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Re-enrolment of Christchurch school students, at 13 September 2011

Prepared by Statistics New Zealand

In response to the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, Statistics New Zealand produced a brief overview of Ministry of Education re-enrolment data for primary, intermediate, and secondary school students. These figures are available on request from the Ministry of Education until mid-November, however Statistics NZ is no longer updating this overview. The final update of this data by Statistics NZ is as at 13 September 2011.

How many have re-enrolled and how many have returned

There were 12,069 students who were enrolled in the Christchurch city, Selwyn district, and Waimakariri district before the earthquake on 22 February 2011 who re-enrolled in other schools around the country. This is 15.9 percent of the students enrolled in these areas in July 2010. Over a quarter (3,180 students) were re-enrolments within Christchurch city, Selwyn district, and Waimakariri district. 

As at 13 September, 6,630 students had returned to their original school, leaving 5,442 students still away from their original school (7.1 percent of the students enrolled in these areas in July 2010). Of those students still away from their original school, 2,196 (40.4 percent) re-enrolled elsewhere in Christchurch city, Selwyn district, and Waimakariri district and 3,246 (59.6 percent) are re-enrolled outside of Christchurch city, Selwyn district, and Waimakariri district. It should be noted that some re-enrolments in a school year are expected and not all re-enrolments will be related to the earthquake.

Re-enrolments from Christchurch city, Selwyn district, and Waimakariri district were greatest in the week following the earthquake (3,567 students). The number of students who are re-enrolling at other locations around New Zealand has slowed since then. The total number of students still away from their original school has dropped from a peak of 7,581 on 17 March as many students have returned to their original school. 

Figure 1

 Graph - Number of students who re-enrolled and number who returned, 22 February - 13 September 2011.

 Table 1

Number of students who re-enrolled(1) and the number who have returned
24 February – 13 September 2011
Month to Monthly total of re-enrolments Cumulative total of re-enrolments Monthly total of students who have returned to their original school  Total still away
March 16  8,166 8,166 654 7,512
April 13 1,500 9,666 2,343 6,666
May 10 543 10,206 663 6,546
June 7 489 10,695 1,851 5,184
July 5 438 11,133 1,125 4,497
August 10 570 11,703 30 5,037
September 13 366 12,069 ..(2) 5,442
1. Previously enrolled in Christchurch, Selwyn, and Waimakariri.
2. Administrative processes applied to the data means that the total returned for this month is unavailable.
Note: All counts in this table have been randomly rounded to base 3. This may result in a total not agreeing with the sum of the individual items as shown in the table.
Symbol: .. not available
Source: Ministry of Education

Who has re-enrolled and who has returned 

The majority of re-enrolments were at primary schools (56.5 percent, 6,819 students), followed by secondary schools (27.9 percent, 3,366 students), and intermediate schools (15.6 percent, 1,887 students). Slightly higher proportions of students from primary (55.8 percent) and intermediate schools (58.3 percent) had returned to their original schools compared to students from secondary schools (51.1 percent). Overall, 54.9 percent of students had returned to their original school in Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri.

More female students re-enrolled than males (52.4 percent and 47.6 percent, respectively), particularly at secondary schools (57.1 percent compared with 42.9 percent). A slightly higher proportion of females who had re-enrolled have returned to their original school (56.7 percent compared to 52.9 percent of males).

Figure 2

 Graph - Number of students who re-enrolled and number who returned, by school type and sex, 22 February - 13 September 2011

Table 2

Number of students who re-enrolled(1) and the number who have returned 
By school type and sex
24 February – 13 September 2011
Number of students who have returned to their original school Number of students still away Number of students who re-enrolled
Primary Female 1,983 1,485 3,468
Male 1,824 1,527 3,351
Intermediate Female 567 372 942
Male 531 414 945
Secondary Female 1,038 882 1,920
Male 684 762 1,443
Total 6,630 5,442 12,069
1. Previously enrolled in Christchurch, Selwyn, and Waimakariri
Note: All counts in this table have been randomly rounded to base 3. This may result in a total not agreeing with the sum of the individual items as shown in the table.
Source: Ministry of Education

Where they have re-enrolled and returned from 

The majority of students who re-enrolled remained in the South Island (69.2 percent, 8,355 students), while 28.2 percent (3,405 students) re-enrolled within the North Island. See table 4 for re-enrolments by territorial authority and region. A smaller proportion of people who re-enrolled in the North Island have returned to their original school  at 50.0 percent (1,701 students), compared with 57.1 percent (4,773 students) in the South Island.

Over 40 percent of students previously enrolled in the Christchurch city or Selwyn or Waimakariri districts re-enrolled within the Canterbury region (5,046 students); 2,379 of these students have since returned to their original schools. Within the Canterbury region, most re-enrolments were in the Christchurch city (1,869 students), Waimakariri (690 students), Selwyn (624 students),  Timaru (576 students), Ashburton (540 students), and Hurunui districts (408 students).  

Regions close to Canterbury received a significant number of re-enrolments – Otago (12.3 percent, 1,482 students) and the West Coast/Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough regions (11.6 percent, 1,404 students). These regions also have the highest rates of students returning to their original school - Otago with 73.8 percent, West Coast/Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough regions with 70.6 percent, along with Southland at 72.7 percent.

At the territorial authority level, the largest number of South Island re-enrolments outside the Canterbury region were in the Dunedin city (513 students),  Queenstown-Lakes district (510 students), Marlborough district (387 students), Tasman district (324 students), Nelson city (312 students), Invercargill city (246 students), and Waitaki district (243 students).

Within the North Island, the largest proportion re-enrolled in the Auckland (1,464 students), Wellington (516 students) and Waikato (468 students) regions.  A small number of students re-enrolled at Te Kura - The Correspondence School (2.6 percent, 309 students). Around half of these correspondence students (49.4 percent, 153 students) had returned to their original school by 13 September.  

Figure 3

 Graph - Number of students who re-enrolled and number who returned, by region, 22 February - 13 September 2011

Table 3

Number of students who re-enrolled(1) and number who have returned 
By region(2)
24 February – 13 September 2011
Region Number of students who have returned to their original school Number of students still away Number of students who re-enrolled
Northland 57 72 129
Auckland 681 783 1,464
Waikato 192 276 468
Bay of Plenty(3) 153 159 312
Gisborne, Hawke's Bay 117 81 195
Taranaki 48 45 90
Manawatu-Wanganui 144 93 234
Wellington 318 195 516
Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast 990 414 1,404
Canterbury 2,379 2,667 5,046
Otago 1,092 387 1,482
Southland 306 114 420
Te Kura – The Correspondence School 153 159 309
Total 6,630 5,442 12,069
1. Previously enrolled in Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri.
2. Where students have moved multiple times since the earthquake, only the latest location data is used.
3. Rotorua is included in the Bay of Plenty region.
Note: All counts in this table have been randomly rounded to base 3. This may result in a total not agreeing with the sum of the individual items as shown in the table.
Source: Ministry of Education

Table 4

Number of students who re-enrolled(1) and number who have returned 
By territorial authority and region(2)
24 February – 13 September 2011
Territorial authority students moved to Region students moved to Number of students who have returned to their original school Number of students still away Number of students who re-enrolled
Christchurch city Canterbury 270 1,596 1,869
Auckland Auckland 678 783

 1,464

Waimakariri district Canterbury 318 375 690
Selwyn district Canterbury 393 225 624
Timaru district Canterbury 429 150 576
Ashburton district Canterbury 369 171 540
Dunedin city Otago 345 171 513
Queenstown-Lakes district Otago 408 105 510
Hurunui district Canterbury 309 99 408
Marlborough district West Coast/Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough 297 90 387
Tasman district West Coast/Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough 234 90 324
Nelson city West Coast/Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough 186 123 312
Invercargill city Southland 171 75 246
Waitaki district Otago 165 75 243
Hamilton city Waikato 69 150 222
Wellington city Wellington 156 63 219
Grey district West Coast/Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough 132 48 177
Tauranga city Bay of Plenty 57 102 159
Central Otago district Otago 129 24 153
Kaikoura district Canterbury 117 15 135
Southland district Southland 105 30 132
MacKenzie district Canterbury 105 15 123
Lower Hutt city Wellington 63 51 117
Buller district West Coast/Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough 72 33 105
Westland district West Coast/Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough 69 30 99
Hastings district Gisborne/Hawke's Bay 63 36 99
Waimate district Canterbury Region 66 21 84
Palmerston North city Manawatu-Wanganui 54 27 81
Rotorua district(3) Bay of Plenty 39 30 69
New Plymouth district Taranaki 36 30 66
Clutha district Otago 54 12 66
Waikato district Waikato 30 33 63
Far North district Northland 27 33 60
Porirua city Wellington 30 27 57
Whangarei district Northland 24 33 54
Waipa district Waikato 18 33 51
Kapiti Coast district Wellington 27 24 48
Western Bay Of Plenty district Bay of Plenty 30 15 48
Napier city Gisborne/Hawke's Bay 24 24 48
Gore district Southland 33 9 45
Wanganui district Manawatu-Wanganui 21 15 39
Horowhenua district Manawatu-Wanganui 24 15 36
Upper Hutt city Wellington 24 12 36
Taupo district Waikato 21 15 36
Gisborne district Gisborne/Hawke's Bay 21 12 30
Masterton district Wellington 12 18 30
Thames-Coromandel district Waikato 21 12 30
Manawatu district Manawatu-Wanganui 18 12 27
Whakatane district Bay of Plenty 18 9 24
Tararua district Manawatu-Wanganui 12 12 24
Rangitikei district Manawatu-Wanganui 12 9 21
South Waikato district Waikato 12 9 18
South Taranaki district Taranaki 9 9 18
Matamata-Piako district Waikato 9 9 18
Kaipara district Northland 9 3 15
Hauraki district Waikato 6 9 12
Waitomo district Waikato 3 9 12
Central Hawke's Bay district Gisborne/Hawke's Bay 6 6 9
Wairoa district Gisborne/Hawke's Bay 3 6 9
Kawerau district Bay of Plenty 6 0 6
South Wairarapa district Wellington 9 0 6
Otorohanga district Waikato 6 0 6
Ruapehu district Manawatu-Wanganui 3 3 6
Stratford district Taranaki 3 3 6
Opotiki District Bay of Plenty Region 3 3 6
Chatham Islands territory Canterbury 0 0 3
Carterton district Wellington 3 0 3
Te Kura – Correspondence School Correspondence School 153 156 309
Total 6,630 5,442 12,069
1. Previously enrolled in Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri.
2. Where students have moved multiple times since the earthquake, only the latest location data is used.
3. Rotorua is included in the Bay of Plenty region.
Note: All counts in this table have been randomly rounded to base 3. This may result in a total not agreeing with the sum of the individual items as shown in the table.
Source: Ministry of Education

For technical information contact: 
Deborah Spackman
Wellington 04 931 4600
Email: info@stats.govt.nz

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