Education and Schooling

If you have children, finding a good school and getting them settled in will be a priority for you.

Fortunately, you can feel confident about New Zealand’s education system.

Ensuring a good education for all is part of the Kiwi concept of 'giving everyone a fair go'. In fact, of 32 developed countries surveyed in the OECD’s 2013 Better Life index, New Zealand devoted the highest percentage of public expenditure to education.

Actually, the OECD had some very nice things to say about our education, calling us “a top-performing country in terms of the quality of its educational system”.

We pride ourselves on an education system that is world-class, modern and responsive.

Chemistry students working together

Both academic and practical, skill-based achievements are valued here. Young people are encouraged to be questioning - to see the bigger picture and be open minded in finding new ways of approaching things.

The overriding goal is creating “confident, connected, actively involved life-long learners” equipped for the knowledge age.

Add in a safe learning environment and a healthy dose of the outdoor recreation our wide open spaces offer, and it’s a recipe for producing resourceful and confident young adults ready to take on the world.

In this section:

  • Childcare & preschool

    Find out what early childhood education facilities are available for under fives. 

  • The school system

    Learn how New Zealand schools work. From age six to 16, schooling is compulsory.

  • Choosing a school

    Check out 'zoning' rules and whether it will affect the choice of schools for your children.

  • Role of parents

    See how schools encourage parents to get involved with their children’s education.

  • After school care

    Check if you’ll need before or after school care for a child, and what’s available.

  • Tertiary education & training

    Explore the options for higher education and vocational training in New Zealand.

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Page last updated: 24/10/2014

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