Local Body Elections

Image: Postal Vote by Ian Britton on Flickr  

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information on local body elections. Includes voting systems, participation, elections and activities. SCIS 1628623

See also Elections New Zealand

Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover a set and items use the following search terms: local body elections.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Elections – Election Commission: Local Elections

This site provides a definition of local elections and what they involve, who can vote, and voting procedures. It also contains links to other relevant websites.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Kids Voting

This website is designed to be able to give school students an opportunity “to experience an election (2016) first hand and understand democratic participation".

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Local Councils: Resources

Local Council website is a great place to go for explanations on the workings of Councils and how they serve local communities. The site also provides activities and downloadable information sheets.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Local Government New Zealand: Local Government Basics

This site presents a definition of local government, the main activities that local governments undertake and how citizens can participate in local body issues.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search terms; elections, voting, and councils.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Te Ara Online Encyclopaedia of New Zealand

This entry from the online Encyclopaedia of New Zealand gives a broad explanation of local government within New Zealand. Maps of the district and city council boundaries can be found under the Images and Media tab on this page.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


The Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre offers comprehensive information on Zealand local body government elections. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The mayor's flash new clothes, by Chris Gurney, 2010 (picture book)
La Rue for mayor: letters from the campaign trail, by Mark Teague, 2008 (picture book)
Mr Mayor's pavlova palaver, by Lucy Davey, 2008 (picture book)

Local Body Elections: Candidates wrap in Auckland. Tagata Pasifika. Youtube.5:44

Online Voting in New Zealand. Te Waha Nui AUT. Youtube.1:49