The mission of Ngā Tohu Whakaora e 3 (3 Steps for Life) is to empower members of the community to step forward when help is needed, and increase out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates in your local community.

St John paramedic with members of marae and an AED

In 2021, over 2,000 New Zealanders suffered a cardiac arrest in the community, with a total of 11% surviving – 1 out of 10 people. 3 Steps for Life plans to increase those chances of survival in your local community!

Delivered by Volunteer Community Educators, this programme is a free one-hour public awareness session and is designed to give New Zealanders the confidence and knowledge around basic CPR and AED training. It gives participants the skills to take action in responding to someone in cardiac arrest by 1) Calling 111, 2) Starting CPR, and 3) Using an AED.

Sessions are aimed at community groups such as sporting clubs, church groups, retirement villages, marae and high schools just to name a few. St John aims to deliver these free 3 Steps for Life sessions to at least 10,000 local community members each year.

Participants do not gain certification after sessions but are encouraged to become a GoodSAM (Good Smartphone Activated Medic) responder through the GoodSAM app

Keen for a programme in your community? Reach out to our team by emailing or