Some Coming Events for Home Education during 2013

Some Coming Events for Home Education during 2013

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 five camps look like a lot of fun with two in the South Island and three in the North Island – two unschoolers camps, one Christian camp, one West Coasters camp and a Girls 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 2013  World Education Games

13 March 2013 AHE Art & Craft Fair 2013

March Christian Homeschooling Nat. Conference


23 March 2013  Refresh Conference – Nelson

26 March-16 April 2013 South Island tour

22 March Workshop in Takaka (programme now at link)

23 March all day workshop in Nelson (cancelled due to Refresh confence same day)

25 March half day workshop in Westport (cancelled)

26 March Workshop in Greymouth (programme now at link)
27 March half day workshop in Hokitika (confirmed)
28 March possibly Haast
29 March – 1 April Hay family reunion in Wanaka
2 April  event in Wanaka   (programme now at link)

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

4 April half day workshop in Te Anau (programme now at link)

6 April all day Workshop in Invercargill (programme now at link)
8 April all day workshop in Dunedin (programme now at link)
9 April half day workshop in Oamaru (confirmed)
10 April half day workshop in Timaru (cancelled)
11 April half day workshop in Ashburton
13 April all day workshop in Christchurch or Rangiora (confirmed)
16 April half day workshop in Blenheim  (Programme now at link)

3 June 2013 Auckland Meeting with Scott Brown, Kevin Swanson,Anthony Courter and possibly Geoffrey Botkin  – Link to the Conferences:  Building a God-Centered Family – Conferences

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

21-23  June Matamata HEART Retreat (please note date correction)

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


Please feel free to repost, forward or pass on  this email

Please do so with the whole post. Thankyou


From the Smiths:

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 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:

Exemption Form online:


Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

Make a submission: Reject compulsory Early Education for 3 year olds