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Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award backing Get Outdoors Week


Getting out there and discovering the world around you is what the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) is all about – that’s why the Award is backing New Zealand’s inaugural Get Outdoors Week.

Award National Director Karen Ross says a key section of the Award is going on an adventurous journey in our great Kiwi backyard.  “It’s all about gaining real life experiences which lead to real life skills, not to mention creating unforgettable memories along the way”.

“We’re really excited about Get Outdoors Week.  Encouraging Kiwis to get outdoors and explore our beautiful country is important on all levels – you benefit mentally, physically and emotionally”.

“Award staff try to lead by example and reap the benefits of being outside – while I’ve been busy pedalling some new cycling tracks, others in our office have been out running in the bush and kayaking the Foxton Estuary.”

“We’re encouraging everyone to head to and plan their outdoors adventure.  It’s not about being the best or the fastest, it’s all about getting outside and enjoying the get outdoors that New Zealand is famous for,” ends Karen.

Get Outdoors Week runs from Friday the 15th of February to the 22nd. The week is focused on ‘self-powered’ trips on both water and the land. It is an annual week-long initiative jointly developed by New Zealand’s outdoor recreation, outdoor safety and tourism community. The week has been developed to encourage people to get outdoors and explore New Zealand's outdoors, safely.




For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award

Karen Ross

National Director

027 645 6696





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