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Introduction to social science
How to use the worksheets
NZ curriculum framework
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Centre for Citizenship Education
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 24: in development
Tonga-New Zealand 1950. Historical milestones , pictures, oral archive sound and transcipt
- resources for social science schools use

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



Worksheet 1: Voting for your Member of Parliament

Role-Playing Elections/Electoral Campaigns/
Electoral Procedure - How the system works

  • Level 5: Participating in political process.
  • Level 6: Making choices about governing.
Find pictures of four people. Suggest one topic each of them might be concerned about in your school and neighbourhood.

Role-playing inside the classroom: MMP

There are two kinds of Members of Parliament under the MMP voting system – Party List MPs and Electorate MPs.

  1. (20 min) Divide into groups of 3 - 4 students. Choose one person to act as your group's 'electorate candidate'. As a group, prepare a two-minute campaign speech about one or more local issues raised by the people in the pictures you picked.
  2. (20 min) Choose a Chairperson (possibly the teacher). Present your campaign speech to the class.
  3. (10 min) Set up a voting box with a Supervisor. Hand out voting papers with names of the candidates listed and instructions about voting procedure. Vote in a secret ballot for the person in your class to be your electorate MP. The Supervisor counts the votes and announces the result.
  4. (5 min) Class discussion about voting procedure. Did everyone participate? If not, why not?
  5. Plan how you could get your electorate MP to become a member of the 'government' give example.

Information about the MMP system is available from the Electoral Commission and in DecisionMaker's article on MMP's first decade in the section on The big picture.

For further reference
See also:

Electing Parliament
Parliamentary parties 

Find out more about the MPs from each party, their photo and links to their background by searching in DecisionMaker How Parliament works



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