What does a board of trustees do?

This three minute clip is for prospective trustees and briefly outlines what trusteeship is all about


A Parents’ Guide to the Role of the Board of Trustees

NZSTA has developed "A parents’ guide to the role of the board of trustees", to provide information and advice for parents and caregivers on what they can expect from the board of trustees.

For more information and to download the guide, go to Parent’s Place.


To calculate important dates to assist with your election planning, use our Election Planner Tool to determine the required deadlines and timeframes.

After the election

You need to complete Appendix 1 - Candidates and Elections Results as soon as possible after an election. Note: you must be logged in as a returning officer to access this form, and it is assessed under the Returning Officers menu.  This online form replaces Appendices A-E used in previous elections.

You should also complete an Appendix 2 - Change in Membership of Board of Trustees (previously called Appendix F). This online form is to be completed for every new trustee that takes office following any parent, staff or student election; any parent, staff or student by-election, any selection to a casual vacancy of a parent trustee, any co-option, and when there is a change in principal or chair.  Note: the form does not have to be completed for re-elected trustees, unless their status has changed e.g. a trustee becomes Chair, or a Chair reverts to being a trustee.

Returning officers

School trustee elections are one of the most significant democratic processes in New Zealand. Every 3 years school communities around the country select a group of people to govern their schools. NZSTA, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, supports boards and returning officers through the election process.  This includes both the triennial and staggered (mid-term) elections.

Returning officers  need to register to gain access to certain information on the returning officers’ web pages and to update school election information. If any assistance is required to register, please email electionsadvice@nzsta.org.nz or call 0800 ELECTION (0800 353 284).

NZSTA Election Advice

0800 Election (0800 353 284)


Trustee Election Forms

Trustee Election promotional materials, forms and appendices are available to boards and returning officers to assist them in preparing documentation associated with the Trustee Elections.

Personalise and Download

This online tool allows schools to add school specific information such as logos, names and contact details to trustee election promotional materials.

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