Waipa/King Country

Waipa King Country classroom


Life Education Wāipa King Country was successfully reactivated in 2002 after being in recess for 3 years.  Our rohe lies close to the Hamilton City Boundary, includes the entire Wāipa region, and most of the King Country, stopping short of the Taumarunui and Taranaki boundary.

Our main centres and surrounding areas are Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Raglan, and Te Kuiti, with 11,000 students.

In 2017 demand for Life Education, was such that we couldn’t meet the needs of our schools. Our Trust made the decision that we needed a second mobile classroom to ensure that we could reach as many of our Kura as possible.

With the dedicated mahi of our Trustees, and the support of our local community, we proudly started operating our second mobile classroom in 2019 /2020.

Educators Nicky and Sarah now reach over 8,000 Rangatahi annually.

We own and operate one tractor unit, and with dedicated volunteer drivers, they deliver Harold safely to our schools – many of which are very rural.

To be able to keep the two classrooms running, we need to rely on local individuals and businesses to sponsor and support fundraising activities to raise the required funds. Grants are also accessed when possible.

View our latest e-newsletter here.

Our Educators: Nicky Wise and Sarah Bolton

Tēnā koutou! We are Nicky and Sarah, the lucky humans who spend our days with Harold the Giraffe as he travels throughout Waipā and the King Country, visiting almost 7000 tamariki each year. We are fully registered teachers with years of experience teaching all levels of primary school aged children. Nicky joined Life Education in 2004, delivering quality Health curriculum learning and establishing strong relationships with schools. Sarah joined the trust in 2019, due to demand for programmes by schools, with a long-goal to be able to see all our schools annually. Together, they enjoy developing engaging resources that have a big learning impact when experienced in the mobile classroom.  When not with Harold, we can be found walking our dogs and sharing laughs with whanau and friends. 

How could you support Harold to empower students?

  • Friends of Harold
  • Sponsorship
  • Volunteer

Our major sponsors


Contact details:

Chairperson: Joanne Wansbone, 027 273 6084

Educator: Nicky Wise, 027 293 4428, waipa@lifeed.org.nz

Educator: Sarah Bolton, 021 721 161, waiparohe@lifeed.org.nz 

Postal address: Life Education Trust Waipa/King Country, PO Box 317, Te Awamutu 3840