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People Power, Civics, Government and Citizenship

By | Copyright Year:2019 | ISBN-13: 9780170439916

Why did Lonely Planet call Wellington the coolest little capital in the world? Why does New Zealand always feature at or near the top of international surveys of the best-governed countries and why is it a constitutional monarchy yet has no written constitution and a monarch who lives in the UK? What is Youth Parliament and what have students been invited to Parliament to teach MPs? What role does an old biscuit tin play in deciding which bills get through a ballot in Parliament and why is government said to have three branches? Why are the front benches in the Debating Chamber two and a half sword lengths apart and what are the rules for taking selfies on Election Day?
This Civics book answers questions such as these during its study of how government works in New Zealand.

Primarily, but not exclusively, this book is designed for Social Studies; Years 9 - 13, levels 4 - 8; the Social Organisation strand; a New Zealand setting; Bicultural, Gender, Current Issues, and Future perspectives; the origins, development, operation of government as Essential Learning About NZ Society: and the processes of Inquiry, Values Exploration, Social Decision Making


1 What does government mean?
2 What system of government does New Zealand have?
3 What type of government does New Zealand have?
4 How was government back in the day?
5 What does Parliament look like?
6 What is in Parliament grounds?
7 Who are Members of Parliament?
8 What are political parties?
9 What are general elections?
10 What is the franchise?
11 What is MMP?
12 What is a coalition government?
13 What is a constitution?
14 What are the three branches of government?
15 What is the Legislature?
16 What is the Executive?
17 What is the Judiciary?
18 What does the Governor-General do?
19 What does the Prime Minister do?
20 What is the Speaker of the House?
21 What do Ministers do?
22 How is Government responsible?
23 How are questions asked of MPs?
24 How does Parliament get opened?
25 What other British traditions does Parliament have?
26 Why does democracy need freedom of the press?
27 What is fake news?
28 How does Government make a law?
29 What are select committees?
30 What is a conscience vote?
31 How do laws show the thinking of society?
32 Where does Government get its money?
33 What is Treasury?
34 What is the Budget?
35 What is the Reserve Bank?
36 What is parliamentary privilege?
37 What is the place of protest in a democracy?
38 What is lobbying?
39 What is a petition?
40 What is a referendum?
41 Parliament as a spectator sport?
42 What place do females have in government?
43 What place do Maori have in government?
44 What place does the Treaty of Waitangi have in government?
45 How does the census help government?
46 How does an Ombudsman fit into government?
47 What is local government?
48 What are political issues?


Ruth Naumann is an experienced Social Studies teacher and the author of numerous social studies publications.