St John

St John - Serving the Havelock Community

St John has a proud history of community service in Marlborough, including Havelock.

Volunteering For St John - Giving Something Back

Volunteering with St John is immensely rewarding. A good way to ‘put something back', volunteering can bring enormous rewards, both through skills learning and friendships made, but also by contributing to the welfare of the local community. This is particularly important in a tight-knit community like Havelock.

Volunteers also contribute greatly to the first aid cover St John provides at the many sporting, cultural and community events across Marlborough. St John provides highly trained staff capable of providing care in the event of almost any emergency or first aid situation. Such events can include work at local speedways, wine and food festivals, go-cart and motorcycle racing, rugby matches, and many other events. The training events staff receive is exactly the same as that of emergency ambulance staff.

"There are never enough," says ambulance officer Jo Douglas, pointing out that members must juggle family and work commitments to provide a 24-hour, seven-day callout service.
Everyone must agree to do three 12-hour shifts a month but some do more - like Jo who does five shifts each week. Callouts don't happen every night, of course, so Jo does her shifts while working on the night roster at seafood processing company Sanford.It is one of Havelock's bigger employers and it supports workers who are St John members or volunteer for one of the town's other emergency services.

"They will cover our wages while on a callout and support any time off for training or courses," Jo says
"They feel they get some benefit because they have trained members on staff and the community also benefits." She fulfilled a childhood dream to be an ambulance driver when she joined St John five or six years ago.
"But I thought [then] you needed a university degree," she grins. It was a goal too challenging for the then-rebellious teen so she took a different path.
"Twenty-four, 30 years later I ended up doing what I should have done when I was 20!"
For more information volunteering for St John, phone 0800 ST JOHN (0800 785 646) or visit

St John Youth

St John Youth has a Division in Havelock, with both Penguins (6-8 years) and Cadets (8-18). St John Youth is for all young people from 6 to 18 years, with great opportunities for those interested in leadership. It's all about making the most of your time, having fun and meeting new people, all through programmes that will encourage discovery, adventure and learning. St John Youth programmes focus on teaching first aid, health care, leadership and life skills with fantastic opportunities to meet new people, experience new things and of course... have fun!
We are also looking for fun and energetic people to become Youth Leaders. We provide you with training, resources and support and give you the opportunity to increase your leadership skills. To find out more about the rewards of becomUpload Imageing a Youth Leader, or joining our Youth programme, contact Pamela Hayter, Phone 03 5742 468, or visit for more information. Havelock Youth division meet on Mondays from 3.00-5.00pm at the St.John Ambulance Station.

St John Lifelink® Medical Alarms
Do you live alone? Do you have a medical condition which may require urgent assistance?

You can feel reassured that a St John LifelinkTM Alarm will alert us once you press the button and help will be on its way if you need it. You can enjoy the freedom of knowing that you'll have assistance when you need it - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 0800 50 23 23 to organise a no-obligation demonstration with our local Lifelink® representative, or visit for more information.

First Aid Courses

If someone you know had an accident at work, at home, or in your community - could you help?

Another way for the general public to give back to their community through St John is to do a St John first aid course, where you are taught a range of first aid skills, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In New Zealand, there are about 3,000 cardiac arrests a year and only 9 out of every 100 survive. Most cardiac arrests happen at home, emphasising the importance of every home having a trained first aider proficient in CPR.St John can help you to be confident to take the right steps and provide First Aid when needed. St John First Aid courses can be tailored to the particular needs of a business and can take place at your premises or in St John training facilities.  For courses running in your area, or to book your place, contact us today: 0800 ST JOHN (785 646) or visit 

Marlborough Health Shuttle

When you need to travel to a health related appointment in Blenheim (Bookings are required) Ring 0800 333 781 Monday to Friday.

Booking ASAP is best and at least the day before 3pm.