Leave a gift in your will

Close your eyes and imagine the Bay of Islands you want to see. With a gift to Project Island Song in your will, we can help your vision come true…

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If we don't look out for the future, and protect our world for the next generation, much of what we see today could be lost forever. The Bay of Islands is home to a stunning array of wildlife, much of it unique to our part of the planet. However, our wildlife habitats are under threat..

A gift in your will to Project Island Song is a simple way to make an enduring contribution to protect and restoring the natural heritage of the Bay of Islands. With your help, imagine what we could achieve for the benefit of future generations.

If you would like more information about leaving a gift in your will to Project Island Song, please contact Richard Robbins, in confidence, on 027 336 1744, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How you make a Will

If you are considering leaving a gift in your will to Project Island Song - thank you. This information may be helpful.
1. Our legal name is The Guardians of the Bay of Islands Incorporated.

2. We recommend you talk to a solicitor for expert advice. They may find the following wording helpful:

"I give to Guardians of the Bay of Islands Incorporated (the residue of my estate / a ______% share of my estate / the sum of $__________." for its general purposes. A receipt given on behalf of the Guardians of the Bay of Islands Incorporated will be a complete discharge to my trustees for the gift."

Common Forms of Bequests

A residual bequest
After making provision for family and friends you can choose to leave what's left (the residue) to a charity such as the Guardians of the Bay of Islands Incorporated.

A percentage
Some people decide to share their estate among a number of people and charities by allocating a percentage to beneficiaries. This overcomes the need to review your Will regularly to take account of changes in your estate or to compensate for inflation. Even a small percentage of your estate can make a significant difference to our work.

Specified Gift
This form of bequest allows you to clearly specify a gift, whether it is a gift of money, property, artwork, jewellery, bonds, shares or your estate. Remember that over time inflation may change the value of the gift. A specified amount of money is not always advisable for this reason.

Your Whole Estate
This usually occurs when there are no living relatives or if the Benefactor (you) wishes to make a significant contribution to what they believe in.

Updating Your Will

A Will is an important and telling document and provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your life and your values. Your Will should therefore be reviewed on a regular basis, particularly when major changes have occurred in one's life such as marriage, death of a loved one or executor of your Will.

Different financial circumstances or changes in the needs of family members may also need to be taken into consideration.

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