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Introduction to social science
How to use the worksheets
NZ curriculum framework
How tutors participate
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 4: How government makes decisions

How government policies are made and who helps to make them

Collect newsclippings about unemployment, employment, migrants in and out of work, and economic growth and innovation


Day One

  1. Divide the class into pairs.

  2. All except eight groups choose to be 'government department teams' with an interest in youth employment opportunities. For example, there are the Department of Labour, Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth Affairs, Work and Income and other representatives of the Ministry of Social Development and the Treasury. Add any others about which you know.

  3. Each of the eight 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.

  4. Meanwhile, leaders meet to prepare the agenda for the next talks on government arrangements.

  5. (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.

  6. Research, 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 website "links" page to find and review relevant briefings to incoming ministers on the issue.



  1. (30 min) Departmental teams make their reports to the Party leaders and other departmental teams.

  2. (15 min) Party leaders debate the solution to the economic transformation problem.

  3. (15 min) Party leaders prepare media statements on their views for release to the media and to Parliament.







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