New Zealand Homeschooling
Welcome to educating at home in New Zealand! We have a wide
range of education beliefs and styles, from those who are doing
school at home, through to those who are unschooling. NZ citizens
and residents are required to send their children to school between
the ages of 6 and 16 unless they have obtained a Certificate
of Exemption (from attendance at school) in order to homeschool.
To apply for the certificate, a form is filled out, and if the
Ministry of Education is satisfied, the certificate is issued.
You may be visited at any time by an Education Review Officer
to establish whether you are "teaching as regularly and
as well as a state school". Reviews are by random selection
and around 10% of the parents of exempted children are reviewed
each year. Home education in New Zealand is now recognised as
a valid education alternative and an increasing number of people
are choosing this option. If you would like to contact someone
about homeschooling in New Zealand, Phil and Lynette Astley's
website at Kiwi home Educators
is a good place to start.
-Mike & Lynette Woods
The Home Education Foundation
A charitable trust established to encourage Christians to take
up the option of educating their children at home and to support
them in their task.
The National Council of Home Educators of New Zealand
An incorporated society set up to encourage, promote, inform
and advance the cause of home education in New Zealand at a national
level. Join NCHENZ here.
- Review Process - Homeschooling
The Education Review Office (ERO) is the government department
that reports on the education of students in schools and early
childhood services, as well as on the education of exempted (or
Homeschooling NZ -- Help with MoE Exemptions and ERO Reviews
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and Administrative Issues
Learn why NZ homeschoolers refer to themselves as "Prunes"
while also reading up on the way to legally homeschool in New
The Christian Home EDucation NETwork Email Discussion Group. Discuss curricula from a Christian worldview. Moderated by Craig Smith, National Director of Christian Home Schoolers of New Zealand.
Christian Textbooks - NZ Homeschooling
This email group is for NZ homeschoolers (aka home educators :-)) who use Christian textbooks (eg ABeka, Bob Jones, Apologia) as a part (no matter what size) of their homeschooling programme ... and any other NZ homeschooler interested in being a part of this group.
Classical Christian Home Education Network of New Zealand
This discussion group is for those Christian families who would like to be training their children to think and not just to be concentrating on output (for exams or the ERO).
CM and Friends - Australians, New Zealanders-Down-Under
We are Aussie, Kiwi, New Guinea and nearby region families, using Charlotte Mason-inspired, living books, literature-rich, 'wholehearted child', and 'lifestyle of learning' approaches. Yahoo Group
Diana Waring History Alive discussion group
For those who are using the Waring resources in New Zealand. Your questions can be directed to Diana Waring herself when necessary.
A New-Zealand e-mail list for buying and selling used homeschool curriculum.
The New Zealand based Home Education Foundation email list discussion NETwork. Moderated by Craig Smith, a trustee of the Home Education Foundation based in New Zealand.
Home Educators, Non-Christian
HENC is intended for Home Educators of either no religious persuasion, or of a religious persuasion other than Christianity. The purpose of the list is support for non-Christian Home Educators who exist in a largely Christian HE world.
National Council of Home Educators of New Zealand
This group has been set up to promote discussion among the members of the National Council about the issues facing home education in New Zealand. Membership of this group is by invitation or application to the moderator.
NZ Home Educators
An inclusive forum in which New Zealand Home Educators can discuss ideas, issues, questions, concerns, resources, etc., as well as to provide support, advice and encouragement for each other.
Intended for unschoolers living in New Zealand, interested in unschooling in New Zealand in the future, or those interested in finding out what unschooling means within New Zealand.
Radical Unschoolers Aotearoa
A small, friendly co-operatively run mailing list based in New Zealand. Here purist unschoolers (and wannabe purist unschoolers) can offer each other support, advice, and ideas.
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Boom Family - Music With Heart
Singing homeschool family and creators of "The Happy Prince"
book and CD to help support an impoverished child.
Catlins Wildlife Trackers Ecotours and Accommodation
Ecotourism trips emphasise learning about and seeing nature with
us. We're a homeschool family in Owaka, New Zealand.
For New Zealand homeschool families only. It's purpose is to buy and sell used homeschool curriculum.
Shows dads in their various roles, their joys and their struggles,
their parenting and their problems. Some articles about a father's
role in homeschooling.
A New-Zealand e-mail list for buying and selling used homeschool
Educational articles and ideas largely aimed at homeschooling
young children. Created by NZ homeschoolers, Jackie and Theo
van Oostrom of Wanganui.
Kiwi Home Educator
Large site with lots of resourses for homeschoolers in New Zealand.
Kiwi Kids Learn
Information, expert knowledge, resources and hands on practical advice to enable you to support your children to be all that they can be.
There are overseas reviews sites, but they don't cater for our unique needs as Australian and New Zealand homeschoolers. Does the history program we want to use have a US centric focus? Will the phonics program cope with our accents? What about all the wonderful products made especially for us that are not even mentioned on overseas review sites? Well, we think we have the solution.
Auckland Home Educators
An incorporated society of home educating parents living in the
greater Auckland region, who actively facilitate their children's
education on a full-time basis.
This is a place for unschooling families who live in Auckland, New Zealand, to make new friends, plan get togethers, trips, camps etc.
Canterbury Home Educators
CHE presently has a membership of approximately 224 families.
During the year, many of these families get together and
organise shared activities and resources for their children's
The Home Educators Network Inc
THEN is based in Hamilton, Waikato, NZ. Quarterly newsletter,
Swimsafe lessons, outings, picnics, science & social
studies fairs, networking and support. Yahoo
Horowhenua Home Educators
This group is for announcements and notices for Home Educators in the Horowhenua region.
Rodney Hibiscus Coast Home Educators
This group provides information on activities and events which may be of interest to Home Educating Families living in Rodney District. As schedules change each term the list of homeschool activities has been removed from this homepage, so be sure to read your e-mails or search the messages for your interests.
South Auckland Home Educators
This website is for anyone thinking about home educatoring ( homeschooling), or is currently home educating in South Auckland. We have a Yahoo Group that you can join (free) which started in 2001. But this site is new (2008).
Twin City Home Educators
Supports the loose-knit network of 60+ home-educating families in the greater Hawkes Bay region, New Zealand. These families represent a diverse range of pedagogies from unschooling, through eclectic materials, thematic units, overseas vs NZ, christian vs non-sectarian, living books to monitored curriculum.
Wellington Home Schoolers Association
We encourage and help home schooling parents in the greater Wellington
area to foster the fullest development of their children's potential. Yahoo Group.
Whangarei Home Educators
A non-profit organisation who take education for their children
seriously, believing that each individual deserves to have a
chance to receive a high quality education.
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