When you are considering your will, your family and loved ones come first. But many people find that after they have made provision for this they would also like to leave a gift to a cause they hold dear. Leaving a gift to Piha Surf Life Saving is one of the most valuable and lasting ways to support our work.

Piha Surf Life Saving provides an essential service in our community – saving lives and keeping everyone safe at Piha beach. However, we receive no government funding and rely on the support of people like you to open each year for the summer season.

If you decide to make this special gift, it’s important that you use our full legal name: Piha Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated.

And in case it’s useful, an example of the wording you could use is given here:

“I give to Piha Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated ___% of my estate OR the rest and residue of my estate OR the sum of $_____ for its general purposes free of probate and estate duties payable upon or in consequence of my death. I declare that the receipt of its Executive Director, Treasurer or other authorized officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.”

For more information about how to leave a gift to Piha Surf Life Saving in your will, please contact Debi on: info@pihaslsc.com

If you make the generous decision to include Piha Surf Life Saving in your will, please let Debi know so we can thank you properly.


Why should I have a will?

A will is a legal document that can safeguard the future of the people and causes you most cherish. It records exactly how you wish your assets and possessions to be distributed after your death. Having a will brings peace of mind, knowing that your affairs are in order.

What is a bequest?

A bequest is a gift of cash or property documented in a will. This can involve a one-off payment or can provide income in perpetuity, and is a thoughtful way to support your beneficiaries in the future.

Who should write my will?

We recommend that you consult your lawyer or other legal advisor to ensure that your will is worded correctly and witnessed and signed properly. If you do not have a lawyer, contact the New Zealand Law Society, www.lawsociety.org.nz, or your local Citizens Advice Bureau, www.cab.org.nz

I already have a will – can I add a bequest?

If you have already written a will, your lawyer can add a codicil to keep your will up to date.

Do I have enough money to make a bequest?

You do not need to be wealthy to leave a gift in your will. Bequests come in all sizes and are all valued by PIHA Surf Life Saving Club. Many people find that a bequest is an ideal way to make a lasting contribution without impacting on their financial needs during their lifetime.

What about my family’s needs?

We appreciate that looking after your family is your priority. Once you are happy that their needs are provided for you may wish to consider leaving a bequest to PIHA Surf Life Saving Club to help enhance patrol.

What if my circumstances change?

Your lawyer will be able to provide wording for your will to take account of any changes in your family or personal circumstances, such as marriage or divorce, and the birth of children or grandchildren. It is important to review your will regularly and make any updates that are needed.

What types of bequest can I make?

There are a number of options for leaving a gift in your will to PIHA Surf Life Saving Club:

A specific sum or percentage of your estate:

A specific sum is an option but it is a good idea to think about the effects of inflation over time. What may seem like a large amount now may not seem so in years to come. Nominating a percentage of your estate instead of a cash sum means that you do not have to keep adjusting your gift to allow for inflation.

The residue of your estate:

You may bequeath what is left from your estate after all other gifts and costs have been deducted.

A specific gift of property or other assets:

A bequest does not have to be for cash, it may be for real estate, shares, jewellery or other property you own at the time of your death.

Can I direct how my bequest is to be used?

As your bequest is unlikely to be realised for some years to come, we recommend that it is unrestricted, so that our successors can have the flexibility to direct it to the area of greatest need at the time. However, if you are interested in directing your gift to a specific area of our work please contact us. Any bequest details that you choose to share with us will remain confidential.

If you have any questions

please call us on (09) 812 8896