Auckland Gold Award Ceremony 2016
Saturday 30th April saw 91 young people being awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland. Two ceremonies were held. The one in the morning was attended by Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, who said that "Participating in The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award is about more than learning valuable life skills. It is also about recognising the importance and benefits that flow from service to the community". Former Governor General, Sir Anand Satyanand, presented the Gold recipients with their Award in the afternoon.
It is always inspiring to hear what people did for the different sections of their Award - from going on the Spirit of Adventure, to traveling to Nepal, winning the Junior Men's Indoor Championship for New Zealand in archery, to learning Geocaching - and shows just how versatile the Award can be, while still being a challenging and rewarding experience.
"Completing The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award has been a rewarding challenge, involving countless highlights. Personally, the strong bonds formed between my group and me is what I will remember in the years to come. I'm not sure if there is any other group of people out there that can endure “99 bottles of beer on the wall” and not hate me at the end of a 10 hour day. The Award creates friendships not only within your group, but along the way, with kind hearted volunteers, loyal sportsmen, passionate musicians and adventure seeking trampers. It gives an opportunity to explore those sometimes different worlds and come out with stories of never ending tramps, or dolphins guiding your ship home. I thank the people who give their valuable time so that young adults around New Zealand can complete this wonderful Award. The team of adults who helped my group through the Award gave a never ending amount of support and time, which saw the group complete all aspects of the Award".
Rita Mae Whitfield, Thames High School
Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day and to Shane Wenzlick for the photography. Photos from both ceremonies can now be viewed and purchased through the Phototek website.