60th Anniversary

Gold Award Ceremony 1970

Commemorating the past and celebrating the future

60 years of inspiration, adventure, accomplishment, and friendship with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award as an enduring experience


In 2023, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award celebrates 60 years in Aotearoa. 60 years of growth, 60 years of evolution and 60 years of creating opportunities for young people. Throughout this time over 250,000 people have registered to do the Award, and thousands more have been involved through leadership, governance, and support.

Our 60th anniversary celebrations are for all members of our community past and present. It’s a moment to bring together our talented and diverse community and remember what the Award has meant for so many. Our aim is to emerge from this year stronger than ever, with the Award at the forefront of opportunity for rangatahi in Aotearoa.

To reach this aim, we invite you to join us in our mission to strengthen the Award. With your knowledge and experience, we can develop our Kete and give more young people the chance to thrive. Our 60th Anniversary will give you the chance to connect with other Award Alumni (nationally and internationally), share your journey and be part of our year-long celebrations in 2023.

As an organisation, our Alumni and support networks are one of our biggest strengths. You are part of our strength, our community, and our mana.

The Award is a vibrant opportunity that continues to respond to the needs of our youth and communities. It continues to evolve while staying grounded in the values that established it as the world’s Number One youth experience. Help us guarantee that the opportunities of the Award; the friendships you formed, the skills you honed, the time you gave to others, the adventures you embarked on; are available to all our rangatahi.