Teaching voting at schools

Make your students active, enthusiastic citizens with our Kids Voting programme and curriculum-based teaching units.

Kids Voting programme

Early on in each election year, we contact schools about registering for the Kids Voting programme.

Kids Voting gives your school everything it needs to run a mock election. Teach your students about real candidates, parties and election issues, and give them a first-hand voting experience.

Find out more about the Kids Voting programme

Teaching units

Use these units to help your students understand how voting works and encourage them to take part.

We have units that align with levels 3, 4 and 5 of the New Zealand Social Sciences Curriculum and level 5 of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

The material is flexible and you can adjust it to suit your students’ needs and experiences.

Have Your Say – New Zealand Curriculum levels 3 and 4

These units aim to encourage your students to have their say on decisions that affect their lives.

Teach your students about their democratic rights and responsibilities and about how they can influence what happens in their school and community.

Find out more and download the Have Your Say teaching units

Be Heard – New Zealand Curriculum level 5

These units explore the connection between voting, New Zealand's government and issues that local communities face.

Connect voting to your students’ own lives to deepen their understanding of how New Zealand's government works.

Find out more and download the Be Heard teaching units

Tūranga Mua, Tūranga Tika – Te Marautanga o Aotearoa level 5

These units explore the role of Māori in decision-making in the past, present and future.

Use them in Māori-medium classrooms to show students how Māori have met their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs through participating in democracy.

Find out more and download the Tūranga Mua, Tūranga Tika teaching units

Votes for Women – New Zealand Curriculum level 4

Use these units to develop your students’ understanding of the suffragists’ achievement and encourage them to take part in voting today.

Find out more and download the Votes for Women teaching units