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

Make A Submission

Do you want compulsory  preschool education

for 3 – 5 year olds

in addition to compulsory education for 6 – 16 year olds?


Do you want it to be compulsory to have to enrol with a General Practitioner and to complete core WellChild/Tamariki Ora checks?


“Do you believe YOU should be forced to send your children to Early Childhood Education (ECE)?
Then stand up for the beneficiaries who’ll be forced to do just that!

Otherwise, when they come for YOUR children, what will you say?”


The Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill 2012 is wanting to bring this in for all beneficiaries.

This legislation must be TOTALLY REJECTED — WHY?

In 1877 New Zealanders lost the freedom to educate our children at home without applying for permission. Our forefathers let us down by not standing up for their rights.

In 2012, will we be the generation that begins to lose the freedom to preschool our own children, to make our own decisions about health care, or to invest our time in our families above a job?

We say NO

Let us protect the children of Beneficiaries

Because this could extend to ALL children

if this passes


The Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill sponsored by National MP Paula Bennett has been sent to a Government Select Committee. This means that people like you can make a submission (short or long) and have your say direct to the MP’s. And we want to help you every step of the way so as to make the task as simple as possible. The 1st reading in Parliament showed that only 19 MP’s need to change their vote to NO in order to defeat this bill. It is vital that as many people as possible show their support for beneficiaries and help to fight to overturn this Bill which, if passed, will mean beneficiaries children will have to:

  • attend 15 hours a week Early Childhood Education (ECE) from age 3

  • attend school from age five or six

  • enrol with a General Practitioner

  • complete core WellChild/Tamariki Ora checks


“But this wont be all. Watch what will happen next. The Government will say that this is working so well for beneficiaries (and it wont be) that they will want it to apply to everyone on the WFF and Family Support. Then eventually ALL 3- 5 year olds in a few years time.”


Click here for the Memorandum – Working paper

KEY POINTS – These are the key reasons, and can help form the basis of your own Submissions

*** Click here to download online reading of Pamphlet

*** Click here to download Pamphlet for printing and giving out to people  (Hint for printing choose 2 sided print flip on short side)

(For some people this pamphlet wont print direct from this page, so you will have to save this page to your computer, then open the pdf –  then it will print just fine.)

*** Click here for the flyers for handing out to people

Flyer Would you

Flyer 1 Do you

Flyer Make a Submission

HINTS - We have also included some handy hints to help you get your message across in the links above

SUBMISSION FORM – Don’t know where to start? We’ve done it for you! Use the default Submission form to get started.

You can download just the Submission Form HERE or here Submission Form

There is also an online link to make your Submission online HERE (go to bottom of page)

Some example submissions HERE     (Six sample submissions there now)

Official Government Link for this Bill HERE

Please also write to the Members of Parliament (MPs)

List Of Members Of Parliament September 2012

Please note: SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY  1 November 2012 (They will not accept late submissions.)

Please encourage others to send in a submission

Let us protect the children of Beneficiaries

Remember it could extend to ALL children if this passes

Home Education Foundation

P O Box 9064

Palmerston North


If you would like to make a donation towards the Lawyers help on this please deposit in this account Home Education Foundation 030726 0495399 00 or send a cheque or visa details to the address above. Please include your personal details if you would like a tax deductible receipt.


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Related Links:


From the Smiths:

Updated 5 October 2012:  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:


Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

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Home Educating German family fail in asylum bid

Home Educating German family fail in asylum bid

From Radio NZ

German homeschooling family fail in asylum bid

A German family who came to New Zealand to avoid prosecution for homeschooling their children have failed in their bid for refugee status.

Gerno and Andrea Schöneich claimed that the teaching of their four children about Darwinism, neo-Marxist critical theory and sex education in school was in conflict with their Christian beliefs.

The children have been homeschooled since arriving in New Zealand in 2008 and since applying for asylum Mr Schöneich has gained a work visa to teach at a Christian school.

The Immigration and Protection Tribunal said there is no international right to homeschooling and the family was not being persecuted.

It said education includes the elimination of ignorance and the improvement of access to scientific and technical knowledge.

The tribunal said there is no international right to homeschooling and the prosecution the family faced for keeping their children away from school did not amount to persecution.

Read more here…

Human rights

This is still up on the Human Rights website  but I am not sure that this is law in New Zealand at the  moment.*

Human Rights in New Zealand Today: Chapter 15: The right to education

(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

  • Home schooling is possible for those who prefer it, on the condition that the standard of education is similar to that available in a registered school.

*It seems that NZ never adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but instead passed its own law, the Human Rights Act 1993, which does not create a ‘human right’ to homeschool. )

From the Immigration and Protection Tribunal:

The Immigration and Protection Tribunal said there is no international right to homeschooling and the family was not being persecuted.

It said education includes the elimination of ignorance and the improvement of access to scientific and technical knowledge.

Yes, but “Education” does not have to happen in New Zealand Schools but “attending school” does:

                                PART III

   20. New Zealand citizens and residents between 6 and 15
to go to school---
(1) Except as provided in this Act, every person who is
not a foreign student is required to be enrolled at a registered school at all  times during the period beginning
on the person's 6th birthday and  ending on the person's
15th birthday.

   (2) Before a child's 7th birthday, the child is not
required to be  enrolled at any school more than 3 kilometres
walking distance from the  child's residence.


Home Education law in New Zealand


From the Smiths:

Updated 5 October 2012:  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:


Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

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William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale


Attached Message Part
This production is being advertised outside the home educating community so secure your tickets now!  Details also at

From the group of home educators who brought you, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and an outdoor promenade of Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Shakespeare Group now present their abridged production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
Directed by Douglas Roberts with financial support from Creative Communities NZ.  Three shows only at Spotlight Theatre, Allan Brewster Centre, Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe.  Adults $20; students $15.00.  Bookings essential –
Fri  30 Mar – 2.00pm        Fri  30 Mar – 7.30pm        Sat 31 Mar – 7.30pm

There is also an opportunity to view the dress rehearsal on Thu 29 March (7.30pm) at a reduced rate – adults $10; students $8.
William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale


From the Smiths:

Updated 24 February 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 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:

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Final applications (not expressions of interest) are due at the ACSNZ office by 3:00pm on the above date.

There will be no other access to the Cambridge Examinations after this date.  So whether you are organising through St Peters College in Auckland or through ACSNZ please post off those exam applications by this week.

Thank you


There will be no other access to the Cambridge Examinations after this date for this year.

Would be a shame to miss the cut off when CES, ACSNZ and the students have done so much work towards a successful outcome.

For more information and to join a yahoo group for discussion go to:

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Science by Design conferences – Only 15 days to go!

[Please pass this along to your local homeschooling networks]Have you booked for the Science by Design conference yet? Only fifteen days
until the tour starts!

The Earlybird deadline for Auckland and Palmerston North is the 31 May so
book now and save a few $$$.

***Bookings: Email , ph 09 29 3590 or book
online at and follow links to your area.

* Vendor & curriculum tables * Spot prizes * Freebies * Encouragement *
Upskilling * Networking with other Home Educators * Inspiration for yourself
and your teens… – all while listening to a fantastic International

STOP PRESS – all conference attendees will receive a voucher to trial and
brand new curriculum written by Dr Wile!

Dr Jay Wile ( is a very entertaining and engaging speaker so
even if you haven’t read his books or used his materials, you will benefit
greatly from what he has to say. Dr Wile who will be speaking from a
Christian perspective but anyone is welcome to attend.

*** Bookings: Email , ph 09 29 3590 or book
online at and follow links to your area.

Tour Dates:

Palmerston North – Tuesday/Wednesday 7th & 8th June

Auckland – Friday/Saturday 10th & 11th June

Nelson – Sunday 12th (evening) & Monday 13th June

Christchurch – Tuesday 14th June (Christchurch is nearly full so don’t delay
or you may miss out)

The success of future tours depends on your support of this tour. So don’t
delay: book today!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me off list.

*** Bookings: Email , ph 09 29 3590 or book
online at and follow links to your area.

Kind regards,

On behalf of “The Firelight Foundation” –

(The Firelight Foundation is the non profit wing of LearnEX Educational
Services Ltd –

Here’s what Kiwis are saying about Dr Jay Wile:

Excellent, very interesting.

Could listen to him for hours.

Dynamic speaker!

Very informative.

He sure knows his stuff.


Obviously passionate about his subject and able to communicate on a layman’s

Some of the topics covered (will vary from centre to centre) include:

*”Creation versus Evolution: Religion versus Science or Religion versus Religion?”

*”The Bible: A Great Source of Modern Science” “Recent News in Creation Science” “Ask the Beasts”

*”Where are they Now? (Home Education graduates)”

* “The Earth: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made” “Ecohysteria”

“Be Open Minded but Don’t let your Brains Fall Out!”

Tell your contacts. Come along. See you there!

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Palmerston North: Science by Design Conference

Science by Design Conference, Jay Wile –  Tuesday 7th (Evening) & Wednesday 8th June
Palmerston North
REGISTER Below, early bird finishes 31st May. 



  • FREE! Elementary Science Course voucher.

Conference Programme


6pm Venue Opens for registrations and resource viewing -Vendors: Tisa, HEF, Geneva Books, CES and LearnEX
7pm “Be Open Minded but Don’t Let Your Brain Fall Out”One of the most important steps in critical thinking is to look at all sides of an issue. It is very easy to get trapped by false ideas if you continue to look at an issue from only one side. At the same time, however, it can be uncomfortable (and sometimes dangerous) to read the viewpoints of those with whom we disagree. How does a Christian deal with this tension? Dr. Wile first discusses why it is so important to look at an issue from many different sides, and then he explains how to avoid the pitfalls that could result. Those who are interested in serious investigations of theological, scientific, or political issues should definitely hear this talk.
8pm Super Supper – vendor stalls open
8.30pm The Earth: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”How does a poisonous gas make it possible for life to exist on earth? Why should we be reminded of God’s love for us every time we look at a compass? Because from the interior structure of the earth to its atmosphere, our planet has been designed by God so that it is the perfect place for us to live. In this talk, Dr. Wile discussed the various design features scientists find in the earth that make it very clear the earth was not the result of chance. This talk is a great way to finish our evening by marvelling at the intricacies of creation!
8.15am Venue Opens for registration and resource viewing
9am “Teaching Critical Thinking”One of the biggest failures of our public and private school systems is that they do not teach students how to think critically. In this seminar, Dr. Wile gives you specific suggestions as to how you can teach your child to think critically, regardless of the subject matter that the student is learning. You will learn how to help your student evaluate statements, look for hidden assumptions, find political/social agendas, and discover faulty logic. Although Dr. Wile’s area of interest is science, he will show you how critical thinking applies to all academic areas, as well as all facets of your life.
10.30am Morning Tea
11am “Ecohysteria”In this seminar, Dr. Wile discusses the facts related to the environmental debate that is currently raging in America. Because the hysteria related to global warming has become so rampant in the past few years, he spends most of his time on this hot-button issue. He discusses data related to global temperatures, climate models, glaciers, and polar bear populations to demonstrate that most of what you hear in regards to climate is simply not supported by science. In addition, he provides you with quotes from respected climatologists who are currently doing research in the field to show you that there is no scientific consensus on global warming. This is mostly due to our lack of understanding when it comes to very basic issues related to global climate. If you have been scared by what you have heard from the likes of Former Vice President Al Gore, you should definitely hear this talk!
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm “What are they doing now?” Dr. Wile became involved in homeschooling because while he was teaching at the university level, his best students were homeschool graduates. Since then, he has expected homeschoolers to become the true leaders of their generation. To investigate whether or not his expectation is coming true, Dr. Wile tracked down several homeschooled students who are now adults and learned what they are doing. In this talk, Dr. Wile tells you what he learned. You will be amazed at what these young adults are doing and how they have already impacted the world. If you are wondering whether or not homeschool graduates can make a difference in the real world, you should definitely listen to this talk!
3pm Afternoon Tea
3.30pm “The Bible: A Great Source of Modern Science”In this lecture, Dr. Wile examines many of the rules and regulations found in the Old Testament and demonstrates how these rules are in perfect agreement with our most modern scientific knowledge. Dr. Wile shows how the rules regarding circumcision are based on medical knowledge that has only been uncovered within the last 30 years. He shows that the Bible knew about germs long before people know of them and that the Bible was the first document to contain modern ideas of sanitation. This lecture makes it clear that the Bible was NOT authored by men!
5.00pm Vendor stalls open for browsing
5.30pm Conference concludes

palmy map



Conference Details

Tuesday 7th (evening) & Wednesday 8th June, 2011

Reformed Church, 541 Ruahine Street,

Palmerston North

Contact & registrations:

Phone (06) 323 3499

[Pleave a message if necessary. Email contact is preferred.]

Click HERE for a conference brochure

Click HERE for a registration form

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German Home Educating Dad needs work URGENTLY

We have a German Home Schooling father here in New Zealand who desperately needs to get a job.

This is what he sent me:

Our claim for refugee status in New Zealand was declined, which was predictable. Now we have sent an appeal to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal which is a new thing in NZ; especially that it is completely independant from Immigration is good to know. Nevertheless, the more our lawyer works his way through cases decided of this tribunal the more negative are his predictions concerning the outcome of such an appeal. They are probably going to reject my appeal too.

But I  still have an open work permit and therefore can work at whatever comes up.

This home schooling Dad is a teacher – he trained in Germany.

He is also a very good gardener and said to me:

But my voluntary work as gardener is a fountain of joy for me every day.
I only have to earn some money to pay all our bills.
Could you please look out for me again if anybody has a job as (dairy) farm helper? I guess that would be the right thing for me to do.

So this home Schooling Dad is looking for work as:


Dairy farm helper

Farm helper



anything you might have that you need help with.

Please send me an email if you can help and I will put you in contact with this home schooling Dad. Thanks


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LightHome Publications to help those effected by earthquake

LightHome Publications We here at LightHome would like to donate free home school e-books to any New Zealand home schooling families who have lost their home and/or belongings in the earthquake. If you are one of those, please send us a message on Facebook and explain your situation.

Or send us an e-mail

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou LightHome Publications


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ERO Christchurch

ERO Christchurch

We sent a message to Jenny Clark, PR person for the ERO, and to Rob Williamson, head of ERO’s home education unit, expressing relief at hearing that their colleagues in Christchurch have all been accounted for. Jenny sent this note in response.

From: Jenny Clark []
Sent: Thursday, 24 February 2011 11:48 a.m.
To: Craig Smith
Cc: Rob Williamson
Subject: RE: ReliefCraig and Barbara

Thank you very much indeed for your thoughtful message.  We were indeed very relieved to have all of our staff safely (and with very little injury) out of the PGG building in Christchurch.  We had some very anxious moments.  Others were not so fortunate an the tragedy continues for them.

It has been very comforting to have messages of good will from people.  We appreciate your prayers and thoughts, and I will pass this message to the Chief Review Officer.

Best wishes


Jenny Clark

National Manager Public Affairs

Education Review Office

101 Lambton Quay, Box 2799, Wellington

DD:  0-4-474 1228; ERO  T:   0-4-499 2489

M: 0275 437 465


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New email support loop – NZ Home Educators using Cambridge

New email support loop –

NZ Home Educators using Cambridge

Erena has created a new email loop specifically for those using or planning on teaching through the Cambridge examinations in the near future. It is an active group so see the aims below before deciding whether or not to join.

Please send this link to all your local home education groups or anyone else you think would be interested.
Erena (list owner/moderator)


NZ Home Ed Cambridge is an email support group for NZ Home Educators currently using or planning to teach through the Cambridge Examinations.

General Aims for the Group include but are not limited to the following:

  • Discussion
  • Sharing of resources and ideas
  • Buy, sell & swap Cambridge resources
  • Mutual Encouragement and support
  • Cambridge friendly tutors
  • Schools that take external students
  • Study Groups
  • Sharing useful websites
  • Cambridge resource suppliers
  • Sharing student successes and achievements

It is expected that as well as asking for help, members contribute what they have learnt in order to benefit the rest of the group. We all recognise there is a lot of research involved in this educational path so please don’t keep what you find out to yourself!

To sign up, send an email to and follow the prompts or visit


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