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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 8: Plan a visit to Parliament

Who works at Parliament and what happens there

  • Level 3: Making group decisions
  • Level 5: Participating in political process, visiting other places
  • Level 6: Making choices about governing

You can contact the Education Officer at the Parliamentary Service for information sheets.

Divide into pairs.

  1. (20 min) Compile a list of central and local government services in your community. Concentrate on finding the services you think you or your friends might need. Use the phone book and other sources to help you.
  2. (20 min) Report your list back to your class. Choose the best list as the basis of your class list. Divide the class list into:
    • Central Government services
    • Local Government services. Add helpful names and addresses not already on the basic class list.
  3. (20 min) Plan a class tour to Wellington.
    • What to see?
    • What to research?
    • Who to visit?

Questions to consider:

  • Why go?
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • What are the focus questions?
  • What does Parliament do?

Children may say:

  • They argue;
  • They talk;
  • They make laws;
  • They run the country;
  • They make the budget;
  • They run government departments;
  • They allocate government finances.

Questions which then arise from these:

  • How do they run government departments?
  • How do they allocate government finances?
  • Who works in Parliament?
  • Where in Parliament would they work?
  • What do they do?

Role of MPs:

  • Electorate MPs, list MPs;
  • PM;
  • Secretaries;
  • Media;
  • Caterers;
  • Messengers;
  • Service;
  • Security;
  • Advisers
  • .

Where do they work?

  • Physical outline of Parliament;
  • The debating chamber;
  • Offices;
  • Ministers;
  • Dining rooms;
  • Press gallery;
  • Foyers and function rooms and committee rooms.

Who will we meet on a visit?

  • Not the PM;
  • The tour guides;
  • Possibly their MP, if they make an early appointment;
  • Maybe the security people associated with tour guides;
  • Other visitors
  • .

What will we see?

  • The entrance foyer;
  • The debating chamber;
  • The press gallery;
  • The legislative chamber;
  • The dining room;
  • The lobbies;
  • The meeting rooms/committee rooms/ Maori Affairs room;
  • The grounds;
  • The buildings;
  • The library;
  • Statues
  • .

What sort of questions do we want to ask about these places and people?

Divide the class

  • What questions do you want to ask about the debating chamber?
  • What sort of questions do you want to ask about the buildings and grounds?
  • What do you want to ask about the neighbourhood – the area around Parliament?
  • What do you want to ask about the dining room?
  • What do you want to ask about the press gallery?

Children in groups – brainstorm about these questions:

  • The children should decide which person would ask the questions for them, or they might allocate to different people in the group.

Preparing yourself
Who is your local MP?
Where is Parliament located in Wellington? Consult a map.
What buildings comprise Parliament?

  • Photograph of the buildings;
  • Look at the phone book.

Who works there?
What sort of information do we need?
What information can they give us?
How can people influence Parliamentarians to make changes?

Find out more from people in Parliament, people in Wellington tourism and/or people in the travel industry near you.





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