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The Duke of Edinburghs Hillary Award

The Duke of Edinburghs Hillary Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is part of the International family of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award currently operating in over 130 countries around the world. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been a National Programme in New Zealand since 1963 and it is now creating a new identity within New Zealand under the title ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award’.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25, regardless of gender, background or ability. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.

Participants follow their chosen activities, largely in their own time, with guidance from someone knowledgeable in each subject. Once the requirements for each Section are fulfilled the Participant qualifies for an Award.

The essence of the Programme is that it is ‘a challenge to the individual’ and not simply another competition in life where one person’s success is another person’s comparative failure.

It is the process of participation in the programme, rather than the end achievement of the Award, that leads to personal development and new, well-earned self-confidence.

Above all, The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award should be enjoyable for both Coordinators and Participants. Only in that way will they benefit fully from the experiene and continue to develop newfound talents and abilities.

Contact Details

PO Box 31688, Lower Hutt 5040

Phone: 0800 69 29 27 http://www.dofehillary@org.nz