February 2, 2023

Human Rights in New Zealand Today: The right to education


It seems that NZ never adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but instead passed its own law, the Human Rights Act 1993, which does not create a ‘human right’ to homeschool. Now I need to look into this more.

Chapter 15: The right to education

He tapapa matauranga

(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

  • Home schooling is possible for those who prefer it, on the condition that the standard of education is similar to that available in a registered school.
  • The Correspondence School provides education for students who are unable to attend a school because of, for example, location, illness, disability or exclusion.

Non-compulsory education sector

Early childhood education (ECE) services include childcare centres, home-based services, kindergartens, kohanga reo, Pacific language nests, Deaf nests, playcentres, playgroups, distance early childhood education, and support and development programmes for parents.

Click on this link to read more


Related Links:

Raymond S. Moore on Early Childhood Centres

Should preschool be compulsory?

TVNZ One this morning Q&A with Paula Bennett

Maxim Institute: What is best for children?

HUGE Concerns over the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

Letter from Paula Bennett concerning beneficaries and home education

Toby Manhire on Benefit-slaying Nats starting to look plain nasty

Linking welfare to preschool attendance a world first

New Update on: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?


From the Smiths:


Updated 23 September 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here


Needing help for your home schooling journey:



Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:




This link is motivational:


Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill