Concerns young Kiwis 'short-changing' their future as stats reveal more people in 20s foregoing further study

Young New Zealanders are increasingly choosing to earn rather than learn after school, foregoing further education and heading straight into the workforce, a new study finds.

Over the last six-years, there has been a large increase in the proportion of 20-24 year olds with a school qualification as their highest qualification, Statistics New Zealand has found.

The most recent data shows there are 66,800 more 20–24 year olds who are working and not in education than those in education.

Two-thirds of those 66,8000 have a school qualification as their highest qualification, while two-fifths have a bachelor’s degree as their highest qualification.

Statistics New Zealand labour market statistics manager Sean Broughton said: "This data suggests that many young people are heading straight into the workforce after completing their school education, rather than continuing with further study."

"Almost all of the increase in the number of working people whose highest qualification was achieved at school was from those who were working, but not in education."

Employers and Manufacturers Association chief executive Kim Campbell says the statistics are worrying.

"It's really negative. In the long-term they are short-changing their opportunities," Mr Campbell said.

The proportion of people aged 20-24 years who were in education decreased from 31.8 per cent to 24.3 per cent and the proportion of 20-24 year olds with no qualification has fallen from 14.1 per cent to 8.2 per cent over that period.

The proportion of working 20-24 year olds in that period has grown from 65.2 per cent to 74.1 per cent.

Statistics New Zealand saw a growth in occupations such as sales workers, managers, and community and personal service workers, including both hospitality workers and carers and aides.

For young men, there was also growth in the number of technicians and trade workers.

The retail trade and accommodation industry accounted for about one-quarter of the increase in working 20–24 year olds, particularly for women.

Mr Campbell said it's a fact this age group want to work more than they want to study but it's a bit unfortunate.

The main reasons why this age group aren't studying, he says, is because it's a lot of concentrating, often it's a bit lonely and sometimes there is a misunderstanding of where the study might lead to.

"A lot of people don't know enough information about what study does for them in the long term," Mr Campbell said.

"Regardless of lifetime income and employment, society is better off with educated people, that in itself is a benefit."

The Statistics New Zealand data looked at a six year period from March 2012 to March 2018.

- By 1 NEWS intern Grace Stanton

Group of graduate students holding their graduation hats.

Owner of dog who became internet sensation after Kawakawa escape speaks with Seven Sharp

A Bay of Islands woman told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp she is "never going to live this down" after footage of her rescue dog Lily dragging a bakery's flag down the main street of Kawakawa went viral around the globe.

CCTV footage of the freedom-seeking furball's runner — accompanied by Yakety Sax, the song made famous by the Benny Hill Show — has been viewed more than 500,000 times since it was posted to Facebook last night.

Lucie Green, a volunteer with Bay of Islands Animal Rescue, was taking the basset hound for a walk last week when she decided to stop at a local business to buy Lily a treat.

The basset hound, named Lily, was tied to a large flag outside a dairy. So she took the flag with her on her wild escape. Source: Facebook/James Mcdonald

But the Basset Hound received a fright and bolted despite being tied to a large Coca-Cola flag forcing Lucie to give chase.

"For an animal with just little legs, my god she can run," Lucie told Seven Sharp.

Lily, Lucie and the rogue flag brought Kawakawa's State Highway 1 strip to a standstill, the whole escapade captured on CCTV.

"My partner owns a local CCTV company I got to the office and I told him what had happened.

"He didn't tell me he'd done it, but he edited footage and put the music on and uploaded it to Facebook and tagged me in it.

"I knew it was trouble when basically by the time we'd gone to bed last night it had hit 100,000 views," Lucie said.

The basset hound, named Lily, was tied to a large flag outside a dairy. So she took the flag with her on her wild escape. Source: Facebook/James Mcdonald

Thousands of people have since commented on the video, with many of them admiring the dog’s spirit.

"I'm laughing my guts out it's so funny," wrote Facebook user Annie Hicks.

Lucie does see the funny side of events however.

"They say every dog has their day, so I guess Lily is enjoying her 15 mins of fame." 

Lily made a run for it when owner Lucie Green stopped at a shop in the Northland town. Source: Seven Sharp

Tracking down New Plymouth youth MP candidates after Andrew Little's 'hip' appeal

Labour MP Andrew Little released a tongue in cheek video encouraging young people from New Plymouth to get involved in politics today.

The video inspired TVNZ1's Seven Sharp to travel to Mr Little's old school to find the perfect candidate for its new youth MP.

Judge for yourself if New Plymouth Boys' High students Thomas Foy and Jarrod Wilson have what it takes in the video above.

Tamati Rimene-Sproat is on the case after the Labour MP's piece of political theatre. Source: Seven Sharp


Watch: Take a tour inside Kate Sheppard’s former house where suffragists worked to get women the right to vote

Suffragist Kate Sheppard's old house in Christchurch goes up for auction next month - so Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry took a tour.

Ms Sheppard was instrumental in gaining New Zealand women the right to vote in 1893. She carried out important work for the suffrage movement in the house during the late 19th Century.

Today saw celebrations around the country marking 125 years since women gained the right to vote in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern has indicated the Government is interested in buying the house for the nation. It's expected to fetch in excess of $3 million when it goes under the hammer on October 17.

Hilary Barry met with the home's current owner Julia Burbury who showed her around the dwelling set on one acre of gardens.

The house has a category one heritage listing.

The piece of New Zealand history in Christchurch, worth more than $3 million, is up for auction. Source: Seven Sharp

Mum distraught as son turned away from Hutt Valley High School because he didn't have permanent address

Being homeless has become an obstacle for one mother wanting to give her child an education.

Helen Taitapanui and her son were turned away from Hutt Valley High School last week because they don't have a permanent residential address.

Ms Taitapanui, is currently battling cancer and lives in a motel with her teenage son while they wait for a permanent home.

"We've got to be glad that we've got that when we know that a lot of our families are out there living in cars," Ms Taitapanui told 1 NEWS.

However, this was a problem when she tried to enrol her son at a local school.

"The response was it's against their policy to register children living out of a motel. you had to have a residential address," Ms Taitapanui said.

She complained to the Ministry of Education and shortly after Hutt Valley High School reversed its decision.

Ms Taitapanui says her son's excited about going back to school.

"I know once he steps back into the realm of education he'll be well and truly away."

She hopes by speaking out, another unnecessary obstacle will be removed for the homeless.

Being homeless threw up an unexpected obstacle for a mum wanting to educate her child. Source: 1 NEWS