It’s time to vote for your board of trustees

The voting period for the 2016 School Trustee Elections is now underway

Being a school trustee is an important role that needs people with a variety of skills and experiences, who can make a positive difference to our children’s learning.

Make sure your vote counts. Vote for the candidates who you believe will bring the best skills to the board. All parents of full-time students can, and should, vote in the elections. Look for your voting papers in your letterbox and post them in the envelope provided, or put them in the ballot box at your school by Noon on the day that voting closes. For those schools using the common election date, that will be Noon on Friday 3 June.

Make a difference! Ki Te Whakapiki!

School boards play a critically important role in New Zealand’s schools and by extension, New Zealand’s future.

Our boards need people who have the skills to ask the right questions and make the necessary decisions to influence and support educational opportunities for each and every student in our schools.

It is important that the board reflects its community therefore we need a good balance of gender, ethnicity and skills around the board table. We therefore encourage people to put their names forward to be nominated for election to a school board.

What does a board of trustees do?

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


Who can nominate?

All parents of students enrolled in a New Zealand state or state integrated school are eligible to nominate themselves or someone else from the community, for election to a school board.

You will be mailed out a nomination form by the returning officer, with extra nomination forms available at your local school.

You are also able to download the nomination form in English  and Te Reo. To use this form, you will need to contact your school to find out the school number and also the correct return address.

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.

Becoming a trustee

For more information on becoming a trustee and the role of student and staff trustees, visit Becoming 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 or call 0800 ELECTION (0800 353 284).

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 co-option or selection to a casual vacancy of a trustee, and when there is a change in principal or chair.  Note: the form does not have to be completed for re-elected trustees.

2016 Triennial Trustee Election dates

The suggested common election date is Friday 3 June 2016.  This will allow the election process to be completed during the school term and fit within the election time frame.  Below are the deadlines for those using this common election date.

If you are using an alternative election date,  use our Election Planner Tool to determine the required deadlines and timeframes (NOTE: the Minister has gazetted the range of dates within which the election day must fall, which is 13 May 2016 to 10 June 2016). 

Select returning officer by

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Close main roll noon on

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Call for nominations by

Friday 6 May 2016

Close supplementary roll noon at noon on

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Nominations close noon at noon on

Friday 20 May 2016

Voting papers sent by

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Election day. Close poll at noon on

Friday 3 June 2016

Count votes on

Thursday 9 June 2016

Board takes office on

Friday 10 June 2016 

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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