Kids Voting programme

The Kids Voting programme gives your school everything it needs to run a mock election. Teach your students about real candidates, parties and election issues, and give them a first-hand voting experience.

Early on in each election year, we contact schools about registering for Kids Voting.

Thousands of students across New Zealand have had their say with Kids Voting. Over 148,000 students took part in Kids Voting for the 2017 General Election.

Working out how much time you’ll give to Kids Voting

You choose how much preparation and classroom time you give to Kids Voting.

The basics of Kids Voting — voting and counting the votes — will take one to two sessions. Your school must complete its Kids Voting election by the Tuesday before Election Day.

Support your Kids Voting election with our teaching units

Use our teaching units to help your students understand how voting works and encourage them to take part.

We have units that align with levels 3, 4 and 5 of the New Zealand Social Sciences Curriculum and level 5 of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

We’ll send hard copies with your Kids Voting supplies. You can download them if you’d like to use them earlier.