Aotearoa’s tamariki are set to experience local council elections first-hand as voters in the Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi – Youth Voting 2022 programme.
The programme for years 7-10, run by Local Government NZ (LGNZ) as part of the VOTE 2022 campaign, helps young people see how they can help shape their communities by voting for people who represent their ideas or beliefs, the local government advocacy body said in a statement.
It gives students the opportunity to run their own elections alongside local body elections in October.
“Even though the youth votes aren’t part of the official election results, the experience of participating in an election is important for our future voters to understand that their voice, and their vote will count when they can vote as adults,” says LGNZ principal policy advisor, Dr Mike Reid.
The programme is designed to align with the civics education theme in the existing school curriculum and teachers can register now for Youth Voting 2022.
Kaiako and teachers that register will be provided with the resources to plan and run an election in their classroom in time for the local body elections in October. LGNZ will also include an updated Teacher’s Guide for 2022 and background information on how to contact local candidates and conduct local campaigns.