Niuean people in New Zealand

The adult Niuean population includes all those aged 15 years and over.

  • In 2001, 59 percent of Niuean adults held a formal educational qualification – slightly higher than the equivalent figure of 64 percent for the Pacific population.
  • Forty-one percent of the adult Niuean population listed a school qualification as their highest qualification in 2001, while a further 18 percent held a post-school qualification. By contrast, 32 percent of the total New Zealand adult
    population held a post-school qualification in 2001.
  • Young Niuean adults are more likely to hold a post-school qualification than their older counterparts, as figure 5.1 illustrates. In 2001, 24 percent of Niuean people aged 20–24 years held a post-school qualification, declining at each successive age group to 4 percent of those aged 65 years and over.


  • Similar proportions of Niuean females and males have a school qualification as their highest qualification (41 percent and 40 percent respectively). However, females are more likely than their male counterparts to have post-school qualifications (19 percent and 16 percent respectively).
  • In 2001, the New Zealand-born Niuean population (47 percent) was more likely than Niueans born overseas (33 percent) to hold a school qualification as a highest qualification. Niuean people born in New Zealand were also more likely to hold a post-school qualification (20 percent compared with 15 percent).
  • Of the overseas-born Niuean population, 52 percent had no formal qualifications, compared with 33 percent of New Zealand-born Niuean. The older age structure of the overseas-born Niuean population may be a contributing factor.
  • Young Niuean adults are less likely to be without a formal qualification than their older counterparts. In 2001, 27 percent of Niueans aged 20–24 years and 30 percent of those aged 25–34 years were without formal qualifications, compared with 47 percent of those aged 35–44 years and 57 percent of those aged 45–64 years.