St John - Here for Life

Through our partnership with PowerNet, we’re offering free first aid training and mental health first aid training to people who are unable to afford to pay on their own.

By requesting a place on a PowerNet-sponsored training course, you are agreeing to our standard first aid training terms and conditions. Please note that this offer is only open to residents of Southland, Queenstown-Lakes and West Otago, within PowerNet’s service area and you may be required to provide proof of your address. Please see map of the eligible area here.

Before attending any St John first aid training course we also suggest that you familiarise yourself with our attendee information, which provides further important information regarding our training courses. 

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St John and electricity networks managing company PowerNet Ltd have a long-standing partnership.


Our Mission Together: PowerNet and St John are working in partnership to build resilience, and support health and well-being outcomes for the Southern communities.


The partnership aims to continually give individuals and communities the confidence to help save lives. These priorities focus on how we will contribute to our shared mission.

▪ Access - Enabling communities to have equitable access to free mental health first aid training, to build resilience, and to equip them to assist others.

▪ Educate - Empowering children and young people to respond to emergencies and enhance wellbeing by providing first aid training and wellbeing education in schools.

 ▪ Partnership/Sponsorship - Grow the community knowledge of the PowerNet sponsorship with St John. 


St John Mental Health First Aid Training course

The reality is that someone we know or care about may need our help. How someone responds may determine how quickly a friend, work colleague or loved one gets the help they need. St John Mental Health First Aid Training course teaches participants the skills and knowledge to recognise and respond to someone experiencing these mental health concerns.


Who should attend? Those who are responsible for staff, interact with the public or anyone who wants to improve their knowledge around mental health and wellbeing.


PowerNet is sponsoring these courses for the good of the communities that they serve, and priority will be given to those that would not usually be able to pay for such training: If you’re not able to attend or can afford to purchase this training yourself, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can ensure this valuable training can be made available to someone on our waiting list that would not be able to access it any other way.


With 1 in 6 New Zealand adults experiencing a mental illness in their lifetime. Would you like to feel more confident about how you could help?  Learn more at a St John Mental Health First Aid Training course.  Click on this video to find out more.


To sign up for one of our PowerNet-sponsored courses, please complete the form on this page and one of our Training team members will be in touch.