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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 11: Voting procedure

Comparing different types of voting procedures

  1. How you can influence policy on issues that affect you – by voting:
    • For your representative on the School Council;
    • By becoming informed about the Electoral process and the need to be 'informed and responsible participants'.

Voting procedure: the secret ballot

Class activity

Get from your local Post Shop an electoral enrolment form. Discuss who can vote in the national elections. Outline the voting procedure under MMP.

Make a class enrolment card for a mock school election (adapt from the official one) and ask students to complete it.

Group activity

Divide into four groups and carry out different tasks

  1. Take enrolment cards and make up an electorate list e.g. name, address, date of birth, class, etc. of those in class.
  2. Set up a voting card – with names of candidates standing and clear instructions as to how to vote (e.g: tick, cross, line through name, etc).
  3. Set up voting booth with table electoral officer and class list. Remember that it is a secret vote, but that everyone must check that their name is on the roll before they can vote.
  4. Those standing for office prepare posters, pamphlets, etc.


Hold a class election.

Using the class roll, and with students presenting 'enrolment cards' to be checked against it, students are given a voting card, make their vote, and place it in a ballot box.

The 'electorate officer' (the teacher?) counts the votes and announces the result.


For further reference
See also:

Electing Parliament

Write up a report for School Council, and school magazine.

  • Do you use different styles of writing for these?
  • What are they?
  • Who can vote in School Council elections?
  • Given what you have learned from your class election, do you feel more confident about voting for your school representative on the School Council?




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