Christina Young from the MOE has asked us to let you know that anyone interested can find more information at http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/National-Standards/
From the MOE site: "The standards set clear expectations that students need to meet in reading, writing, and mathematics in the first eight years at school."
Keep in mind, of course, that the National Standards only apply to state schools and do not apply to those of us exempted from school attendance. More info at the NCHENZ website, from which I take the following quote;
Two [NCHENZ] committee members met recently with Associate Minister of Education, Heather Roy. As a result of this meeting several questions were put to the office of the Minister of Education on our behalf. A summary of the meeting and responses from the MOE are given below. Perhaps the most important response from MOE is that the proposed National Standards will not apply to homeschoolers...