Age

Completion of upper secondary education is associated with a range of economic and social benefits both in New Zealand and across the OECD. Retention to senior secondary schooling is linked to higher levels of skills and knowledge required for participation in our increasingly knowledge-based society and the wider global community.

The retention data presented here is calculated from school leaver data, that is, it is the age that a school leaver completed their schooling. The Ministry convention is to consider the proportion of students that remain at school until at least their 17th birthday; this is a year after compulsory education and the average age for a student completing their upper secondary qualifications.

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.

2017 data have not yet been updated in these tables and will be available shortly.    National data are available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

Age of students when they left school by ethnic group and gender (2016)
Ethnic group Gender 15 16 17 18 19+ Total
Māori Female 16 56 88 102 9 271
Māori Male 29 62 110 79 7 287
Māori Total 45 118 198 181 16 558
Pacific Female 2 3 7 10 0 22
Pacific Male 2 6 15 12 1 36
Pacific Total 4 9 22 22 1 58
Asian Female 0 1 11 13 0 25
Asian Male 1 1 10 13 7 32
Asian Total 1 2 21 26 7 57
MELAA Female x x x x x 1
MELAA Male x x x x x 6
MELAA Total 0 1 1 5 0 7
Other Female x x x x x 2
Other Male 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Total x x x x x 2
European/Pākehā Female 4 35 99 105 4 247
European/Pākehā Male 10 32 124 95 6 267
European/Pākehā Total 14 67 223 200 10 514
Territorial Total Female 20 80 174 195 11 480
Territorial Total Male 34 88 220 167 19 528
Territorial Total Total 54 168 394 362 30 1,008

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.