Do I need to go to school?
If you are between the ages of 6–16, and you are living in NZ as a citizen, or hold a residence class visa, you must go to school.
Once you reach the age of 16, you can choose to leave school. You may be able to leave school at 15, but you need to get an “early leaving exemption” from the Ministry of Education. You can find out more about early leaving exemptions from the Ministry of Education website here.