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 11 6 5 8 5 24 3 28
Māori Male 11 3 5 6 4 24 4 24
Māori Total 22 9 10 14 9 48 7 52
Pacific Female 25 8 30 22 15 147 13 203
Pacific Male 18 9 28 13 25 91 12 104
Pacific Total 43 17 58 35 40 238 25 307
Asian Female 1 1 2 1 1 20 4 22
Asian Male 6 1 3 5 1 22 7 32
Asian Total 7 2 5 6 2 42 11 54
MELAA Female 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 4
MELAA Male 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 4
MELAA Total 0 1 0 1 2 3 2 8
Other Female 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Other Male 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Other Total 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
European/Pākehā Female 0 0 1 2 2 25 4 39
European/Pākehā Male 2 1 0 3 3 50 2 84
European/Pākehā Total 2 1 1 5 5 75 6 123
Total Female 34 14 34 32 20 202 25 281
Total Male 35 13 34 26 32 170 26 238
Total Total 69 27 68 58 52 372 51 519
  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.