Welcome to the website of Manawatu Home Educators.

We are a group of home educating families who live in the Manawatu surrounding Palmerston North.  While many of our members are situated in or close to Palmerston North, others come from further afield: Feilding, Woodville, Pahiatua, Bulls, Marton, Tokomaru, Foxton.

Manawatu Home Educators offers a number of benefits to members – including social gatherings, member support, a variety of regular activities, a Resource Library housing a wide range of resources,  and much more.

We have a diverse range of members with many different homeschooling philosophies being followed.

Members-Only Resource Library

One of the perks of membership!

Manawatu Home Educators has a Resource Library available to members.  Our Resource Library has a wide range of resources that members can borrow.

Our Library offers resources to support literacy, numeracy, geography, technology and a whole lot more!

ROBOTICS – MHE owns a number of robots!  These can be borrowed from our Resource Library (requires rental and a refundable bond).


Life Stories From Self-Directed Learners

Self-Taught is the follow-up movie to Class Dismissed.

This DVD is housed in our Resource Library.

Through the stories of six extraordinary individuals, Self-Taught explores what self-directed education means to them and the impact it has had on their lives, ambitions, work and beliefs.

Whether Artist, Scientist, or Entrepreneur, they all have one thing in common: their belief that a true education is the capacity to author your own life instead of merely accepting the one you’ve been handed.

Self-Taught – the movie

Also view: Class Dismissed – the movie

Class Dismissed

A film about Learning Outside of the Classroom

Class Dismissed : A film About Learning Outside of the Classroom.

This DVD is housed in our Resource Library.

All across America, parents are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the state of public education. The current state of our educational system & economy shines a spotlight on problems with traditional schools. Class Dismissed showcases a growing trend in alternative education strategies that are working for many families across America.
The movie should be of interest to people who use child-led learning methods, alternative schools, co-ops, homeschool believe or are enjoying the benefits of any alternative educational school or program.
Watch the Trailer for Class Dismissed here!
For more information about Class Dismissed, visit the website

Benefits of Membership

Member benefits
The social aspect of home educating is important for most home education families. Manawatu Home Educators offers a range of activities through which our children can develop their social skills with other people who range in age, knowledge, experience, skills, background, and development.
Manawatu Home Educators has its own Resource Library - a hub of resources that members can borrow.
Manawatu Home Educators support each other. Each family has their own strengths and challenges. Together, we help each other.
Manawatu Home Educators runs a wide variety of regular and one-off activities. Membership provides you with priority access to all our activities as well as the opportunity to organise activities that interest you and your family.