Far North


The Life Education Trust Far North was set up in 1991 with the prime objective of delivering the Life Education programme to the children in the Far North region.

Our wonderful group of volunteers help keep the classroom on the road by holding regular fundraisers, promoting Life Education Trust messages at various events and occasions around the Far North and making sure all maintenance and repairs are up to date on the classroom and truck unit. 

As we travel a lot of kilometres across the Far North, often 2 or 3 schools in a week, we need to have drivers available and ready to move the classroom at all times. This is a huge ask and we are lucky to have the support of some wonderful retired people, firemen and logging companies to help ensure it reaches the right school at the right time.

We love meeting new people with new ideas to help us, so if you would like to become involved with an amazing group of people do not hesitate to call or email the Chairperson at any time: Diane Henderson - dianesh50@gmail.com or 021 407015

The Trustees and Educator of the Far North would like to say a huge thank you to New Era IT. New Era have kindly provided our educator with a brand new laptop for free. This has been a great saving to the Trust and come at a time when the old computer was about to die.

New Era

Our Educator

Shanna Forsythe

Shanna studied Primary Teaching at Otago University and has been teaching in the Far North for the past 8 years.

She loves the vibe the Far North has to offer and can't picture calling anywhere else home.

Joining the Life Education team in 2021, she is excited to travel to all areas of the Far North with her good friend Harold. She is passionate about health and wellbeing and can't wait to work alongside tamariki, whānau and kaiako sharing our positive messages.


Latest news


In early 20201, we hosted an event with guest speaker Nigel Latta, who spoke on the subject of parenting teenagers- with references to the difficulties faced over the past 12 months and offering some parenting skills and strategies to help through those adolescent years.

New Educator

Welcome to Shanna Forsythe our wonderful inspiring new Educator. Shanna began her journey with us this year and began visiting schools in Term 2. She has already made quite an impact in the Far Far North with her passion and enthusiasm for the programmes she is delivering. We are very proud to have her on board.

Good in the Hood

A huge thankyou to the three Z stations in our area - Kaitaia, Taipa and Kaikohe who have supported us during the Good in the Hood campaign. It was a pleasure to deliver home baked goodies in person and meet with staff at Kaikohe.


In February Harold attended the Bald Eagles Mullet in the Park with All Black Jack Goodhue to support their work with at-risk youth and struggling families in Northland.

Harold attended the fun family day for Childrens Day at Rawene in the Hokianga in March.

The next generation meets Harold - Dad is proud to introduce his 4 month old to Harold at Hokianga Family Day in Rawene.


Welcome to Mandy Morrogh, our new educator who began her journey in Term 3 in the Dargaville area. Mandy and Harold have already made some fabulous friends as you can see from the pics below.

We are very excited that we have funding to update our classroom exterior, this will happen during the Christmas holidays. We love the design we have as it depicts all the wonderful areas of the Far North that we visit so we have opted to replace it with the same design. 

We are all working very hard to get the money together for our classroom upgrade - let us hope this will become a reality in the not too distant future.


Our People

Far North Trustees

Diane Henderson - Chairperson
Jenny Couchman - Executive Secretary
Jenima Foster - Treasurer
Joe Carr - Deputy Chair
Liz Christensen - Marketing
Charles Stewart - Transport
Iwa Hou - Trustee
Shanna Forsythe - Educator

Contact details

Chairperson: Diane Henderson, dianesh50@gmail.com, 021 407 015
Educator: Shanna Forsythe, farnorth@lifeed.org.nz, 027 477 4800
Postal address: PO Box 723, Kaikohe