AUCKLAND, March 29 - School leavers from the province have accounted for 1313 of first-year students so far this year, compared with 1243 in 2010.

The figures were also up for those coming from Auckland (197 compared with 107 in 2010) and Wellington (226 v 146).

Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr says he is especially glad to see the numbers for local first-year students surpass pre-quake levels.

The 2010 and 2011 earthquakes affected overall enrolments at the university, as young people chose to study elsewhere in the years that followed.

In 2010, the university had 18,783 students, but by 2015 the figure had dropped to 14,830.

There has since been a revival, with 16,253 students in 2017 and a further 7 per cent increase so far this year.