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Education
     
Tirohia tēnei whārangi i te reo Māori

Education information covers the Māori ethnic population aged 15 years and over.

A formal qualification includes qualifications achieved at secondary school and in tertiary education (both vocational and bachelor's degree or higher).

Study participation measures those attending, studying, or enrolled at school or anywhere else.

Increase in Māori with bachelor’s degree or higher

In 2013, 36,072 Māori stated a bachelor’s degree or higher as their highest qualification, compared with 23,070 in 2006 (up 56.4 percent).

In 2013, 12.3 percent of Māori women and 7.4 percent of Māori men stated a bachelor’s degree or higher as their highest qualification. This is up from 8.4 percent for women and 5.6 percent for men in 2006. Of the Māori who stated a bachelor’s degree or higher as their highest qualification in 2013:

  • 75.0 percent had bachelor’s degrees
  • 13.2 percent had post-graduate and honours degrees
  • 10.0 percent had master’s degrees
  • 1.8 percent had doctorate degrees.

Decrease in Māori with no formal qualifications

  • The proportion of Māori with no formal qualifications has decreased. A third (33.3 percent) of Māori aged 15 years and over had no formal qualifications in 2013, down from 39.9 percent in 2006.
  • Māori men were less likely than Māori women to have a formal qualification. In 2013, 63.2 percent of Māori men had a formal qualification, compared with 69.8 percent of Māori women.
Highest qualification for Māori aged 15 years and over
2006 and 2013 Censuses
Highest qualification 2006 Census  2013 Census
 Number  Percent  Number  Percent
No qualification  130,146  40.0  119,544  33.4
Level 1–4 certificate  152,238  46.8  179,436  50.2
Level 5–6 diploma  19,563  6.0  22,461  6.3
Bachelor’s degree or higher  23,067  7.1  36,072  10.1
Total Māori  325,014  ...  357,513  ...
Symbol: … not applicable
Source: Statistics New Zealand

Māori women more likely than Māori men to participate in study

  • In 2013, 19.6 percent of Māori were participating in full-time and/or part-time study. This compares with 20.1 percent in 2006.
  • For Māori participating in study, 41.0 percent were men and 59.0 percent were women. 
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