The Learn ‘N’ Live Trust

The Learn n Live Trust runs school holiday camps held at Waimanaaki, Riversdale Beach, for children from the Wairarapa and surrounding area. Camps run for one week during each of the current term holidays with two over the summer break for children between 5 and 12 years of age.

These camps provide children with opportunities to have fun while developing social and cooperative skills in a safe and supportive environment. Since being established in 1985 The Trust has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and their families. The children who attend the camp come from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, many of whom are supported by local agencies.

All the leaders and helpers running camp are volunteers, many of whom have served at the camps over many years and in some cases decades. Due to these camps being the core focus of the Trust, the cost to campers are kept as minimal as possible. Donations are regularly given by members of the community to help fund children who otherwise would not be able to afford to come.

We always seek to make these camps a fantastic experience for participants to remember for the rest of their lives. The motto for Learn n Live school holiday camps is “It is better to build a child than repair an adult” -this mission statement is still as relevant to us today as when the work of The Learn ‘N’ Live Trust began.

The Learn n Live Trust Logo

"Thanks to the generous support of the Trust House Foundation grant, HOA has recently acquired 8 Artist Panels, providing our contributors with a dynamic platform to showcase their work."

Heart of Arts

"Without the support from Trust House Foundation we could not have run all these activities for our community and provide them at a cost-effective rate."

Porirua Basketball

"The generous support from Trust House Foundation has enabled Arita to carry out this values-based and fulfilling work in 2023, and has helped set an example of how we can set young leaders up for success in learning and development roles which create positive outcomes in their community."

Shoebox Christmas

"Massive thanks to Trust House for this funding that ensures the impacts of the WELLfed programme are maximised in 2023 "


"The Grant was to contribute towards our Food Services Manager.  Our wonderful Heath helps the community and corporate groups cook dinner for the families and provides meals throughout the day.  This provides the families with more time to spend with their family while their child is in hospital. "

Ronald McDonald Charitable Trust

"On behalf of Waimanaaki and the Live and Learn Trust, we thank you for your grant to help the camp in a range of ways. With these funds we have been able to purchase sixty new mattresses for campers to enjoy in the cabins. These new mattresses have a hospital-grade cover to help ease cleaning and maintain safe, hygienic practices to ensure all those who stay in the cabins are comfortable and well looked after for many camps to come. We have also been able to purchase a generator to power the campsite during outages and provide electricity for the local Riversdale residents if there is a prolonged outage. We have also completed the upgrade to all the gas regulators on-site to ensure we are up to code
and all safe.."

The Learn ‘N’ Live Trust

"Through the generosity of Trust House and their grant-funding programme we receive much needed funds which enable our Educator to see over 5000 tamariki across in the North Wellington region."

Life Education Trust North Wellington