education on CD
The DecisionMaker Guide to Parliament and Government 2006 edition
for New Zealand, first quarter 2006, was released on CD with new features
in April 2006.
Find out more about getting your single or bulk copies.
We will provide periodic citizenship education updates on the decisionmaker.co.nz
site, focusing on some special topics on sale via password
and in quarterly CD or DVD DecisionMaker releases.
15 March 2006
About the 6th edition, 1st
Guide to Parliament and Government
New Zealand is
a pluralist, secular democracy
with a small and relatively well educated population, good communication
and an active media.
We have a number of loosely-defined cultural
communities and a stream of immigrants, all contributing to our
to vote; and they should know
their own rights. They will be consulted;
they should participate.
The challenge is to ensure that young
people and new
arrivals receive grounding in the essential
framework, and that older age groups are kept up to date with
significant changes in the system. Whether this is achieved in traditional
or in modern ways,
it is citizenship education.
Use this DVD, logon to www.decisionmaker.co.nz
and links to many specialised websites,
for citizenship education particularly for young people, new arrivals
in New Zealand and tutors
who assist them. E-mail
DecisionMaker, or participants in this citizenship education project,
to find out more.
Parliament and its neighbourhood
a visit to Parliament,
and the wider neighbourhood. Citizens need to know how to find their
way about the organisation
of Parliament and
– and the law.
Our objectives for DecisionMaker
citizenship education online can be summarized as follows:
o We can provide you with detailed information about our democracy
such as: how Parliament works, how members are elected
by fellow citizens. Our core
and supplementary content, built up and revised after each election
since 1990, is about the big
picture, how Parliament
works, how government
works, how law works
and special interest directories.
Some of our content is authoritative,
some is independent,
some is both!
Find out more from our content via our black and yellow navigation
We work to assist people to participate
in the political process, and get access
to information and services. We do this through our content,
multi-channel distribution, digital services, e-democracy
innovation, addressing new
arrivals unmet needs, migrant-host
communication, and delivery of
Find out more about our approach from the Centre
for Citizenship Education.
o We provide worksheets
supporting education about people’s identity
and role as citizens
for use in the social
sciences in schools – not only social
studies but increasingly also in history, geography and economics.
Find out more from our education
- including past people in
- another service to help you navigate around the political
- Click on any link to find out more about the topic you are reading.
Click on help to on the side or top of page to find out more
about the technology we are using.
Updated content and links by DecisionMaker
publisher Anthony Haas, 14 March, 2006
Have you seen our 2007 social studies educational publication
Kansai through Kiwi eyes?
New features in the 6th DecisionMaker Guide
Useful links to the whole
of government, useful directories
email addresses for Government
departments, for State
owned entities, sources of contacts on cultural
diversity and many others who can inform and service citizens
have been added to the 6th edition of the DecisionMaker Guide.
We welcome further reciprocal links between decisionmaker.co.nz
and MPs, central and local government officials, community and
voluntary organisations, schools, libraries, workplaces, homes
and others who can connect citizens.
The big picture
2005 Speech from the Throne
- the government arrangements targeted on three years in government
parties in Parliament
– what they and MPs elected in 2005 represent
Where MPs sit
Links to the backgrounds and pix of all MPs - party by party
scrutiny of SOEs, Crown entities
of Ethics for the New Zealand Parliament
Electoral Option April Aug 2006 Some current topics before
select committees: e.g. obesity
How the Prime
Minister’s Department handles major challenges
committee memberships and objectives
than 77 post election briefings for Ministers
Some current topics facing PM, Opposition leader, ministers
e.g. tax reform
How law works
A message for
Citizenship education tutors
are available to assist citizenship educational tutors such
as current MPs, former MPs, financial advisers, advocates of
public interest programmes, and teachers.
Citizenship education resources
Well established worksheets
and DecisionMaker briefings, case studies and profiles are available
for social studies - and other social science - teachers to
use to assist students’ inquiries into people’s
identity and role as citizens – and are in development
for more social science teachers