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March 6th to April 3rd 2024 is Free Wills Month

By entering through our Safewill portal you will be entitled to a free will or free upgrade of your existing will. Click on this link.

We have partnered with Safewill to offer our supporters a discounted online will writing service supported by Safewill Legal, their dedicated Estate Law practice, who review each will written through the Safewill Platform.

Online wills are a new digital application of long standing legal infrastructure, precedent templates guide you through an incredibly easy 3 step process that takes about 20 minutes to complete, enabling you to create a will or update your existing will. Safewills have reviewed over 100,000 wills on their platform since they launched in 2018. 

You will have the opportunity to support the work of VSA NZ by including a gift to VSA NZ in your Will if you choose to. 

For more information read these FAQS.  

Remembering VSA with a gift in your Will

Sir Edmund Hillary, our founding President, believed that people working together in partnership could achieve great things.
For that, we need you.

Thank you, from our whānau to yours, for considering supporting our vision of developing a better future together.
With a gift in your Will to VSA your generosity will be felt for generations to come.

We have more information available in our bequest pack.

There are several ways you can choose to leave a gift to VSA. The types of Gifts you might consider leaving in your Will include;

A Pecuniary gift - specified cash sum of money 

A Residue gift  - the remainder of your estate after specific gifts to family and loved ones have been made

A Percentage gift - a percentage of the value of your estate 

The Gift of an Asset which could include real estate, shares, bonds or other articles of value 

Your Entire Estate - we would recommend discussing this with your legal adviser

If you would like to request a bequest pack or have questions about leaving a gift in your Will to VSA, then please get in touch with the fundraising team at or phone 04 472 5759.


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Step 1: Write or update your Will

Having a Will can bring peace of mind, knowing that your affairs are in order and that the people and causes that are important to you have been provided for exactly as you intend.

We recommend that you seek independent legal advice when you choose to write your Will, or if you wish to review your Will at any time. We give an example of bequest wording, but it does not replace the need to get independent legal advice before making a bequest.

Step 2: Choose your gift

There are many forms of gift including those noted below and your lawyer will clarify for you what best suits your wishes and circumstances: 

Percentage or fractional – a gift as fraction or percentage of your estate 

Residual - the residue of your estate (what remains after all other gifts and costs have been deducted)

Pecuniary or specific – a specific sum of money, a particular asset such as property, shares or an insurance policy

Step 3: Suggested wording

Once you’ve made the decision to leave a gift in your Will to VSA, here’s an example of the wording you could use:

“I give, free of all duties and taxes to Volunteer Service Abroad: Te Tūao Tāwāhi Incorporated of 77 Thorndon Quay, Te Whanganui-a-Tara - Wellington 6011, Aotearoa/New Zealand:

•          […………] percent of my estate, or

•          the rest and residue of my estate

•          […………] percent of the residue, or

•          the specific sum of $[…………]

•          […………] (a description of property or assets)

to be used for its general purposes. An authorised receipt from Volunteer Service Abroad will be a sufficient discharge for the executor(s) or trustee(s).”


Key pieces of information your solicitor may require are:

Our official name: Volunteer Service Abroad Te Tūao Tāwāhi Incorporated

Our Registered Charity Number: CC36739

Our address: 77 Thorndon Quay, Te Whanganui-a-Tara - Wellington 6011, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Step 4: Let loved ones know

Your Will is your legacy to your whānau, your loved ones, to the next generations and to the values you hold dear. 

That is why we feel it’s important to talk to your loved ones about your Will and a good idea to let them know that you are leaving a gift to VSA. Communication can help to ensure your wishes are carried out as you intend.

Some of our supporters want their gift to be in honour of a friend or family member.  If you’d like to do the same, please let us know, we’d love to know more about them so we can best honour them with your gift.