NCEA level 3

A formal school qualification is a measure of the extent to which young adults have completed a basic prerequisite for higher education and training, and many entry-level jobs.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education's ENROL system, while highest school qualification is obtained from schools and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Data presented here is for school leavers with NCEA Level 1 and above, level 2 and above and level 3 and above (including a UE Award).

Identical information is available for other territorial authorities in this region by using the drop down menu above. For territorial authorities in other regions first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above.Alternatively a large amount of school leaver data is available from our statistical pages. See School Leavers with NCEA Level 3 or UE Award

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

School leavers with at least NCEA level 3 or equivalent by ethnic group and gender (2014-2016)
Ethnic group Gender Below NCEA level 3 NCEA level 3 or above Percentage with NCEA level 3 or above
2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016
Māori Female 12 14 16 21 25 38 63.6 64.1 70.4
Māori Male 14 18 23 28 33 30 66.7 64.7 56.6
Māori Total 26 32 39 49 58 68 65.3 64.4 63.6
Pacific Female 9 19 12 23 19 18 71.9 50.0 60.0
Pacific Male 14 16 16 25 23 22 64.1 59.0 57.9
Pacific Total 23 35 28 48 42 40 67.6 54.5 58.8
Asian Female 28 19 34 169 177 156 85.8 90.3 82.1
Asian Male 19 21 29 166 190 200 89.7 90.0 87.3
Asian Total 47 40 63 335 367 356 87.7 90.2 85.0
MELAA Female 4 4 6 29 29 23 87.9 87.9 79.3
MELAA Male 4 5 6 37 24 36 90.2 82.8 85.7
MELAA Total 8 9 12 66 53 59 89.2 85.5 83.1
Other Female x x x x x x x x x
Other Male x x x x x x x x x
Other Total 6 4 1 3 2 7 33.3 33.3 87.5
European/Pākehā Female 73 77 67 345 373 316 82.5 82.9 82.5
European/Pākehā Male 103 101 106 367 361 383 78.1 78.1 78.3
European/Pākehā Total 176 178 173 712 734 699 80.2 80.5 80.2
Territorial Total Female 126 124 125 568 603 524 81.8 82.9 80.7
Territorial Total Male 140 144 153 597 587 627 81.0 80.3 80.4
Territorial Total Total 266 268 278 1,165 1,190 1,151 81.4 81.6 80.5
New Zealand Total Female 12,120 11,577 11,791 16,824 17,934 17,945 58.1 60.8 60.3
New Zealand Total Male 17,113 16,782 16,228 13,245 14,313 14,776 43.6 46.0 47.7
New Zealand Total Total 29,233 28,359 28,019 30,069 32,247 32,721 50.7 53.2 53.9

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.