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Home School Mum’s Retreat 2023

Manawatu Home Educators would like to invite you to register for our upcoming Home School Mums’ Retreat.

A weekend away with other home school mums to give refreshment for your journey.

This was well attended last year with great feedback so come along and be encouraged in your home schooling journey.

We will be starting the morning with a couple of speakers, the afternoon will include a variety of activities, such as craft or bush walk, and after dinner we will be hosting our second, annual, fabulous quiz night!

Day visitors are welcome.
(All day Saturday $40 – Arrive at 9:00am after breakfast and stay late until after dinner)

This weekend is open to non-MHE members, so feel free to pass this information/link around your Home School contacts.


Friday 3 November – Sunday 5 November 2023
Check-In – Friday 7:00pm-7:30pm.
Concludes – Sunday 3:00pm


Registration Form and information for the upcoming local mum’s retreat can be found here.

Filling in this form will be confirmation of your registration.
Deposit:  A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration for full weekend visitors and a $20 deposit for day visitors.
Cut-off date and full payment for the weekend is required by Friday 20 October 2023.



There are a variety of accommodation options, at varying prices.  This information, along with photos, is found in the Registration Form.

Contact Person:

Hayley Smeaton chairperson@mhe.org.nz 027 697 1383

Guest Speakers:

Niki Middleton
Niki was raised on a farm in Southland by her Christian parents and received the Lord as her Saviour at 8 years old. Niki grew up with hopes and dreams of being a Wife, a Mum and a Nurse, oh and a famous roller skater…..all these dreams became a reality bar one …..yet the path the Lord brought her on has not been as smooth sailing as those hopes and dreams led her to believe it would be. Niki is Married to Steve, the most patient and kind man in the world, and together they raise and homeschool their wonderful whirlwind of a daughter Inaya. For 12 of their 15 years of marriage, Steve has been through an ongoing rollercoaster of health issues resulting in Niki needing to be his full-time caregiver. Niki will be speaking on “When life/Homeschool doesn’t look like what you thought it would"
Hayley Smeaton
Hayley is married to Dave and they have 7 children aged 15-3. They’ve lived in the Manawatu for the last 8 years and have enjoyed being a part of the local home-schooling scene and supporting others in their home-educating journey. Hayley is an NZSL Interpreter, and a beekeeper, and tries to keep on top of her garden and actually use all the produce. Our world seems to keep adding to the list of things we could be anxious about. Our children are exposed to so much and are faced with many things that we didn’t have to contend with when we were children. Hayley will be speaking on ‘Entrusting our children to a Holy God in an unholy world.’
Fiona Redshaw
Heritage of praying Christian grandparents attended Sunday school, Girls Rally and kids camps. Chose Christ at the end of her 16th year. After being baptised in the Holy Spirit, felt inspired to go into nursing instead of studying architecture. During training met and married Matt. Dreaming of YWHAM mercy ships after graduating but was surprised instead with the pregnancy of Jacob their first child. Still smiling about those days when considered four children as a large family but ended with 13. Considers missions as a part of their daily life. Always loved homeschooling regardless of the challenges. Fiona is speaking on “How to meet the differing needs of all your children " Using encouragement from scripture and personal experiences.
Melissa Hill
Melissa is a wife, homemaker & mother born & raised in Taranaki before moving to Palmerston North 11 years ago. She & her husband Richard have seven children. If there is anything she has had to learn in raising a large family, it’s a lot of food – all the time! Melissa offers a seasoned approach to family life rooted in the scriptures and in her own experience she is talking about, biblical hospitality & home-making. Why it’s biblically important, what it practically looks like in our home with so many kids and why we need to cultivate a Christian culture. Not being raised in a Christian home, Melissa has had to reject the idea that home-making is a “meaningless task". Surrounded by feminists, and encouraged to seek a career, she became a redeemed daughter who found contentment in her home.

The event is finished.


03 - 05 Nov 2023


7:00 pm - 3:00 pm




Highland Home
1352 Pohangina Valley East Road, Pohangina


Hayley Smeaton