Youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) in Auckland

Penelope Tuatagaloa, Ross Wilson
Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU
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Young adults who are not in employment, education and training (NEET) are at risk of becoming socially excluded with income below the poverty line and lacking the skills to improve their economic situation (OECD, 2017).

Working together to address the issue of NEET youth has become a key focus of national and local government programmes and policies in many countries, including New Zealand. The Auckland Plan 2050 sets a clear direction for increased and targeted education, training and skill development in order to ensure that Auckland is prosperous with many opportunities and delivers a better standard of living for everyone (Auckland Council, 2018).

This report uses publicly available data from Statistics New Zealand Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) to provide an overview of young people aged 15 to 24 years in Auckland who are NEET. The report identifies groups (by age, ethnicity, and location) who are particularly affected, and the extent to which rates have changed over time. ...


In the year to June 2018:

  • there were 29,400 NEET youth living in Auckland (38% of the national total)
  • the majority of NEET youth (20,600 or 70%) in Auckland were aged 20-24 years
  • Europeans represent the largest number of NEET youth in Auckland (13,100) but this group had the second lowest NEET rate (10%), alongside Asian young people (rate of 10% also)
  • the highest rate was among young Pacific people (8900 people or 18%)
  • the NEET rate among young Māori was similar, at 17 per cent
  • over a third (10,800 or 37%) of Auckland’s youth NEET lived in the Southern Initiative area. ...

Auckland Council technical report TR2018/029

Last updated: 2018-12-20