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National websites

    NZ Home Education Support Groups

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    Home Schooling Email discussion groups

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    PhD study on Home Education in New Zealand

    PhD study on Home Education in New Zealand

    Parental Choice and Education:

    The Practice of Homeschooling  in New Zealand

    By Leo Roach



    Home schooling is a viable alternative to the state school’s approach to education, says veteran teacher, former principal and now Doctor of Education Leo Roache.

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    Silence is Golden – “Don’t Talk to the Police”

    12 June 2008 Family Integrity #398 — Silence is Golden

     “Don’t Talk to the Police” by Professor James Duane


    “Don’t Talk to the Police” by Officer George Bruch

    Watch an engaging and fascinating video presentation by Professor James Duane of the Regent University School of Law, explaining why — in a criminal matter — you should never, ever, ever talk to the police or any other government agent. It doesn’t matter if you’re guilty or innocent, if you have an alibi or not — it isn’t possible for anything you say to help you, and it’s very possible that innocuous things you say will hurt you. Definitely worth half an hour of your time. Also hear a rebuttal from Virginia Beach Police Department Officer George Bruch, who says that Professor Duane is right.


    Gidday all,

    Here again at the bottom is the Stuff article proposing new powers for Police to issue safety orders on the spot (forbidding one person from going anywhere near another person, persons or place) merely on suspicion of “family violence”. Vindictive elements of society are able to wreck havoc on families of whom they “disapprove” by making anonymous tips to police without fear of “civil, criminal or disciplinary proceedings” against them “unless the information was disclosed or supplied in bad faith” (CYPF Act 1989, Section 16). Such people are now defacto part of the government spy network, with unelected yet powerful bureaucrats such as Cindy Kiro publicly saying she wants to see neighbours dob each other in for mistreating their children. Problem with that, of course, is some neighbours think home education, instruction in Christianity, eating meat, not eating meat, not getting vaccinations are all acts of abuse.

    The outrageous outcome of the twin murder case of the Kahuis — noone is to be charged with their torture and murder — is at the least instructive to us who feel we may be maliciously accused due to vindictive elements of society using the every-parent-is-guilty rewrite of Section 59. And the instruction is: Silence is Golden. Say nothing. Or if you say anything at all, let it be the phrase, “I have nothing to say.”

    Most of us do not like this at all. I don’t like it. I prefer to believe that Truth will prevail and that our police believe and seek the same. Then I remember the Arthur Allen Thomas case, the David Bain case, the cops acquitted recently for pack rape when they were manifestly guilty of grossly immoral and unprofessional conduct at the very least. I also prefer to operate on the assumption that I have nothing to hide and welcome an inspection. (Or if I’m guilty, I am willing to face the consequences of my guilt.) But then I remember the many home educators I’ve personally dealt with who have, for whatever reason, received negative ERO reports, usually because the review officer appeared to have a bad hair day (although I’ve also witnessed straight-out anti-Christian prejudice.) Then I remember two successive top ERO staff in charge of the home schooling unit tell me, in nearly the exact same words, that they can tell within 30 seconds of entering a home whether they’ll be getting a positive or negative report…to me this speaks of a wholly subjective process based on things the ERO officer sees, senses, smells and hears rather than on the facts of the case. Then I also remember ex-Labour MP Margaret Autin telling me face-to-face that if she had it her way, home schoolers would be subject to every OSH, MoE, ERO regulation in the book because we are, in her eyes, defacto institutions! Then I remember a past MoE official, one who processed all exemptions for the lower North Island, telling me that at least 50% of the MoE staff at head office would shut all of us home educators down over night if they could.

    Then I watched these two video clips, one by a lawyer, the other by a career policeman specialing in interviewing (he says they no longer use the word “interrogate”) suspects. It is American and set against the American written Constitution. Nevertheless, it clearly explains how fallible human foibles can nail innocent persons. It also explains why we have certain “rights” as citizens and yet how easily and casually we will waive those rights because of sheer ignorance and naivite.

    You owe it to your family to watch this video clip and fully internalise their contents.


    And here are two more links from another Lawyer:




    Craig Smith
    National Director
    Family Integrity
    PO Box 9064
    Palmerston North
    New Zealand
    Ph: (06) 357-4399
    Fax: (06) 357-4389


    Our Home….Our Castle

    Police get new powers in domestic incidents

    By BEN FAWKES – The Dominion Post | Wednesday, 11 June 2008

    Police who attend suspected domestic violence incidents will have the power to issue “on the spot” safety orders lasting up to three days under tough law changes proposed by the Government.

    The safety orders are part of a raft of changes announced by Justice Minister Annette King to the Domestic Violence Act and welcomed by support groups.

    The safety orders would last for up to 72 hours and could be issued in circumstances where police suspected domestic violence but did not have enough evidence to make an arrest.

    Other proposals include stiffening the penalties for breaching court protection orders, with a maximum penalty of up to two years jail to give judges an “appropriate sentencing range”.

    “When you get problems, often deaths, it is when you get breaches of protection orders,” King said.

    The courts would also be allowed to consider making protection orders on behalf of victims and access to counselling programmes for both offenders and victims will be improved.

    The proposed law changes were currently being drafted and were expected to be put before Parliament within weeks, King said.

    Chief Families Commissioner Rajen Prasad welcomed the proposals and said he hoped they would contribute toward a reduction in domestic violence.

    “Better enforcement by the police and courts and better access to programmes will improve safety in families and encourage people to seek help to change their abusive behaviour.”

    National Network of Stopping Violence national manager Brian Gardner also backed the proposals, particularly the safety orders which he said had worked well in Western Australia.

    “It gets the men out of the house and gives them time to cool down and allows the victims to think about what they can do to keep safe.”

    Allowing courts to impose protection orders would give financial relief to victims who he said were currently having to pay around $1500 “on a good day” to obtain a protection order, Gardner said.

    But the proposals received a scathing response from the National Party, who said the Government was copying its own policies.

    “We believe giving police the ability to issue on-the-spot protection orders for suspected victims of domestic violence will be very effective in putting their immediate safety first,” National’s law and order spokesman, Simon Power, said.

    Violent crime had risen by 32 per cent under the Labour Government and Power said on-the-spot safety orders were first mooted by National Party leader John Key last November.

    “On-the-spot protection orders are a good idea, we believe they will work, and are flattered Labour thinks so as well.”

    King said the initiatives pre-dated National’s announcement and were the result of more than a year of research.

    “The discussion paper went out in December last year … it had been worked on for months before that.”

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Ruby Harrold-Claesson 

    Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 7:16 PM
    Subject: SV: Police get new powers in domestic incidents

    Hi Everyone!

    They talk about “abusive behaviour”. What about the abusive behaviour of the CYFS and the children who are being told that their parents do not have the right to correct their unacceptable behaviour?NZ has discrimination against children and Rödeby Cases around the corner.

    At present, through the NCHR, I am involved in a case in Stockholm in which the 10-yr old daughter of Pakistani parents – both social workers educated in Sweden – informed her school teacher that her parents had smacked her. The girl was taken immediately (April 14, 2008). Since then they have not been allowed to see or talk to their daughter. In the meantime, they questioned her younger brother, who told them he had not been smacked. He too has been taken into care. The girl has retracted her statement but no one will listen to her. The Administrative Court in Stockholm confirmed the care order on May 30, and the parents and the children are totally devastated.

    The parents also face criminal charges for assault of their children.

    What a crazy country Sweden is! And NZ has joined the ranks!
    What beats me most is that as many as 22 countries have adopted anti-smacking laws and that the European Council and the UN recommend that ALL countries should have such a law! Well, I’m sure that neither Jamaica nor France will follow suit.

    Kind regards


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    NZ Homeschooling Suppliers

    Finally, here it is: The long awaited list of NZ Homeschooling Suppliers!

    Produced in association with LearnEX and the Home Education Foundation. This list will also be posted to and also within the next few weeks (after we recover from conferences and weddings!)

    I would like to gratefully acknowledge the help of Craig and Barbara in putting the list together. Although I have tried to be as accurate as possible, you may notice errors or omissions so, in that instance, please mail me privately and I will update the list for next time. Most of these vendors have printed price lists they can email or post to you so feel free to contact them direct.


    NZ Homeschooling Suppliers

    This list is for NZ suppliers that import/hold overseas stock or produce NZ
    materials with a major homeschooling focus.

    Better Way Books
    Major focus: Christian, parent help, church history, historical fiction
    Bethlehem Books
    Trail Blazers
    Master Books
    Focus on the family
    Christian Liberty Press
    Classical Academic Press
    Other major Christian publishing houses
    Paul & Brenda Hill
    Ph 09 266 5389

    Major Focus: Printable Games for Thrifty Homeschoolers!
    Jane Buckley

    CES Books
    Major focus: Curriculum, World View
    Saxon Maths
    A Beka
    Nothing New Press
    Five in a Row
    Backyard Scientist
    Making Math Meaningful
    Steve & Teri Maxwell
    Wholeheart Ministries – Sally Clarkson
    Learning Language Arts through Literature
    Common Sense Press
    Diana Waring Materials
    Mac and Tab readers
    Wordly Wise
    Pathway Readers and Workbooks
    Christine Miller History Titles
    Worldview Materials
    Truth Quest History
    Andrew Crowe NZ Science titles
    Plus other titles…
    Phone 06 374 7630

    Creation Literature Society
    Major Focus: Creation Science
    Answers in Genesis
    Bob Jones
    Lionel Horton
    3/91 Cook Street, Howick (viewing by appointment)
    Ph 535 8420

    Creaky Corner
    Major Focus: Creation Science, resources for preschoolers
    Creation Research Materials
    Rod & Staff
    Veggie Tales
    Happy Day Books
    Heroes of the Faith (going out of print) and for young readers
    Miscellaneous Christian Material
    Kathy Creak
    Ph (09) 29 66 126

    Curriculum Concepts
    Main focus: NZ Based workbooks

    Major Focus: Homeschool lending library, science equipment, stationery
    PO Box 9064,
    Palmerston North
    06 3550721
    027 241 7354

    Major Focus: Stationery, reading and craft supplies
    Reading Books
    Craft supplies

    Geneva Books
    Major focus: Curriculum
    Christian Liberty
    Italic Handwriting
    Mystery of History
    Rod & Staff
    Nancy Wilson – Latin & Logic titles
    Bob Jones
    Wibo & Lisa de Jong
    34 Rewarewa Street, Tokomaru
    Ph (06) 329 8097

    Home Education Foundation
    Major focus: Parent encouragement, family, advice & support, lobbying, speaking
    Keystone Magazine
    TEACH Bulletin
    Trivium Pursuit
    Logic & Worldview
    Vision Forum
    Timechart History of the World
    Publications that focus on family roles
    Exemption advice and encouragement
    Help with ERO reviews
    Plus many others…
    Ph: (06) 354 7699
    PO Box 9064
    Palmerston North
    New Zealand

    Home Education NZ
    Major Focus – Accelerated Christian Education
    Home Education NZ
    9 Ruahine St
    (07) 544 6423 (during business hours)

    Home Learning Publications
    Major Focus: NZ Based Workbooks
    Clive and Ruth Aim
    22 Fox Road
    Ph: 06 344 3097

    HomeSchooling NZ
    Major Focus: Accelerated Christian Education
    Ray Green
    P.O. Box 343
    Dannevirke 4942
    New Zealand
    Ph (06) 374 5597
    Fax: (06) 374 5597
    Mobile: (027) 5466 082

    Integrated Education
    Major focus: Integrated unit studies
    Interact Curriculum
    NZ History Alive!
    Graham Braddock Art Card series
    PO Box 757
    Auckland 0932
    +649 424 3700

    Institute for Excellence in Writing
    It will take your children right through to University level English and even at University level. Spelling, Poetry and the effects of music on living things as well. Hundreds of home ed children have done the programme in Christchurch and other parts of New Zealand it really works.
    Orders and questions

    Isaccharian Books
    Main Focus: Family Values, Womanhood
    Issacharian Publishing
    Issacharian Daughters
    Issacharian Clothing

    Main Focus: Curriculum, Classical gifted & extension, advice & support,
    homeschooling events
    Apologia Science
    Artistic Pursuits
    Critical Thinking
    Draw Write Now
    Easy Grammar
    Jim Weiss Audio CDs
    Jolly Phonics
    How Great Thou Art
    Knowledge Quest
    Modern Curriculum Press (excluding maths)
    Memoria Press
    Story of the World
    Targeting Handwriting
    Write Shop
    Writing Strands
    Yesterday’s Classics
    Plus others…
    Erena Fussell
    Ph (09) 269 23532
    Shop 1
    908 Heretaunga Street East

    Margi Leech
    Main Focus: Programmes for Children with Learning Difficulties
    Handwriting without tears
    Ph 520 4022

    Lenabosa Books
    Main Focus: Classical and parent help books
    Paulette Fawcett
    47 Upper Sefton Road
    R D 2
    Rangoria 8254
    Ph 03 312 9557

    Montessori Shop
    0800 111 036
    Inexpensive and quality montessori equipment.
    Pohutukawa Books

    Ryan Publications
    Major Focus: NZ based Maths, English, Grammar, Social Studies and Science workbooks
    180 Raumati Road,
    Raumati Beach 6010
    Ph/Fax 04 902 6331

    Secondhand Books

    Systematic Phonics NZ
    Main Focus: Systematic phonics
    Michelle and Luka Bramwell
    Glen Murray
    RD 5 Tuakau 2695
    (09) 233 3011
    (027) 476 4760

    Tisa Education
    Main Focus: Curriculum, tutoring & assessment
    Singapore Math
    Singapore English
    Singapore Science
    Modern Curriculum Press Maths
    Duncan & Glenyss Lennox
    Ph (06) 879 9752

    Available from:
    Wellington Home Schoolers Assn.
    c/- 115 Gemstone Dr.
    UPPER HUTT (Price=$10)
    Manawatu Home Educators, Inc.
    PO Box 9064
    Auckland Home Educators
    PO Box 91530
    Auckland Mail Centre
    Canterbury Home Educators Inc.
    PO Box 8544, Riccarton

    The Broad Room
    Main Focus: Tutoring, consultations, training courses
    Stephanie Walmsley
    The Broad Room

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