Amy Milne |

Hato Hone St John is on a mission to empower 10,000 people with the 3 Steps for Life as part of its “Shocktober” and Restart a Heart Day campaigns (RAHD).

Cardiac arrest remains one of the leading causes of death in Aotearoa New Zealand with more than 2000 people a year treated for cardiac arrest. Of those, only 25 percent survive hospital arrival and 11 percent leave hospital alive.

Jacci Tatnell, Hato Hone St John Head of Community Education, says while the statistics are alarming, the good news is survival rates can double with a little help from a friend.

“Bystander CPR can mean the difference between life or death, which is why we are committed to training as many people as possible in Ngā Tohu Whakaora e Toru – the 3 Steps for Life programme: CALL, PUSH, SHOCK - call 111, push is to start CPR, and shock is to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)," Ms Tatnell says.

“Our goal is to deliver it to 10,000 people by leveraging on Restart a Heart Day on Sunday October 16 and focusing the whole month of October on CPR and AED training - which is also why we've coined it 'Shocktober'."

To help deliver on that goal, Hato Hone St John will be holding free public training events across the motu.

“We’re super excited because this is the first time in two years that we have been able to mark Restart a Heart Day with public training events due to the pandemic.”

Ms Tatnell says the urgency to learn CPR and how to use an AED was more important than ever, given that the latest Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Report showed cardiac survival rates fell during the pandemic.

“The more people we can empower with the 3 Steps for Life, which is a free programme, the more lives are likely to be saved.”

Hato Hone St John also encourages everyone that learns the 3 Steps for Life to become a GoodSAM responder.

“This means they will be alerted when someone nearby is in cardiac arrest so they can respond before emergency services arrive – giving that person the best chance of survival,” Ms Tatnell says.


Eastgate Mall, Linwood Avenue, Ōtautahi, Christchurch - Sunday 16th October*
Otara Market, Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland - Saturday 15th October*
Napier Conference Centre - Tuesday 11th October*
Hawke’s Bay Trucking for Child Cancer - Saturday 8th October, 9am – 3pm
Hamilton Farmers Market - Saturday 8th October; 8am - 12pm
Cambridge Market - 1st & 8th October; 8am - 12pm
Te Kuiti Farmers Market - 1st October*
Queenstown Airport - Monday 17th October*
Havelock North Street Fair - Saturday 29th October, 10am – 2pm

*Please note times for these events are yet to be confirmed


  • New Zealand has more than 6,000 people registered as GoodSAM responders
  • AED numbers in the community are growing, with more than 5,500 registered throughout the country. That number has been bolstered at marae across New Zealand with gifts of AEDs into vulnerable communities thanks to ASB, with the support of Phillips and St John. In addition, all ASB branches have AEDs.


  • Register for the GoodSAM app if you are trained in first aid and CPR.
  • Download the free St John mobile CPR app for instructions on how to do CPR.
  • Learn how to locate the nearest public AED at aedlocations.co.nz or download the AED locations app.
  • Participate in the #9for9 challenge on social media to raise awareness about the seriousness of cardiac arrest and remember the nine out of 10 people who don’t survive.



Amy Milne
Hato Hone St John External Communications Specialist
M 027 502 7523
E amy.milne@stjohn.org.nz

St John media team
PH 0800 756 334


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