Who We Are
The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award equips rangatahi for promising futures by challenging young people to develop skills and tools to improve themselves – and their communities.
How We Do It
Our participants set their own challenge. With guidance from Award Leaders, each young person is encouraged to examine themselves - their interests, their ambitions, and set challenges for our four Award sections; Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation, Skills and Adventurous Journey (along with Gold Residential – at Gold level only).
There are three levels to the Award—Bronze, Silver and Gold—and each level has four specific sections that participants need to complete activities in (plus a fifth at Gold level).
Developing a sense of adventure and discovery while undertaking a team journey.
Engaging in physical recreation for the improvement of health, fitness and wellbeing.
Developing personal interests, creativity or practical skills.
Volunteering over a set period of time.
Gold Residential Project
Sharing a purposeful experience who are not your usual companions.
- 31 August 2022
He Aratūtahi | A pathway on which we can all standThe National Māori Authority and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award have joined forces in a new partnership to advocate and develop pathways for…
- 31 May 2023
Supporting more rangatahi to take up the challengeWe believe every young person has infinite potential; that’s why we’re here. We partner with some incredible organisations to help break down barriers, so…
- 22 May 2023
Rangatahi receive their Gold Award at a ceremony hosted by the Governor-GeneralAround 80 rangatahi from across Aotearoa came together on May 20th to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award at a ceremony hosted…
- 08 May 2023
A partnership you can invest inThe Award and Banqer – delivering more opportunities for rangatahi to create the lives they want, together. At The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award,…
- 29 March 2023
On and Off the Field Success – Dormay LaufisoDormay Laufiso is a bright and accomplished young lady who has taken on the Award through the Joshua Foundation. Now, thoroughly invested in the…
- 22 March 2023
When whakawhanaungatanga starts with your whanauAs part of a wonderful intergenerational experience of the Award, with both her parents having completed their own Awards in their teenage years, Shreeji…
- 15 March 2023
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh announced as new Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International AwardThe Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) is delighted to announce that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will be the charity’s new Patron.…
- 13 March 2023
Leading with GoldAward Leaders are the heart of our Award community, and they make everything possible for the rangatahi of Aotearoa. One strong heartbeat belongs to…
- 13 March 2023
Continuing the Award LegacyPrince Edward receives a new title on his birthday. King Charles III named Edward, his youngest brother, the Duke of Edinburgh on his 59th…