Spring­bank elec­tion day

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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.

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