Parliament NZ FAQ

What is Explore Parliament?

The NZ Parliamentary Service operate educational tours of the Parliament buildings in the capital city, Wellington. Not all New Zealanders are able to visit Parliament in person, so it can be easy to feel detached from the processes that take place there. 

As such, Parliament NZ has developed online courses to widen the reach of their educational offerings and bring Parliament to the People, so that all Kiwis can learn about the democratic process. 

Education Perfect have partnered with the NZ Parliamentary Service to release lessons offering a foundational understanding of the various functions of Parliament and provide a better understanding of where rangatahi can get involved. The modules are developed by teachers, for teachers, and include:

  • Videos.
  • Podcasts.
  • Fact sheets.
  • Student worksheets.
  • Teacher guides.
  • Cross-curricular lessons.

Does it cost?

These resources are free for all people across Aotearoa New Zealand.

What content is available?

Throughout the year we will be releasing modules that complement a wide range of subjects and topics taught in Years 7-10. 

The first release consists of three lessons that are already available on the EP platform. These are designed in the same structure as an actual educational visit through Parliament’s buildings.  

  • Overview of Parliament sets the scene.
  • Debating Chamber will give you the chance to learn about some specific roles and important physical features of the chamber. 
  • Select Committees & the Role of the Media will provide an understanding of some of the functions and processes of Parliament. 

How do I access the Explore Parliament resources?

Once you have an account, you can log in to the EP platform and access the Parliament NZ content here. Parliament NZ content is located in the Cross-Curricular subject area.

If you don’t have an EP account, you can request access to one here.

Our school blocks YouTube, how can I access the video material?

Content filtering software used by schools normally has an exceptions list, which allows schools to make exceptions for specific links which would otherwise be blocked. This list allows a specific list of URLs to be visited by students, while still enforcing the overall restriction on YouTube. 

A full list of the YouTube links used on Education Perfect can be downloaded here. Your IT administration team should be able to grant students access to the listed URLs for you. 

How do I add my students?

You can enrol your classes by following the instructions in our help guide: How do I enrol my classes on Education Perfect?

If your school uses a Student Management System, you can export your class lists to send them directly to us. Instructions on how to do this with MUSAC Edge can be found here. For other Student Management Systems, you can get in touch with your SMS admin for instructions.

If you have any further questions about Parliament NZ or EP, feel free to get in touch with us or visit the Parliament website.

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