Heartland Otago/Southland

Heartland map


Pip, our Educator, and Harold just love traveling around the ‘Heartland’ of Otago and Southland visiting all of the fabulous children at their schools. The map shows the places we visit, so as you can see, Pip and Harold travel a lot of kilometres through to some pretty amazing places to deliver the Life Education programmes to almost every school in our region.

Our Trustees are from throughout the region, and are very committed to looking after Harold, Pip and the mobile classroom, so that they can bring the important Life Education messages to all of our schools.

Our participating schools are charged a minimal fee per child. As we are a charitable trust and receive no government funding, the remaining 70% of our substantial annual running costs are raised through grants, donations and fundraising ventures.

Heartland mobile classroom

Our Educator


Pip Tisdall

Pip is a trained early childhood and primary school teacher and joined the Life Education team in 2008. Pip loves that she’s given the opportunity to work with so many amazing children from so many different places every day. “I get to help children (and teachers) learn how to celebrate life, embrace their differences, look after each other, understand how their bodies work and discover what makes them unique.”

She loves Harold the giraffe because he’s a little bit cheeky, a little bit mischievous and full of love. “I would say it’s pretty much impossible to leave Harold’s classroom without a smile on your face, and a little more love in your heart. Even on those days I might be feeling a bit tired or sad he can lift me up and energise me.”


  • I&H McPhail Trust
  • Ida MacDonald Charitable Trust

We are extremely grateful to all our major and supporting funders.

Harold Club members

  • Duncan Anderson Dental Surgeons - Alexandra
  • O’Malley & Co – Lawyers - Balclutha
  • Breen Construction - Alexandra
  • E C Shaw Plumbers - Balclutha
  • Calder Stewart - Construction - Milton
  • Rural Business Solutions Gore Ltd – Accountants
  • Southern Wide Real Estate – Alexandra
  • Tuapeka Gold Print - Mosgiel
  • Heaps Landscaping - Gore
  • Cambrian St Bathans Branch Rural Women NZ
  • River Valley Lions Club – Gore
  • Vehicle Testing New Zealand
  • J Hope Building - Gore
  • Crossroad Cycles - Gore
  • L M Safety - Cromwell

Service donations

  • Central Otago Electrical – Alexandra

Trucking companies

We also truly appreciate the valuable support of trucking companies in the ‘Heartland’ area who shift the classroom from school to school voluntarily for us.

  • Fulton Hogan – Dunedin and Central Otago
  • RTL Transport
  • Hokonui Rural Transport
  • Dynes Transport
  • McLellan Freight
  • Tuapeka Transport
  • West Otago Transport
  • Beckers Transport
  • Clinton Waipahi Transport

The Harold Club

Life Education Trust is all about helping our children to grow up with good self-esteem, respect for themselves and others, and maintain a healthy body by making healthy choices. Life Education is totally community funded. The cost of operating the mobile classroom and delivering the Life Education programmes to the primary and intermediate schools in the ‘Heartland’ region is high. That is why we need your help.

We would like to invite you to join the Life Education experience and be part of something truly special. By contributing $400 a year ($33.33 a month) you can become part of our Harold Club. Our aim is to encourage people or businesses to make a regular contribution to the Harold Club and in doing so, ensure some sustainable funds to contribute to the operating costs of our Life Education Trust. You can be confident that all monies received remain in the Heartland Otago Southland Trust.

What can you expect in return? 

  • You can make a difference to your community
  • Your name will be printed on the back of the classroom with other Harold Club Members
  • Your name listed here on our web page
  • Your business will be profiled on our Facebook Page
  • An invitation to periodic social functions
  • Periodic newsletters on what we have been up to.
  • Harold Club framed certificate, window stickers etc
  • A GST Invoice (if applicable)
  • Tax Deduction (if applicable)
  • But the most rewarding part of being a Harold Club member is in knowing that you are part of something good, something that works and engages the children of New Zealand in a positive way.

If you would like more information on becoming a part of this exclusive and very valuable group of people, please get in touch.

Check out our Harold Club brochure.





Contact details

Office Administrator: Dana Young, 021 805 754, [email protected]

Chairperson: Tracey van Herel 0216867766  [email protected]  

Schools Co-ordinator: Margaret Box, 021 237 6466, [email protected] 

Educator: Pip Tisdall, 027 489 3859, [email protected]

Postal address: 24 Perriam Place, Pisa Moorings, RD3 Cromwell 9384