Zealand curriculum framework
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Worksheet 4: How government makes decisions
How government policies are made and who helps to
Collect newsclippings about unemployment
- Divide the
class into pairs.
- All except
six groups choose to be 'government department teams' with an interest
in youth employment. For example, there are the Work and Income
New Zealand, Ministry of Youth Affairs and other representatives
of the Ministry of Social Development, the Department of Labour,
and the Treasury. Add any others about which you know.
- Each of the
seven groups chooses to act as one or other of the 'Party leaders'
represented in Parliament.
- (20 min) Each
government department team plans to research and prepare the case
to put to government ministers promoting economic transformation.
leaders meet to prepare the agenda for the next talks on government
- (40 min) Government
department teams report to the other government department teams
and the Party leaders the questions they will research, how they
will research them and whom they will consult in preparing their
report to future talks on government arrangements.
consult and prepare report including homework consult
with family, friends or neighbours on what they think the issues
are and their suggestions to solve them. Use the decisionmaker.co.nz
website "links" page to find and review relevant briefings
to incoming ministers on the issue.
- (30 min) Departmental
teams make their reports to the Party leaders and other departmental
- (15 min) Party
leaders debate the solution to the unemployment problem.
- (15 min) Party
leaders prepare media statements on their views for release to the
media and to Parliament.