Auckland Home Educators' Conference

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Auckland Home Educators Conference 2009

 Conference date: Saturday 19 September

Windsor Park Centre, 550 East Coast Road, Mairangi Bay, North

The conference was a great success; we had over 200 delegates, 18 workshop leaders, 12 workshops, many vendors and an inspiring keynote speaker.

Diana Waring gave wonderful, encouraging talks and inspired everyone with her friendly manner, her openness and her wisdom.

Some comments we received from delegates were:

  • I just want to say a HUGE thank you to all the organisers of this amazing conference. I left feeling very encouraged and fired up again. Kind regards, Elizabeth.


  • It was really fantastic, thank you for organising it! I can also put some faces to names now. Regards, Bronwyn.


  • Hi all of the wonderful organisers of the conference,  thank you so much for the conference!  It was wonderful to be refreshed, encouraged and inspired by Diana and the other speakers, and great to have a day catching up with others in the home school community. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the day run smoothly. Great venue (even though it was a long trip for us southerners, lol).  Lovely food,  wonderfully organised conference. I know the countless hours involved in organising an event like this, and just wanted to express my thanks to all involved.  Kind regards and God bless,  Cassandra.


  • I just wanted to congratulate [the] team for such a wonderful and successful day yesterday.  I was so inspired and encouraged by all that I saw and heard, and enjoyed it thoroughly.  You had all put in so much work to make sure things ran smoothly and that we all felt comfortable.  I particularly liked the photo displays on the screen, the classical music, the water readily available on the tables in each room, the helpful volunteers – there when we needed them, and the nursery for feeding and relaxing with our [babies].  That room was a sanctuary for mothers of [babies] where we could enjoy some space and privacy without missing the sessions, thanks to the live video feed.  The venue was wonderful in so many respects.There was a great choice of sessions – something for everyone, and I never tired of listening to Diana talk – she was so entertaining.  Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to your team.   Anneke.


  • Please pass on to your organising [team] how much we enjoyed and were encouraged by the conference. It was very well organised and very inspiring. So thank you very much for organising it. All the best. Gladys.


  • Just wanted to pass on to you and the AHE organisers what a fantastic day we had – it all ran so smoothly and easily, and Diana was just as terrific as I thought she would be – heaps of encouragement, good ideas and humour. I had some time reflecting on what she said yesterday, and certainly have some changes and ideas to implement. Many, many thanks to you guys for the hours you put in to make it happen.  Angie.


  • From a first time conference attendee and a new homeschooling mum THANK YOU.  The content, workshops and organisation were all superb.  Many thanks for all the hard work to the conference organisers – it’s not an easy job, I know!  Kind regards, Sharyn


  • I want to say a huge thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of [the conference] I was so impressed with the good organisation – it really shone through how much everyone on the committee really thought through every aspect of the day. I was blown away when I arrived and was given a [speaker’s] bag of goodies – I never expected that at all and I was blown away. Thank you so much to everyone on the organising team – you guys made speaking at an event so easy. Rachel


  • We wanted to say what an honour and privilege it was to address such a switched on bunch of people.  We were delighted to be part of such a well organised, professionally run conference.  Kind regards Elaine and Adriana


If you would like to add your comment please do.  We would love to hear from you.

Also, we would really like it if you could report on any specific session that you attended and enjoyed, or if you have any photos that we could include here.  Please fill in the comment form below, or email your article or photos to


4 Responses to "Welcome to"

Congratulations to the conference team. I know you all have put in many hours of your precious time so that we could all have a relaxing, informative day with fun and fellowship. You certainly provided this and I am extremely grateful to each of you for this special day and time out to recharge and be inspired.
I agree with the comments made about all the extra details that were thought of such as the water, lovely food and the mother and baby room. Fantastic venue!

This my first time attending and I really enjoyed listening to Diana Waring and also participating in the art with teens workshop.

Sadly I was a little disappointed with my afternoon choice as I was expecting a non curriculum related seminar on the topic of encouraging deeper thinking. I was hoping to glean some inspiration and wisdom to use with my child’s education which was not really catered for in the seminar.

It was still interesting to hear about other options which are out there though.

The conference itself though was….. Wonderful and inspiring!

Well Done!



I agree, the organisation of this event was very well done. Thanks to all those volunteers for giving of themselves and their time.

I enjoyed the retail stalls! It was nice to be able to flick through the resources – rather than just read a description or view online.

I was however disappointed with the two workshops I attended. The speakers were very good but the content was not what I had anticipated. I ended up leaving the conference early.

Hi Sandra,

Thanks for your feedback. I’m glad you found the organisation was good and that you enjoyed the resources. Please help us to improve on things for another time by telling us how the content of the sessions didn’t match your expectations. It will be a big help to us in the future if we can address any issues. 🙂

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