Your Voice! Your Choice

How does the electoral process work? Room 6 took a look at the background behind the New Zealand elections process.

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Students began by thinking about the main components of an electoral party and identified that people leading the party were one of the first things voters noticed when they thought about the party they were likely to vote for.  

A brainstorm of the attributes of a leader was created to refer to.

Each student was tasked with choosing the leader they admired the most. They then researched their chosen person and created a page, sharing information about the person, stating what the leader was well known for and why they were a leader in their chosen field. Included on the page was a relevant photo and the reason the leader was admired.

The selected leaders ranged from family members, to peers and teachers in school, to sports people to world leaders.

I chose my mum because she is very helpful and always thinks of cool things for our family to do instead of doing chores. She is also very talented. She always wants to try new things and she is a role model for everything.

I chose my poppa because he is helpful, loyal, and he makes me laugh. He is a landscaper as well as an amazing poppa. He is always willing to try new things and that’s why I chose him. He was born to be a leader.

I chose Bianca in my class because Bianca is an amazing student and an amazing manukura (one who has leadership responsibility in the school). She always does her jobs in class and she stands up to people who are being silly.  She is truly amazing. She is kind and she's wonderful. She was born to be a leader.

The reasons chosen for picking these leaders

When the slideshow was finished, common characteristics of leaders were identified and listed as a class.

We noticed our chosen leaders were people who developed relationships with others and did not always have to be an expert in their field.  These people worked for the good of their team, sport or chosen field and were prepared to accept responsibility for any mistakes that might have been made, working to solve problems and improve situations.

Using our understanding of what makes a great leader, we will conduct our own class and Te Mihi election.


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