Retention of students in senior secondary schools

Table 1: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by ethnic group and gender (2009 to 2017)
Notes:
  1. For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined).  For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
  2. MELAA stands for Middle Eastern/Latin American/African.
  3. For this indicator students who identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
Gender/
Ethnic Group
MāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European
/Pākehā
FemaleMale All
Leavers
2009 Number 7,268 4,649 5,229 908 467 31,234 23,822 22,760 46,582
Percent 62.7 79.1 92.3 88.0 89.0 81.6 82.4 76.5 79.4
2010 Number 8,143 5,242 5,549 922 348 32,854 24,941 24,603 49,544
Percent 65.0 79.5 93.2 86.7 82.3 83.5 83.7 78.0 80.8
2011 Number 8,751 5,273 5,735 1,042 396 33,229 25,650 25,162 50,812
Percent 66.8 79.9 93.0 88.5 81.1 83.7 84.6 77.9 81.1
2012 Number 8,416 5,184 5,703 1,048 369 32,241 25,255 24,537 49,792
Percent 68.9 80.8 93.4 88.4 83.5 85.6 86.0 80.0 82.9
2013 Number 9,287 5,532 5,996 1,074 445 33,613 26,634 25,836 52,470
Percent 70.8 82.6 94.1 90.6 86.6 86.6 87.3 81.3 84.2
2014 Number 8,700 5,396 6,032 1,079 389 31,689 25,243 24,722 49,965
Percent 71.1 83.5 95.0 90.1 87.6 86.0 87.3 81.5 84.3
2015 Number 9,304 5,643 6,276 1,154 345 32,564 25,836 25,453 51,289
Percent 71.8 83.7 95.5 91.8 82.5 86.8 88.0 82.0 84.9
2016 Number 9,853 5,805 6,225 1,122 383 32,386 25,868 25,273 51,141
Percent 72.2 83.7 95.0 90.1 82.7 86.1 87.3 81.5 84.3
2017 Number 11,029 6,065 6,725 1,235 416 33,326 26,948 26,030 52,978
Percent 71.9 82.9 95.1 89.8 83.7 84.9 86.1 80.9 83.5

Table 2: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by school quintile (2017)
Notes:
  1. For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined).  For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
  2. MELAA stands for Middle Eastern/Latin American/African.
  3. For this indicator students who identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  4. Schools in the lowest quintile (quintile 1) draw their students from communities with the highest degree of socio-economic disadvantage.
Decile
(Socio-economic status, SES)
All
Leavers
Gender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European
/Pākehā
Quintile 1 (Low SES) 73.8 76.6 71.3 65.1 80.1 92.5 87.2 77.4 73.7
Quintile 2 77.9 80.9 75.1 67.7 84.2 93.6 91.4 85.3 78.0
Quintile 3 81.3 84.6 78.1 73.3 82.9 94.7 88.8 72.4 81.8
Quintile 4 86.3 88.8 84.0 78.8 85.1 94.7 88.5 85.3 86.0
Quintile 5 (High SES) 92.3 93.6 91.0 85.8 90.7 96.9 92.1 90.5 91.7


Table 3: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by education area (2017)
Notes:
  1. For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined).  For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
  2. MELAA stands for Middle Eastern/Latin American/African.
  3. For this indicator students who identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  4. Schools in the lowest quintile (quintile 1) draw their students from communities with the highest degree of socio-economic disadvantage.
Education Area All
Leavers
Gender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European
/Pākehā
Tai Tokerau 73.4 77.2 69.6 66.4 71.3 91.8 85.0 61.1 78.7
Auckland 86.6 88.6 84.8 71.5 82.6 95.5 91.1 88.3 87.8
Waikato 78.1 81.6 74.9 68.9 83.9 90.9 85.2 75.0 80.5
Bay of Plenty, Waiariki 78.5 81.5 75.7 70.1 78.9 93.5 90.0 81.3 82.3
Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu 81.8 85.9 78.1 74.5 82.9 93.6 83.0 83.3 83.6
Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti 79.8 82.9 76.7 70.5 81.4 97.7 82.6 95.5 85.9
Wellington 86.9 88.6 85.3 77.7 86.8 95.4 90.7 75.6 87.5
Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast 78.9 81.5 76.4 69.4 87.5 88.4 80.0 70.0 79.8
Canterbury and Chatham Islands 84.3 87.5 81.2 71.0 80.0 95.7 92.2 88.5 84.8
Otago, Southland 83.8 86.2 81.4 73.3 82.4 96.6 91.5 85.2 84.4
Not Applicable 93.7 92.8 95.1 85.5 100.0 100.0 x x 93.9
New Zealand Total83.586.180.971.982.995.189.883.784.9


Table 4: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by regional council (2017)
Notes:
  1. MELAA stands for Middle Eastern/Latin American/African.
  2. For this indicator students who identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  3. For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined).  For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
  4. Not Applicable includes students whose school campus covers more than one region, and students with no regional information available.
  5. x = for this category there were less than 5 school leavers.
  6. The New Zealand total includes students from all regions including those with less than 5 school leavers.
Education Area All
Leavers
Gender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European
/Pākehā
Northland Region 73.4 77.2 69.6 66.4 71.3 91.8 85.0 61.1 78.7
Auckland Region 86.8 88.6 85.1 71.8 82.6 95.5 91.2 88.3 87.9
Waikato Region 77.9 81.7 74.4 68.5 83.3 91.2 84.8 72.4 80.2
Bay of Plenty Region 78.6 81.9 75.6 70.2 78.8 93.4 90.9 82.2 82.5
Gisborne Region 71.3 76.1 66.7 65.5 87.0 100.0 x x 84.2
Hawkes Bay Region 82.2 84.8 79.6 73.2 80.6 97.4 81.8 94.7 86.2
Taranaki Region 81.7 86.7 77.2 75.5 86.8 91.3 72.2 81.8 83.2
Manawatu-Wanganui Region 80.5 83.9 77.5 73.1 82.4 94.2 87.2 85.7 82.4
Wellington Region 87.9 89.4 86.5 78.8 86.9 95.3 91.1 74.4 88.6
Tasman Region 79.4 81.1 77.8 73.6 85.7 75.0 x 80.0 80.9
Nelson Region 83.6 86.7 80.3 72.2 90.9 95.7 85.7 x 84.3
Marlborough Region 77.6 82.8 73.2 67.8 89.5 77.8 83.3 n 78.9
West Coast Region 67.1 66.4 67.8 62.3 75.0 x x x 66.5
Canterbury Region 84.2 87.5 81.2 71.0 80.0 95.7 92.2 88.5 84.8
Otago Region 85.6 88.4 82.8 73.7 80.7 96.4 91.9 94.7 86.0
Southland Region 80.2 81.9 78.4 72.7 86.5 97.5 90.0 62.5 80.9
Correspondence School 85.2 87.9 80.0 80.4 86.6 94.0 89.6 90.0 85.7
Not Applicable 93.7 92.8 95.1 85.5 100.0 100.0 x x 93.9
New Zealand Total 83.586.180.971.982.995.189.883.7 84.9


Table 5: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by territorial authority with Auckland by local board (2017)
Notes:
  1. MELAA stands for Middle Eastern/Latin American/African.
  2. For this indicator students who identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  3. For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined).  For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
  4. Not Applicable includes students whose school campus covers more than one region, and students with no regional information available.
  5. x = for this category there were less than 5 school leavers.
  6. The New Zealand total includes students from all regions including those with less than 5 school leavers.
Territorial Authority with Auckland Local Board All
Leavers
Gender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European
/Pākehā
Far North District 74.4 77.3 71.6 69.7 67.4 89.5 x 42.9 82.8
Whangarei District 73.5 78.1 68.7 64.1 71.4 94.1 87.5 70.0 77.3
Kaipara District 68.4 72.1 64.0 55.8 88.9 87.5 x x 74.4
Auckland:
- Rodney 80.8 84.1 78.2 73.8 95.2 100.0 100.0 100.0 79.2
- Hibiscus and Bays 86.9 89.0 84.8 66.3 57.1 93.8 94.6 x 87.6
- Upper Harbour 90.3 91.2 89.6 79.7 84.4 96.7 90.3 81.8 89.5
- Kaipatiki 88.2 90.2 86.0 84.0 84.9 94.6 90.0 x 88.9
- Devonport-Takapuna 95.4 95.7 95.1 99.1 96.3 97.9 94.8 100.0 94.1
- Henderson-Massey 85.3 86.3 84.3 74.7 83.7 92.4 87.1 100.0 86.0
- Waitakere Ranges 85.7 100.0 78.6 88.9 n n n n x
- Waiheke 80.9 90.0 73.7 83.3 x x x n 81.0
- Waitemata 93.3 93.7 92.8 85.1 91.1 97.1 90.9 100.0 94.8
- Whau 86.3 89.0 83.9 67.7 85.4 94.3 95.0 100.0 85.8
- Albert-Eden 93.3 94.8 91.5 83.3 87.2 96.7 94.4 87.5 93.9
- Puketapapa 92.5 95.0 90.4 86.3 88.6 96.6 90.6 80.0 89.0
- Orakei 92.4 94.4 90.6 81.7 82.4 95.9 95.0 100.0 93.5
- Maungakiekie-Tamaki 79.0 81.9 76.7 64.3 80.9 90.8 80.0 81.8 73.3
- Howick 91.6 93.1 90.4 84.3 93.0 96.5 88.7 95.5 88.7
- Mangere-Otahuhu 84.5 84.9 84.0 73.3 82.0 92.7 86.7 83.3 90.9
- Otara-Papatoetoe 80.4 83.9 78.0 63.3 80.5 93.7 90.9 x 71.3
- Manurewa 68.4 71.2 65.7 55.0 73.4 92.4 92.0 71.4 63.7
- Papakura 74.8 75.7 74.0 58.6 67.7 90.6 95.5 83.3 83.0
- Franklin 79.2 80.3 78.2 71.3 75.3 94.0 77.8 x 81.4
Thames-Coromandel District 79.6 80.9 78.2 72.4 50.0 83.3 x n 81.5
Hauraki District 78.0 82.4 74.4 65.6 80.0 100.0 40.0 x 82.0
Waikato District 62.7 74.0 52.9 57.2 76.9 71.4 66.7 x 66.4
Matamata-Piako District 75.2 81.0 70.1 68.1 71.4 96.0 100.0 x 75.8
Hamilton City 80.2 82.9 77.8 70.6 83.6 90.9 86.6 77.8 81.7
Waipa District 81.4 85.2 77.3 72.1 80.0 94.7 83.3 x 82.9
Otorohanga District 73.8 72.7 74.5 67.9 x n x n 85.4
South Waikato District 77.6 79.1 76.4 73.7 90.3 100.0 x n 77.7
Waitomo District 69.2 84.4 57.6 65.8 x n x n 73.0
Taupo District 77.9 79.4 76.4 68.9 85.7 94.4 85.7 60.0 80.5
Western Bay of Plenty District 76.0 83.7 68.8 58.7 78.9 100.0 n n 79.1
Tauranga City 80.6 84.4 77.0 70.7 76.6 94.1 85.7 84.0 82.8
Rotorua District 77.2 78.4 76.0 70.4 76.8 89.3 100.0 x 81.9
Whakatane District 79.5 80.0 79.2 74.6 85.7 100.0 x 40.0 84.4
Kawerau District 68.3 74.4 62.8 67.9 x x n n 84.6
Opotiki District 66.7 75.0 60.0 64.4 x n n n 87.5
Gisborne District 71.3 76.1 66.7 65.5 87.0 100.0 x x 84.2
Wairoa District 66.3 70.6 61.0 66.7 n n n n 66.7
Hastings District 81.6 83.7 79.5 69.5 79.1 95.7 100.0 92.3 85.7
Napier City 85.3 88.3 81.9 78.7 83.3 100.0 66.7 100.0 87.8
Central Hawke's Bay District 77.9 78.0 77.9 77.5 x x n x 78.9
New Plymouth District 83.8 87.4 80.6 80.3 88.6 94.3 66.7 80.0 84.5
Stratford District 79.1 90.5 65.2 75.0 x 100.0 x n 79.8
South Taranaki District 74.8 81.3 68.4 63.4 83.3 66.7 x x 79.5
Ruapehu District 75.2 74.1 76.4 71.8 x x x n 89.5
Wanganui District 83.7 87.6 80.1 77.4 83.3 88.9 x x 86.5
Rangitikei District 78.1 81.0 72.7 66.7 90.0 x n n 83.3
Manawatu District 79.0 87.0 72.5 71.4 83.3 100.0 n x 78.9
Palmerston North City 82.1 84.6 80.0 73.2 79.5 95.5 86.7 92.3 83.8
Tararua District 69.5 70.1 68.9 64.4 83.3 x n n 72.2
Horowhenua District 78.8 83.8 74.2 74.8 85.7 100.0 x x 77.0
Kapiti Coast District 82.9 86.4 79.7 75.3 81.5 87.9 100.0 x 83.2
Porirua City 84.4 86.3 82.8 79.2 86.4 93.8 78.9 x 82.3
Upper Hutt City 86.0 84.8 86.6 78.6 87.2 94.4 93.3 x 86.0
Lower Hutt City 84.3 87.1 81.0 74.4 83.2 96.6 87.1 87.5 85.3
Wellington City 93.1 93.5 92.6 88.2 91.8 95.8 93.2 68.4 93.2
Masterton District 82.7 85.9 78.8 68.5 77.3 93.3 x x 86.8
Carterton District 83.3 x x n n n n n 80.0
South Wairarapa District 88.1 84.9 91.1 86.4 x x n x 91.2
Tasman District 79.4 81.1 77.8 73.6 85.7 75.0 x 80.0 80.9
Nelson City 83.6 86.7 80.3 72.2 90.9 95.7 85.7 x 84.3
Marlborough District 77.6 82.8 73.2 67.8 89.5 77.8 83.3 n 78.9
Kaikoura District 76.9 75.0 80.0 71.4 n n n n 75.0
Buller District 70.3 69.4 71.1 55.6 n n x n 71.7
Grey District 65.9 62.5 69.0 64.5 60.0 x x n 64.7
Westland District 66.7 72.7 60.0 65.0 x n n x 65.4
Hurunui District 85.7 96.4 75.0 92.9 x x n n 82.6
Waimakariri District 77.6 83.2 72.2 58.8 100.0 100.0 100.0 x 78.2
Christchurch City 86.1 88.0 84.3 70.8 79.0 95.7 93.9 90.0 87.2
Selwyn District 84.7 89.6 80.0 80.4 100.0 93.3 80.0 x 84.4
Ashburton District 77.9 84.8 72.3 67.5 70.0 88.0 x x 77.8
Timaru District 81.0 88.3 74.1 75.5 76.9 100.0 76.9 x 81.8
Mackenzie District 77.5 82.4 73.9 x n 100.0 n n 72.7
Waimate District 68.8 76.0 60.9 x x x x n 65.1
Waitaki District 86.0 87.3 84.5 73.5 94.7 100.0 x x 87.3
Central Otago District 82.3 88.9 75.9 65.5 x 100.0 x x 84.3
Queenstown-Lakes District 91.5 96.1 87.6 86.7 x 100.0 90.9 x 91.1
Dunedin City 85.2 87.5 83.1 72.3 76.8 93.8 94.4 100.0 85.6
Clutha District 81.7 85.3 78.0 77.4 80.0 100.0 x x 81.1
Southland District 81.0 83.1 79.1 72.3 n 100.0 x x 80.1
Gore District 76.7 77.4 75.9 50.0 x x x x 79.7
Invercargill City 80.6 82.5 78.7 75.5 88.6 100.0 100.0 50.0 81.5
Correspondence School 85.2 87.9 80.0 80.4 86.6 94.0 89.6 90.0 85.7
Not Applicable 93.7 92.8 95.1 85.5 100.0 100.0 x x 93.9
New Zealand Total 83.5 86.1 80.9 71.9 82.9 95.1 89.8 83.7 84.9


Table 6: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by general electorate (2017)
Notes:
  1. MELAA stands for Middle Eastern/Latin American/African.
  2. For this indicator students who identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  3. For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined).  For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
  4. Not Applicable includes students whose school campus covers more than one region, and students with no regional information available.
  5. x = for this category there were less than 5 school leavers.
  6. The New Zealand total includes students from all regions including those with less than 5 school leavers.
General ElectorateAll
Leavers
GenderEthnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOtherEuropean
/Pākehā
Auckland Central93.094.984.985.791.998.0100.0100.092.2
Bay of Plenty71.173.169.766.177.8100.0xn71.7
Botany86.891.282.973.684.196.886.9100.084.7
Christchurch Central84.484.784.171.681.096.497.490.084.6
Christchurch East73.682.668.560.270.778.977.8n78.0
Clutha-Southland82.585.679.667.781.898.088.9100.082.4
Coromandel78.482.974.267.770.490.076.9x81.2
Dunedin North90.992.589.081.779.498.391.7100.091.1
Dunedin South76.977.276.763.272.782.6100.0x77.6
East Coast73.977.470.868.688.4100.0100.062.584.4
East Coast Bays90.892.089.778.685.497.392.583.390.2
Epsom96.396.596.292.898.097.285.7100.096.1
Hamilton East84.187.282.173.585.193.584.780.085.7
Hamilton West73.178.163.867.682.585.189.5x72.0
Helensville72.072.571.663.490.0xnx70.0
Hunua81.382.080.671.978.291.790.971.481.1
Hutt South88.289.986.181.089.297.386.485.788.2
Ilam92.592.492.785.383.398.191.7x92.5
Invercargill80.582.678.376.288.6100.0100.050.081.2
Kaikoura78.483.873.670.590.581.883.3n79.1
Kelston89.891.388.577.788.096.898.0x90.5
Mana82.784.680.977.486.093.683.3x80.9
Mangere80.578.481.868.180.293.590.980.087.5
Manukau East84.587.781.670.282.793.486.7x85.5
Manurewa70.971.969.854.776.695.592.9x68.3
Maungakiekie80.784.078.165.982.290.977.881.077.0
Mt Albert87.290.084.676.479.894.9100.0x90.4
Mt Roskill93.995.692.492.390.396.996.9x88.5
Napier83.586.380.176.283.3100.066.7100.087.6
Nelson82.784.880.874.487.592.980.075.083.4
New Lynn84.288.980.060.873.393.480.0x84.4
New Plymouth84.087.081.379.488.691.468.881.885.2
North Shore95.495.795.199.196.397.994.8100.094.1
Northcote88.090.185.884.084.994.690.0x88.7
Northland74.277.171.269.171.489.7x50.080.9
Ohariu91.390.492.284.187.896.187.9x91.8
Otaki82.187.177.575.885.290.085.7x82.2
Pakuranga93.592.894.084.191.397.587.893.392.2
Palmerston North84.286.482.479.087.095.485.791.784.1
Papakura74.475.773.160.066.390.393.585.781.0
Port Hills86.887.686.079.157.185.783.3x88.4
Rangitata79.286.372.870.871.993.085.7x79.9
Rangitikei78.683.074.070.785.790.9xx81.4
Rimutaka81.781.681.771.579.693.491.760.083.4
Rodney85.388.082.867.063.695.193.9100.086.0
Rongotai95.295.795.095.695.595.796.160.095.4
Rotorua77.278.975.769.577.590.6100.0x81.9
Selwyn84.289.179.477.887.593.880.0x84.2
Tamaki88.289.087.872.978.795.295.0100.092.0
Taranaki-King Country73.081.965.366.568.475.080.0n77.0
Taupo80.682.279.072.290.897.878.666.782.6
Tauranga81.685.377.971.276.593.884.284.083.9
Te Atatu86.486.286.774.983.895.487.8x86.5
Tukituki81.683.879.669.879.195.7100.092.385.6
Upper Harbour81.185.277.974.583.578.778.6x83.4
Waikato68.077.360.160.381.589.788.9x70.5
Waimakariri77.683.272.258.8100.0100.0100.0x78.2
Wairarapa79.982.077.971.178.195.2xx83.8
Waitaki84.988.781.276.288.9100.080.085.785.5
Wellington Central92.294.384.482.788.995.494.775.092.1
West Coast-Tasman71.473.569.464.084.6xxx72.2
Whanganui80.986.775.372.882.189.2100.0x83.7
Whangarei73.377.968.663.472.994.187.570.077.2
Wigram85.485.885.064.285.195.0100.0x86.2
Not Applicable82.786.476.575.880.493.990.784.184.0
New Zealand Total83.586.180.971.982.995.189.883.784.9


Table 7: Percentage of school leavers by leaving age, by ethnic group and gender (2017)
Notes:
  1. MELAA stands for Middle Eastern/Latin American/African.
  2. For this indicator students who identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  3. For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined).  For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
Age at Last Day of AttendanceAll
Leavers
GenderEthnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOtherEuropean
/Pākehā
Age 152.72.42.95.64.00.92.22.81.8
Age 1613.811.516.122.513.14.08.013.513.3
Age 1738.338.238.437.939.336.431.932.839.2
Age 1841.443.739.230.539.852.248.244.942.7
Age 193.13.52.72.83.25.37.95.02.5
Age 20+0.70.70.70.70.61.21.91.00.5