The National Council of Home Educators New Zealand (NCHENZ) was set up as an incorporated society in 1998 to encourage, promote, inform and advance home education in NZ at a national level. We are the only national home education body in NZ, and we have no affiliation to any political or religious group. NCHENZ is run by an elected Executive Committee who are all home educating their own children and who volunteer their time for the benefit of NCHENZ.

We have a Constitution which determines how NCHENZ operates and we provide regular updates to members on our activities.

Membership is free for individuals/families – join here.  We have two main avenues for communicating with members – our NCHENZ Forum and Facebook.  You can join one or both of these groups once your membership application is received and approved.


Where to start:

Statement from the National Council of Home Educators, Executive Committee

Frequently Asked Questions about home educating in New Zealand

What does a typical day look like for home educators? Click here to find out!

Find out about the supervisory allowance

Find your tribe – online homeschooling support groups

Get involved with your local homeschool group


We run regular online information nights for caregivers considering homeschooling
Our next one will be noted in the updates below, or email

Read our latest updates:

LAST Information Evening for 2021


Our LAST national online information evening for the year: Tuesday 7th December, 8.00pm–9.30pm These information evenings are for new home educators or those thinking about homeschooling. Both webinars are the same so you... READ MORE

Home Education Approaches


There are about 8000 children currently being home educated in New Zealand and every family will have their own unique style. No two families home educate in exactly the same way. Most families choose... READ MORE

Book Review


“Successful Homeschooling Made Easy” by Stephanie Walmsley Independent review by Sheena Harris, NCHENZ Executive Committee For anyone who has embarked upon the journey of home educating their children, they would know just how... READ MORE