Post Secondary Education in New Zealand

School education in New Zealand can be divided into primary & secondary education. Tertiary education covers the post school education. Vocational and technical education is provided the institutes of technology, private training establishments and polytechnics. Higher education is offered by the universities and other institutes.


Children are allowed to board the schools in New Zealand from the age of 5. It is pretty compulsory for the children to be educated from the age of 6 to 16. Most of the primary schools are said to teach in English medium, while some of them teach in Maori medium. This education starts from Year 1 and goes on till Year 8, wherein the Years 7 & 8 is provided by the primary or an individual intermediate school.

Certain schools in New Zealand are Kura Kaupapa Maori and Maori is the principal teaching medium and the education is said to be based on the Maori values and culture. Most of these schools are said to be conduct classes from Year 1 to 8, while some of them are said to conduct classes for up to Year 13.


This particular education system is said to cover Year 9 to 13. The students who pursue this level of education go to Government funded schools, which are otherwise called as secondary schools, colleges, high schools or area schools.

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement [NCEA] is the major qualification to study in the secondary schools in New Zealand. The students should go through three levels to achieve NCEA qualification through various subjects and courses, which might be beyond and within the traditional school.

Those three levels of NCEA match up with the final 3 years of this secondary education system. The student has to gain 80 credits on National Qualifications Framework, 60 credits on the certificate level and 20 other credits to obtain NCEA.