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Exercises and worksheets for highschool students

New Zealand curriculum framework

How to use the worksheets

Worksheet contents

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DecisionMaker worksheets contents:

New Zealand curriculum framework
How to use the worksheets



Worksheet exercises guide students, teachers and parents to explore social studies concepts such as social organisation:

  • people's organisation in groups and the rights, roles and responsibilities of people as they interact with groups.
  • how individuals, communities and nations exercise these rights and meet these obligations.

How to use DecisionMaker worksheets

The worksheet exercises and associated interactive tools, backgrounded by teacher resources, can be used in classroom discussions, individual assignments on and off the computer, and in homework assignments – sometimes with parents. Students, teachers and parents can decide which worksheets are suited to the individual student. They can gain help from additional resources, including the local current or former member of Parliament, financial adviser or online news analysis organisation.

Note: These worksheets can also be used as group activities sheets.


Year 9 & 10
Year 11 - 12

Worksheet 1:Voting for your Member of Parliament
Worksheet 2:Choosing your preferred political party
Worksheet 3:Do you want New Zealand to be a Republic?
Worksheet 4:How Government makes decisions
Worksheet 5:Government expenditure
Worksheet 6:Building a multicultural society
Worksheet 7:Suggesting a law change to a Select Committee of Parliament
Worksheet 8:Plan a visit to Parliament
Worksheet 9:Choosing a class representative
Worksheet 10:School Council nominations procedure
Worksheet 11:Voting procedure
Worksheet 12:National Election
Worksheet 13:The voting process

Worksheet 14:Schools' guide to decisionmaking with its community
Worksheet 15:Schools' guide to decisionmaking between Parliament & the community
Worksheet 16:Schools' guide to voting, elections, parties and forming government
Worksheet 17:Schools' guide to lawmaking
Worksheet 18:Schools' guide to getting help from Parliament as a group or individual
Worksheet 19:Schools' guide to information about Parliament & the community
Worksheet 20:The Rule of Law
Worksheet 21:Schools' guide to human rights
Worksheet 22:Schools' guide to interaction between Parliament, Government, the Judiciary and the media
Worksheet 23: Join the Underage Voter's Campaign


Levels reference:

Level 4 – Year 8 (Form 2)  
Level 5 – Years 9 & 10 (Forms 3 & 4)  
Level 6 – Year 11 (Form 5)  
Level 7 – Year 12 (Form 6)