School Elections Manager

School Elections Manager

We want to make a difference in the school election process.

The School Elections website distances itself from the traditional paper based approach with a real-time interaction between candidates, returning officers, and parents

Find your school

276 schools across New Zealand are using the Schools Elections manager.

Are you a liaison officer?

Keep up to date with how your election is tracking...

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Thinking about becoming a candidate?

If nominations are open and you want to put your hand up... Here's what you need to do.

Step 1.

search Find your school

Find your school by searching for the name in our school search option. If your school is on, you will then be directed to your school's election site.


Step 2.

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On your school's election site select register in the menu, to start the nomination process and validate your login details.


Step 3.

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Complete your candidacy by submitting your nomination details. The Returning Officer will verify and confirm your nomination in no time.

Our communities need great boards to help build great schools.

The membership of the school board includes elected parent representatives, an elected staff representative and the principal. If the school has students above Year 9, the board also includes a student representative. If the school is a state integrated school, it may have up to 4 proprietor appointees on the board.

What sort of skills do trustees need?

Trustees are active leaders in their schools and need a balance of skills and experiences. They need to work well in a team, be able to put plans in place for the school's future, ask challenging questions and have good communication skills. It helps to have strong links to one or several of the school's communities, as well as an understanding of financial matters and the education sector, and experience in managing people.

What is a school board of trustees?

Every state and state-integrated school in New Zealand has a board of trustees. Boards bring families, communities and schools together to work for a quality education for our children.

The board of trustees is a Crown entity. It is the employer of all school staff and sets the school's overall strategic direction. The school's principal is the board's 'chief executive' and manages the school operations in line with the board's policies.

What does a board do?

Each school board of trustees has a very important role in making sure every child at their school is able to reach their highest possible standard in educational achievement.

Here are some of the things boards do:

  • Work with the principal and consult with staff, students and the community
  • Set the educational goals and strategic direction of the school
  • Monitor progress and inform parents on how the school is progressing against its annual targets and on the development of the students
  • Decide how the school's funding will be spent
  • Select the school's principal and support the development of all staff
  • Ensure the school is a physically and emotionally safe place for all students and staff, and is inclusive of and caters for students with differing needs
  • Oversee the management of staff, property, finances, curriculum and administration.

Find out more about the 2019 New Zealand trustee elections, at