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.
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ERO – 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 homeschooled) children.
Homeschooling NZ — Help with MoE Exemptions and ERO Reviews
If you would like to talk to us then either phone us or email us your phone number and we can ring you straight back — we are on a flat rate for tolls so it wont cost us anything.
NZ Legal and Administrative Issues
Learn why NZ homeschoolers refer to themselves as “Prunes” while also reading up on the way to legally homeschool in New Zealand.
Online Social Networks
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.
Best Selling Homeschool Books
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.
A community for Indigenous homeschoolers to share idea’s and find support. This group welcomes all, including settler allies who want to learn how to be more inclusive and decolonize their own homeschooling.
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.
New Zealand Homeschool Teenagers
This is a group for all the homeschool teenagers of new zealand who want to make friends. Please invite all your homeschooled friends to be part of this group.
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.
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.
Father and Child
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 curriculum
Kiwi Home Educator
Large site with lots of resourses for homeschoolers in New Zealand.
ASD Homeschooling South Auckland
We are a local group (South Auckland and surrounding areas) for families who Homeschool and have children on the Autism Spectrum and/or have different/gifted learning abilities.
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. Homeschool Outings – Auckland Area has field trips they’ve organized. Facebook group.
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 Education
This group is for anyone home-educating (or considering) in the Canterbury and surrounding areas to join, for support, info, meet-ups, 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 benefit.
Franklin Home Educating Group
Franklin is the area south of Auckland, New Zealand to the Waikato plains. The district includes Awhitu, Pukekohe, Waiuku, Tuakau, Hunua, Port Waikato and Mercer. We have a yahoo group to communicate with one another.
Homeschool Auckland Sport & Cultural Association
HASCA is an incorporated society that was set up in 2002 by North Shore home educating parents to promote, encourage, and unite home educating families in sports, activities and cultural events.
Horowhenua Home Educators
This group is for announcements and notices for Home Educators in the Horowhenua region.
Manukau Home School Support Group
Homeschooling families that live in Manukau and the surrounding districts who have come together for the purpose of mutual support and encouragement.
Pukekohe and areas (Franklin) Homeschool Group
An inclusive group based around the greater Franklin area, supporting homeschoolers and home educators in the South Auckland and North Waikato Districts. Our aim is to provide information and support for home educators and homeschoolers of all creeds and philosophies through this page.
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.
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.
Waitakere Home Educators
The group is open to all home educators, regardless of your reasons for, or approach to home education. The families in our group each do home education in their own unique way.
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.
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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