About The Firelight Foundation

The Firelight Foundation is a non-faith based, not-for-profit organisation that provides
home education conferences and events to equip, inform and inspire.

Giving parents skills and inspiration as they teach, nurture and watch their families grow at home.
Enabling them to kindle the flame of learning and ignite a passion to know more…

Started in 2005 by Erena Fussell, international speakers brought encouragement and inspiration to the New Zealand home education community. The conferences ended when Erena stopped home-schooling.

However, in 2018, with Erena’s permission and encouragement, the conferences were reignited to provide professional development for home educators. Natalie, Angela and Erin have benefited from past home education conferences and now want to be able to offer the same to you.

We remain a not-for-profit organisation, planning our events to break-even so as to keep the cost to a minimum for attenders.  We organise The Firelight Foundation not to make money but rather to encourage fellow home educators.  Come and join us and be equipped and inspired for the next part of your journey.

Our Team

Natalie Donaldson has been home-schooling since 2004.  She and her husband, Mark, have five children; currently three are at university and two are still being educated at home.  They live in Auckland, although Natalie originally hails from Taranaki. Natalie was greatly encouraged by attending Firelight Foundation conferences in the early days of her home education journey and it is her desire to be able to help others feel confident and excited about their own home education adventure ahead. 

Angela Meyer lives in West Auckland where she home educated her three children.  One finished year 13 at school and the other two completed NCEA and University Entrance through Te Kura, the Correspondence School.  All three went to University, with the youngest graduating in 2021.  Angela and her husband, Lew, have science backgrounds and have been involved in Science Fairs for many years.  Conferences offer the chance to learn new things, to be encouraged and to mix with other home educating parents.  Angela is delighted to be part of this initiative providing opportunity to other home educators.

Erin Parkinson is mum to six children who were home educated through the primary and intermediate years. She is passionate about inspiring children to learn, especially in history and social studies, her favourite subjects!  She trained as a primary teacher and for the past few years she has been teaching small home education classes both in person and online. This is something she is hoping to grow over the coming years as her last two children head off to high school.  

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