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 (2010 to 2019)
Year Number/PercentEthnic GroupGender All Leavers
MāoriPacificAsianMELAAOtherEuropean/PākehāFemaleMale

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.
2010 Number 8,143 5,242 5,549 922 348 32,853 24,939 24,604 49,543
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 9,288 5,532 5,996 1,074 445 33,612 26,635 25,835 52,470
Percent 70.8 82.6 94.1 90.6 86.6 86.6 87.3 81.3 84.2
2014 Number 8,701 5,396 6,032 1,079 389 31,689 25,244 24,723 49,967
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 32,560 25,833 25,452 51,285
Percent 71.9 83.7 95.5 91.8 82.7 86.8 88.0 82.0 85.0
2016 Number 9,847 5,803 6,223 1,122 382 32,373 25,856 25,263 51,119
Percent 72.7 83.9 95.1 90.3 82.7 86.3 87.7 81.6 84.6
2017 Number 10,919 6,046 6,704 1,226 415 33,164 26,765 25,933 52,698
Percent 72.8 83.4 95.3 89.9 84.2 85.5 87.0 81.3 84.1
2018 Number 10,640 6,113 6,761 1,246 453 32,148 26,046 25,214 51,260
Percent 71.9 82.9 95.0 91.5 88.5 84.8 87.0 80.4 83.6
2019 Number 10,506 6,239 6,694 1,260 449 32,092 26,061 24,532 50,593
Percent 69.6 81.6 94.0 89.5 83.9 83.2 85.0 79.0 82.0

Table 2: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by school quintile (2019)

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
Female Male Māori Pacific Asian MELAA Other European/ Pākehā
Quintile 1 (Low SES) 73.1 77.6 68.4 64.2 78.5 87.9 88.2 71.9 74.2
Quintile 2  75.6 78.2 73.0 66.1 81.3 93.5 88.4 88.7 75.7
Quintile 3 79.2 82.9 75.8 69.5 81.1 93.5 89.7 88.5 79.3
Quintile 4 85.0 88.2 82.3 74.6 84.6 95.0 89.2 85.4 84.3
Quintile 5 (High SES) 91.5 93.5 89.5 85.3 91.8 95.5 88.8 81.7 91.1

Table 3: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by education area (2019)

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. Education regions were redefined in 2014. This table uses the new education region definition.
  6. x = for this category there were less than 5 school leavers.
  7. The New Zealand total includes students from all Education Regions including those with less than 5 school leavers.
Education Area All LeaversGender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European/ Pākehā
Tai Tokerau 71.4 76.2 66.7 62.8 72.1 82.8 82.4 66.7 76.9
Auckland 85.8 88.6 83.1 70.6 81.5 94.5 90.3 92.2 87.1
Waikato 75.8 79.8 71.8 65.9 78.2 93.0 84.8 81.8 77.4
Bay of Plenty, Waiariki 74.8 75.5 74.1 65.5 74.5 90.6 86.1 74.8 78.3
Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu 79.8 84.4 75.7 73.1 80.2 93.1 86.7 92.5 81.1
Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti 79.1 82.8 75.4 70.3 77.6 95.4 91.7 91.3 84.9
Wellington 85.4 87.0 83.9 74.9 86.7 93.6 86.4 77.5 85.9
Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast 79.6 85.1 74.3 70.1 68.9 94.1 89.7 88.9 80.0
Canterbury and Chatham Islands 83.1 87.0 79.5 68.9 79.5 94.7 89.9 70.0 83.6
Otago, Southland 83.4 86.4 80.6 75.5 89.4 95.2 92.8 91.2 83.4
Not Applicable 81.3 83.0 78.4 71.5 88.6 93.5 100.0 78.1 82.8
New Zealand Total 82.0 85.0 79.0 69.6 81.6 94.0 89.5 83.9 83.2

Table 4: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by regional council (2019)

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.
Regional Council All LeaversGender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European/ Pākehā
Northland Region 71.4 76.2 66.7 62.8 72.1 82.8 82.4 66.7 76.9
Auckland Region 85.9 88.8 83.2 71.1 81.5 94.5 90.3 92.2 87.3
Waikato Region 75.1 78.9 71.3 64.7 77.0 92.9 84.7 82.9 77.1
Bay of Plenty Region 75.6 76.4 74.8 66.7 74.9 90.3 87.5 74.3 78.6
Gisborne Region 72.0 74.2 69.7 66.7 68.2 83.3 71.4 x 83.2
Hawkes Bay Region 81.4 85.5 77.1 72.4 80.3 97.8 100.0 90.0 85.3
Taranaki Region 78.7 85.0 73.2 70.9 72.7 94.2 91.3 81.8 80.2
Manawatu-Whanganui Region 78.6 81.2 76.2 71.2 82.8 91.2 82.9 95.7 80.7
Wellington Region 86.5 88.3 84.9 76.8 86.9 93.8 86.7 74.3 86.7
Tasman Region 81.9 87.6 76.2 75.0 75.0 95.2 x x 81.5
Nelson Region 83.6 86.1 81.2 70.7 68.0 95.5 92.9 x 84.0
Marlborough Region 72.9 81.1 65.3 65.7 68.2 86.7 85.7 x 73.2
West Coast Region 78.5 86.3 70.5 80.7 x 100.0 x x 78.1
Canterbury Region 83.0 86.9 79.3 68.4 79.3 94.7 89.9 70.0 83.6
Otago Region 85.8 89.4 82.6 79.7 90.8 94.9 92.2 90.6 85.4
Southland Region 78.4 80.6 76.2 70.6 86.0 96.0 94.4 x 79.0
Not Applicable 81.3 83.0 78.4 71.5 88.6 93.5 100.0 78.1 82.8
New Zealand Total 82.0 85.0 79.0 69.6 81.6 94.0 89.5 83.9 83.2

Table 5: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by territorial authority with Auckland by local board (2019)

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 territorial authorities including those with less than 5 school leavers.
  7. n = no school leavers in this category.
Territorial Authority with Auckland local board All LeaversGender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European/ Pākehā
Far North District 70.9 76.2 65.9 64.8 75.0 81.0 x 71.4 78.4
Whangarei District 70.8 74.9 66.7 59.5 71.9 83.7 81.3 x 75.0
Kaipara District 77.4 83.5 70.8 69.2 66.7 n n n 83.9
Auckland - Rodney 75.7 83.8 69.5 67.7 81.8 90.9 100.0 x 76.3
Auckland - Hibiscus and Bays 85.7 88.5 83.3 77.5 86.1 89.9 88.4 x 85.3
Auckland - Upper Harbour 90.4 91.8 89.0 83.2 88.0 96.3 93.0 100.0 89.0
Auckland - Kaipatiki 86.3 85.6 86.8 68.9 83.3 98.8 87.5 100.0 87.0
Auckland - Devonport-Takapuna 93.9 95.0 92.8 89.2 91.0 97.0 92.4 x 93.4
Auckland - Henderson-Massey 81.7 86.1 77.4 67.4 82.6 95.7 92.2 100.0 80.1
Auckland - Waitakere Ranges 96.7 100.0 93.8 94.4 100.0 n n n 100.0
Auckland - Waiheke 75.0 84.8 64.5 50.0 x x x x 78.2
Auckland - Waitemata 91.2 91.2 91.1 85.9 89.1 91.7 78.6 x 92.9
Auckland - Whau 84.7 88.1 81.6 70.6 83.7 93.0 95.2 100.0 82.2
Auckland - Albert-Eden 92.0 94.0 89.6 81.7 86.9 94.6 93.5 96.9 92.7
Auckland - Puketapapa 92.1 93.9 90.6 84.7 88.7 95.5 91.7 x 90.7
Auckland - Orakei 93.5 94.9 92.3 89.3 89.2 91.4 91.4 80.0 95.2
Auckland - Maungakiekie-Tamaki 76.0 79.9 72.2 59.7 75.2 94.8 73.3 87.5 78.0
Auckland - Howick 90.7 92.4 89.1 77.7 82.6 96.9 90.2 94.4 88.7
Auckland - Mangere-Otahuhu 85.9 89.2 82.4 73.8 83.6 89.9 88.2 90.9 96.3
Auckland - Otara-Papatoetoe 79.9 82.3 77.9 67.7 78.7 89.0 90.9 x 85.7
Auckland - Manurewa 71.1 76.2 65.7 58.5 73.0 90.6 85.0 x 70.3
Auckland - Papakura 74.7 79.3 70.4 57.0 81.7 96.0 66.7 x 74.3
Auckland - Franklin 74.2 83.7 66.2 64.9 68.1 78.8 85.7 x 77.9
Auckland - Unknown 68.8 88.9 x n n x n n 66.7
Thames-Coromandel District 80.7 85.2 76.4 70.7 75.0 100.0 x x 84.4
Hauraki District 77.1 81.3 73.2 72.4 76.9 x x x 80.5
Waikato District 60.4 62.4 58.3 54.5 51.4 85.7 x x 62.7
Matamata-Piako District 69.4 74.5 64.0 57.8 75.0 93.3 100.0 85.7 69.1
Hamilton City 79.2 83.3 75.3 67.7 80.3 92.7 87.6 88.9 80.1
Waipa District 76.5 82.6 70.3 70.5 78.9 90.9 x x 76.8
Otorohanga District 77.8 77.1 78.4 77.6 x x n n 77.4
South Waikato District 72.1 74.1 69.9 68.6 88.5 100.0 x n 72.4
Waitomo District 65.6 75.0 57.1 57.6 x x n n 87.5
Taupo District 67.7 67.7 67.8 56.4 72.0 94.4 x x 74.4
Western Bay of Plenty District 74.1 70.4 78.0 58.9 82.6 86.7 x x 77.3
Tauranga City 78.1 79.1 77.1 65.4 70.8 91.5 80.0 73.6 79.8
Rotorua District 73.0 72.3 73.7 67.9 74.6 92.1 100.0 x 75.6
Whakatane District 75.5 78.3 72.9 71.2 83.3 85.7 x x 80.1
Kawerau District 68.5 76.6 59.5 65.3 x x n n 72.7
Opotiki District 63.2 70.0 54.3 60.4 x n n n 78.9
Gisborne District 72.0 74.2 69.7 66.7 68.2 83.3 71.4 x 83.2
Wairoa District 70.2 73.1 67.7 71.7 x n n n x
Hastings District 82.0 86.2 78.0 70.6 79.5 98.3 100.0 90.9 85.5
Napier City 82.1 86.8 76.2 73.9 79.5 100.0 x 83.3 86.4
Central Hawke's Bay District 76.0 69.4 80.0 75.8 100.0 100.0 n x 75.4
New Plymouth District 79.8 85.8 74.6 71.6 71.1 95.0 86.7 80.0 80.7
Stratford District 77.2 85.9 65.0 73.7 n x x n 79.1
South Taranaki District 75.5 80.8 71.0 67.6 80.0 88.9 100.0 x 78.3
Ruapehu District 61.2 56.1 66.1 54.5 x x n n 73.3
Whanganui District 79.0 81.3 76.5 69.9 83.9 78.3 83.3 x 80.7
Rangitikei District 79.7 84.4 71.7 79.2 75.0 x n x 78.9
Manawatu District 76.5 81.8 72.6 75.9 86.7 100.0 n x 76.9
Palmerston North City 82.9 86.5 79.9 76.5 82.4 95.5 86.7 94.4 84.0
Tararua District 73.7 73.9 73.4 66.7 62.5 x n x 77.8
Horowhenua District 71.6 73.5 69.4 62.5 86.5 86.7 x x 76.0
Kapiti Coast District 81.4 83.4 79.5 74.7 77.3 97.4 90.0 x 80.8
Porirua City 82.8 80.3 85.2 73.2 83.5 96.7 100.0 x 82.8
Upper Hutt City 84.6 83.5 85.1 77.0 89.4 90.5 83.3 x 83.5
Lower Hutt City 81.8 84.4 78.4 70.5 81.2 91.7 94.6 85.7 81.1
Wellington City 92.1 93.9 90.5 85.8 92.8 94.7 81.3 73.7 92.8
Masterton District 83.6 90.9 75.6 75.7 89.3 91.7 100.0 x 84.7
Carterton District 53.8 x 50.0 x n x n n 50.0
South Wairarapa District 73.4 70.6 75.0 60.0 x x x n 76.3
Tasman District 81.9 87.6 76.2 75.0 75.0 95.2 x x 81.5
Nelson City 83.6 86.1 81.2 70.7 68.0 95.5 92.9 x 84.0
Marlborough District 72.9 81.1 65.3 65.7 68.2 86.7 85.7 x 73.2
Kaikoura District 60.5 68.4 54.2 36.8 n n n n 73.3
Buller District 84.1 88.7 77.1 80.0 x x n n 86.1
Grey District 76.7 86.5 68.2 80.6 x x x n 75.3
Westland District 74.1 80.8 67.9 81.8 x x n x 72.1
Hurunui District 79.2 77.8 80.8 75.0 x x n n 75.6
Waimakariri District 77.8 81.8 73.4 64.3 77.8 81.0 100.0 x 78.0
Christchurch City 84.9 88.1 81.9 69.6 78.5 95.7 91.4 78.9 86.0
Selwyn District 84.7 89.9 79.6 73.4 77.8 92.6 75.0 x 85.3
Ashburton District 77.8 83.1 72.9 62.5 90.9 89.7 x n 75.2
Timaru District 77.2 83.6 71.5 66.7 85.7 93.8 86.7 x 77.8
Mackenzie District 85.0 100.0 78.6 x x x n x 84.8
Waimate District 63.2 77.8 50.0 x n x n n 62.9
Waitaki District 82.3 87.6 77.7 92.1 90.9 92.3 n n 80.0
Central Otago District 82.6 89.8 76.2 71.1 x 100.0 x x 83.9
Queenstown-Lakes District 93.5 93.8 93.1 88.9 x 95.0 100.0 x 93.3
Dunedin City 85.8 89.3 82.6 76.6 89.2 94.2 94.7 87.0 85.5
Clutha District 82.9 83.3 82.5 86.5 x 100.0 x x 81.4
Southland District 79.8 80.2 79.6 71.9 x 100.0 x n 79.2
Gore District 73.1 82.7 65.6 52.0 x 83.3 x n 77.6
Invercargill City 79.0 80.3 77.6 72.5 94.3 96.3 93.3 x 79.2
Not Applicable 81.2 82.9 78.2 71.1 88.6 93.5 100.0 78.1 82.7
New Zealand Total 82.0 85.0 79.0 69.6 81.6 94.0 89.5 83.9 83.2

Table 6: Percentage of school leavers staying on at school to age 17, by general electorate (2019)

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 electorates including those with less than 5 school leavers.
  7. n = no school leavers in this category.
General Electorate All LeaversGender Ethnic Group
FemaleMaleMāoriPacificAsianMELAAOther European/ Pākehā
Auckland Central 89.0 90.9 80.7 79.8 88.9 98.5 87.5 x 87.6
Bay of Plenty 68.2 68.5 67.8 65.2 71.4 77.8 75.0 x 64.8
Botany 86.1 90.1 82.0 76.6 75.4 97.7 87.0 x 85.9
Christchurch Central 87.5 87.6 87.5 75.7 88.4 97.3 100.0 87.5 86.9
Christchurch East 68.2 74.8 64.2 57.0 64.7 93.8 90.0 x 71.2
Clutha-Southland 82.9 86.7 79.3 76.6 75.0 95.2 90.0 100.0 83.4
Coromandel 77.9 80.4 75.4 68.9 78.8 86.4 100.0 100.0 81.2
Dunedin North 91.2 94.5 87.7 86.7 95.3 93.9 95.2 95.0 90.8
Dunedin South 76.8 78.9 75.4 66.0 78.3 95.0 93.8 x 76.6
East Coast 72.5 75.6 69.4 67.6 72.6 82.9 81.8 85.7 81.1
East Coast Bays 90.6 92.3 88.9 86.1 92.1 96.0 94.3 95.8 89.0
Epsom 94.6 94.9 94.3 92.7 96.5 93.3 94.9 90.0 95.2
Hamilton East 83.1 89.0 79.2 69.0 78.7 93.9 88.7 100.0 83.6
Hamilton West 72.8 77.3 64.8 66.2 81.9 90.1 85.7 x 73.1
Helensville 73.9 80.3 69.8 56.8 75.0 x x x 74.8
Hunua 78.1 85.3 71.9 63.0 70.3 89.8 92.6 x 79.0
Hutt South 83.2 85.4 80.1 74.9 80.0 92.9 90.5 100.0 81.9
Ilam 92.6 94.5 89.7 88.0 86.0 95.7 82.1 x 92.9
Invercargill 78.5 79.7 77.3 71.1 92.3 97.0 93.3 x 78.5
Kaikoura 72.5 79.9 65.6 62.0 68.0 89.5 85.7 x 73.4
Kelston 87.5 89.0 86.1 77.6 84.4 95.9 98.1 100.0 86.7
Mana 82.4 80.8 84.1 75.5 83.2 97.7 100.0 x 81.6
Mangere 79.6 81.9 78.1 66.0 79.8 83.9 80.0 90.9 87.1
Manukau East 85.7 88.5 82.8 72.4 83.9 90.8 94.1 x 94.8
Manurewa 69.7 75.2 63.7 56.3 72.8 89.0 90.0 n 74.7
Maungakiekie 77.4 79.4 75.5 56.7 75.4 92.1 80.0 88.9 80.7
Mt Albert 87.5 92.2 83.2 74.3 81.2 93.7 87.1 100.0 89.7
Mt Roskill 93.2 94.6 92.0 83.3 90.9 95.9 92.3 x 90.1
Napier 81.3 85.9 75.6 73.7 80.0 96.4 x 83.3 86.0
Nelson 83.2 86.6 80.0 71.2 72.4 96.4 88.9 x 83.4
New Lynn 84.5 89.6 79.5 70.2 81.2 91.6 87.9 x 82.7
New Plymouth 79.9 85.9 75.0 70.9 73.5 95.0 87.5 77.8 81.2
North Shore 93.9 95.0 92.8 89.2 91.0 97.0 92.4 x 93.4
Northcote 86.1 85.5 86.6 68.9 83.3 98.8 87.5 100.0 86.8
Northland 72.2 77.7 66.7 65.5 73.6 83.3 x 71.4 79.8
Not Applicable 80.2 82.4 76.7 70.8 87.4 93.6 100.0 75.0 81.6
Ohariu 88.8 90.4 87.4 77.3 92.5 96.1 93.8 x 87.7
Otaki 76.7 79.3 73.9 66.1 83.0 92.7 80.0 x 78.9
Pakuranga 92.3 92.6 92.0 80.8 84.2 96.8 93.3 92.3 90.9
Palmerston North 83.9 86.9 81.4 78.4 83.7 95.5 85.7 94.4 84.5
Papakura 75.1 79.5 70.9 59.7 78.6 94.9 72.0 x 73.1
Port Hills 87.4 89.3 85.2 81.3 100.0 86.5 83.3 n 87.9
Rangitata 77.0 82.5 72.1 63.9 88.2 90.4 80.0 x 76.8
Rangitikei 74.8 78.3 71.4 70.4 87.5 88.2 x x 77.4
Rimutaka 82.7 82.6 82.8 70.9 84.9 89.2 91.2 x 82.6
Rodney 82.9 87.8 78.5 73.8 86.5 87.0 85.7 x 83.1
Rongotai 94.0 95.1 93.7 91.3 94.0 94.7 75.8 90.0 96.1
Rotorua 72.6 71.6 73.5 66.5 76.3 93.9 100.0 x 75.2
Selwyn 84.7 89.6 79.8 74.1 72.7 92.6 75.0 x 85.3
Tamaki 88.7 90.1 87.9 79.6 79.3 94.1 88.2 71.4 93.6
Taranaki-King Country 71.2 75.8 66.8 68.9 63.2 93.8 x x 72.8
Taupo 74.1 77.9 70.3 63.2 83.9 95.0 70.0 x 77.5
Tauranga 79.1 80.1 78.1 65.4 70.7 91.8 83.3 73.1 81.2
Te Atatu 82.0 86.6 77.4 67.3 82.4 95.0 92.3 100.0 78.9
Tukituki 82.2 86.4 78.5 71.5 79.6 98.3 100.0 90.9 85.6
Upper Harbour 82.6 84.8 80.7 69.8 82.6 98.6 93.3 x 84.1
Waikato 63.9 67.2 60.8 54.2 53.7 87.9 87.5 85.7 66.1
Waimakariri 77.8 81.8 73.4 64.3 77.8 81.0 100.0 x 78.0
Wairarapa 78.7 82.6 74.8 70.6 86.4 91.7 100.0 75.0 80.8
Waitaki 83.8 89.1 79.2 82.3 92.6 94.1 90.0 100.0 83.2
Wellington Central 92.9 95.3 82.7 86.3 92.3 92.6 88.9 x 93.9
West Coast-Tasman 79.5 86.7 72.1 79.0 66.7 92.9 x x 78.9
Whanganui 77.9 81.9 73.4 69.5 80.6 81.8 92.3 100.0 79.9
Whangarei 70.9 75.3 66.5 59.6 71.4 83.7 81.3 x 75.0
Wigram 81.2 83.9 78.9 63.9 79.8 97.1 94.3 x 80.2
New Zealand Total 82.0 85.0 79.0 69.6 81.6 94.0 89.5 83.9 83.2

Table 7: Percentage of school leavers by leaving age, by ethnic group and gender (2019)

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 3.5 2.9 4.0 7.4 4.6 1.2 1.6 3.4 2.5
Age 16 14.5 12.1 17.0 23.0 13.8 4.8 8.9 12.7 14.3
Age 17 36.8 37.2 36.3 36.2 37.2 33.5 31.1 28.8 38.1
Age 18 41.3 43.5 39.1 30.2 40.7 52.3 46.4 49.0 42.3
Age 19 3.1 3.4 2.8 2.4 3.1 6.8 9.2 5.0 2.1
Age 20+ 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.6 1.4 2.7 1.1 0.6