New Zealand
New Zealand


Tyranny of the Small Steps: Mandatory Early Education in New Zealand
May 9, 2012:A proposed Social Security bill hides an agenda to institute universal preschool requirement in New Zealand.

Slippery Slope to Mandatory Schooling
February 19, 2013: A proposed Social Security bill hides an agenda to institute universal preschool requirement in New Zealand.

Welfare Reforms May Limit Homeschooling
October 24, 2012: Children of beneficiaries who are homeschooled may be forced into a registered school under the government’s welfare reforms.

Bill Breaches Human Rights
October 17, 2012: Many New Zealanders are concerned that a new Social Security bill will violate human rights in its early childhood education requirements.

Tribute to New Zealand Homeschool Leader
December 9, 2011: Craig Smith (1951–2011) was a key leader in the homeschool movement in New Zealand whose legacy and influence will impact generations.

In a Class of Their Own
August 29, 2011: A recent article in the Waikato Times, a New Zealand paper, dispels myths about homeschooling.

New Zealand Homeschool Leader’s Health Failing
August 12, 2011: Craig Smith, a key homeschool leader in New Zealand and longtime friend of HSLDA, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer.

Home Educators Did it
March 9, 2011: Keystone Magazine reports on a team of home—educated teens who won an international robotics competition. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

German Family to Apply for Political Asylum
December 8, 2010: Forced to flee their homeland, a German family is now applying for refugee status in New Zealand.

Government Decides When Homeschooling is Okay
September 16, 2010: A recent post on the National Council of Home Educators in New Zealand website reveals a startlingly obvious attempt by the government to decide when homeschooling should be allowed.

Homeschooling in New Zealand
Homeschooling in New Zealand has been prospering for many years due to a fairly positive legal atmosphere

 Country Information

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
POC: Barbara Smith
P.O. Box 9064
Palmerston North, 4441
New Zealand

Phone Number: +64 (6) 354-7699
Contact via email

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