Enrolment, attendance, and the school system
Your right to education
Who has a right to free state education in New Zealand?
If you’re a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident here, you have the right to free education at state schools from your fifth birthday until the end of the year that you turn 19.
Can I go to any school I want?
No. Some schools have an “enrolment scheme” which means you only have an automatic right to go there if you live in the school’s home zone. If the school doesn’t have an enrolment scheme, anyone can attend. For more information, see the section “Enrolment schemes”
Also, girls don’t have a right to go to boys-only schools, and boys don’t have a right to go to girls-only schools.
For information about how this applies to transgender and gender diverse students, see “Rainbow rights”