School zones, reviews and equity funding
Find out if you live in a school’s zone, how the school is performing and what level of equity funding it gets based on the Equity Index.
How to see a school’s zone
If you live inside the zone for a school, you’re guaranteed a place there. Some schools do not have zones, so you can enrol there no matter where you live.
You can use the ‘Find a school’ tool to search for schools either by your address, the school name, or you can look up all schools in a certain area.
Apply to a school outside your zone
You can apply to go to a school that’s outside your zone, but you might not get in.
The Education Review Office evaluates and reports on the education and care of learners in schools, kura, kohanga reo, puna reo, and early childhood services.
From 2023, the Equity Index (EQI) replaced the Decile system to determine the amount of equity funding a school gets.
The EQI is not a measure of school quality — it’s a way to understand the relationship between social and economic factors and student achievement.
How it works
Each school is given an equity rating from 344 to 569. The Stats NZ Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) is used to work out a school’s Equity Index number.
Equity funding based on the EQI
The EQI determines how much equity funding the school receives in addition to their regular funding — the higher the EQI, the more funding the school receives per student.