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 164 125 141 103 126 130 38.6 50.2 48.0
Māori Male 176 178 170 72 116 117 29.0 39.5 40.8
Māori Total 340 303 311 175 242 247 34.0 44.4 44.3
Pacific Female 13 24 12 7 18 10 35.0 42.9 45.5
Pacific Male 11 17 26 6 22 10 35.3 56.4 27.8
Pacific Total 24 41 38 13 40 20 35.1 49.4 34.5
Asian Female 2 4 1 24 26 24 92.3 86.7 96.0
Asian Male 6 11 5 18 13 27 75.0 54.2 84.4
Asian Total 8 15 6 42 39 51 84.0 72.2 89.5
MELAA Female x x x x x x x x x
MELAA Male x x x x x x x x x
MELAA Total 2 1 1 9 7 6 81.8 87.5 85.7
Other Female x x x x x x x x x
Other Male x x x x x x x x x
Other Total x 2 x x 4 x x 66.7 x
European/Pākehā Female 85 93 80 169 176 167 66.5 65.4 67.6
European/Pākehā Male 145 132 124 113 121 143 43.8 47.8 53.6
European/Pākehā Total 230 225 204 282 297 310 55.1 56.9 60.3
Territorial Total Female 229 206 194 283 307 286 55.3 59.8 59.6
Territorial Total Male 294 293 272 197 240 256 40.1 45.0 48.5
Territorial Total Total 523 499 466 480 547 542 47.9 52.3 53.8
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.