Our move to Tasmania

Our plans are progressing nicely – both properties are now unconditional. So we have to get serious about the move now.

Downes Jr proposed housespot and shared driveways

Red lines my new property

Dark blue lines Josh & Charmagne’s old and new property

Light blue lines Josh’s parents and his brother’s property

So this is my timeline at this stage:


I am working hard at selling hundreds of bookshttps://hef.org.nz/resources/books-secondhand/. I hope to add to these lists each day and try to keep them updated regularly.

I am also selling heaps of stuff on Trademe,  on Facebook selling pages as well as having a continuous garage sale until 18 April – feel free to come and see what is for sale – you might pick up a nice bookcase or two.

We should be getting a Report back from the MoE any day now – (not sure what will be involved in these next steps yet – will publish them asap)

Today or tomorrow I will be deciding which Moving Company to go with. Once that decision is made we will be getting heaps of boxes – packing, sorting, selling and ditching will begin in earnest.

1 April our good friend Suzannah is coming over from Victoria to help me pack etc.

18 April final Garage Sale at 4 Tawa Street

20 April Kaity leaves to go to Tasmania

20/21 April Container comes and will be packed

20/21 April Final cleaning of 4 Tawa Street

21 April 4pm vacate 4 Tawa Street

22 April – 30 April (staying with friends) End of year accounts (GST report, letter and receipt to givers and Charities Commission)

25 April – Possible Garage Sale at 541 Ruahine Street for things that couldn’t fit into the container

1 May Settlement on 23 Cordwell Road, Franklin, Tasmania https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/tas/property-research/23-cordwell-road-franklin-tas-7113/201611807411

1 – 23 May Available for workshops/conferences in North and South Islands. Let me know if your area would like me to visit Suzannah is also available to speak. Would be travelling with Grace (9) and Suzannah. Check out our itinerary here: https://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

23 May last performance for Jedediah’s play at the Globe Theatre

30 May Suzannah leaves to go back to Victoria

5 June Jedediah, Grace and I fly to Melbourne.

Contact details:  021 0278 2221, barbara@hef.org.nz


Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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:

Information on getting startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/


Information on getting an exemptionhttps://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: https://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: https://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/