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Elections

NZSTA, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, supports boards and returning officers through the election process. 

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

Each September, boards hold their student trustee election.

Every three years state and state integrated school communities elect their parent and staff trustees to help govern their schools. 2022 is when the next triennial school board of trustee elections are due to be held.

Some boards opt into the staggered (mid-term) election cycle. This means that these schools hold triennial elections for some of their parent trustees and mid-term elections for the remaining parent trustees. The mid-terms are held 18 months after the triennial elections. The next mid-terms are due to be held on 7 December 2020. Find out more information about the staggered (mid-term) election cycle, here.

To find out important dates to help the board with its election planning, use our Election Planner Tool to calculate the required deadlines and timeframes.

You can use the Election Planner Tool to calculate the key dates for any type of school trustee election, including a by-election.

We send board chairs, principals and returning officers updates on getting ready for the triennial, mid-term and student trustee elections. See the Trustee Election Memos.

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