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Youth voting

Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi

​About the Youth Voting programme

Youth voting gives young people aged 11-15 years (school years 7-10) the opportunity to experience an election first hand.

Students learn about Auckland Council, why voting is important and how voting works.

At the end of the programme, they vote for real candidates on real issues. They then see how their results compare to the official election results.

For more information email elections@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Overview of the lessons

Lesson 1 - An introduction to Auckland Council

This is an overview of what Auckland Council is, how it operates, and what value it brings to Aucklanders.

​Lesson 2 - Co-governance and the relationship between Auckland Council and Māori

How decision-making effects Māori, representation and a look at the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority.

​Lesson 3 - Referenda

What is a referendum? How do you take part in a referendum and how does it all work?

Lesson 4 - What do we care about and how can our voices be heard?

How to have your say about topics that matter to you. What is the best way to engage with the council.

We also take a brief look at climate change.

​Lesson 5 - Does voting matter?

Why does voting matter? Should it be compulsory in New Zealand?

What barriers exist that prevent people from participating in elections? Do you think your own voice is heard and valued? 

​Lesson 6 - Elections and representation

Who are the candidates for mayor, councillors and local board members in the 2019 elections?

What makes a successful candidate?

Research the candidates for your area. Think about what issues are important to you and who is raising them. 

This lesson includes voting online for actual candidates.

​Lesson 7 - Election results

How did your results reflect the election results?

Why did people succeed, and what are your thoughts on voter participation?