Count Me In

Count Me In is a project to help Māori and Pasifika aged 16 to 18 that have left school without NCEA Level 2 or equivalent qualifications. Count Me In brings together a special team to give you/your son or daughter/the young person you are working with the best chance at gaining a Level 2 qualification.

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Count Me In gives targeted support to Māori and Pasifika 16 to 18 year olds

Count Me In supports 16 to 18 year olds outside the formal education system. It guides young people through a process which:

  • looks at what qualification credits they have;
  • explores what career or job they want to have;
  • figures out what qualifications they need for the career or job they want;
  • finds out what options they have to get qualified for the career or job they want, starting with Level 2 qualifications; and
  • when they’ve made an informed choice, helps them enrol in and complete their studies.

Help 16 to 18 year old Māori and Pasifika young people

Use our resources to support these young people who are outside the education system:

A Facilitator’s Guide [PDF, 5.1 MB]. Supports anyone working with young people to connect them with education providers, attain qualifications, and progress career pathways. 


Information and interactive resources to support engagement, discussions and decision-making for:

Or refer them to Count Me In and our facilitators will work with them:


More about Count Me In

Count Me In involves agencies, iwi and employers working together

Agencies are working together with Iwi and employers to find and support Māori and Pasifika 16-18 year olds that are outside the education system. Agencies involved include NZ Police, Youth/District Courts, Child Youth and Family (CYF), the Department of Corrections, the Ministry of Social Development and Te Wānanga O Aotearoa.

Extra effort is needed to lift Maori and Pasifika outcomes

In 2013, the number of Māori and Pasifika young people gaining NCEA or comparable Level 2 qualification was well below the national average. In 2015 there aren’t enough Māori and Pasifika students in formal education to reach the Better Public Service (BPS) target of 85% of 18 year olds gaining a Level 2 Qualification by 2017. 


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