Teaching voting at schools

Make your students active, enthusiastic citizens with Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki and our curriculum-based teaching resources.

Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki

Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki is back for the 2020 General Election and referendums.

Teach your students about real candidates, parties and election issues, and give them a first-hand voting experience.

Find out more about Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki and register your school now

Teaching resources

Use these resources to help your students understand how voting works and encourage them to take part.

We have resources that align with levels 1- 5 of the New Zealand Social Sciences Curriculum and level 5 of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

The material is flexible, and you can adjust it to suit your students’ needs and experiences.

Making Choices – New Zealand Curriculum level 1 and 2

Making Choices is about how students can make choices in their lives in order to meet their wants and needs. Students will also explore their role in society and how they can participate alongside other people.

Find out more and download the Making Choices teaching resources

Have Your Say – New Zealand Curriculum levels 3 and 4

These resources aim to encourage your students to have their say on decisions that affect their lives.

Teach your students about their democratic rights and responsibilities and about how they can influence what happens in their school and community.

Find out more and download the Have Your Say teaching resources

Be Heard – New Zealand Curriculum level 5

These resources explore the connection between voting, New Zealand's government and issues that local communities face.

Connect voting to your students’ own lives to deepen their understanding of how New Zealand's government works.

Find out more and download the Be Heard teaching resources

Tūranga Mua, Tūranga Tika – Te Marautanga o Aotearoa level 5

These resources explore the role of Māori in decision-making in the past, present and future.

Use them in Māori-medium classrooms to show students how Māori have met their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs by participating in democracy.

Find out more and download the Tūranga Mua, Tūranga Tika teaching resources

Votes for Women – New Zealand Curriculum level 4

Use these resources to develop your students’ understanding of the suffragists’ achievement and encourage them to take part in voting today.

Find out more and download the Votes for Women teaching resources

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