Springbank election day
Springbank School students voted for their preferred Northland candidate and political party in a special learning exercise. Labour’s Willow-Jean Prime and National’s Matt King attended the event and spoke to students on the importance of casting their vote. Students from year five to 13 cast their votes after learning how voting works, and what role the Government plays.
Middle school deputy principal Michelle Chapman says they held a similar event for the flag referendum.
‘‘We want them to be involved and it’s got them really interested in current affairs.
‘‘It’s not just about asking their parents who they vote for, it’s about finding out for yourself and the students becoming independent learners and decision makers.
‘‘Sometimes people not voting can be because of a lack of education and knowledge and understanding how important it is.’’
Year 10 student Casi Bulkeley says she researched about the candidates before casting her vote. ‘‘I decided on what I thought was good for the future, who involves young people and that can make a difference.’’
Hunter Blakeman placing his vote.