Education Act 1989

Before its repeal, this Act was administered by: Ministry of Education
  • repealed
  • Education Act 1989: repealed, on 1 August 2020, by section 669(3)(b) of the Education and Training Act 2020 (2020 No 38).

Part 3 Enrolment and attendance of students

20 New Zealand citizens and residents between 6 and 16 must be enrolled at registered school


Every person who is a New Zealand citizen or resident must, during the period beginning on the person’s sixth birthday and ending on the person’s 16th birthday, be enrolled at a registered school.


Before a child’s seventh birthday, the child is not required to be enrolled at any school more than 3 kilometres walking distance from the child’s residence.


Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to international students.


This section is subject to anything else in this Act.

Section 20: replaced, on 14 May 2019, by section 25 of the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 20).