The Executive Committee for 2021/2022 consists of:
Gin Taylor (Waikato)
Gin has two teenagers – she says she thought she was busy when they were toddlers, but if only she knew! Gin continues to unschool her youngest, while her eldest has chosen to study using the ACE curriculum. Life is full in the Taylor household as the two teens begin to pick up part time jobs and pursue more interests outside the home.
Debbie Thomas (Taamaki-Makaurau)
Debbie and her husband, Martin, live in Auckland and have been home educating their six children for a number of years now. They currently use ACE curriculum for their younger two children, but have used a variety of curriculum over the years including Abeka, NZ Curriculum, Unit Studies and Te Kura. They live on Auckland’s North Shore.
Cynthia Hancox (Manawatuu-Whanganui)
Government Liaison Team
Cynthia home educated her five children for over 20 years. She has been involved in supporting home educators with their exemption applications for the last 14 years, and is passionate about encouraging home educators and protecting their rights. Cynthia has a broad knowledge of home education in NZ. The Hancox family live on a small lifestyle block in the Horowhenua, and enjoy growing as much of their own food as possible. Cynthia also writes for her various blogs when she has time.
Sheena Harris (Waikato)
Government Liaison Team
Sheena lives west of Hamilton with her husband Nathan and their three sons. She has woven Charlotte Mason, Classical and unschooling into the tapestry of learning for her children. Sheena has launched many new home educators off the starting blocks by hosting information evenings and assisting with exemption applications. She comes to the NCHENZ committee with a passion to help and support any family who wishes to provide a tailored education in their home and community, ensuring that they enjoy the journey along the way.
Maree Lines (Te Moana-a-Toi)
Maree has homeschooled for 20+ years and now has one child at home and four adult children (three with families of their own). Living in the Bay of Plenty, Maree has tried many different styles of schooling, settling on what worked for each child and using a lot of printer paper and ink along the way! When not schooling her youngest, you will find Maree being Nana, cooking, walking the beach, reading, crafting … or playing games and scrolling Facebook and Instagram on her phone.
Nadia Sole (Waitaha)
Member Offers, Website Administrator
The Sole family live in Christchurch in a certified passivhaus. Nadia and Gavin have three children and they were always aware that they would probably home educate. Nadia meets regularly with other unschoolers – she believes that creating a community of like-minded people has been the most important aspect of her home education journey.
Stephanie Pearce (Waitaha)
Inspired by a homeschooling friend’s awesome lifestyle, Steph and her husband Owen decided to take themselves and their son out of the humdrum of primary school life for a year to reconnect as a family along with their then toddler. Now a few years into this adventure they feel there is no going back. Drawing from Charlotte Mason’s ideas of nature connection and reading classic literature aloud, and largely inspired by unschooling/self-directed learning, the family explore their local and extended world everyday.
Krystal Ward (Te Matau-a-Maaui)
Krystal, Ian and their three children are located in rural Hawkes Bay and have been home educating since 2016. It was their Playcentre journey that first exposed them to home education. After a few school years, they transitioned their eldest to Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, then, finding their feet, have since settled into their own eclectic approach with the childrens’ interests and individuality driving the direction of their learning. Their Maoritanga, supporting community and being in partnership with the environment, are strong drivers for Krystal and her whanau.
Ana Cooper (Waikato)
Ana and her family started roadschooling in mid 2019 and are still finding their feet homeschooling their only child who is 11 years old. They enjoy traveling around New Zealand giving their son a unique hands-on education and connecting with different people along the way.
Jo Moyes (Waitaha)
Social Media Whiz
Jo is a mum of six great kids – 3 girls and 3 boys. Four of the children attend school and two are home educated in Canterbury. When not homeschooling, Jo works on building her business of food blogging and content creating.
Can you help? We have a couple of off-Committee roles available:
Blog Posts – Writing articles every 2-3 weeks for the NCHENZ website on a variety of topics, varying lengths (from short to medium).
Te Kura Adviser – Providing information and assistance to those wanting to use Te Kura in their home education programme.
For enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org