Mid and South Canterbury


Life Education Trust Mid and South Canterbury covers the Mid-South Canterbury area, from Rakaia in the North to the Waitaki River in the South and from the sea in the East to Mt Hutt, Mt Somers, Mt Cook and Twizel in the West.

We have been operating since 1991 and have just celebrated 20 years teaching children about the wonders of their bodies and which substances are needed and not needed to live a healthy lifestyle.  The Mid and South Canterbury Trust was launched with the support of the Trust Bank and the Community Trusts.

The Mid and South Canterbury mobile classroom travels to 67 schools in the area and the educators see over 8,000 primary school aged children a year. We have 18 schools with less than 50 children; 31 rural schools and 36 urban schools.

The state-of-the-art mobile classroom is air-conditioned and heated and is equipped with electronic aids which make learning a very exciting experience.  We have two qualified Educators who share the workload. They are continually delivering at the top of the all the New Zealand Trusts and are visiting 98% of the schools in our area.

Life Education Trust Mid and South Canterbury has a very strong Harold Club, whose members are from a wide range of local businesses and community organisations. The Harold Club creates an ongoing income which helps fund the annual running costs of the trust. We run a Harold Club function three times a year in both Timaru and Ashburton. Mid-year there is the Harold Club Annual Dinner, held alternatively between Timaru and Ashburton, where guest speakers are invited along to entertain the members. Our Harold Club raises a good portion of our funds needed to run our mobile classroom.

The classroom and tractor unit is well recognised in the area with the tractor unit being sponsored by local trucking companies, who also donate the time and personnel to shift the classroom from school to school.  The tractor unit has been donated to the Mid-South Canterbury Trust and stays with the classroom.

Our people

We have a very strong 10-Member Trust, with members coming from different walks of life. We have retired and practicing school teachers, trucking company personnel, bank staff, rural women, professional leaders and other interested parties. The Trust has three employees two Educators who job share delivering the Life Education message and a part-time Administration Officer who works out of Community House in Timaru.

  • Roger Scammell, Chairman
  • Clare Bruce, Vice Chairman
  • Jeff Paul, Treasurer
  • Moyra Whiting, Trustee
  • Marion Dent, Trustee
  • Betty Weavers, Trustee
  • Nyia Strachan, Trustee
  • Clare Bruce, Trustee
  • Murray Page, Trustee

Contact details

Chairperson: Roger Scammell, 03 308 3861, rog@orcon.net.nz
Educator: Jane Hooper, 027 292 4324, midsthcanterbury@lifeed.org.nz
Educator: Rudi Keggenhoff, 027 433 2652, midsthcanterbury@lifeed.org.nz
Administrator: Helen Beveridge, 03 687 7369, haroldlifeed@orcon.net.nz