Statistics relating to the funding and resourcing of tertiary education in New Zealand, including tuition subsidies and tuition fees.
Financial ResourcesDue: June 2022
Updated financial resources data will be published soon.
Human ResourcesUpdated: Apr-2022
At the end of every year the Ministry collects aggregated staff numbers (headcount and full-time equivalent) by a range of characteristics such as full-time or part-time status, sub-sector, staff-type (academic, research and other staff), gender, ethnic group, and age group.
These workforce returns come from eight universities, 16 subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga, three wānanga and 186 private training establishments (PTEs).
- Human Resources 2021 [MS Excel 1.1mB]
What does the 2021 data show?
- In 2021, the total staff headcount in tertiary education providers was 50,540, increasing 3 percent from 2020. Full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers remained almost unchanged at 36,230 in 2021.
- Staff headcounts in public providers increased by 3 percent overall from 2020 but decreased by 1 percent in PTEs. In 2021, university staff headcounts increased by 2 percent to 29,880, Te Pūkenga increased 4 percent to 11,635, and wānanga increased 10 percent to 2,165. Staff headcount at PTEs decreased by 1 percent to 6,855.
- The headcount percentage of Māori academic staff remained unchanged in 2021 in universities (6 percent) and increased from 9 percent to 10 percent at Te Pūkenga. In 2021, 71 percent of academic staff at wānanga were Māori and 14 percent at PTEs. The proportion of academic staff whose ethnic group was reported as ‘unknown’ in 2021 was 15 percent at universities and 23 percent at Te Pūkenga. Over the past 3 years the unknown proportion has fluctuated between 5 to 13 percent in wānanga and between 5 to 19 percent in PTEs.
- The headcount percentage of Pacific Peoples academic staff has remained stable between 2020 and 2021 at 2 percent for universities, 4 percent for Te Pūkenga, and 5 percent for wānanga. It increased from 5 percent to 6 percent at PTEs.
- The headcount percentage of female senior academic staff (professors, associate professors, deans and heads of department) at universities remained the same at 34 percent in 2021. Among all academic staff at universities, 1 percent were Another gender in 2021.
- The ratio of students to academic staff increased from 2020 to 2021 for universities (18.7 to 19.4), Te Pūkenga (16.2 to 16.9) and PTEs (12.8 to 13.4). It decreased slightly at wānanga from 20.8 students per academic staff member to 20.6.
These changes have occurred in the context of an increase in the number of equivalent full-time students in 2021, the first such increase for at least 10 years.