In 2013, Māori students made up the lowest proportion of students remaining at school to age 17 (67.9%). This compares with a retention rate of 81.3% for Pasifika and 85.1% for Pākehā. Asian students had the highest retention rate (93.9%).
Increasing health and well-being outcomes for Māori students assists settings to meet their obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to meet Ministry of Education requirements for Māori students.
By improving the health of Māori children and young people, we also improve retention rates and academic outcomes.