yes it was easy to apply to the Ministry of Education for a exemption, and it took 2 month processing time.
The Homeschoolers Group will help you with the paperwork, they helped me allot.Or if you stuck with it, let me know
and I will help you to fill out the paperwork for the Ministry of Education.
I am using the books from Excel, you can buy them here in the book stores, or you use other materials.
Everything you need can also be bought from Trademe, what saved me a bundle.
The Ministry of Education has the right to make a appointment and check upon the education that, the child
receives, but hasn't done it yet and I am homeschooling since 2 years. You are responsible to test your child,
I have done this yet either. We as homeschooling parents have meetings here in Hamilton NZ for Christian and
Non Christian parents, to support each other. It is a great support network and they arranged camps, art classes, sports
and so much more. You would join a Term News Letter, this will give you information and options if you wanting to have your
child to join a class or a group for the term, like sports, drama, arts.
The freedom you gain is amazing and I can tell you only from my experiences, I wished I would done this earlier.
But know, no matter were in New Zealand your husband will find work, there will be a Homeschoolers Group... :)