Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki

Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki 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.

Thousands of students across New Zealand have had their say with Kids Voting - Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki. Over 148,000 students took part in Kids Voting - Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki for the 2017 General Election.

Registrations are now open for the 2020 General Election and referendums.

Register your school now using our online form

How it works

Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki is a civics education programme that gives young New Zealanders the opportunity to explore real-life election issues, parties and candidates.

The programme builds up to a mock election, which gives students first-hand experience of the voting process.

Support your students with our curriculum-aligned teaching units

Use our teaching 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.

This year, we are creating an entirely new resource to align with levels 1-2 of the New Zealand Social Sciences Curriculum. We’re also updating our existing resources to include new activities on media literacy.

We recognise that education is a fast-changing environment and schools are quickly adapting to a new way of working.

We are committed to offering Kids Voting – Te Pōti a Ngā Tamariki for the 2020 General Election and referendums, so we’re looking at ways we can ensure that the programme suits your needs.

Voting in the referendums

At this year’s general election, New Zealanders will be given the opportunity to vote on two referendums – one on whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal and the other on whether the End of Life Choice Act 2019 should come into force.

You can find out more about the referendums at referendum.govt.nz

Our updated teaching units include a section on what referendums are and how they work. However, it’s up to you to decide how to explore the issues of the referendums with your students.