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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 5: Government expenditure

How the government decides how much is spent on what areas

Research the current cost and number of rugby and netball injuries. Find the DecisionMaker/ACC graph showing cost and number of rugby and netball injuries (in the 1994 DecisionMaker Guideboook).

  1. (10 min) Divide the class into teams. Choose the following key figures and get the rest of the class to arrange themselves behind one of them. Eight will be in the inner circle. Use a fishbowl arrangement with advisers behind them in the outer circle.
    • Minister of Health and advisers;
    • Minister of Finance and advisers;
    • Minister of Sport and advisers;
    • Minister of Social Development and advisers;
    • Ministry of Pacific Islands Affairs and advisers;
    • Ministry of Maori Development and advisers;
    • The 'ACC' Managing Director and staff;
    • The 'Public Health Director in the Ministry of Health;
    • Your school 'rugby team representative';
    • Your school 'netball or soccer team representative'.
  2. The agenda item for your meeting is the cost due to the number of sports injuries.
  3. (10 min) Your team will have 10 minutes to put forward a proposal with a view to reducing the cost of sports injuries, including assessments of changes over the last decade, and of priorities.
  4. (30 min) Each speaker will take it in turns and advisers will note down questions for discussion – at whom are they to be directed?
  5. Look for common ground (or a consensus if possible) on a solution that could be put to government. If there is disagreement one of the other team members can tap their representative on the shoulder and ask to take their place. Continue this process until the inner circle members can reach a decision.
  6. (10 min) Put the proposal to the class as a whole and then ask for a vote on it.

    For further reference
    See also:

    The New Zealand economy
    Managing the money
    Making the hard decisions

    Next class or homework assignment

  7. Each group could then design a poster for clubs and schools to put on their walls. The poster should make sports people more aware of their responsibilities.






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