Rotorua Area

Rotorua Trust


Life Education Trust Rotorua has been successfully delivering the Life Education programme to children throughout the area.

In 2018, LET Rotorua reached nearly 5,000 children in 24 schools. The hard working Trustees continue to raise much needed funds to keep the mobile classroom running.


Our sponsors

  • Fat Dog Café Rotorua
  • Lockwood
  • Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust
  • Infinity Foundation Limited
  • NZ Lottery Grants Board
  • NZ Community Trust
  • The Southern Trust
  • Pub Charity
  • Four Winds Foundation Limited
  • First Sovereign
  • Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust Board
  • Grassroots Trust
  • Eric Hattaway Bridgman Trust
  • The Lion Foundation
  • Rotorua District Council Community Grants
  • COGS

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Our people

Juliane McLaughlin

Hello my name is Juliane McLaughlin (Jules). I have been teaching in Rotorua for 14 years. I have worked on local committees and have supported many local charities over the years. I feel very privileged to have been invited to join the Life Education Trust. We have a fantastic team of trustees brimming with enthusiasm and great fundraising ideas. I have seen first-hand, the overwhelmingly positive response children have to Life Education. The visits to the caravan are something special and Harold is such a well-known character for young and old. If you see us out and about in the community, be sure to say hello.

John Cole

John Cole has been a trustee of the Life Education Trust for nine years. He farmed in the Mamaku District for almost forty years before retiring to Rotorua some five years ago. He believes that Life Education has a wonderful story to teach our children that they are unique, that the human body is magnificent and that we all need to support and respect each other.

Jo-Anne LaGrouw

Jo-Anne has been a trustee of Life Education in Rotorua for 22 years. She is a life member of the Friends of Rotorua Museum and has been involved with a number of fundraising activities in the city over many years. In particular, she was Chairperson of the Rotorua Boys' High School Millennium Centre, raising $3 million, Chairperson of Rotorua Civic Theatre Redevelopment Trust, raising $6.2million, a Trustee of Rotorua Museum Centennial Trust, raising $23million, Chairperson of Save the Children, Chairperson of New Zealand Aria Trust, Chairperson of Rotorua Competitions' Society, Trustee of Lakeside Concert Charitable Trust, Trustee of the Rotorua Arts Festival. She is an elected member (Deputy Chair) of the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and runs her own property development company in Rotorua.

Jason Henwood

Hi. My name is Jason Henwood. I have been a part of the Rotorua business community for many years. I have worked for and supported many local clubs, school committees and charities. It is great to be involved in the Life Education Trust, such a worthwhile charity and it’s great to work with such a dedicated team of trustees. My own children have loved their visits to the Life Ed caravan and I have seen the ongoing respect and adoration for Berni and Harold in Rotorua.

Vicki Needham

Kia ra koutou. I am Vicki Needham and am truly excited to be able to offer my support to the Rotorua Life Education whanau as a Trustee. I have been involved in children’s education for over 30 years, as a Primary School Teacher, Principal and Teacher Educator. I am passionate about children’s holistic development. I have seen first -hand the value of Life Education programmes in supporting children’s understanding of their bodies and healthy ways of living. Our Educator Berni provides interactive, informative, safe and sensitive sessions that children respond positively to and can’t wait until it is their turn to visit the mobile Classroom, and of course to see Harold

Martyn Craven

My name is Martyn Craven. I have been a Trustee for six years and recognise the extra education the Trust provides our youth. In particular, life skills a focus on healthy living and fight against drugs.

Katherine Cross

My name is Katherine Cross and I am born and bred in Rotorua. I am married with 2 children and I have a love of the outdoors especially mountain biking for which we are so lucky to have so many great tracks. I am proud to be a trustee for Life Education Trust and to be able to give back to the children of Rotorua.

Berni Volschenk (Educator)

I am thrilled and delighted to be the educator in the Life Education mobile classroom in Rotorua and to have the awesome task of being the official carer of Harold G. Raffe. It is an honour and a privilege to be able to visit all the students in the district and share with them Harold’s message of their uniqueness and magnificence. And to do that in a classroom that is highly technical and full of surprises, gives me the opportunity to create a learning environment that is both meaningful and exciting.


Contact details

Chairperson: Juliane McLaughlin,
Educator: Bernadette Volschenk, 021 446 079,