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Porirua CityCommunity profile


Field of qualifications

In Papakowhai, there were more people with a Management and commerce qualification than any other field of qualification in 2018.

The field of qualification information indicates, for the highest qualification the person has received, what was the primary field of study. This is likely to have some relationship to the person’s current occupation, but this is not necessarily the case. The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the population;
  • The aspirations of people to enter a particular industry or profession;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification, and;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

In Papakowhai, the population's field of qualifications, in conjunction with Income statistics, Occupations and Educational Qualifications, is an important indicator of the skills that are available in the community.

Please note:Stats NZ has given Field of qualification data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "poor". 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 question:

'Print the main subject of your highest qualification.'

Field of qualifications
Field of highest qualification levelNumber%Porirua City %Number%Porirua City %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies90.50.560.30.5+3
Architecture and building452.42.4573.12.6-12
Creative arts482.62.2362.02.3+12
Engineering and related technologies1417.65.21508.15.4-9
Food, hospitality and personal services392.11.5271.51.8+12
Information technology452.41.9362.01.9+9
Management and commerce19810.78.319210.47.0+6
Natural and physical sciences542.91.9603.31.7-6
Society and culture1598.66.91327.26.3+27
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)874.79.6512.82.3+36
No post-school qualification77441.744.279243.046.5-18
Not stated / included603.26.71568.514.3-96
Total population aged 15+1,857100.0100.01,842100.0100.0+15
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: Poor
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in Papakowhai shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Management and commerce (198 people or 10.7%)
  • Society and culture (159 people or 8.6%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (141 people or 7.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 498 people in total or 26.8% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, Porirua City had 8.3% people who studied Management and commerce; 6.9% who studied Society and culture; and 5.2% who studied Engineering and related technologies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the population in Papakowhai and Porirua City were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (10.7% compared to 8.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Engineering and related technologies (7.6% compared to 5.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Society and culture (8.6% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Health (5.7% compared to 4.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the population in Papakowhai between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Education (+30 people)
  • Society and culture (+27 people)
  • Health (+21 people)
  • Architecture and building (-12 people)

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