Who we are and what we do?

Life Education is a charitable trust that delivers a health programme to children in preschool, primary and intermediate schools. We build self-esteem and teach children the marvel of the human body so they can make informed decisions and lead a healthy life. The Marlborough Trust is completely locally funded, and all funds raised stay within our community.

Life Education in the Marlborough region

Since commencing in May 2006, Marlborough’s mobile classroom has visited some 99% of the primary and intermediate schools in the Marlborough region, including Rai Valley, the Marlborough Sounds, Kaikoura, and in 2010 we extended into the Hurunui region. In Marlborough, our programme is dependent on the support of a small but vital group of local sponsors whose contributions by way of funding services help us deliver the programme to schools at a highly subsidised rate so that all pupils have the opportunity to attend.

Find out more about our work and how to support us here.

Food for Life cookbook

Food for Life cookbook cover

Life Education Trust Marlborough has pulled together a culinary cookbook to celebrate what makes our region great and to provide both families & children inspiration for meal ideas to share with family and friends.

This coffee-table cookbook includes over 60 favourite and trusted recipes from well-known chefs to local restaurateurs, artisan food producers, wineries and more. 

Contributors are: Arbour | Boom Chef Blenheim | Boom Town Brewing | Cloudy Bay Clams| Chris Fortune | Cranky Goat | Drop the Beet | Eleni | Feast Merchants | Gen from Life Education | Golden Mile Produce | Herb and Olive | Hope Nutrition | Jackson Estate | Kono | Little Beauties | Marlborough Oysters | Meaters of Marlborough | Minghettis | NZ King Salmon | Proper Crisps | RB Catering | Tasman Bay Food Co | Taste Manaaki | The Karaka Kitchen | Tupari Wines | Two Raw Sisters | Wellness Station | Whitehaven Wines | Wholefood Marlborough | Will from Bayleys

Cost: $39 plus shipping


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Our sponsors

  • Fulton Hogan
  • Move Freight
  • WK Advisors and Accountants Limited
  • More FM
  • Laser Electrical
  • Prisma Print
  • VENT
  • Fissendens
  • Motorworld Blenheim
  • Transport Repairs
  • Blenheim Storage


Check out Genevieve and Harold in our new vehicle, kindly supported by Motorworld Blenheim


Our people

Chairperson: James Ryan

James has been a member of Life Education Trust Marlborough since 2015 and Chair since 2017. He is a graduate from one of the first Life Education Trusts over 30 years ago and when the opportunity to help Harold and benefit the Marlborough community came up, he jumped at the chance. Marlborough is a wonderful place to raise a family and has a great deal over everyone. James has been a secondary school teacher since 2003 and is Assistant Principal at one of the local schools.

Educator: Genevieve McDonald

Gen has lived in Marlborough for 30 years, raising her two daughters here.

Originally from Southland, Gen and her family love the rural life and the friends and family they have in Marlborough. Gen and her family love being outdoors and on the water in the Marlborough Sounds or anywhere in our beautiful country. They also love getting away in their bus, which is a favourite pastime.

Gen has been teaching a while now and has enjoyed being in many different schools, but Life Ed is where she feels the most passionate. She believes that Life Ed are giving children the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in life. The messages we share with children are lifelong lessons that will enable them to be amazing citizens in the future.

Harold Club

Harold Club is an excellent way individuals can support our community Trust. During the year we run social functions for the Harold Club with guest speakers. These are opportunities to gather with other supporters of the Trust. $200 for an individual membership; $300 for group membership. 


Contact details

Chairperson: James Ryan 027 808 2451
Educator: Genevieve MacDonald, 027 375 7829 [email protected]
Trust Fundraiser: Dayna Brassil, [email protected]

Postal address: Life Education Trust Marlborough, PO Box 5097, Springlands, Blenheim 7241