Hawke's Bay


Talking with children who have been through a Life Education programme, there is a great recall of the messages taught. 

In 2011 the Trust achieved a significant milestone in Hawke’s Bay with the 100,000th pupil visiting the classroom. Over the last 20 years at least 5,600 pupils have each year visited the classroom. In recent years the pupil numbers visiting the classroom have grown to in excess of 6,300 pupils each year participating in some 580 teaching sessions. 

Without the ongoing financial support of the charitable trusts, individuals and Harold Club members we would be unable to provide Life Education programmes to the schools at a nominal cost. A special thank you for the part you play.

Our Educator

Caz Pettersson


Caz's teaching career began in Ōtautahi in 1999 where she completed her Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor in Education. She spent two years working with new entrant students before spreading her wings and heading overseas for her OE. Her adventures saw her teaching all around the world in wonderful places and to children of all ages and nationalities.

Caz moved back to New Zealand with her family in 2015, and they decided that Ahuriri with its diverse people and beautiful weather was the best place to settle down. She quickly secured a position teaching at a wonderful school where she stayed for seven years. 

In 2022 Caz decided to use her skills to train adults and had the opportunity to work for Statistics New Zealand as the Area Lead Trainer for Census 2023. She enjoyed this, but missed children, and so couldn't believe her luck when she was selected as the Life Education Educator for Hawkes Bay. 

Caz is passionate about health education and sees her role as an important support for both kaiako and tamariki. Empowering children with the knowledge to make good choices and to realise their self-worth makes every day in the mobile classroom a real privilege. 

Harold Club

We sincerely appreciate the support we receive from these Harold Club members. Many have been with us since our beginning in Hawke’s Bay and we truly value your contribution. Our Harold Club members are:

  • Baldwin Jewellers, Hastings
  • Dunstalls Funeral Services Limited, Napier
  • Hawke’s Bay Insurances
  • HB Refrigeration Limited, Hastings
  • Holly Bacon Company Limited, Hastings
  • Nilsson & Watson House of Travel, Hastings
  • Port of Napier

Our sponsors

  • Frimley Foundation and Springhill Charitable Trust
  • Guardian Trust (Kingdom Foundation)
  • Pub Charity
  • Community Organisation Grants Scheme
  • Harold Members
  • Lion Foundation
  • Life Education Trust HO
  • Eastern and Central Community Trust
  • Hawke’s Bay Children’s Holdings Trust
  • Napier City Council
  • Greenmeadows Rotary
  • Stortford Lodge Rotary

Donations for general operations

We wish to acknowledge and sincerely thank Emmerson Transport Limited for moving the mobile classroom throughout the Bay every year. Also a huge thank you to Kennards Self-Storage for their donation of a storage unit for all our equipment. We truly appreciate having the community behind us.

Our people

Angela Williams – Chairman

Chartered Accountant. Have had many years experience working with Not for Profit Organisations in both professional (as Auditor/Accountant) and volunteer roles. Giving support to Life Education Trust with financial matters – accounting, GST etc. Angela enjoys spending her spare time cycling, reading and camping.

Brian Kelsey - Trustee

Introduced to Life Education Trust through attending as a Rotary representative. Brian’s grown children had all been through the classroom which endorsed that Life Education has a great message for the children of New Zealand which he should help facilitate. A General Manager of a large rural transport business operating throughout the North Island. Hobbies - any challenge that one’s children put up he says although he accepts that age has slowed the physical processes.

Ian Emmerson – General Manager Emmerson Transport Limited

Ian is instrumental in ensuring the mobile classroom is delivered “on time every time” to the schools throughout Hawke’s Bay.

Brian McLay - Businessman, Farmer and Rotary Club Member

Brian became involved with Life Education while Chairman of the BOT at Twyford School and, in more recent times, as a member and President of Stortford Lodge Rotary Club. Brian is keen to see the Hawke’s Bay Rotary Clubs continue to support the Trust, as and where possible.

Carol Bevis - Bledisloe School Principal

Carol became aware of Life Education during her many years in the classroom and has always been impressed by the messages shared and the impact it has on so many children including her 3 daughters. Carol came on board early in 2014 and is enjoying her involvement within a worthwhile organisation. Carol is our Educator Mentor.

Neta Worsley – Teacher

Neta is an experienced Resource Teacher of Māori who has taught at all levels of education in both Māori and English medium settings. Neta's first encounters with the Life Education Trust were as a classroom teacher taking her tamariki to the mobile classrooms in Tauranga, Gisborne and the Hutt Valley. Last year, Neta was approached by Anne to become a trustee. Outside of work, Neta devotes her time to whānau activities, often involving travel between her homes in Hawkes Bay and Te Karaka, Gisborne.

Contact details

Chairperson: Angela Williams, [email protected]
Administrator: Annaliese Williams, [email protected]
Educator: Caz Pettersson, 0276000647, [email protected]
Postal address: PO Box 5021, Greenmeadows 4145