The confusion arises because since 2015, the Ministry of Education has referred to homeschoolers as "home educators" as requested by the home education community themselves during the 2013-2015 review of homeschooling. This term more accurately reflects the wider homeschooling community than "homeschoolers." It is, however, very close to the term "home-based educators" which refers to an entirely different sector of education.
Who are "home-based educators"?
Home-based education and care service--
(a) means the provision of education or care, for gain or reward, to children who are under the age of 5 years, or who are aged 5 years but not enrolled at school, in--
- (i) the children’s own home; or
- (ii) the home of the person providing the education or care; or
- (iii) any other home nominated by a parent of the children; and
- (i)under the age of 5 years; or
- (ii)aged 5 years but not enrolled at school
Home educators (aka homeschoolers) on the other hand are parents caring for and teaching their own children who are, if exempt, ages 6 and up (though their younger children, if any, are of course also there); they are not being paid for this. So by no means does the above definition apply to home educating parents, and we are therefore not included in the new mandate.
"I can confirm that the new requirements for testing and vaccination do not apply to parents who home educate their own children. If home educating families come together as a group (eg for trips or sports) then they are subject to the general health order (eg physical distancing, masks) for the alert level in their location."
What about private tutoring of home educated students?
All of the mandates regarding education currently appear to be directed at sections of the sector which, in a nutshell, are government funded. That is, registered schools and early childhood centres, and all the staff who work in them, as well as volunteers that spend time there.
There is nothing so far to indicate that this mandate extends to private people who may be tutoring other people's children at home, in it's various shapes and forms.
More information when it is available.