Leave a Bequest

"I’d come face to face with the results of domestic abuse while working in family law and in women’s health. […] I believe that the assistance provided by organisations such as Aviva will continue to be required for many years to come, and as such, Aviva is a worthy recipient of a bequest."

Leave a lasting impression

Once your loved ones have been provided for, leaving a bequest in your will is one of the most generous gifts you can make.

Most of us want to make the world a better place, particularly for those who will inherit a society they did not create. Sometimes working out how to make that difference seems too overwhelming to contemplate, but leaving a bequest in will is an easy way for us to help future New Zealanders.

By choosing to leave a bequest to Aviva, you are choosing to leave a legacy of support for a violence-free Aotearoa.

For more details, see our full bequest brochure here.

Types of bequests

There are three types of bequests:

1.   Residual Bequest - the remainder of your estate after the general and specific bequests have been paid. Many supporters find this is the simplest way to support us after ensuring that provisions have been made to those closest to them.

2.   General Bequest - usually a fixed sum of money or percentage of the total value of your estate. Solicitors often advise that you review fixed sums regularly to account for inflation.

3.   Specific Bequest - a gift of a particular piece of property such as a house, furniture, or jewellery. For this type of gift, we recommend contacting Aviva ahead of making your bequest to discuss how such a gift may be utilised or how to manage the transfer of property.

How Do I Make a Bequest to Aviva?

We recommend contacting your lawyer or a solicitor for expert advice. Depending on your level of need, there are also free online will making platforms, such as Gathered Here.

The nature of Aviva’s work can and has changed over time. To ensure we are able to use your gift to support future services and those in need, we recommend your gift remain unspecific and available for overall services. If you would like to discuss specific wishes, please contact us at [email protected].

Here is an example of wording you might use:

“I give to Aviva (incorporating Christchurch Women’s Refuge) Charitable Trust, The Loft, Level 1, Eastgate Shopping Centre, [the residue of my estate / a ___% share of my estate / the sum of $_____] for its general purposes. A receipt given on behalf of the Aviva Charitable Trust will be a complete discharge to my trustees for the gift.”

Aviva Details

Please use Aviva's official name and details in your will.

Official legal name:  Aviva (incorporating Christchurch Women’s Refuge) Charitable Trust
Registered Charity Number:  CC53151
Address:  The Loft, Level 1, Eastgate Shopping Centre
20 Buckleys Rd, Linwood 8062
PO Box 24161, Christchurch 8140


Let us know how we can help

If you are considering making a bequest and would like to discuss this, please contact [email protected] or phone 0800 AVIVA NOW (0800 28482 669).

If you are interested in making a bequest or have already done so, please let us know through the bequest intention form below. This will be a great help with forward planning and will also enable us to thank you personally.

Bequest Intention Form

We look after your information in terms of confidentiality and privacy, and we comply with the Privacy Act 2020. We will only share information if required to by law or if you consent to us sharing information. 

Please indicate your intentions