What it’s all about

It's all about young people being the best that they can be.

Taking on the challenge of The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award is the first step towards growing into the best version of you!

Your Award is designed by you to help you, discover, build on your strengths and interests, and develop your personality to give you the ability to deal with everything life can throw at you.


The mission of The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award programme in New Zealand is to have young people, regardless of cultural, ethnic and socio-economic background, participating in an exciting, flexible and individually-tailored programme, to build skills, identity and self-esteem.

You can learn more about our Philosophy here.


The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award programme is part of a worldwide network which provides young people with a balanced, non-competitive programme of individual challenge through which they can make constructive use of their leisure time.

The Award programme provides a framework for personal discovery and growth through Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journeys; developing perseverance, responsibility to self and to the community. Individuals or organisations can use this framework, with its three levels, to provide individual challenge and achievement for young people between the ages of 14 and 25.

The flexibility of content within the programme structure, and the national and international recognition that the Award attracts, make it an effective and challenging opportunity for young people with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Increasingly, employers and interviewers are recognising the Award as an indicator of responsibility and achievement.

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