Welcome to the South Island Region of St John – the home of Bluff oysters, the Ellerslie Flower Show and the highest mountain in the country.

St John South Island is proud to serve our local communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  We’re always there.

Covering an area of over 150,000 sq km, St John has 5,500 paid and volunteer members contributing in a variety of ways to their local communities.  It’s not just about our ambulance service either – we have community programmes that help promote health and wellbeing.

In a typical year, St John crews travel more than 4.5 million kilometres across the region (that’s the equivalent of going to the moon and back 12 times!).  We receive more than 250 111 calls a day and treat more than 100,000 patients a year - that’s one patient every five and a half minutes!

With the beauty of the South Island comes a significant challenge.  The large geographical area, combined with a scattered population, means delivering a prompt and reliable service is difficult.  To do this we maintain a cohesive service through our 83 ambulance stations located throughout the region.

St John in the South Island

St John in the South Island

St John also provides first aid training to the public plus we also provide first aid care at thousands of community events every year.

In addition to our world class emergency response service,
St John is also actively involved in community programmes including our Health Shuttle service, Friends of the Emergency Department, Caring Caller, and the St John Youth programme.


Our People

St John is run and staffed by people who are passionate about serving their communities. Meet some of the members of the South Island Region.

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Calander of activites

Keep up to date with St John activities in the South Island Region.

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