Have you thought about leaving a legacy once you pass away?

Leaving a gift in your Will, also known as leaving a ‘bequest’ is an incredible way to be remembered. It is a living legacy that will help us look after New Zealand communities, now and for future generations.

If you’d like to leave a gift in your Will, please contact us on giftinwill@stjohn.org.nz


Please call          

St John Northern Region: 09 579 1015 extn 8472

St John Central Region:     07 847 2849 extn 7860

St John South Island :         03 353 7110 extn 3360 


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Where your money goes:

Where your money goes

 Pat Turnbull -  Leaving a Gift in Will


What if I already have a Will

You could include a gift to St John by adding a Codicil. To make sure your Codicil is legal we recommend it is approved by a legal advisor.

What if I don’t have a Will

Writing a Will is important because it is a legal document that ensures your last wishes will be carried out the way you intended and that the people and causes you care about will be provided for.

What’s the wording for leaving a gift in your Will

Here’s an indication of the accepted form of words that can be used to leave a bequest to St John:

"I give and bequeath the sum of $_____________ (or) __________ % of my estate, (or) residue of my estate, (or) property or assets as follows



free of all charges, to The Order of St John. The official receipt of the Chief Executive or other authorised officer of the Trustee is an absolute discharge to my executors."

What types of gift can I leave?

After providing for family and friends, you could either leave a share of your estate or leave an exact sum of money. 

Do I need to inform St John?

There’s no requirement to tell us that you’re leaving a bequest to St John. However, we would like to make sure that your generous giving is suitably thanked and acknowledged in your lifetime. This will also help us to better plan and budget for our ongoing programmes. Deciding to tell us about your bequest can also be a good thing if your Will is challenged. If we’re able to demonstrate that we have a relationship with you, your wishes are less likely to be amended by the court.