Ngai Māori me Ngā Hua o te Mātauranga

Educational Attainment

Māori have shown a steady increase in educational attainment in recent years, with nearly 200,000 Māori holding secondary or tertiary qualifications1 in 2006 (196,335 or 60.1 percent of the Māori population aged 15 years or older)2. More than 90,000 Māori hold tertiary qualifications: 21,153 or 6.5 percent of the Māori population aged 15 years or older hold tertiary level 1 to 3 qualifications, 47,016 (14.4 percent) hold level 4 to 6 qualifications and 23,070 (7.1 percent) hold qualifications at level 7 or above.

Increased educational achievement is reflected through the highest qualification attained by different age groups3 in the Māori population. Younger Māori are more likely to have completed tertiary qualifications than previous generations: 37.2 percent of Māori aged 25 to 34 hold tertiary qualifications, compared with 18.9 percent of those aged 65 or older. This generational shift was also reflected in the proportion of Māori attaining secondary qualifications, with 34.0 percent of 25 to 34 year olds holding secondary qualifications, versus 18.4 percent of those aged 65 or older.

Graph 1: Highest Qualification Attained by Different Age Groups in the Māori Population in 2006

Highest Qualification Attained by Different Age Groups in the Māori Population in 2006

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

 

 

1 Tertiary qualifications have been classified using NCEA Levels to distinguish between different levels of achievement. Tertiary level 4-6 qualifications are trades certificates or diplomas whereas level 7+ qualifications are university level bachelors degrees or above.

2 In order to protect confidentiality, Statistics New Zealand’s policy is to randomly round figures to base three. As a result, individual figures may differ slightly to those quoted in other publications.

3 Individuals under the age of 25 are not included as they are unlikely to have completed tertiary qualifications.

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