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Study participation

Census information about study participation is based on question 29 on the individual form.

Study participation measures those attending, studying, or enrolled at school or anywhere else. We grouped study participation into full-time study (20 hours or more a week), part-time study (less than 20 hours a week), and not studying.

We put the small number of people who studied full-time and part-time (498 people) into the full-time study category for the following analysis.

Almost 15 percent of New Zealand adults are studying

According to the 2013 Census, study participation for adults was:

  • 11.0 percent (332,346 people) in full-time study
  • 3.9 percent (118,092 people) in part-time study
  • 85.1 percent (2,574,108 people) not studying.

More people studying full-time

In 2013, 73.8 percent (332,346 people) of people studying were in full-time study. This was up from 66.2 percent (301,569 people) in 2006.

In contrast, the proportion studying part-time fell – to 26.2 percent in 2013, down from 33.8 percent in 2006.

Figure 14

Graph, Total people studying, 2006 and 2013 Censuses.

More women than men studying in 2013

Of the total people studying in 2013:

  • 55.1 percent (248,331 people) were women
  • 44.9 percent (202,110 people) were men.

Almost two-thirds (64.0 percent) of those studying were aged 15–24 years – as might be expected, because this age group includes people still at secondary school.

Figure 15

Graph, Total people studying, by age group, 2013 Census.

Women were more likely to study part-time – at 28.9 percent of all women studying, compared with 22.9 percent of men who were studying. For people studying part-time, the difference between men and women was most marked for those aged 40–59 years. In these age groups, twice as many women as men were studying part-time.

Figure 16

Graph, Total people studying part-time, by age group and sex, 2013 Census.

Dunedin city has highest proportion of people studying

Dunedin city had the highest proportion of people studying, at 24.8 percent (22,722 people). The next-highest proportions by territorial authority were:

  • Palmerston North city, at 20.6 percent (12,003 people)
  • Wellington city, at 20.4 percent (29,793 people).

These proportions are not surprising, given that these cities have large tertiary institutions.

Figure 17 
Graph, People studying, by territorial authority area, 2013 Census.

Variation in study participation by ethnic groups

According to the 2013 Census, the ethnic groups with the highest proportions of people studying were:

  • MELAA, with 30.0 percent (9,741 people) studying
  • Asian, with 24.7 percent (87,096 people) studying.

Of people studying, the Pacific peoples ethnic group had the highest proportion of people studying in the 15–19-year age group (49.9 percent, or 18,345 people). This was followed by the Māori ethnic group (48.0 percent, or 34,506 people).

Figure 18

Graph, Total people studying by age group, for selected ethnic groups, 2013 Census.

More than half of people in part-time study work full-time

Of people in part-time study, 56.6 percent (66,882 people) worked full-time.

Of people in full-time study, 11.9 percent (39,567 people) worked full-time.

Figure 19

Graph, Study participation, by work and labour force status, 2013 Census.

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