The Charter for Business

The Charter for Business initiative was launched by HRH The Earl of Wessex CVO when he toured New Zealand in March 2004.

The Charter for Business provides the opportunity for organisations and individuals in the community to become financial supporters of the Award through a five year membership. This is a Project driven initiative which is providing the Award with the manifesto to deliver the programme to young people who may not otherwise have even heard of The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award, let alone be in a position to be striving for their own Awards.

To date we have the following Charter for Business Members and it is due to their generosity that we are witnessing growth and development in areas of the community, where previously we could have only hoped that the Award would be operating in.

 Current and Past Members:

  • The Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable trust
  • A Wellington Business Consortium

In South Auckland we have seen tremendous results from the Taonga Group of teenage mothers who were excited about learning new skills,  awakening to the beauty of outdoor camping activities, and the challenge of planning and preparing activities with babies in tow.  This opportunity was presented to these young women through the Charter Membership of Max Fashions Ltd.

Young refugees are part of a project being undertaken in Auckland with our delivery partner, Blue Light.  Assimilating into our New Zealand society can be very difficult for those whose lives have been affected by relocation and the changes of country and culture. There are special trials and challenges. This project provides opportunities for young people that, as New Zealanders' we take for granted.

If you would like to become a member of The Charter for Business, then please make contact with our National Director Karen Ross - email or Andy Woodhouse - 

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