At Te Hononga Civic offices, students investigate how Christchurch City Council operates. They meet experts who work here, as well as engage in an authentic problem-solving activity. The session concludes with a visit to the Council Chambers.
Students learn about how Christchurch City Council works to make Christchurch a sustainable, fun and liveable city through a visit to Te Hononga, the central headquarters in town.
||7 to 13
||3 to 8
||Monday mornings only (all year round).
Minimum 4 weeks notice required when booking.
||Christchurch City Council Civic Building (Te Hononga)
|Number of classes:
||Maximum of 30 students
Risk analysis and management (RAM)
- Local government
- Active citizenship
- Council Chambers
Learn how Council works to make Christchurch a sustainable, fun and liveable city through a visit to Te Hononga, the central headquarters in town.
Students will gain an understanding of what Council does, meet experts who work here and take a decision making role as they plan how to spend ratepayer's money.
We conclude with a visit to Council Chambers to see where key local government decisions are made.
Possible success criteria
Students may be able to:
- To understand why the Council is so important to the people of Christchurch
- To explain how Council is organised to make Christchurch a fun, liveable, workable city
- To identify how Council is governed and by which processes
- To understand how Māori as tangata whenua influence Council decisions
- To investigate how decisions are made within Council to make Christchurch a great liveable city
- To engage with the process of democratic decision-making within the local Council body.
- Using language, symbols and texts: students use oral, written and visual texts to understand key terms
- Thinking - students will use creative, critical and meta-cognitive processes
- Managing self - encouraging students to manage their group projects and act independently
- Relating to others - students are expected to work together in teams.
- Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources
- Understand how groups make and implement rules and laws
- Understand how systems of government operate and affect people’s lives, and how they compare with another system
- Understand how the Treaty of Waitangi is responded to differently by people in different times and places
- Understand how peoples management of resources impact on environmental and social sustainability
- Understand how natural and cultural environments have particular characteristics and ow environments are shaped by processes that create spacial patterns
- Understand how as a result of scarcity, consumers, producers and government make choices that affect New Zealand society.
"Variety of learning opportunities; environment of building was fantastic, interactive activities, collaborative work, Council Chambers visit" Year 8 Teacher.
"Group task - good to see problem solving" Year 9 Teacher.