Expulsion rates per 1,000 students, by ethnic group and school quintile

Ministry of Education


For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined). For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
For this table ethnicities other than the four listed are included in the total, but not in the main breakdown.


Expulsions occur only for 16 year-olds and above, therefore the expulsion rate refers to the number of expulsions per 1,000 standardised for students aged 16 or over.

Numerator: Total number of expulsions occurring during the school year
Total number of students on roll as at 1 July of each year, by individual year of age.

Data calculation/treatment

This indicator uses age-standardised rates. These are expressed as expulsions per 1,000 students enrolled. Most expulsions peak at age 16, and age-standardisation allows a fair comparison between different cohorts. In any given year the schooling population will have a different age distribution. By standardising for age we can compare across years.


students from schools which are not receiving public funding
students at Correspondence School
adult students (older than 19), and
International Fee-Paying students.

Data provided by

Ministry of Education

Dataset name

School Student Engagement and Participation: Expulsions from school 2014



How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Expulsions Data' from the 'Downloads' section of the right-hand column

Import & extraction details

File as imported: School Student Engagement and Participation: Expulsions from school 2014

From the dataset School Student Engagement and Participation: Expulsions from school 2014, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 3. Expulsions, by quintile
  • Range: C5:G9
  • Provided: 25 data points

Dataset originally released on:

June 2015

Purpose of collection

Student attendance and engagement are critical factors relating to student achievement. The levels of stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions help provide indications of where engagement in productive learning may be absent and behavioural issues may be present.