Gisborne East Coast and Wairoa



The Trust services a large region including Tairawhiti/East Coast, Gisborne City, Wairoa and surrounding rural areas. Our northernmost school is Potaka, our southernmost is Kotemaori and we cover inland as far as Waikaremoana and Motu.

There are 60 schools in this region including a number of Kura Kaupapa Maori, area schools and small rural schools. Most of the schools use the service annually. In 2019 our Educator worked with 4,766 children.

The Trust actively fundraise and has good support from local organisations including Rotary, Gisborne District Council, Eastland Community Trust, and a number of funding organisations and philanthropic trusts. We run a major Fight for Life event each year. We also receive support from local contractors who transport the classroom free of charge. Thanks to our supporters we are able to provide the service to schools at a low cost to help ensure that we reach every child that we possibly can.

Our Educator


Fergus Knight

I joined the Life Education Trust team at the end of 2019, as I was drawn to its core philosophy; that everyone is unique, the human body is magnificent, and we all need to support and respect each other. It is extremely rewarding to be in a position where I can empower young people with practical knowledge, skills and tools that allow them to better understand their own life, and make positive life choices.

My previous roles include; teaching in primary and secondary schools, both in Aotearoa and overseas, coaching numerous sports, outdoor adventure education, youth advising and counselling. This experience has given me a holistic view of education around the world, and has highlighted to me, the huge demand for effective health and wellbeing programmes and the powerful impact it can have on youth in all stages of childhood and adolescence.

When the wonders of life are broken down into kidspeak, the world doesn’t seem so scary after all. I love seeing students walk out of the mobile classroom with their heads held high and a big smile on their face, feeling better equipped to take care of themselves, and their whānau, using the simple, practical tools they learn through Life Education and our partnership with their school.

I aspire to inspire local youth to make informed choices that lead to healthy bodies, healthy minds, healthy souls and healthy communities.

Mauri tū, mauri ora.

Matua Fergus

Contact details

Chairperson: Pat Seymour, 027 472 5997
Executive Officer: Susan Braybrook, 027 316 4335
Educator: Fergus Knight, 021 942 406,