Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth Voting

The Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth 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 guide

We’ve created the Teachers Guide - Youth Voting 2019 to assist you with running a youth election at your school. The pack contains all the resources you need to carry out Youth 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 Youth Voting 2019.


Register your school

Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth Voting registrations have now open and students will soon commence the process of researching candidates and voting.  Click here to register your school.

To find out more information about Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth Voting 2019, please contact our admin team at, or Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, on either 04 924 1204 or

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

Participating schools

Click here to view a list of schools participating in Youth Voting 2019.



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 a poster of 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.

Electoral Commission 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.

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.