June 1, 2023

Andrew Pudewa Conference NZ 2018

Andrew Pudewa (founder and director of the Institute of Excellence in Writing, expert speaker on issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music, equipper of educators, and general inspirer and encourager of Home Educators) is in New Zealand in August 2018.

Look out for him at a place near you and don’t miss hearing him!

Christchurch, August 10-11
Palmerston North, August 13
New Plymouth, August 14
Taupo, August 15
Tauranga, August 16
Auckland, August 17-18

“These conferences should have been compulsory!”

When Andrew Pudewa visited New Zealand in 2008, this is what one enthusiastic home educator had to say after she attended his conference in Palmerston North.

“These conferences in New Zealand should have been compulsory for all home educators in New Zealand to attend. I highly recommend them that much. Every one of his sessions was fantastic. Some made me want to do more of his courses so that I could find out a lot more.”

For more information about talks, times, prices and venues, click here for Conference Details and more on the location you are interested in.


Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/


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/

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


2010 school terms and holidays

2010 school terms and holidays



This page provides information on the 2010 school terms and holidays for state and state-integrated primary, intermediate, secondary and composite schools. You can also find information about anniversary day holidays for 2010.

2010 term dates

Primary and intermediate schools

Term Start date End date
1 Between
Tuesday 2 February (at the earliest); and

Friday 5 February (at the latest)

Thursday 1 April (80 – 86 half-days)
2 Monday 19 April Friday 2 July (108 half-days)
3 Monday 19 July Friday 24 September (100 half-days)
4 Monday 11 October No later than Monday 20 December (100 half-days)*

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 388 half-days in 2010.

Secondary and composite schools

Term Start date >End date
1 Between
Tuesday 2 February (at the earliest); and

Friday 5 February (at the latest)

Thursday 1 April (80 – 86 half-days)
2 Monday 19 April Friday 2 July (108 half-days)
3 Monday 19 July Friday 24 September (100 half-days)
4 Monday 11 October Tuesday 14 December (92 half-days)*

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2010.

Schools must be closed in 2010 on Saturdays and Sundays, and on the following days:

  • New Years Day – 1 January
  • Day after New Years Day – 2 January
  • Waitangi Day – 6 February (Saturday)
  • Good Friday – 2 April
  • Easter Monday – 5 April
  • Day after Easter Monday – 6 April (Tuesday)
  • Anzac Day – 25 April (Sunday)
  • Queen’s Birthday – 7 June (Monday)
  • Labour Day – 25 October (Monday)
  • Christmas Day – 25 December
  • Boxing Day – 26 December

And the relevant anniversary day holiday as listed below:

Anniversary day holidays 2010

Location Day and date Occurs
Auckland Monday 1 February Within school holidays
Taranaki Monday 8 March Within Term 1
Hawkes Bay Friday 22 October Within Term 4
Wellington Monday 25 January Within school holidays
Marlborough Monday 1 November Within Term 4
Nelson Monday 1 February Within school holidays
Canterbury Friday 12 November Within Term 4
Canterbury (South) Monday 27 September Within school holidays
Westland Monday 29 November Within Term 4
Otago Monday 22 March Within Term 1
Southland Monday 18 January Within school holidays
Chatham Islands Monday 29 November Within Term 4

Home Education Conference in Hamilton – 6 March 2010

For updated information please go to:


Sat 6 March 2010

Home Education Conference in Hamilton

Guest Speakers: Craig and Barbara Smith

Other workshops on offer include: Looking at Tertiary in the Waikato with input from Waikato University, Wintech and Vision College; A parents panel; A presentation from homeschool graduates; Teaching Reading and Maths; Home Educating Large Families. There will be vendors available.

Venue: Hamilton South Baptist Church, Ohaupo Rd, Hamilton

Contact: Margaret, Phone: 07 843 5656

Programme: TBA

Cost: TBA

Homeschool camp 2010

Homeschool camp 2010

Planning for this is underway as camps get booked up often a year or more in advance.

The 2010 camp will be October 18-22 at the Peter Snell Village Camp in Whangapaoroa, 45 minutes north of Auckland central.

The camp can accommodate up to 87 people in bunk rooms and is a fully catered camp.

Accommodation costs are…

Approx $35 for adults, $32 for teens aged 14-18yrs, $30 for children aged 3-13yrs and all children under 3 years are free.

There is a further $13 per school aged child to pay for the activities.

We can only take a maximum of 87 people and spaces are filling fast. Camp olicy states that we need to confirm our booking with a deposit of $750 by mid January.

You will be required to pay a $100 deposit upon registering for the camp with the balance due on July 1st 2010.

Your space will not be confirmed until I have received confirmation of your deposit.

Rooms are assigned on a first come first served basis and later registrations will have to share one of the larger bunkrooms.

If you would like to join us please contact me ASAP.



A note from Johanna about Rainbow’s End: Monday, 23 November

Rainbows End

Hi Everyone,

About 333 homeschoolers are booked in for Rainbow’s End, Manukau City, on Monday 23 Nov. They’ve had a personal email about this.

As I don’t know how far and wide the initial invitations to book have gone, I write to the yahoogroups.

If you haven’t received an email (with 2 exceptions), then you’re probably not booked.   :((

Please DO NOT turn up unbooked at Rainbow’s End. The special price is because it’s part of Rainbow’s End CARE Days that they run for schools at the end of each year in November.

It’s been an amazing response – now I hope and pray that the weather is reasonable and that the gate-money-banding process goes well!!

Looking forward to a great day out and meeting some new fellow home educators too,

Johanna in Hamilton

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