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The Heartland Otago Southland Life Education Trust is a charitable community-based trust, responsible for overseeing the delivery of Life Education services to the children and schools of our catchment area. They educate and empower children to make healthy choices so they can live full and healthy lives. Every year they teach over 250,000 children about their body, friendships, their identity, food and nutrition and helpful and harmful substances.

They are one of 32 community trusts delivering these services across New Zealand, with the support of the national body, Life Education Trust (NZ). Life Education’s mascot is Harold the Giraffe.

The collective role of the Trustees is to ensure the Life Education programme is delivered to our communities. This involves key responsibilities such as:

  • Representing and promoting Life Education
  • Operational planning (i.e. annual planning) that links to our organisation's vision and objectives
  • Fundraising to cover the costs of delivering the Life Education programme
  • Managing employees, namely educator(s) who deliver the Life Education programme
  • Managing assets, especially meeting the requirements and maintenance of the mobile classroom
  • Ensuring the effective financial management of the community trust

They hope volunteers will gain the following:

  • Personal satisfaction through contributing to the community, particularly our children.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Knowledge exchange between Trustees, Educator, and the whole Life Education team.
  • The positivity of being a part of the motivated,  forward thinking, National Life Education Organisation.....and working closely with Harold, the Giraffe, our mascot.   


The successful volunteer candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

  • Financial management experience, preferably a practicing accountant (for treasurer roles only)
  • An alignment with the Life Education vision, values, purpose and philosophy
  • A commitment to enhancing the lives of our community through the education
  • Some governance experience, including in a community trust setting, desirable but not essential.
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills
  • The role is voluntary (unpaid) and requires Trustees to reside within the Heartland Otago Southland catchment area

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

They meet once per month for approximately 2 hours, generally in the Roxburgh area. Due to the mix of governance and management activities required, a time commitment of 4-6 hours per month outside of these meetings is likely.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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