EPIC: non-Māori, non-Pasifika

TEC’s EPIC template for 2019 is quite different from previous years. It omits an age focused goal (under 25 and 25+) but puts a lot more emphasis on ethnicity by introducing the concept of non-Māori, non-Pasifika.

Government and TEC’s policy is now focused on improving participation and achievement by Māori and Pasifika and therefore a means of accurately determining ethic rates is needed. With Statistics New Zealand’s move from “prioritised” to “total response” counting it is no longer possible to reliably express ethnic rates that sum to 100%.

Consider the tables below. There are 10 students.


The old “prioritised” method always resulted in being able to calculate a percentage for each ethnic group, and those percentages added to 100%.

The new “total response” method will always result in a percentage total of over 100% if any student identified with more than one ethnic group.

However when the count is binary. i.e. a student is either Maori or Pasifika if any one of their ethnicities is Maori or Pasifika, or they are non-Māori, non-Pasifika is none of their declared ethnicities is Maori or Pasifika, we once again have a total of 100%. Hence the table below for the same 10 students.

 

What do you think?