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General Trustees

The Life Education Trust provides the young people of New Zealand with knowledge and strategies to help them make positive choices both now and in the future. Since 1996 Life Education Coastal Otago has been successfully delivering the Life Education programme to children throughout the local area. The region includes Dunedin through to Palmerston, Oamaru, Omarama, Macraes and schools in between. Each year they see about 5,000 children from 43 schools.

They are looking for people from all walks of life, who are keen and willing to give back to their community to join the team as Trustees. 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:

  • Governance experience
  • 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
  • Enjoy working closely with Harold, the Giraffe, our mascot!


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

  • 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.
  • Some contacts, or experience in the Transport industry, desirable but not essential.
    • Experience with, or willingness to participate in, fundraising activities
    • Great interpersonal and communication skills
  • The role is voluntary (unpaid) and requires Trustees to reside within the Coastal Otago catchment area

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • They meet once per month/6 weeks for approximately 2 hours, with a mix of in person in the CBD area of Dunedin
  • 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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