Hawkes Bay Conference

Friday, 10 September

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Conference Schedule

Friday, 10th September

Early Bird Ends 27 August
Registration Closes 7 September

5:00 pm


5:30 pm

Evening Begins and Introductions

5:45 pm

Home Education Expo: Listen to short talks, network with others, have a cuppa and cake. See details...

5:50pm – Cynthia Hancox: What’s next in your family’s homeschool journey? Cynthia shares insight and ideas for creating your own ‘big picture’ of what you want to achieve, and some practical steps for making it a reality.  Stay and chat to Cynthia or move on to another talk…
6:10pm – Erin Parkinson will talk about just some of the myriad of curriculum options available and what each one can offer. Maths, Science, English and Social Studies curriculums will be discussed.  Ask more questions, look at some samples or go on to listen to…
6:30pm – Natalie Donaldson, who will give a brief overview of the options available for children being home-educated in the secondary years.

You are welcome to listen to all three talks or head straight to the one you are interested in and chat before and/or after their short talk. Or, if you’d rather use this time to relax after a busy day, then grab a cuppa and enjoy a few moments before the main talks begin.

5:45 pm

Supper is provided during the Expo – help yourself when you are ready

6:55 pm

What Should My Child Be Learning and Does It Really Matter?

What would my child be learning if they were at school?  How do I know if they are ‘keeping up’?  Do I have to keep up with school levels?  What if I’m more of an unschooler?  Or a Charlotte Mason homeschooler?  What if I don’t know what I am?
Erin Parkinson will discuss how NZ schools actually choose what to teach and whether this matters for home educators or not!


7:55 pm

Short Break

8:00 pm

The Things I Wish I'd Known

Reflecting on over 20 years of homeschooling her 5 children (now ages 22-30), Cynthia Hancox shares stories of triumphs and challenges, particularly from the tween and teen years, and what she learnt from them. You will be encouraged and inspired to continue your own journey and perhaps try some new things as you teach and mentor your children and ultimately launch them into adulthood.


9:00 pm

Final Q & A with Speakers

9:30 pm

Evening Ends

Hawkes Bay

Taradale Town Hall

8 Meeanee Road


Early Bird:
$30 per person for the evening
Standard Price:
$40 per person for the evening



Registration is now open…
Early Bird Pricing until 27 August only
We’re looking forward to seeing you on 10 September!