Support Groups and Activities

Auckland Home Educators provides regional annual events that bring the wider home-educating community together.  It’s great for kids to know they are part of a bigger picture, a bigger community than their own family and group of friends.  Children are able to share their learning and achievements with the community – and these events are a fantastic way to introduce grandparents to the home-schooling scene! Your kids need not ‘miss out’ because they’re not attending school. Join AHE to keep abreast with the year’s rhythm of events (and receive discount entry).

AHE does not take the place of your local support group – whether that’s an informal gathering of families, a co-op or activity group. If you’re new to Auckland, or new to home-education – come along to an AHE event – and also get in touch with a Support Group in your area (or you may even want to start your own).

Many Support Groups exist throughout the Auckland region.  Scroll down to find out more!

NATIONAL

NCHENZ – National Council of Home Educators in New Zealand

Set up in 1998 for the purpose of advancing the cause of home education in NZ at a national level, NCHENZ is the only national homeschooling body in New Zealand.  NCHENZ is a neutral organisation with no affiliation to any political or religious groups.  NCHENZ is run by an elected Executive Committee who volunteer their time for the benefit of NZ home educators.  If you are not yet a member of NCHENZ please join, it’s free – just go to our website:
Website: www.nchenz.org.nz

Facebook Group: Home Education in New Zealand

A place on Facebook to discuss all things homeschooling in NEW ZEALAND. Share good resource finds, places to visit, things to do, groups to connect up with. Lets encourage each other on this Journey of Educating or precious kids at home!  A place to ask and answer questions regarding homeschooling in NZ.
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/HomeEducationNZ

Unschooling NZ Network

We are an Unschooling/natural learning network of families in New Zealand, connecting with each other for support, meet-ups, information and companionship.  We currently have over 1500 members.
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/299082344772694/

 

ALL AREAS OF AUCKLAND

Homeschool Outings – Auckland Area

Auckland and central North Island activities and events for homeschooling families.
Website: www.facebook.com/HomeschooloutingsNZ

Auckland Unschoolers

A place for unschooling families who live in Auckland, New Zealand, to make new friends, plan get togethers, trips, camps etc
Website: www.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/aucklandunschoolers/info

NORTH AUCKLAND

Homeschool Auckland Sport and Cultural Association (HASCA)

HASCA is an incorporated society which exists primarily to support, promote and unite home educating families in Sport and Cultural events.  HASCA was set up by a group of North Shore home educating parents in 2001, but today has a dedicated committee of parent volunteers from all over Auckland. Family membership is $20 annually.
Contact: hasca.nz@gmail.com
Website: www.hasca.wordpress.com

Wainui Home-Ed Social Group

We provide a lovely welcoming environment for parents and children of all ages. There are indoor craft activities and toy-based activities.  This is complimented by a fabulous playground with swings and sandpit.  Families are more than welcome to bring extra play equipment or toys.
As we are a non-profit organisation our groups is funded by gold coin donation each week for attending families. We have families from Matakana to North Shore.  Motorway access is via Millwater.
We would love to see our family grow, so join us for a cuppa and a chat.
When: Term-time on Wednesdays 1-3pm
Address: Wainui Hall, 439 Waitoki Road
Contact: Chrissy Denne 027-567-4949 or wainuihomeedsocialgroup@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/1566631306943721/

Shore Home Educators Network (SHENET)

SHENET communicate via a Yahoo Group email loop. We have about 200 families on the list.  Most, but not all are based on the shore. You are welcome to be on our Yahoo Group if you are currently involved with homeschooling, or are considering this option.
Contact: Ngaire shenet.homeschool@gmail.com
Website: groups.yahoo.com/group/shenet-homeschool/

Homeschool Social for North Shore

A public Facebook group to share info about homeschool social events, gatherings, meet-ups based on the North Shore. Anyone can post information and everyone is invited.
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/1022135994503948/

Homeschool Swimming – Rosedale

AUT Millenium Centre, Monday afternoons
Website: hasca.wordpress.com/sports-teams/millenniumswimmingprogramme/

Conscious Kids Homeschool Group – Onepoto Domain, Northcote

The foundation of our programs is free play in a natural setting with as little assistance as possible from equipment and technology. We offer a chance for children to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment. Extension opportunities will be available but only if the children genuinely want to participate. We provide basic equipment suitable to exploring the outdoors: ropes, tarpaulins, bungees, compass, magnifying glasses, knives (to be used with supervision) and some art equipment.
Website: www.consciouskids.co.nz/one-day-programmes

 

CENTRAL AUCKLAND

Outdoor Parent Co-op

New group started at the Kelmarna Gardens in Herne Bay.  The group runs on Wednesdays from 11.30-3.30 and is a parent Co-op group that is working towards being able to provide services for parents to drop off kids to hang out with other homeschoolers. We are also talking with Conscious Kids, a school-Holiday based program who could be providing an ongoing support and facilitation for the group. The sessions are not structured other than being set in a community permaculture garden, so we will have the opportunity to contribute to them and create our own veggie garden as well. Of course gardening is not compulsory.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/112550575852016/

Quest Group

Quest (est. 1999) is a Christian central Auckland group (Eden/Roskill/Onehunga general area) primarily set up to support home-schooling mums.  We have weekly activities for our children on a Friday afternoon during school terms.  It’s a high-commitment group in order to encourage strong relationships between mums, and kids.  New members are always welcome.
Contact: nataliedonaldson1@gmail.com

Waiheke Island

Contact: drsrandsfarrant@gmail.com

Homeschool Swimming – Onehunga

Onehunga Memorial Pools, Monday mornings/midday
Contact the pools directly to ask about classes.
Website: www.ymcaauckland.org.nz/onehungapool/Pages/pool.aspx

Homeschool Gymnastics – Mt Albert

Mt Albert Community and Leisure Centre, Wednesday afternoons (1:30-2:30pm). Suitable for ages 5+ years.
Contact the YMCA directly to book in.
Website: www.ymcaauckland.org.nz

St John First Aid – Homeschool Division, Ellerslie

This group of homeschooling families meets during the school term, on Fridays 12pm-1:30pm, in Ellerslie. For ages 5-18 years. Badges, fun activities, First Aid, friendship for children and parents, camps, and volunteering opportunities with St John. Teens can work on The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award and the Grand Prior Award, which are both internationally recognised awards presented by the Governor General.
Contacthomeschool.alive@gmail.com

Auckland Unschoolers/Natural Learners Facebook Group

An online Facebook group for Unschoolers in Auckland to connect and discuss issues pertaining to Unschooling, organise meet-ups and connect with other families on a similar journey.  Meet-ups are posted by individual members and are often, but not always, in the central/west area.  Please connect with an admin either on Facebook or by email to request to be added to the group.
Contact: Nicole Otte nicole.otte@gmail.com or
Dani-Miriam Grossman danimiriamg@gmail.com
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/WestAKLunschool/

Mt Albert Homeschool Playgroup

Meets every fortnight (Wednesdays, 1-3pm) at Mt Albert Playcentre for a relaxed and informal play for homeschooled children.  Ages mostly up to about 10 years, but all welcome. Always the first week of term and fortnightly then on.  $3 per session or $10 per term.  Contact Jenna to be added to the email list or you are welcome to just turn up anytime.
Address: 25 Phyllis Street, Mt Albert
Contact: Jenna jennapikul@gmail.com

 

EAST AUCKLAND

East Auckland Home Educators (EAHE)

This group co-ordinates many activities, including swimming, dance, yoga, basketball, drama, gym, music, playgroups, art, languages, support meetings.
Membership is open to anyone in Auckland, although most members are in the East Auckland area. There is no membership fee. Members are updated about upcoming events on the e-mail loop. There is a newsletter once a term. Most activities are run in East Auckland.
Contact: sarah_m_watson@yahoo.com
Website: www.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/eahssg/info

East Auckland Social Homeschool Group

We arrange activities for any homeschool family in Auckland that want to attend. On one Friday a month we have social gatherings, with free play for the kids (playgrounds, parks, beaches, swimming, Chipmunks and so on), with a End of Term gathering. We arrange also with another local group Bunnings workshops and council walks during Term 4 and 1 (weather permitting). Other outings are arranged as members are available to arrange them.
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/598547986965239/

Homeschool Swimming – Pakuranga

Lloyd Elsmore Pools, Monday afternoons
The prices are very low and the numbers high so this group has a waiting list for most levels.  Please contact Sandy immediately if you are interested.
Contact: Sandy Miller sandymiller@xtra.co.nz

WEST AUCKLAND

Waitakere Home Educators

This group is based in West Auckland. They get together weekly play, chat, form friendships and to support each other in the homeschooling journey. They do a variety of activities. Minimal fee. For more information and the current term’s activities check their website.
Contact: waitakerehomeeducators@gmail.com
Website: www.waitakerehomeeducators.co.nz

West Auckland Christian Homeschool Group (WACHG)

Activities include Tuesday classes – usually Art & Sport, also field trips and other activities such as mothers’ nights and curriculum evenings.
Contact: twachg@gmail.com

The Homeschool Group

The Homeschool Group (formerly Westgate Homeschool Group) meet on Fridays at Massey Leisure Centre, from 11:45am to 3:00pm.  Classes include Sports, Art, French, Karate, Science, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Hip-hop.  Classes are booked and paid for on a term basis.  Our new website will allow for online class bookings and payment.  All homeschooling families are welcome, and we welcome visitors!
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WestgateHomeschoolGroup
Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/479014012259456
Contact: Nikki or Rae thehomeschoolgroup@gmail.com

Homeschool Swimming – Henderson

West Wave, Monday afternoons
Contact: Ruth Campbell ruthcampbell@xtra.co.nz

Waitakere Free Rangers

A group of Unschooling families committed to building an intentional community.  We do this by regularly meeting together, and with other West Auckland Based groups, to form friendships and provide support.  Currently meeting every fortnight at the New Ranui Playcentre on Wednesdays (1:30-3:30pm).  Always the second week of the term and fortnightly from then on. You are welcome to come for a visit ($3 per session for one child, $5 for two or more) or email for more information.
Contact: waitakere.freerangers@gmail.com

Forest Play

An all-weather nature playgroup that meets weekly for fun and friendship. Currently meeting Thursdays (11am-3pm) at Burgin Field. $4 per family.  Please contact Sally to be added to the email list.
Address: Otimai Girl Guide Camp, 682 West Coast Rd, Oratia
Contact: sallyprebble1980@gmail.com

 

SOUTH AUCKLAND

South Auckland Home Educators

Primarily an email networking group
Group: www.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ashe/info

Homeschool Sports Auckland South

Meets on a Monday afternoon 1-2.30pm at various venues
Contact: Melissa Munro melissa.munro@yahoo.com.au
Website: www.hsas.co.nz

Franklin Homeschool Support Group

Email networking group
Contact: Kerry Sequana ksequana@yahoo.co.nz
Website: www.franklinnewzealandhomeeducators.wordpress.com
Group email: FranklinHomeschoolGroup-owner@yahoogroups.com

Manukau Home School Support Group (MHSSG)

This group has 80–90 member families from anywhere around the South Auckland area, including Franklin as well as the Papakura/Manukau area.  Membership fee $15.
Members receive a newsletter and email notices about activities. Activities include: swimming, water polo, sport, gym, field trips and regular support meetings.
Contact: sheryl@techcentre.co.nz
Website: www.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ManukauHomeSchoolSupport/info

 

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Designer Kids

Designer Kids is an email support group for homeschooling families with children who learn a little differently. We don’t clutter up your inbox, just pass on relevant information for parents like us, such as specialist classes available, and we are here to help each other.
Website: groups.yahoo.com/group/designerkids/

 

Have we missed a group? If you’re part of an Auckland-based home educators group and would like to be included here, please let us know. (The information listed here is correct at time of publication.) If we need to update any details, please let us know by emailing admin@ahe.org.nz.