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
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.