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 yet been updated in these tables and will be available shortly.    National data are 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 53 54 50 26 19 35 32.9 26.0 41.2
Māori Male 70 86 80 22 31 37 23.9 26.5 31.6
Māori Total 123 140 130 48 50 72 28.1 26.3 35.6
Pacific Female 92 82 76 107 105 106 53.8 56.1 58.2
Pacific Male 115 129 138 90 92 85 43.9 41.6 38.1
Pacific Total 207 211 214 197 197 191 48.8 48.3 47.2
Asian Female 16 32 27 108 103 121 87.1 76.3 81.8
Asian Male 32 35 25 108 106 86 77.1 75.2 77.5
Asian Total 48 67 52 216 209 207 81.8 75.7 79.9
MELAA Female 11 9 8 25 19 22 69.4 67.9 73.3
MELAA Male 10 15 11 14 24 19 58.3 61.5 63.3
MELAA Total 21 24 19 39 43 41 65.0 64.2 68.3
Other Female x x x x x x x x x
Other Male x x x x x x x x x
Other Total 4 2 1 4 8 5 50.0 80.0 83.3
European/Pākehā Female 89 63 78 127 148 135 58.8 70.1 63.4
European/Pākehā Male 136 123 139 113 114 131 45.4 48.1 48.5
European/Pākehā Total 225 186 217 240 262 266 51.6 58.5 55.1
Territorial Total Female 238 219 211 371 366 387 60.9 62.6 64.7
Territorial Total Male 328 360 348 328 336 333 50.0 48.3 48.9
Territorial Total Total 566 579 559 699 702 720 55.3 54.8 56.3
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.