With Kids Voting pupils from all over New Zealand get to take part in New Zealand's electoral events such as general elections and local elections.
Students vote for real candidates, on a real ballot paper, and compare the results of their classrooms' election with the results of the real election.
Kids Voting is designed to raise awareness among young people about New Zealand's electoral processes. In New Zealand, as in most developed democracies, voter turnout is falling and levels of political engagement are low among young people. Building first-hand experience of active participation by young people will increase their personal understanding, belief and confidence in electoral participation.
For background information click here.
This website provides you with information about Kids Voting and how you can be part of it in future elections.
Thousands of students across New Zealand have had their say with Kids Voting. Kids Voting ran in conjunction with the local government elections in 2007 and 2010, parliamentary elections in 2008 and 2011 which included a referendum on the voting system. To read more about previous years' activities click here.
Information for councils
Kids Voting is a great opportunity for Councils to encourage electoral participation in your local community by students, their families and whānau.
Kids Voting Teachers will receive everything they need to run the Kids Voting activity
Information for teachers