Some Coming Events for Home Education during 2013

Coming events for 2013 updated here:


Greetings, here are some of the home education events in New Zealand over the next few months.

Please note the “Not back to School” events tomorrow – there are only three here. Please check in your area there may be an event there that you can go to.

There are some great camps and workshops/conferences coming up. We seem to have a feast this year. They start off with a workshop in Wanganui February 16.

The four camps look like a lot of fun with two in the South Island and two in the North Island – two unschoolers camps, one Christian camp and one West Coasters camp.

I have a family reunion over Easter in Wanaka. So I am planning (a bit late) a tour around the South Island. If you would like me to speak in your area please get back to me soon and I will see if I can fit it into our schedule. At this stage some events are already confirmed and others hopefully will be confirmed over the next few days. So please keep checking this link for updates.

In amongst all this activity please make sure you write/phone/visit  the MPs about this beneficiary Bill – we don’t want to see ECE and Government Health checks becoming compulsory for the beneficiaries and perhaps later for all of us. None of us know when we could become jobless, ill or widowed and could be relying on the benefit. So please write, phone and/or visit the MPs for those on a benefit now. As of July those on a benefit will have to send their 3 – 5 year olds to an ECE for 15 hours a week and begin working 15 hours a week once their youngest turns 5 and 30 hours a week once their youngest turns 14. Please support the beneficiaries and write/ring or visit an MP to have this taken out of the Social Security Bill. It is hard enough home educating on your own without having all this going on too.

Then don’t forget the HEART retreats where Mums get pampered.

Home Education Coming Events

21/1/13 – 20/3/13 Letter writing campaign to the Select Committee members: Social Security Bill and the Human Rights Commission and URGENT ACTION required: Social Security Bill

7 February 2013 Not-back-to-school Picnics/Days

16 February 2013 Wanganui Home Education Workshop

15-17 February13 Christian Homeschoolers Family Summer Getaway

15-18 February 2013 South Island Unschoolers Camp/Gathering

21st-26th February 2013 NZ Unschooling Retreat: February 2013. Foxton, Horowhenua

22-24 February Inspire 2013 – Girl’s camp

5-7 March World Education Games

March Christian Homeschooling Nat. Conference


23 March-17 April 2013 South Island tour

23 or 25 March all day workshop in Nelson
25 March half day workshop in Westport (cancelled)
26 March half day workshop in Greymouth (confirmed)
27 March half day workshop in Hokitika (confirmed)
28 March possibly Haast
29 March – 1 April family reunion in Wanaka (confirmed)
2 April  event in Wanaka          (confirmed)

3 April possible event in Queenstown  (or other Central towns )

4 April half day workshop in Te Anau (confirmed)

6 April all day Workshop in Invercargill (confirmed)
8 April all day workshop in Dunedin (confirmed)
9 April half day workshop in Oamaru
10 April half day workshop in Timaru (possibly cancelled so could do something inland – MacKenzie Country, Fairlie or Geraldine)
11 April half day workshop in Ashburton
13 April all day workshop in Christchurch (confirmed)
15 April all day workshop in Kaikoura
16 April half day workshop in Blenheim  (confirmed)

March/April 2013 PhD project which looks at living with dyslexia from a dyslexic perspective

3 June 2013 Auckland Meeting with Scott Brown, Kevin Swanson,Anthony Courter and possibly Geoffrey Botkin  – more later

4 June 2013 (evening)  Home Educators Leaders Meeting – more later

28-30 June Matamata HEART Retreat

9-13 September 2013 Homeschool Outings: Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa Alpine Mountain Adventure Skiing, Snowboarding, & Tramping


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