Your right to education
Who has a right to free state education in New Zealand?
Everyone who is a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident here has the right to free education at state schools from their fifth birthday until the end of the year in which they turn 19.
Can I go to any state 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 go there – see below.
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 more information on how this applies to transgender or gender non-conforming students, see below.