Youth voting

Published on 22 June 2022

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Youth across New Zealand will experience a local council election first-hand as voters in the Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth Voting 2022 programme.

Supported by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) as part of its Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Vote 2022 campaign for the October 2022 local elections, Youth Voting gives students aged 11 to 15 years the opportunity to engage with real issues, decide which candidates best represent their own views, and vote for real candidates in their region.

Local Government New Zealand is now calling for further expressions of interest for Youth Voting 2022, sending a letter to all schools with students in years 7 to 10 inviting them to participate.

Although the students' votes will not be officially counted, the experience of participating in a real election is a powerful way to instill an understanding of the value and importance of local government in New Zealand’s future voters.

Local Government New Zealand vice-president Stuart Crosby said Youth Voting aligns with LGNZ’s Vote 2022 campaign to lift nationwide voter turnout in local elections and increase people’s engagement with their local council.

“Youth Voting is an engaging teaching resource in political awareness, giving our future voters a real and meaningful experience of the value and importance of the democratic process. They get engaged with local issues, think about what matters and see how their power to vote can make a difference.”

“There is still plenty of time for schools to get involved and give the next generation the voting experience.”

Visit the below website to get the teaching resource and find more information on Youth Voting:

Youth voting

Candidate evenings

We are holding a Future Councillors' information evening in conjunction with Northland Regional Council.

Thinking of standing for Council? Come and learn more about becoming a candidate, what happens during the elections period, and what to expect if you’re voted in to Council.

With a panel of experts and special guests, this evening will help guide you through the nominations and elections process, provide insight into what District and Regional Councils do, and clarify what your role as a Councillor will be.

Vote 2022: Candidate hui

Thinking of standing for Council? Come to an information evening to find out more.

When: Wednesday 22 June 2022, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Hīhīaua Cultural Centre, 56-58 Herekino Street, Whangārei 0110

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