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The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

He Aratūtahi Pathway


Participants can now do any level of the Award - Bronze, Silver or Gold – with a focus on Te Ao Māori and the holistic concept of whanaungatanga, the interconnectedness and interrelationship of all living and non-living things.

The activity achievement requirements remain exactly the same, the difference is that all the sections except Physical Recreation require the participant to utilise Te Ao Māori concepts like Mātauranga and Tikanga in their approach.


Voluntary Service - Give Back | Ratonga Tūao - Ngā Mahi Rato Voluntary Service must have a Te Ao Māori focus with participants engaging in kaitiakitanga and whanaungatanga eg: coaching Mau Rākau or Kī-o-rahi or teaching Pūrākau or Tautohetohe, helping on your Marae or in school, nurturing relationships as a mentor or teacher, volunteering at an event, or working with an environmental community group as a Kaitiaki.  


Skills - Find Your Genius | Ngā Pūkenga - Kitea Ō Pūmanawa The Skills chosen must have a Te Ao Māori focus eg: Kapa Haka Kura, studying your Whakapapa/genealogy, Taiao (learning about the environment), Māra Huawhenua (learning about food from the nature), Tātai Arorangi (Māori astronomical knowledge), Whakairo (carving), Raranga (Māori weaving), Te Tiriti, Ngā Waka o Aotearoa, Rongoā Māori (traditional Māori healing), Manu Kōrero or Mirimiri.


Adventurous Journey or Exploration - Get Wild and Explore | Haerenga Mātātoa - Kia Rikarika me te Hōpara The adventurous journey, whether an expedition or exploration, remains unchanged. Journeys may explore iwi land, or trace traditional expeditions for hunting, they may utilise waka or engage in preservation or be explorations of environmental impacts on the whenua.


Physical Recreation - Break a Sweat | Ngā Hākinakina - He Whakeheke Werawera the requirements are unchanged and remain focused on physical and mental well-being eg. Cycling, badminton, waka ama, cricket, gym.


Gold Residential Project - Leave Your Comfort Zone | Kaupapa Kāinga - Kia Waewae Kai Kapua This section should have a Te Ao Māori focus where possible eg: working on a conservation project, spending time on a Marae, Identifying historical Aotearoa locations.


Check out our comprehensive list of He Aratūtahi options, here Te Reo Māori or  here in English.

Once participants have completed the Award, they will receive a record of their He Aratūtahi Pathway as well as their formal Award certificate.


How to sign up to the He Aratūtahi Pathway

When signing up to any level of the Award on the Online Record Book (ORB), you will now answer a question – Is this a He Aratūtahi Pathway? Simply answer YES if you’re taking up the challenge to incorporate Te Ao in your journey. It is then YOUR responsibility to ensure your Voluntary Service, Skills, and Adventurous Journey (plus Gold Residential when applicable) fit the criteria for this pathway. Sign up HERE 

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