If you are moving to New Zealand with kids and your child is currently in a talented and gifted programme at school then you are going to love this week’s guest!

Kim is a born and bred kiwi girl with a wealth of experience in the New Zealand education system.

In this week’s show Kim shares everything there is to know about what is on offer to the gifted children of New Zealand.

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Gifted Children in New Zealand. Podcast Show Notes.


In this week’s show, Kim talks to Liz about:

  • Homeschooling in New Zealand


  • What are talented and gifted kids?


  • Why don’t gifted kids simply be given more homework/challenges at school?


  • Do all schools in New Zealand offer a gifted programme?


  • Is the programme offered to overseas students and /or kids on a visa or must you be a resident of NZ?


  • Do teachers have to have any extra qualifications to be T&G teacher?


  • Do the kids come out with extra credits/or more chance of getting into college because they have been through this programme?


  • How do you decide which kids get accepted into the programme and which don’t?


  • What does a typical day in a gifted programme classroom look like?


  • Is it for the parents to flag up that their child is T&G or is that the job of a teacher or other professional?


  • Are there any areas of the country that were better able to accommodate both the challenging parts of giftedness and the parts that need a bit more rigour?


  • For kids that are mildly gifted, would you recommend a public school or private school – this stems from a US perspective.


  • What’s the most challenging/best part of your job?


Two teachers in New Zealand

    Meet the lovely Kim! One of New Zealand’s wonderful teachers of gifted kids. (She is affectionately known to me as Kum!)


Links in the show:

Taranaki Gifted Community Trust

Home Educators New Zealand 


If you are moving to New Zealand then you will love this show. It will also serve as a reminder of how important it is to surround yourself with like-minded people whenever you are about to tackle something as huge as moving to the other side of the world. You don’t have to do it alone.










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