Retention of students in senior secondary schools

Table 1: Number and percent 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 GroupMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOtherEuropean/PākehāFemaleMale 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 11,028 6,065 6,725 1,235 416 33,327 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 LeaversGender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European/ Pākehā
Quintile 1 (Low SES) 74.5 77.7 71.3 66.1 80.3 92.6 87.5 78.8 75.2
Quintile 2  77.7 80.7 75.0 67.4 84.0 93.6 90.6 85.1 77.8
Quintile 3 81.3 84.5 78.1 73.1 82.7 94.7 88.7 72.4 81.8
Quintile 4 86.2 88.8 84.0 78.6 85.0 94.7 88.5 85.3 85.9
Quintile 5 (High SES) 92.3 93.6 91.1 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. 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 attending homeschool, the correspondence school, students whose school campus covers more than one region, and students with no regional information available.
  5. Education regions were redefined in 2014. This table uses the new education region definition.
Education Area All LeaversGender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European/ Pākehā
Tai Tokerau 73.3 77.2 69.4 66.3 71.3 92.1 85.0 61.1 78.4
Auckland 86.9 88.8 85.1 71.5 82.6 95.5 91.1 89.7 88.3
Waikato 78.1 81.6 74.8 69.0 83.7 90.7 85.2 76.0 80.4
Bay of Plenty, Waiariki 78.4 81.5 75.6 70.1 78.9 93.5 90.0 81.4 82.1
Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu 81.7 85.7 78.0 74.5 83.0 93.6 83.3 78.8 83.4
Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti 79.8 82.8 76.7 70.5 81.4 97.7 82.6 95.5 85.8
Wellington 86.8 88.5 85.2 77.7 86.8 95.4 90.7 76.2 87.4
Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast 78.8 81.5 76.2 69.4 87.5 88.4 80.8 72.7 79.6
Canterbury and Chatham Islands 84.1 87.4 81.0 71.0 80.1 95.7 92.2 88.9 84.6
Otago, Southland 83.8 86.2 81.4 73.2 82.5 96.6 91.5 82.1 84.3
Not Applicable 86.1 88.4 82.0 80.7 87.7 95.2 90.4 90.9 86.8
New Zealand Total 83.5 86.1 80.9 71.9 82.9 95.1 89.8 83.7 84.9

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.
Regional Council All LeaversGender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European/ Pākehā
Northland Region 73.3 77.2 69.4 66.3 71.3 92.1 85.0 61.1 78.4
Auckland Region 87.0 88.8 85.3 71.8 82.7 95.6 91.2 89.7 88.4
Waikato Region 77.9 81.7 74.3 68.5 83.1 91.0 84.8 73.3 80.1
Bay of Plenty Region 78.6 81.8 75.6 70.2 78.8 93.4 90.9 82.4 82.3
Gisborne Region 71.3 75.9 66.8 65.5 87.0 100.0 x x 83.9
Hawkes Bay Region 82.2 84.8 79.6 73.1 80.6 97.4 81.8 94.7 86.1
Taranaki Region 81.8 86.7 77.3 75.5 87.0 91.3 73.7 81.8 83.3
Manawatu-Whanganui Region 80.4 83.7 77.3 73.1 82.4 94.2 87.2 79.2 82.2
Wellington Region 87.8 89.3 86.4 78.8 86.9 95.3 91.1 75.0 88.4
Tasman Region 79.3 80.9 77.9 73.6 85.7 75.0 x 80.0 80.8
Nelson Region 83.4 86.8 80.0 72.2 90.9 95.7 86.7 x 84.1
Marlborough Region 77.7 82.9 73.2 67.8 89.5 77.8 83.3 x 78.9
West Coast Region 66.9 66.4 67.3 62.3 75.0 x x x 66.3
Canterbury Region 84.1 87.4 81.0 71.0 80.1 95.7 92.2 88.9 84.6
Otago Region 85.5 88.3 82.8 73.7 80.7 96.4 91.9 90.0 85.9
Southland Region 80.2 82.0 78.4 72.6 86.8 97.5 90.0 62.5 81.0
Correspondence School 85.1 87.9 80.0 80.3 86.0 94.0 89.6 90.0 85.7
Not Applicable 93.0 91.7 95.1 85.5 100.0 100.0 x x 93.1
New Zealand Total 83.5 86.1 80.9 71.9 82.9 95.1 89.8 83.7 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 LeaversGender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European/ Pākehā
Far North District 74.3 77.4 71.4 69.6 67.4 90.5 x 42.9 82.4
Whangarei District 73.3 77.9 68.7 64.0 71.4 94.1 87.5 70.0 77.1
Kaipara District 68.2 72.4 63.3 55.8 88.9 87.5 x x 74.0
Auckland - Rodney 80.6 83.5 78.2 73.8 95.2 100.0 100.0 100.0 78.9
Auckland - Hibiscus and Bays 86.9 89.0 84.8 66.3 57.1 93.8 94.6 x 87.6
Auckland - Upper Harbour 90.4 91.2 89.7 79.7 84.4 97.1 90.3 81.8 89.5
Auckland - Kaipatiki 88.2 90.2 86.0 84.0 84.9 94.6 90.0 x 88.9
Auckland - Devonport-Takapuna 95.5 95.7 95.2 99.1 96.3 97.9 94.8 100.0 94.2
Auckland - Henderson-Massey 85.3 86.3 84.4 74.9 83.9 92.4 87.1 100.0 86.1
Auckland - Waitakere Ranges 85.7 100.0 78.6 88.9 n n n n x
Auckland - Waiheke 80.9 90.0 73.7 83.3 x x x n 81.0
Auckland - Waitemata 93.4 93.9 92.8 85.2 91.6 97.1 90.9 100.0 94.8
Auckland - Whau 86.3 89.0 83.9 67.7 85.4 94.3 95.0 100.0 85.8
Auckland - Albert-Eden 93.3 94.8 91.5 83.8 87.0 96.7 94.4 88.9 94.0
Auckland - Puketapapa 92.5 95.0 90.4 86.3 88.6 96.6 90.6 80.0 89.0
Auckland - Orakei 92.7 94.7 91.0 84.1 83.3 95.9 95.0 100.0 93.7
Auckland - Maungakiekie-Tamaki 79.0 81.9 76.7 64.3 80.9 90.8 80.0 81.8 73.3
Auckland - Howick 91.7 93.2 90.4 84.3 93.0 96.5 88.7 95.5 88.8
Auckland - Mangere-Otahuhu 84.5 84.9 84.0 73.3 82.0 92.7 86.7 83.3 90.9
Auckland - Otara-Papatoetoe 80.4 83.9 78.0 63.3 80.5 93.7 90.9 x 71.3
Auckland - Manurewa 69.6 72.4 67.0 54.7 73.4 92.8 91.3 x 68.9
Auckland - Papakura 74.5 75.5 73.5 58.6 67.7 90.6 95.5 83.3 82.2
Auckland - Franklin 79.0 80.3 78.0 71.3 75.3 94.0 77.8 x 81.2
Auckland - Unknown 73.8 74.1 73.3 x x x n x 73.0
Thames-Coromandel District 79.0 79.9 78.2 72.4 50.0 85.7 x n 80.7
Hauraki District 78.0 82.4 74.4 65.6 80.0 100.0 40.0 x 82.0
Waikato District 62.9 74.5 52.9 57.4 76.9 73.3 66.7 x 66.4
Matamata-Piako District 75.1 81.1 69.8 68.1 71.4 96.0 100.0 x 75.6
Hamilton City 80.3 82.9 77.9 70.7 83.1 90.9 86.6 78.9 81.8
Waipa District 81.4 85.3 77.1 72.1 80.0 90.0 83.3 x 83.0
Otorohanga District 73.8 72.7 74.5 67.9 x n x n 85.4
South Waikato District 77.7 79.2 76.4 73.7 90.3 100.0 x n 77.9
Waitomo District 69.5 84.8 57.6 65.8 x n x n 73.7
Taupo District 78.0 79.4 76.5 69.0 85.7 94.4 85.7 60.0 80.5
Western Bay of Plenty District 75.7 82.8 69.0 58.7 78.9 100.0 n x 78.6
Tauranga City 80.6 84.3 76.9 70.7 76.6 94.1 85.7 84.0 82.8
Rotorua District 77.0 78.3 75.7 70.4 76.8 89.3 100.0 x 81.5
Whakatane District 79.6 80.2 79.2 74.6 85.7 100.0 x 40.0 84.5
Kawerau District 68.3 74.4 62.8 67.9 x x n n 84.6
Opotiki District 66.9 75.0 60.6 64.7 x n n n 87.5
Gisborne District 71.3 75.9 66.8 65.5 87.0 100.0 x x 83.9
Wairoa District 66.0 69.8 61.0 67.0 n n n n 57.1
Hastings District 81.6 83.7 79.6 69.6 79.1 95.7 100.0 92.3 85.8
Napier City 85.2 88.3 81.7 78.4 83.3 100.0 66.7 100.0 87.8
Central Hawke's Bay District 78.1 78.0 78.1 77.5 x x n x 79.2
New Plymouth District 83.8 87.4 80.7 80.3 88.6 94.3 66.7 80.0 84.6
Stratford District 79.1 90.5 65.2 75.0 x 100.0 x n 79.8
South Taranaki District 75.1 81.5 68.8 63.4 85.7 66.7 x x 79.7
Ruapehu District 75.2 74.1 76.4 71.8 x x x n 89.5
Whanganui District 83.5 87.6 79.8 77.4 83.3 88.9 x x 86.2
Rangitikei District 77.7 81.0 71.9 66.7 90.0 x n x 82.7
Manawatu District 78.8 86.6 72.4 71.8 83.3 100.0 n x 78.6
Palmerston North City 82.0 84.4 79.9 73.2 79.5 95.5 86.7 85.7 83.6
Tararua District 69.1 69.3 68.9 64.4 83.3 x n n 71.6
Horowhenua District 78.8 83.8 74.4 74.8 85.7 100.0 x x 77.0
Kapiti Coast District 82.8 86.1 79.8 75.3 81.5 87.9 100.0 x 83.0
Porirua City 84.3 86.0 82.8 79.2 86.4 93.8 78.9 x 81.9
Upper Hutt City 85.9 84.4 86.6 78.6 87.2 94.4 93.3 x 85.8
Lower Hutt City 84.2 87.2 80.9 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 93.1
Masterton District 82.6 85.9 78.7 68.5 77.3 93.3 x x 86.6
Carterton District 85.7 x x n n n n n 83.3
South Wairarapa District 86.7 85.2 88.1 86.4 x x n x 89.5
Tasman District 79.3 80.9 77.9 73.6 85.7 75.0 x 80.0 80.8
Nelson City 83.4 86.8 80.0 72.2 90.9 95.7 86.7 x 84.1
Marlborough District 77.7 82.9 73.2 67.8 89.5 77.8 83.3 x 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 65.5 62.5 68.2 64.5 60.0 x x n 64.2
Westland District 66.7 72.7 60.0 65.0 x n n x 65.4
Hurunui District 84.2 96.4 72.4 92.9 x x n n 80.9
Waimakariri District 77.5 82.8 72.3 58.8 100.0 100.0 100.0 x 78.1
Christchurch City 86.0 88.0 84.1 70.8 79.1 95.7 93.9 90.0 87.0
Selwyn District 84.8 89.6 80.0 80.4 100.0 93.3 80.0 x 84.4
Ashburton District 77.9 84.5 72.4 67.5 70.0 88.0 x x 77.8
Timaru District 80.6 88.0 73.7 75.5 76.9 100.0 76.9 x 81.4
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 85.8 86.8 84.6 73.5 94.7 100.0 x x 87.0
Central Otago District 82.3 88.9 75.9 65.5 x 100.0 x x 84.3
Queenstown-Lakes District 91.3 95.5 87.6 86.7 x 100.0 90.9 x 90.8
Dunedin City 85.1 87.3 83.0 72.3 76.8 93.8 94.4 90.9 85.5
Clutha District 81.7 85.3 78.2 77.4 80.0 100.0 x x 81.2
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 80.7 82.5 78.7 75.2 88.9 100.0 100.0 50.0 81.5
Correspondence School 85.1 87.9 80.0 80.3 86.0 94.0 89.6 90.0 85.7
Not Applicable 89.9 90.2 89.5 77.9 87.0 96.0 x x 91.0
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 attending homeschool, the correspondence school, students whose school campus covers more than one regiom, 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 Electorate All LeaversGender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European/ Pākehā
Auckland Central 93.1 95.1 84.9 85.8 92.6 98.0 100.0 x 91.9
Bay of Plenty 72.9 76.5 69.7 70.0 80.0 100.0 x x 73.2
Botany 86.8 91.2 82.9 73.6 84.1 96.8 86.9 100.0 84.7
Christchurch Central 84.2 84.4 84.1 70.6 80.5 96.4 97.4 90.0 84.5
Christchurch East 73.6 82.6 68.5 60.2 70.7 78.9 77.8 n 78.0
Clutha-Southland 82.5 85.6 79.6 67.7 81.8 98.0 88.9 100.0 82.4
Coromandel 78.4 82.9 74.2 67.7 70.4 90.0 76.9 x 81.2
Dunedin North 90.9 92.5 89.0 81.7 79.4 98.3 91.7 100.0 91.1
Dunedin South 76.9 77.2 76.7 63.2 72.7 82.6 100.0 x 77.6
East Coast 73.9 77.4 70.8 68.6 88.4 100.0 100.0 62.5 84.4
East Coast Bays 90.8 92.0 89.7 78.6 85.4 97.3 92.5 83.3 90.2
Epsom 96.3 96.4 96.2 93.1 97.4 97.2 85.7 100.0 96.1
Hamilton East 84.1 87.2 82.1 73.5 85.1 93.5 84.7 80.0 85.7
Hamilton West 73.1 78.1 63.8 67.6 82.5 85.1 89.5 x 72.0
Helensville 72.0 72.5 71.6 63.4 90.0 x n x 70.0
Hunua 81.3 82.0 80.6 71.9 78.2 91.7 90.9 71.4 81.1
Hutt South 88.2 89.9 86.1 81.0 89.2 97.3 86.4 85.7 88.2
Ilam 92.5 92.4 92.7 85.3 83.3 98.1 91.7 x 92.5
Invercargill 80.5 82.6 78.3 76.2 88.6 100.0 100.0 50.0 81.2
Kaikoura 78.4 83.8 73.6 70.5 90.5 81.8 83.3 n 79.1
Kelston 89.8 91.3 88.5 77.7 88.0 96.8 98.0 x 90.5
Mana 83.1 85.4 81.0 78.7 86.3 94.0 83.3 x 81.2
Mangere 80.5 78.4 81.8 68.1 80.2 93.5 90.9 80.0 87.5
Manukau East 84.5 87.7 81.6 70.2 82.7 93.4 86.7 x 85.5
Manurewa 70.9 71.9 69.8 54.7 76.6 95.5 92.9 x 68.3
Maungakiekie 80.7 84.0 78.1 65.9 82.2 90.9 77.8 81.0 77.0
Mt Albert 87.2 90.0 84.6 76.4 79.8 94.9 100.0 x 90.4
Mt Roskill 93.9 95.6 92.4 92.3 90.3 96.9 96.9 x 88.5
Napier 83.4 86.3 79.9 76.0 83.3 100.0 66.7 100.0 87.6
Nelson 82.7 84.8 80.8 74.4 87.5 92.9 80.0 75.0 83.4
New Lynn 84.2 88.9 80.0 60.8 73.3 93.4 80.0 x 84.4
New Plymouth 84.0 87.0 81.3 79.4 88.6 91.4 68.8 81.8 85.2
North Shore 95.5 95.7 95.2 99.1 96.3 97.9 94.8 100.0 94.2
Northcote 88.0 90.1 85.8 84.0 84.9 94.6 90.0 x 88.7
Northland 74.0 76.8 71.2 68.8 72.7 89.7 x 50.0 80.8
Not Applicable 82.7 86.4 76.5 75.7 80.0 93.9 90.7 84.1 84.0
Ohariu 91.3 90.4 92.2 84.1 87.8 96.1 87.9 x 91.8
Otaki 82.1 87.1 77.5 75.8 85.2 90.0 85.7 x 82.2
Pakuranga 93.5 92.8 94.0 84.1 91.3 97.5 87.8 93.3 92.2
Palmerston North 84.2 86.4 82.4 79.0 87.0 95.4 85.7 91.7 84.1
Papakura 74.4 75.7 73.1 60.0 66.3 90.3 93.5 85.7 81.0
Port Hills 87.1 88.3 86.0 81.5 62.5 86.4 83.3 x 88.7
Rangitata 79.2 86.3 72.8 70.8 71.9 93.0 85.7 x 79.9
Rangitikei 78.6 83.0 74.0 70.7 85.7 90.9 x x 81.4
Rimutaka 81.7 81.6 81.7 71.5 79.6 93.4 91.7 60.0 83.4
Rodney 85.3 88.0 82.8 67.0 63.6 95.1 93.9 100.0 86.0
Rongotai 95.1 95.4 95.0 95.1 95.3 95.7 96.1 60.0 95.3
Rotorua 77.2 78.9 75.7 69.5 77.5 90.6 100.0 x 81.9
Selwyn 84.2 89.1 79.4 77.8 87.5 93.8 80.0 x 84.2
Tamaki 88.2 89.0 87.8 72.9 78.7 95.2 95.0 100.0 92.0
Taranaki-King Country 73.0 81.9 65.3 66.5 68.4 75.0 80.0 n 77.0
Taupo 80.6 82.2 79.0 72.2 90.8 97.8 78.6 66.7 82.6
Tauranga 81.5 85.2 77.9 70.8 76.1 93.8 84.2 83.8 83.8
Te Atatu 86.4 86.2 86.7 74.9 83.8 95.4 87.8 x 86.5
Tukituki 81.6 83.8 79.6 69.8 79.1 95.7 100.0 92.3 85.6
Upper Harbour 81.1 85.2 77.9 74.5 83.5 78.7 78.6 x 83.4
Waikato 68.0 77.3 60.1 60.3 81.5 89.7 88.9 x 70.5
Waimakariri 77.6 83.2 72.2 58.8 100.0 100.0 100.0 x 78.2
Wairarapa 79.9 82.0 77.9 71.1 78.1 95.2 x x 83.8
Waitaki 84.9 88.7 81.2 76.2 88.9 100.0 80.0 85.7 85.5
Wellington Central 92.2 94.3 84.4 82.7 88.9 95.4 94.7 75.0 92.1
West Coast-Tasman 71.4 73.5 69.4 64.0 84.6 x x x 72.2
Whanganui 80.9 86.7 75.3 72.8 82.1 89.2 100.0 x 83.7
Whangarei 73.4 78.1 68.6 64.0 71.4 94.1 87.5 70.0 77.3
Wigram 85.4 85.8 85.0 64.2 85.1 95.0 100.0 x 86.2
New Zealand Total 83.5 86.1 80.9 71.9 82.9 95.1 89.8 83.7 84.9

Table 7: Percentage of school leavers by leaving age, by ethnic group and gender (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.
Age at last day of attendance All LeaversGender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European/ Pākehā
Age 15 2.7 2.4 2.9 5.6 4.0 0.9 2.2 2.8 1.8
Age 16 13.8 11.5 16.1 22.5 13.1 4.0 8.0 13.5 13.3
Age 17 38.3 38.2 38.4 37.9 39.3 36.4 31.9 32.8 39.2
Age 18 41.4 43.7 39.2 30.5 39.8 52.2 48.2 44.9 42.7
Age 19 3.1 3.5 2.7 2.8 3.2 5.3 7.9 5.0 2.5
Age 20+ 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 1.2 1.9 1.0 0.5