Nominations for school board elections are open until 3 August 2022 (assuming your school has chosen an election day of September 7). Keep an eye out for a nomination form in your mailbox or contact your local school for more information.
Information for boards (includes the election planner and guidance on succession planning and appointing your Returning Officer)
If you still have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring NZSTA’s elections advice line – 0800 ELECTION (0800 353 284).
The timeframe for all parent elections is 63 days. The timeframe for all student elections and staff by-elections is now 31 days. Use the appropriate online election planner tool and download the updated Returning Officers’ Handbook.
View the board elections regulations - changes here.
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 Triennial Elections: The Minister has determined that these school board member elections must be held on and during the period from: 5 September 2022 until 23 September 2022.
The “Common,” or recommended Election Day date is Wednesday 7 September 2022. Using this date is optional for your board, but it ensures that key dates in the election timetable fall on weekdays and during term time.
Use the online election planner tool to work out the key dates in your 2022 Triennial Elections timetable.
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 2024. 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. Early in Term 1 of 2022 we will post the recommended date for the 2022 Student Representative Elections. You can find out more about the student elections here.
After the elections
View information on welcoming your new board members here.
If you have a question or concern about an election process at your school, please email us: email@example.com