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 email our Fundraising team at giftinwill@stjohn.org.nz or call us at +64 03 353 7110 extension 3238. 


Fill in our contact form and one of our team members will contact you.

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

(a) I give the sum of $_____(or) _____ % of my estate, (or) residue of my estate, (or) property or assets as follows to The Priory In New Zealand of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (CC35053) to support ambulance and/or community services in the local area of __________or in the district of ________ or in the _____ Region.  

(b) I declare that the receipt of a fully authorised officer of the Order of St John shall be a sufficient discharge to my Trustee and my Trustee shall not be thereafter bound to see to the application of the above gift. 

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.