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Kura and school boards play an important role in the educational achievement and wellbeing of ākonga/learners. All parents, all staff, and those students in years 9 and above can elect representatives to their kura or school board. At the moment, school board elections mostly use the postal system and paper forms.

We know that the current way of electing people to school boards doesn’t work well for everyone. So, we are suggesting a few changes and we would like to hear what you think about them.

Key suggested change

The key change we are considering is to enable schools to choose whether to run their elections electronically, through hui or through the current process.

Other suggested changes

  • Requiring schools to consult students (years 9 and above), staff and their school communities on elections processes.
  • Updating the criteria for co-opting and appointing board members so that they are inclusive and better reflect te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Strengthening student voice by requiring boards, after an unsuccessful election to fill a casual vacancy for a student representative, to either select a student representative or establish a different method for students to have a say in school board decisions.
  • Clarifying casual vacancy procedures.
  • Amending election timetables to increase flexibility and to allow certain election processes to happen faster.
  • Other minor and technical changes.

Click the link below to download the full discussion document.

Proposed changes to school board elections

Click the links below to download the information documents.

Rethinking school board elections | Information, for parents and whānau

Rethinking school board elections | Information for kura, schools and returning officers

Rethinking school board elections | Information for students

Rethinking school board elections | Information for school staff

Click the link below to have your say.

More Choices, More Voices: Rethinking school board elections