Population Data

Interactive graphs showing demographic breakdowns of domestic tertiary education participation rates and student numbers.

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The two graphs below provide an overview of participation in provider-based tertiary education by selected demographic factors. Use the first filter to select the view you are interested in (qualification level, subsector or total). The second filter gives a choice of demographic factors between ethnicity, gender or total. The third filter allows selection of a specific age group (under 18, 18-19, 20-24, 25-39, 40 years and over) or total.

The total participation rate in the first graph is the percentage of the population aged 15 years and over who were enrolled at any time during the year.

The student numbers in the second graph count students for each category that applies. This means any students with more than one ethnicity, or who studied at more than one qualification level, will be counted more than once.

Further demographic focused information will be added here over time. Statistical tables with more detailed data on tertiary education participation are available here.


The data used on this page relates to domestic students only.

Data relates to students enrolled at any time during the year with a tertiary education provider in formal qualifications of greater than 0.03 EFTS (more than one week's full-time duration). Data excludes all non-formal learning and on-job industry training.

Students are counted in each ethnic group they identify with.

Students are counted for each qualification level they enrol in.

Age is calculated as at 31 December.

Totals also include those students with unknown values.

All participation rates have been age standardised. The total participation rate was calculated using the population 15 years and over. Total and Māori rates are based on the latest available population estimates from Statistics NZ.  Pacific Peoples, European and Asian rates are based on the 2001, 2006 and 2013 ethnic population projections.