Becoming a trustee

Becoming a School Trustee – this three minute motion graphic is for use with prospective trustees and briefly outlines what trusteeship is all about.

NZSTA Election Advice  - 0800 353 284 or email

Election to a School Board of Trustees is one of the most significant democratic processes in New Zealand.

School communities around the country select a group of people to govern their school. NZSTA in partnership with the Ministry of Education, supports boards and returning officers through the election processes.  This includes both the Triennial and Mid-Term elections.

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Returning Officers
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2016 Trustee Triennial Election

The suggested common election date is Friday 3 June 2016.  This would allow the election to be held within the school term and meet the time frame.  Below are the deadlines if using this date (you can also use our calculator):

Select returning officer by

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Close main roll noon

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Call for nominations by

Friday 6 May 2016

Close supplementary roll noon

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Nominations close noon

Friday 20 May 2016

Voting papers sent by

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Close poll election day noon

Friday 3 June 2016

Count votes

Thursday 9 June 2016

Board takes office

Friday 10 June 2016

Election Forms

Election forms and Appendices are able to be used by boards to assist them in preparing documentation associated with Trustee Elections.

Personalise & Download

This online tool allows schools to create school specific PDF documents by adding their logo to election documents, to assist in the promotion of School Trustee Elections.

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