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    Meetings to strengthen the Family

    By HEF Admin | March 29, 2009

    April 14 – 20

    Meetings to strengthen the Family

    Talks specifically for Christian Dads

    A group of 15 Christian home educating fathers is coming from the USA to investigate New Zealand as a possible place to which to re-locate their families.

    They are eager to meet with other men living in New Zealand to learn about the country, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, financial institutions, health and welfare issues, how home education works here and what the home education community is like.

    Four public meetings are planned in order to facilitate this, and each meeting is also featuring a formal talk by either Geoff or son Isaac Botkin. These should be of particular interest and benefit to New Zealand Christian home educating fathers, as well as mums, to enhance and encourage their own vision for what home education can and will do for their families, the Church and society as a whole.

    The Botkin family lived near Snells Beach and then in Christchurch for six years, making it their business to meet and get to know as many leaders as they could in the Church, the media, economics, politics, home education, etc. Do strive to come to whichever of their meetings you are able.


    AUCKLAND Public Meeting
    Date: 14 April Tuesday
    Venue: Ngaire Ave Bible Chapel
    3 Ngaire Ave, Epsom, Auckland 1003

    6:30pm Public meeting
    Speaker:: Geoffrey Botkin
    Topic: New Zealand’s Future Role in the History of Christianity

    Admission: Free, with voluntary offering

    For more information:


    Contact:: Chris and Erin OR Craig and Barbara Smith
    Email: cjanderin@maxnet.co.nz OR  barbara@hef.org.nz
    (09) 579-4877 OR (06) 357-4399


    HAMILTON Public Meeting

    Date: April 16 Thursday, 12 noon

    Event: Bring and Share Lunch

    Speaker:  Isaac Botkin

    Venue: Trinity Reformed Baptist Church

    Cnr Miro and Matai Street, Maeroa, Hamilton

    Topic: The Importance of Second Generation Home Schooling: Isaac Botkin

    Admission: Free, with voluntary offering

    For more information:

    Contact: David Marshall

    Email:  marshall.family@orcon.net.nz

    Phone: 07 843-7554


    TAURANGA Public Meeting

    Date: April 16 Thursday

    Venue: Mt Baptist Church

    cnr Ranch Road and Tui Street, Mt Maunganui

    7:00pm  Public meeting

    Topic:The Three Greatest Issues Facing the Men of New Zealand: Geoffrey Botkin
    Question and Answer

    Admission: Free, with voluntary offering

    For more information:
    Contact: Evan and Heather Jones

    Email: aboverubies@xtra.co.nz

    Phone:  07 575-5787


    CHRISTCHURCH Public Meeting

    Date: April 20, Monday
    Venue: Middleton Grange School, 50 Acacia Avenue, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041

    7:30 pm Public Meeting

    Speaker: Geoffrey Botkin

    Topic: How Men Can Strengthen Their Families in the 21st Century, And Why This is Important

    Admission: Free, with voluntary offering

    For more information:

    Contact:  Calvary Office OR Craig and Barbara Smith

    Email: info@calvaryfellowship.org.nz OR barbara@hef.org.nz

    Phone: (03) 341-5223 OR (06) 357-4399


    Geoffrey Botkin
    Writer, Director, & Producer
    Geoffrey Botkin

    Veteran producer and IT pioneer Geoffrey Botkin serves as an advisor to the Western Conservatory of the Arts and Sciences. He has written and directed some of the most controversial and widely watched public affairs films of the last twenty years, reaching viewers across the U.S., Russia, Europe, and Australasia. He has produced or executive-produced more than one-hundred documentary films, television productions, and other media projects.

    In addition to time spent as CEO of an experimental international print/broadcast/Internet media conglomerate, Mr. Botkin has invested many years into the training of young media professionals, primarily at Deerwood Studios in the U.S. and the Family Television Network of New Zealand.

    Mr. Botkin has lectured on philosophy and history at Hillsdale College, on politics at the Heritage Foundation, and on theology at worldview conferences in the U.S. and New Zealand. With his wife and seven children, he is currently researching the future of the feature motion picture.

    Family websites:



    To hear some of Geoffrey’s talks:


    Geofreyf’s daughters (Authors of So Much More) blog:


    So Much More:


    Return of the Daughters DVD

    Geoffrey’s oldest son’s blog – Isaac will be speaking in Hamilton



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