Latest News & Events

From 1 January 2018, we are changing the minimum age requirements required to start the Bronze Award level. Previously, a participant needed to be 14 before they could register for Bronze, 15 for Silver and 16 for Gold. From next year, participants will be allowed to start their Bronze Awards in the school year they turn 14 – so that they can complete their Award with their peer groups. Once they have completed Bronze, they can progress to their Silver Award (without needing to turn 15 first). They will, however, still need to wait until their 16th birthday before they can start working on their Gold Awards. 

 Wanting to access the Online Record Book (ORB) ? To sign-up, or sign-in to the ORB please click here.

To view a copy of the Award's 2017 Annual Report, please click here

The next regional hub meetings will be held in Wellington on Wednesday 8th November at the Pelorous Trust Sports House (93 Hutt Park Road, Seaview) and in Auckland on 9th November at St. Dominic's College Staffroom (Pinedale Place, Henerson). Check out our Facebook page for more information or contact your local Hub coordinator.

Welcome to our four new Board Members - Andrea Duncan (Auckland), Ken Hames (Northland), Simon McDermott (Rolleston) and Maxine Moana-Tuwhangai (Ngaruawahia) - we're delighted to have you with us and excited about what each of you will bring to the Award. Thanks also to outgoing Board Member Jillian Friedlander (pictured left with Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand, and her husband, Sir David Gascoigne), for the dedication and enthusiasm she demonstrated during her time on the Board. You will be missed!

In a New Zealand first, a youth offender gets the opportunity to turn his life around by working towards his Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award - while still inside Christchurch Men's Prison. Our thanks to the Friedlander Foundation and the Joshua Foundation whose support ensures that the Award programme can be delivered to this offender and others '"inside the wire'', to give them a fighting chance of staying out of the prison system once they leave.

The results of a recent pilot study in Australia show that improvements to an Award participant’s self-confidence, ability to cope with change (resilience), leadership, overall effectiveness and active involvement could be directly attributed to participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Congratulations to the 124 young men and women who received their Gold Award certificates from Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand (pictured in blue, front row) at two Gold Award Ceremonies held in Auckland on Sunday 9 July. It was a privilege to see your hard work and tireless efforts rewarded!

Congratulations to Chris Stagg, a 25-year-old Gold Award holder from Christchurch who has been selected to represent New Zealand at the International Gold Event in Prague, Czech Republic, 25-30 October 2017.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh is stepping down from public engagements from August this year, and we wish him all the very best for his most well-deserved retirement - at the amazing age of 95! He will continue to be associated with over 780 organisations such as The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (and the Aotearoa New Zealand / Hillary Award) but he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements. Since founding the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956 The Duke has worked tirelessly to enable millions of young people to have the opportunity to transform their lives through participation in the Award. We remain immensely grateful to HRH for his continued Patronage and send him our thanks and good wishes.

If you've donated to The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award during the last financial year ended 31 March 2017, don't forget that you could claim back on your income tax 33% of the total amount you donated. If you've misplaced your receipt, please email us at

Graeme Sinclair, from popular TV series Gone Fishin', recently featured two segments on the show (one week apart) which featured a group of Somali lads who are doing the Award thanks to the International Special Projects Grant. Graeme, a patron of New Zealand Blue Light (who deliver the programme for us) wants to make sure that young refugees who settle here get the chance to experience New Zealand’s great outdoors – tramping, fishing, etc.
Watch clip 1
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Got that special 'X-factor'? Then put together a 60-90 second video telling us why you think other young people should do the Award, and you could win $500 in Macpac vouchers!

The next International Gold Event is being held in Prague, Czech Republic - could you be the person who represents New Zealand at this event? We're looking for nominations from the New Zealand Gold Award community - someone who has achieved or is currently nearing the end of their Gold Award, and aged between 20 and 35. Click here for more information.

There is no easy way to say it, but say it we must: we need to increase the fees we charge to Participants, Award Units and Activity Providers―although fees will actually decrease for Award Units with small numbers (1-10) of Participants. The new pricing structure will come into affect on 1 July 2017 so if you've already registered to do an Award, you won't pay the new fees until you register for your next level. Click here for full details.

We've recently aligned with the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award which means we're getting a 'new look'! You'll start seeing our new logo (shown here) on everything from stationery to certificates—plus, we're also using the opportunity to develop a fresh, new website ... watch this space!

The dates for the 2017 Gold Award ceremonies will be:

Auckland - Sunday 9th July

Wellington - Saturday 12th August

Dunedin - Saturday 30th September

We will be in touch shortly with participants who will receive their Gold Awards at these ceremonies with further information.

 Our phones are now back up and running. Sorry for the disruption! Our 0800 number remains the same (0800 69 29 27).  

   Since the story about the running of the Award at Christchurch Men's Prison aired on TVNZ back in October there has been an overwhelming response of people wanting to donate shoes to the young men. TVNZ recently went back to meet-up with the men and find out how they were getting along. Watch the article here

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award welcomes Karen Ross as the new National Director. Karen is attracted to the National Director role by the issues she sees facing the Award: addressing the increasing diversity in New Zealand, looking at the way the organisation communicates, and developing the impact of the Award in an ever changing environment.

It was amazing to be at the Bronze Award ceremony in Christchurch on Friday 14th October where 6 participants, who were part of our pilot programme at Christchurch Men's Prison, received their Bronze Award. The programme was run through the Joshua Foundation, funded by the Friedlander Foundation.  One of the Bronze recipients said "Feels good to show family. Like, they're not proud you're here, but just proud getting on with your time and learning new skills." Watch the full report at TVNZ here. 

Our longstanding, highly respected Director who has led our high achieving Award national office for many years is retiring. We are currently in the process of recruiting a new National Director to lead New Zealand's delivery of The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award.

Earlier this month The Joshua Foundation held a Bronze and Silver Award Ceremony in Christchurch at which 23 participants received their Awards from Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.  Full story here. 

We have a great opportunity for 10 lucky Gold Award participants on each project to help us build and establish ‘The Grove’. If you are interested in helping to replant trees, make artworks and create a conservation area that can be enjoyed for years to come, then we need you!
To find out more take a look at our flier.

Click here to watch our recent interview with Gold Awardee, Alysha Johnson, speaking about her time in Nepal and experience of doing her Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award.

The next Gold Award ceremony will be held in Christchurch on the 15th October. 

On Saturday we held the Gold Award Ceremony at Government House in Wellington. 85 participants were presented with their Gold Award by Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. Read more about the day here.

On Thursday 12th May we attended a Silver Award ceremony in Palmerston North. 39 Silver participants from Palmerston North Girls' High School, St. Peter's College and Freyberg High School received their Silver Award. Congratulations to all of you from everyone here at The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award!

On Saturday 91 young people were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland. It was a fantastic occasion and inspiring to hear what the participants had achieved and learnt through doing the Award.

We were stoked to have Sam Taylor and George Barr-Brown come see us today at the National Office, where we held a short, impromptu Bronze Award ceremony. Sam and George attend St. Bernard's College in Lower Hutt, but have completed their Bronze Award through The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award National Office.

Last week 9 students doing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award spent a week at Cue Haven, South Kaipara , participating in a range of activities from building benches to track maintenance. You can read more about the week and the work that was achieved here.

Remember to check out the list of Adventurous Journey Training, Practice and Qualifying Journey opportunities being offered through our range of Accredited Outdoor Providers! We will update the website as we hear about new courses being offered around the country.

Congratulations to Fiona Boorer from Huanui College and to Margaret McLauchlan from GirlGuiding NZ - Pencarrow Region, who are the lucky winners of the Award Leaders' Survey prize draw. Thank you to everyone who completed this survey.

To celebrate the 60th Jubilee of the Award’s inception, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is holding a Diamond Anniversary Gold Award Presentation in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on Monday 16 May 2016. New Zealand has been allocated two places to attend this special event and through a ballot drawn by former Silver Fern and TVNZ sports reporter Jenny-May Clarkson (Coffin), the fortunate attendees are Hannah Shingler and Duncan Parsons.

Ryman HealthcareFive young people have given up part of their summer holidays to help open up a whole new world to older Christchurch residents in hospital care.

Last week saw the sixteenth Gold Award Residential Project at CUE Haven. Projects completed throughout the week included building a double bench, weeding and maintenance work on over 4 kms of walking tracks and carving a totem pole. 

award iicenseThe Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Forum takes place every three years. It is an opportunity for people who deliver the Award on a national basis (National Award Operators), from 132 different countries to discuss the development of the Award. 

Our CE Kevin Plant and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prue Kelly have been in Toronto the last few days at the Forum. Here is a photo of Prue Kelly receiving our Award licence from HRH Prince Edward.

 Another successful Residential Project at CUE Haven saw a lot of work being done on the walking tracks, weeding and general spring cleaning, as well as a wishing well and a bathtub table being created.  

"The DofE Hillary Award taught me invaluable life lessons to aim high and persevere in the face of difficulty."

Sam completed his gold in 2015 from Fielding High School, he participated in a wide range of activities that made his Award experience unique. As Vice-President (Head Boy) of the Fielding High School Council this is a great achievement. Read more here...

The Award, a non-formal education framework, plays a vital role in helping to address the challenges young people face on a global scale. It can empower socially excluded young people, reconnecting them with their communities and enabling them to meet people from different backgrounds. With the right skills and educational tools young people increase their potential to act as agents of peace, preventing crises and reducing violence and crime.

Looking for Adventurous Journey Training opportunities in the Waikato region? Click here to see Outdoor Training Waikato's list of courses for 2016. You can also check out our new section of our website, where we will list other training opportunities as they become available - Accredited Outdoor Provider - Course Calendar

Gold Award Ceremonies 15 August 2015 - Government House - Wellington

His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO Governor-General of New Zealand presented Gold Awards to recipients.


Another successful CUE Haven Residential has taken place.

Check out all the news from this event here

If you wish to be involved in future CUE Haven Residential Projects then please make contact via email:

Congratulations to Award Holders

The Award would like to Congratulate Duncan Parsons - Gold Award Holder from Lindisfarne College and Harry Elworthy - Silver Award Holder from Takapuna Grammar School for being awarded Robertson Scholarships to study at Duke University in America.

Please read further information here


Congratulations to Andrew Meehan - the Award's immediate Past Chairman
Recipient of ONZM in the Queens' Birthday Honours 2015

Congratulations to our Past Chairman, Bryan Johnson on receiving his ONZM 
from the Governor-General on Thursday 21st May 2015 at Government House.

(photo courtesy of Government House)


We welcome Penny Catley as a World Fellow of the 
The Duke of Edinburgh's International World Fellowship


13 - 17 April 2015 - CUE Haven Residential

Check out all the news from this event here

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award appoints new Trustees; Mike Chunn and Vicki Lee Wihongi read about them here


Award Participant speaks of winning a Halberg Award!

Read more

With the second CUE Have Project for 2015 done and dusted (again successfully!), the countdown is now on for the next.

To read more on this latest project click here

If you wish to be involved, please make contact via email:-

Another successful CUE Haven Residential Project has been completed!

Well done team!  Read more

Bryan JohnsonOur Congratulations to Past Chairman – Bryan Ewart Johnson (ONZM), Wellington

We are very proud to report that our past Chairman, Bryan Johnson of Wellington has been honoured in the New Year's Honours List becoming an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to business and philanthropy.  Read more

Check out the progress produced by the latest group to tackle the CUE Haven Project.  Well done guys what an amazing job!

Click here



This week The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the William Pike Challenge Award. William works with young people from years 7 -8 and runs a very similar programme to ours that delivers similar outcomes.

So, if you or your younger brother/sister can't wait until you are 14yrs then check to see if your school does or is willing to do the WPCA and then move... on to Bronze with us afterwards.

William is a great guy with an amazing story of survival and meeting epic challenges to share. We are very excited to have made this tie-in with such an exciting programme and to be able to direct you and your families towards something for younger participants.

Go here for the WPCA website
The Commonwealth Secretariat is now accepting nominations for the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2015.

Please see the attached flyer or below link for more information.

Nominations close on 30th October 2014, so please ensure all applications are sent by this time.

MYD has been working with the New Zealand Defence Force to develop a social media competition to select three young people aged 17-19 to go to the Gallipoli 100 anniversary next year as part of the youth ambassadors delegation.

Applications close next Monday morning (15th September 2014) so you will need to be quick.


The recent CUE Haven Residential marks a milestone, 10 groups have now worked on the DofE Hillary Grove up on the Kaipara.

Go here for the words and pictures

In 2013 the Ministry of Youth Development commissioned an evaluation of the Service section of the Award to improve understanding of the impact and to gain evidence of the outcomes achieved through participation in this section.

Check out the report here

Congratulations to all recipients of Youth Week 2014 Awards.

Gold Award Holders - Joe Gatland and Jade Leung.

Award Participants - Aaron Hape, Grady Murphy and Alice Craig.

Check out all Awardees here

 Click here to see what this Silver group produced for their Silver Qualifier project 

Former St Peter's College Palmerston North Student - Joseph Boon experiences success yet again.

Joe received his Gold Award in 2008 and is graduating today from Victoria University with an Arts Degree.

Therese is still working towards her Award and today will graduate with film and English literature majors. 

Well done Joseph, congratulations to both you and your sister Therese.

Read more about their inspirational story. 

 Go here for the 2014 calendar of Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award courses

New Zealand Gold Award Participant - Amanda Lawson - is the first Gold Award to be signed off globally through the new digital platform - ORB (Online Record Book) - by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.


The Earl of Wessex turns 50

A group of School Reporters from Hove Park School interview the birthday boy for BBC News School Report

 Check out the first two installments of CUE Haven 2014 here:- 

January 13-17th 


January 20-24th

Check out the CUE Haven Facebook page

 Just out, some very useful guidance around schools using Commercial Providers for DofE or other outdoor activities from the president of SPANZ.

Click the link here

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From Jan 1st 2013 there will be some changes made to how The Award runs, these mainly affect the section lengths at Silver and Gold and Adventurous Journey distances but there are also changes to the language we use.

Words like "Coordinator" and "Operating Authority" will change to "Award Leader" and "Award Unit" respectively. Editing of our website will take a few weeks and some pages may still use the old language for a while yet.

If you get confused you can email us on

These changes affect all Duke of Edinburgh's Award Countries and are the result of a global initiative to make sure that The Award is the same thing all over the world and can be understood if you move overseas permanently or for your OE.

It will make it far simpler for those who start their Award in one country and continue it in another.

More details here

Click here to see the full details of what we are offering and where it will be installed.

Order forms are here

Expedition Challenge: A LEARNZ virtual field trip to the Kermadec Islands more details here


If you are planning or considering a Cycling Adventurous Journey we now have a link to the National Cycle Trail website on our Adventurous Journey home page. go here

Eventually we hope to compile a list of Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Cycle Trips, similar to our Suggested Tramps List.


The Ministry of Youth Development is looking for young people aged 12- 24 to apply to join the new Auckland and Northland Youth Advisory Group.


The Youth Advisory Group aims to:

- provide advice and guidance to the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) from a youth perspective

- represent a youth perspective in decision making/youth voice opportunities (e.g. presentations, funding and interview panels, representative groups)

- inform their communities of decision-making opportunities and processes for young people

- link MYD with key issues from young people

- develop the skills and experiences of its members.

Download the application form here

Congratulations to Prue Kelly - a member of our Board of Trustees.

Prue has been named Wellingtonian of the Year in the  Education Category, while Des Britten has been named overall Wellingtonian of the Year.

See the write up in The Dominion Post - read more

Learnz provides a virtual Expedition experience for schools. Teachers, please go here for more information.

IGE 2011 has now come to an end, however it shall remain fresh in many minds for a long while yet! - Read more

See Mat's IGE YouTube

Get involved with setting govt policy!

Read more

There is now an Auckland-based outdoor gear hire outlet.

Go here

Missed a copy of our Newsletters? On this page you can find all of the editions we've published previously.

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