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Kāpiti Coast DistrictCommunity profile

Kāpiti Coast District


10,188 people in Kāpiti Coast District had a tertiary qualification in 2018.

Education Qualifications are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Income statistics and Occupation data, Kāpiti Coast District's Education Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of an area and identify skill gaps in the labour market. Level of Educational Qualifications in a population relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the population (e.g. older people tend to have more vocational qualifications, while people in their twenties and thirties are more likely to have a university degree);
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling; and
  • Immigration policy

Please note: Stats NZ has given Qualifications data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". This indicates there may be some minor issues looking at the comparisons to 2013 and 2006. Users should avoid concluding that any change in the categories is purely due to real world change. See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.


Derived from the Census questions:

'What is your highest secondary school qualification?', 'Apart from secondary school qualifications do you have another completed qualification?', and 'What is your highest qualification?'

Highest qualification achieved
Kāpiti Coast District20182013Change
Qualification levelNumber%Paraparaumu Central %Number%Paraparaumu Central %2013 to 2018
Higher degree4,66810.55.92,5656.43.2+2,103
Bachelor degree5,52012.49.54,41011.07.3+1,110
Post school (excluding university)11,69726.327.49,04822.621.7+2,649
School qualification13,21229.830.013,06832.633.5+144
No qualification7,16716.121.37,05017.623.0+117
Not stated / included2,1274.85.93,9159.811.2-1,788
Total population aged 15+44,391100.0100.040,056100.0100.0+4,335
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the population in Kāpiti Coast District in 2018 compared to Paraparaumu Central shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Higher degrees, Bachelor degrees and Post School (excluding university) qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 79.1% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 16.1% had no qualifications, compared with 72.8% and 21.3% respectively for Paraparaumu Central.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of Kāpiti Coast District and Paraparaumu Central were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with Higher degrees (10.5% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with Bachelor degrees (12.4% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with No qualifications (16.1% compared to 21.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Post school (excluding university) qualifications (26.3% compared to 27.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in Kāpiti Coast District between 2013 and 2018 were in those with:

  • Post school (excluding university) qualifications (+2,649 persons)
  • Higher degrees (+2,103 persons)
  • Bachelor degrees (+1,110 persons)
  • School qualifications (+144 persons)

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