Benefits of Education for Māori

Education and Income

Māori with higher levels of qualifications are more likely to earn higher incomes. Median personal income5 for working age Māori in employment was significantly higher for individuals with tertiary qualifications than for those with fewer or no qualifications in 2006: Māori with tertiary qualifications earned $36,417 per annum, compared with $27,800 for those with school qualifications, and $26,000 for those with no qualification.

Among Māori with tertiary qualifications, individuals with a higher level of tertiary qualification are likely to earn more. In 2006, personal income for Māori with tertiary qualifications at level 7 or above ($44,700 per annum) was $9,000 higher than that for levels 4 to 6 ($35,700) and $18,300 higher than that for levels 1 to 3 ($26,400). While there is a significant financial gain from achieving tertiary qualifications level 4 or above, there appears to be very little financial gain from achieving qualifications at levels 1 to 3 ($26,400 versus $26,000 for those with no qualification). However achieving level 1 to 3 qualifications can be an important pathway towards achieving higher level qualifications.

Graph 2: Māori Personal Income by the Highest Qualification Attained in 2006

Māori Personal Income by the Highest Qualification Attained in 2006

Source: Statistics New Zealand, 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings

 

 

5 Median personal income is the midpoint of the income distribution, meaning half of the population earn more, and half earn less, than this amount. Dollar amounts are gross and have not been inflation-adjusted.

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