skills needed to reach their full potential and contribute to the economy and society.

A Level 2 qualification gives people opportunities in terms of further education and employment, contributing to better health outcomes and a better quality of life.

To boost skills and employment the Government has set a Better Public Service target that 85% of 18-year-olds will have achieved NCEA level 2 or an equivalent qualification in 2017.

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18-year-olds with a minimum of NCEA level 2 or equivalent, by the age they left school (2015)
Ethnic group Gender Left school at
age 15
Left school at
age 16
Left school at
age 17
Left school at
age 18 or above
Below level 2 Level 2 or above Below level 2 Level 2 or above Below level 2 Level 2 or above Below level 2 Level 2 or above
Māori Female 0 0 1 3 0 10 0 11
Māori Male 1 0 5 1 1 10 4 10
Māori Total 1 0 6 4 1 20 4 21
Pacific Female 5 1 4 5 1 44 2 45
Pacific Male 6 1 9 8 6 37 3 45
Pacific Total 11 2 13 13 7 81 5 90
Asian Female 2 1 1 1 4 77 3 104
Asian Male 2 0 3 2 6 67 8 121
Asian Total 4 1 4 3 10 144 11 225
MELAA Female 1 0 0 0 1 9 1 13
MELAA Male 2 1 5 0 5 7 0 16
MELAA Total 3 1 5 0 6 16 1 29
Other Female 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Other Male 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 2
Other Total 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 4
European/Pākehā Female 2 0 3 9 1 37 6 41
European/Pākehā Male 0 1 5 7 4 46 7 51
European/Pākehā Total 2 1 8 16 5 83 13 92
Total Female 9 2 8 16 6 161 12 201
Total Male 10 3 25 18 20 158 21 234
Total Total 19 5 33 34 26 319 33 435
  1. The data in the above table relates only to the cohort of 18 year-olds; the age in the table is the age on their last day at school.
  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.