Bequests, Wills & Trusts

You are invited to leave a gift to help deaf children listen and speak (they really can!).  Every gift counts, your bequest means we can help more hearing-impaired children


Izabella was born profoundly deaf – with your bequest you can help kids like her to listen and speak

The Hearing House is a charity for deaf children and their families. Our mission is to enable deaf or hearing impaired children listen and speak clearly and naturally. We aim to give deaf children like Izabella the ability to fulfil their potential and live an independent life in a hearing and speaking world. But we need help to do this ….


Death can be a difficult subject to talk about, but the reality is that at some point, each of us will come to the end of our life. Setting up a bequest is a way of honouring and using that knowledge to benefit deaf children far beyond one’s own life span. If you want part of your estate to go to a life-changing cause, please consider The Hearing House – part of the Cochlear Implant Foundation of New Zealand.

A Will is a legal document declaring your wishes about the distribution of your property after you die. It is important to make a Will if you have family or dependents who you wish to be beneficiaries of your property after you die.  You can change, add to or cancel your Will any time before your death as long as you are mentally competent to do so. Please make sure you have considered your family’s needs before making your bequest, as a contested Will would cost us money we do not have to spare!  You can make a qualification in your Will that the money is to be used for a specific purpose and we will ensure that your wishes are fully complied with. If helping profoundly deaf children to listen and speak and participate in mainstream schools and society is important to you, please consider The Hearing House in your Will.  Our legal constitution assures you that the money must be appropriately spent.

About leaving a gift in your Will

Fortunately, leaving a gift in your will is easy.  What’s more, just a relatively small donation from your overall estate could make all the difference to our being able to help more deaf children listen and speak. We will treat your bequest enquiry in the strictest confidence – we will respect your wishes if you choose to remain anonymous.

A gift in your will can take a number of forms:

  • A percentage of the value of the estate (meaning the bequest will grow in proportion to the size of the estate)
  • The residue of the estate after payment of any debts and provision for family and other beneficiaries.
  • A specified amount of money or item of property (be aware that a specified gift may alter in proportional value to the rest of your estate).
  • No amount is too small – we are grateful for all help, big or small

We would love to thank you personally if you decide to remember us in your Will and we strongly encourage you to let us know.   Please let us know if you would like to visit The Hearing House to learn more about our work helping hearing-impaired children.

If you would like more information on remembering The Hearing House in your will, please fill in the Bequest Form and send it to The Hearing House. We will then contact you to give you more information on how to leave a gift in your will to The Hearing House, how you would like to be acknowledged, and what you would like your gift to be used for.


if you would like more information or if you have any enquiries about leaving a gift to The Hearing House please contact Melanie Louden at  or 027 268 4456.


“I’m not wealthy or anything,” says Ngongotaha’s Mary Staal. Despite her protestations, Mary has been a wonderful donor to The Hearing House for many years and plans to continue that support after she dies. Mary has decided to leave a bequest to The Hearing House in her will and is open about it as she wants to encourage more people to think about doing the same.

Mary and her late husband Jan – both originally from Holland – were always very involved in voluntary work, she says. “He always said this country has been good to us and we have to give back.”

Jan died 15 years ago and in recent years Mary has become passionate about two charities – The Hearing House and Wingspan, a Rotorua charity dedicated to breeding and caring for native birds of prey. Every week sees Mary volunteering at Wingspan, looking after “my birds” and she has also made a provision for Wingspan in her will.

Mary learned about The Hearing House in an article in the New Zealand Herald and was particularly struck by its work with deaf children because Jan, a bomber pilot in World War II, had had a hearing loss as does her son. “Between a husband and a son with hearing problems – and I, myself, have tinnitus at the moment, I thought that’s a good cause to give to.”  She came up for a visit and would volunteer at The Hearing House if she lived in Auckland because she says she loves the children and the atmosphere.

Jan and Mary travelled extensively while he was alive and she says she could spend her money on a big trip on the QE2 ship “but I don’t want to do that,” she says. “The idea is to give something after me.” She recommends being open about your plans to avoid any problems with family members or others who are surprised at a charitable donation in your will. “I maintain you should make a bequest while you are still completely with it, to an organisation or trust that you have personal and strong feelings for. And of course tell the family in no uncertain terms that this is what you truly want.  Of course it is better to do it properly through your lawyer and not one of these do-it-yourself kits or on the net!”

Mary says she is very relaxed about what she has decided: “I get great peace of mind knowing it is going to a cause that I felt passionately about while I was alive and after.”

  • If you are interested in leaving a bequest to The Hearing House in your will, please contact fundraising manager Melanie Louden to arrange a confidential discussion.