Becoming a board member
Returning Officers v2
Board resources v2

Important message:

The timeframe for any election is now 63 days. This includes all by-elections for parent, staff and student representatives. Use the online election planner tool and download the updated Returning Officers’ Handbook.

View the board elections regulations - changes here.

Election planner
Appendix 1 and 2
Update board info 1
RO registration
RO handbook
Election forms


NZSTA works in partnership with the Ministry of Education to support the school board election process and promote community engagement and participation.

School board elections involve the largest number of candidates and voters of any democratic process in New Zealand. 

Triennial Elections: Every three years, state and state-integrated school communities elect their parent and staff representatives to help govern their schools. 2022 is when the next triennial school board member elections are due to be held.

Staggered (mid-term) Elections: Some boards opt into the staggered (mid-term) election cycle. This means that these schools hold triennial elections for some of their parent representatives and mid-term elections for the remaining parent representatives. The mid-terms are held 18 months after the triennial elections. The next mid-terms are due to be held towards the end of 2023. You can find out more here.

Student Representative Elections: Boards of state and state-integrated schools with students above Year 9 must hold a student representative election in September each year. The recommended date for the 2021 Student Representative Elections is 22 September. This means, Board will needs to appoint a Returning Officer by 21 July. You can find out more here.   

After the elections
View information on welcoming your new board members here.



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