Western Bay of Plenty Region


Life Education Trust Western Bay of Plenty Region was formed in 1993. We deliver the Life Education programme to over 7,500 children at 25 primary and intermediate schools between Katikati and Otamarakau.

We could not deliver the programme without the ongoing support of our major sponsors, Grace Hospital and Page Earthworks LTD.

Grace Hospital provides a motor vehicle for our Educator to travel to the schools.

Page Earthworks move our mobile classroom and our lovable mascot Harold the Giraffe from school to school.

We are very fortunate that the Trust is supported by many Western Bay businesses.

Our Major Sponsors:

Our Funders and Supporters:

Our people:

  • Astrid Martin - Chairperson
  • Keryn Jarvis - Trustee/Treasurer
  • Michelle Carabine - Trustee
  • Mel Taylor - Trustee
  • Kathryn Esterman - Trustee
  • Debbie Given - Trustee
  • Helena Brocket - Executive Officer
  • Chantelle Smith - Educator


Our Educator: Chantelle Smith

After completing a Bachelor of Education (Teaching Primary) in Tauranga, Chantelle moved back down to the Kapiti coast, where she is originally from. 

Chantelle spent 10 years teaching in Kapiti, which included over 3 years in a multi-level classroom, with tamariki in Years 5-8. Having gained this teaching experience it was time for a change and so Chantelle joined Life Education in 2020. 

“When I saw the opportunity to work for Life Education in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, I jumped at it! I had always loved Life Education both as a child and as a teacher with my own class. I love being able to travel to different schools and teach in such a dynamic space. I am passionate about empowering our tamariki with knowledge and skills to make the best choices. Having so much fun with Harold along the way is a bonus.”

Contact details:

Chairperson: Astrid Martin, ph 027 495 6650
Executive Officer: Helena Brocket, 027 483 6982, [email protected]
Educator: Chantelle Smith, ph 027 247 8788, [email protected]