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Homeschooling in New Zealand
Compulsory attendance: 6-15 (inclusive)
Legal status of homeschooling: Legal as long as homeschoolers file a statement of intent with the Ministry of Education in order to obtain a Certificate of Exemption from the compulsory attendance law.
Number of Homeschoolers: The Ministry of Education website says there were 6473 homeschoolers from 3349 families as of July 2007 (the latest available data).
New Zealand Home Education Foundation
Phone Number: +64 (6) 354-7699
New Zealand Needs:
1. Paying off the improvements to the Foundation office is our first priority at present. The Lord has been gracious in providing ongoing costs over the years just when we’ve needed them. There are plenty of resource materials here and a growing selection of items produced especially with the Christian home educator in mind.
2. Our second wish item would be to get speakers in from overseas. With all three of the previous tours, the speakers paid their own air fares and the Home Education Foundation then gave them a holiday tour around New Zealand like few tourists would ever have. They got to see the incredible natural sights of this country as well as speak to many groups of home educators and experience New Zealand hospitality up close and personal. Selling of their books and products really helped each speaker. The groups they spoke to were not big: 300 was the largest, in Auckland, but the average would be around 25 or less. This has been a consistent dynamic of the New Zealand home education community...they do not come out in large numbers, mainly because no large numbers exist in any one place. Numbers are just too small and the cultural attitudes are too different to expect gratuities and stays in hotels all the way. Just ask Diana Waring about the tour she and her family had from one end of New Zealand to the other. And she revolutionized the vision for what home education could do here for many of the families who met her and heard her talks.
Last Updated: July 17, 2012