Region of school leavers

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We take domestic school leavers from Ministry of Education records and link them through to the Address Notification table, managed by StatsNZ, and Overseas Spells table managed by MBIE.

Each subsequent year we track the regional council each school leaver is reported spending the most time residing within.

To be considered overseas they must spend at least 6 months out of the country in that year.

Read more about the geographic data in the IDI here.


Access to the data used in this study was provided by Stats NZ under conditions designed to give effect to the security and confidentiality provisions of the Data and Statistics Act 2022. The results presented in this study are the work of the author, not Stats NZ or individual data suppliers.

These results are not official statistics. They have been created for research purposes from the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) which is carefully managed by Stats NZ. For more information about the IDI please visit

The results are based in part on tax data supplied by Inland Revenue to Stats NZ under the Tax Administration Act 1994 for statistical purposes. Any discussion of data limitations or weaknesses is in the context of using the IDI for statistical purposes, and is not related to the data's ability to support Inland Revenue's core operational requirements.

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