Kids Voting

The Kids Voting initiative is aimed at 11-15 year old students (school years 7 to 10) to experience the election process first hand: considering and discussing key issues, voting for candidates on real issues, and being able to compare their results against the official election results.


Teachers guideKids voting

We’ve created the Teachers Guide - Kids Voting 2016 to assist you with running a kids election at your school. The pack contains all the resources you need to carry out Kids Voting with your class: including how to make a ballot box, as well as counting and announcing results. 

Click on the link to download the Teachers guide for Kids Voting 2016.


Register your school

Kids Voting registrations have now closed and students are now in the process of researching candidates and voting.  Click here to view a list of schools participating in Kids Voting 2016.

To find out more information about Kids Voting 2016, please contact Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, LGNZ on either 04 924 1204 or

If you are in the Auckland region, please contact or click here for more information. 



Local Council Illustrated
The Department of Internal Affairs has created this activity to help students describe the range of everyday activities and services that councils perform. Click here for more information and poster for the Local Council Illustrated activity.

Your Local Council
This information sheet describes how local government is structured, what it does, how decisions are made, and how to participate in elections. Click here to download the pdf.

Kids Voting Programme
These teaching unit resources are designed to encourage students to have their say on decisions that affect their lives now and in the future; and to explore the relationship between voting, New Zealand's system of government and issues that face local communities and electorates.

The resources were created by the Electoral Commission to align to Levels 3-5 of the New Zealand curriculum, and Level 5 of Marautanga o Aotearoa. Click here to see the range of resources.

Click here to view a list of schools participating in Kids Voting 2016.
This Local Government NZ website dedicated to the Vote 2016 Local Authority Elections contains information for voters and candidates, as well as facts and figures about voters. Click here to go to the website.

Guide for Candidates
This 24-page Local Government NZ Guide for Candidates contains useful content about standing for local election, how councils work, and nomination requirements.  Click here for the PDF.