To help answer any queries you may still have, please view from the list of frequently asked questions about supporting St John below

What is the Supporter Scheme?

Joining the St John Supporter Scheme is a way for individual, joint or household subscribers to benefit from free ambulance cover in a medical emergency or accident related injury that is more than 24 hours old. Visit the Supporter Scheme page

What benefit is it to me to become a Supporter?

By becoming a St John Supporter you will:-

  • Not have to pay any part charge where you are treated by an ambulance officer and/or transported because of a medical emergency, anywhere in New Zealand that St John operates.
  • Help maintain St John emergency and community services in your local community
  • Make it possible for us to develop more services

Even if you don’t think you’ll need us in an emergency, becoming a St John Supporter helps ensure a range of St John services will be available in your community.

Find out how to become a supporter >>

How much does it cost to become a Supporter?

There are three membership options available:-

  • Individuals pay $50 a year. 
  • A joint subscription is $65 a year  for two people living permanently at the same address
  • Households pay $80 a year, which covers three or more people living permanently at the same address.

Please note that due to an increase in the operating costs of our ambulance service, there was a small increase in the cost of a Supporter Scheme subscription from 1 July 2016.

All membership option prices include GST. Membership lasts for 12 months.

Visit the Supporters Scheme page on this website >>

Is my Supporter Scheme fee tax deductible?

No, Supporter Scheme membership fees are not tax deductible. The St John Supporter Scheme is a subscription. The IRD makes a distinction between making donations to a charity and paying subscription fees. Donations of $5 or more are tax deductible and a receipt will be sent with your St John Supporter membership information. 

Can a rest-home or business be part of the Supporter Scheme?

No. Residents of rest homes, private hospitals or other commercial residential facilities are not eligible to subscribe to the Scheme. Residents of retirement villages, who are in independent living accommodation, are eligible to subscribe to and benefit from the Scheme. Please note though that customers will not receive free ambulance transport under the Scheme where the ambulance has been arranged or called by a medical alarm provider or is as a result of a medical alarm activation. This includes alarm services provided in retirement homes and villages. Group or company participation in the Scheme is at the discretion of St John and is evaluated on a case by case basis.

How can I make payment?

When completing your Supporter Scheme membership form you are given the option of paying by cheque or credit card. Simply complete the form with the relevant payment details, and mail back to us. We will process the payment and forward a receipt back to you.

You are now able to pay the renewal of your supporter scheme membership online using a credit card. Proceed to the online payments page >>

How can I renew my membership?

You will be sent a letter asking if you wish to renew your membership one month prior to your membership expiring.

If you forget to renew your membership, we’ll send you a follow-up reminder letter. If your membership has expired, and you have not received a renewal letter or any communication from us, please call us on 0800 ST JOHN. We’ll make sure that we process your request for renewal over the phone if you provide us with credit card details. 

You are now able to pay the renewal of your supporter scheme membership online using a credit card. Proceed to the online payments page >>

Is the Supporter Scheme available everywhere in NZ?

We welcome membership applications from all over New Zealand. You will be covered should you need an ambulance anywhere in New Zealand where St John ambulance operates.

Please note that St John does not provide emergency ambulance services in Wellington and Wairarapa. 

Visit the St John Supporter Scheme page on this site to find out more >>

What is St John’s charity number?

St John is a registered charity (Charitable Trust CC35255).

If I want people to give a donation to St John in memory of a friend or family member what do I do?

Donations in lieu of flowers and other ‘in memory’ gifts are gratefully accepted by St John. By clicking on our Donate button you will be directed to our online donation facility, and asked to select what you would like your donation to support. Simply select ‘Donation in memory’. You’ll also be able to enter in details about the person you are remembering. If you prefer to post a cheque in to us, just let us know that the donation is ‘in lieu of flowers’ and we’ll send you a receipt. 

How can I leave a bequest to St John?

If you already have a Will that does not include a bequest to St John, but would like to include one, you do not have to prepare an entirely new will.  A simple modification to your existing Will can be made by adding a codicil (a codicil is a supplement to a Will that is intended to alter or modify it). We recommend that your legal advisor help you when making changes to your existing Will to make sure it is legally binding.

Please email fundraising@stjohn.org.nz if you would like to discuss leaving a bequest to St John, would like to receive a copy of our bequest brochure, or require further information on leaving a bequest to St John.

Please note that any bequest inquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence by St John.

How can I become a supporter of St John?

The easiest way to become a supporter of St John is by joining the St John Supporter Scheme - a means for individuals and family households to financially support St John’s charitable activities.

The Supporter Scheme is great value for money and a great way to support St John. It offers members the benefit of waiving the part-charge for any ambulance attendance for medical emergencies in return for individuals and households contributing to support the community work of St John.

To join the scheme, simply download a membership form from our website, complete the details and post back to us. Alternatively, if you would like to call us on 0800 ST JOHN, we will send you a St John Supporter Scheme brochure and membership form.

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