The Executive Committee for 2022/2023 consists of:

Nadia Sole (Waitaha)
Co-ordinator
Unschooling approach
The Sole family live in Christchurch in a certified passivhaus which Nadia blogs about on Instagram @sustainable_soles. 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.

Debbie Thomas (Taamaki-Makaurau)
Correspondence Secretary
School-At-Home approach
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

Eclectic approach
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
Eclectic approach
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.

Gin Taylor (Waikato)
Member Offers
Unschooling approach
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.

Jess Corbett (Otakou)
Treasurer

Eclectic approach
Profile to come.

Maharookh Sidhwa (Taamaki-Makaurau)
ID Cards, Meetings Secretary
Eclectic approach
Profile to come.

Dee Kelly (Taamaki-Makaurau)
Membership Secretary
Eclectic approach
As a teenage parent, Dee has devoted her life to her children’s education and wellbeing. With kids now aged 18yrs, 14yrs and 8yrs, Dee and her husband enjoy using the natural environment as their classroom. Their youngest child has a range of significant needs and had a short stint at school until he lost all of his teacher aide funding. He is now thriving again at home with his older siblings.

 

Te Kura Adviser – email tekuraadviser@nchenz.org.nz for information or assistance in using Te Kura in your home education programme.

 

Can you help? We have an off-Committee role available to homeschooled teens or homeschooling caregivers:

Blog Posts – Writing articles every 2-3 weeks for the NCHENZ website on a variety of topics, varying lengths (from short to medium). Email website@nchenz.org.nz for further details.