Louise McNally, 16, of Strathallan ACG College in Karaka, wrote this winning entry in the triennial essay competition run by the Former MPs Association..
Not knowing, not understanding and not caring are some of the reasons people opt not to vote. Is it possible to change the trend?
A look back at the bold, the brash and the brazen from the election campaign.
Sass, animated GIFs and up-to-date results: Elle Hunt and Megan Whelan live blog the election results.
Party leaders are asked what they'd do with the GCSB if they're elected Prime Minister.
Last ditch efforts to convince people how to vote aren't just for the politicians.
No matter who you are, or where you're from, all party votes are equal in this election.
Is mass surveillance a violation of privacy or does it help keeps us safe? Views on the claims from Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.
Whistleblower says mass surveillance is "unequivocally" being carried out on Kiwis. The PM denies it.
What are the parties' policies on tertiary education.
You do open up yourself to be spammed by old guys who like listening to themselves talk. But it's worth it.
It can be a little dull, but what parties plan to do with the economy is pretty fundamental to where you put your vote.
Political journalist Craig McCulloch reports back from the campaign trail: selfies, smiles and small talk.
The Greeks were all about it - Poor Sailors have a new video about voting and the election.
We hear from young voters, young non-voters, and the young people standing for Parliament in this year's election.
We take to the streets of Christchurch to ask if there's inequality in New Zealand.
Not only can politicians not agree on what to do about inequality in New Zealand, they can't agree on whether it exists.
From Poor Sailors Arts Collective, a new series about voting in the election: a God-given right, and a mean buzz.
We ask people on the streets of Christchurch central if they're planning to vote - and what matters to them.
Social media is a black mirror that reflects our own views back at us.
Ben Uffindell: "They thought I was serious, that I was absolutely for real. How could you, I don't know."
Political satire should be funny, but it is also an important way to hold those in power to account.
It's no wonder young people aren't voting when "the system is set up to exclude them", says its Auckland Central candidate.
Will alleged dodgy dealings and dirty politics influence your vote?
Building more homes, introducing a new tax... How would each political party make home ownership more accessible?
In the first of a series of primers, we ask what environmental issues might come up for debate in this year's election.
The Wireless teams up with Ask Away to answer your questions about the issues that matter this election.
The quality of New Zealand's rivers is shaping to be an election issue – what do you think?
Six weeks out from the general election, how well do you understand Mixed Member Proportional voting?
How have New Zealand's electorates changed in the 158 years since the first parliament?
As a child, the Greens' Jack McDonald was drawn to "the game" of politics. But his own activism was born of his Maori identity.
The Wireless hosted a panel discussion looking at the value of your vote. Listen to the audio here.
Miners in 1860, Maori men in 1867, women in 1893, 20-year-olds in 1969, 18-year-olds in 1974 – how we vote's changed a lot since the first parliamentary election in 1853.
As part of a series of profiles of new political candidates under 35, Elle Hunt talks to Todd Barclay, who will be standing in Clutha-Southland.
In the first of a series of profiles of new political candidates under 35, Elle Hunt talks to Arena Williams, Labour's candidate for Hunua.
The Wireless asks Wellingtonians if they're planning to vote in this year's election.
Matt Harnett reckons the internet might help turnaround the trend of declining voter turnout.
Efforts are afoot to get more young people to the polls on Election Day – is 130,000 more voters than 2011 achievable?
Comedian James Nokise doesn't like being lectured about politics, so he turned voting into a comedy show.