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Partnership to benefit New Zealand’s Cadet Forces


Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) National Director, Karen Ross, and New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) Commandant, Lieutenant Colonel Grant Morris, have signed an agreement to partner together and help cadets and young officers gain their Award.

The Award programme is a natural fit with the NZCF.  Both organisations have very similar aims and values, so it makes sense to work together. We both want to empower young people to lead lives that make a positive difference.

“The Award is open to anyone between the ages of 14 – 24.  Young people design their own Award programmes, set their own goals and record their own progress.  The only person they compete against is themselves by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve”.

“It is a privilege to work with the NZCF and assist their cadets and young officers to achieve the Award.  Many of these young people fulfil elements of the Award during the course of their NZCF training, having this acknowledged with a global award lends weight to their efforts” concluded Karen.

Lieutenant Colonel Morris commented that “partnering with the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award is a great way to assist cadets and young officers in challenging themselves to achieve their full potential and recognise progress and achievement of goals within the Cadet Forces programme. The partnership also directly supports and strengthens the New Zealand Cadet Forces vision of ‘preparing New Zealand’s successful leaders of tomorrow’ by providing our young people with an internationally recognised acknowledgement of their leadership development journey.”

The agreement signals a commitment from both organisations to work closely together and to actively search out opportunities which will provide young people with the skills, knowledge and experience to thrive in our everchanging world.




For more information, please contact:


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award                   Headquarters New Zealand Cadet Forces

Karen Ross, National Director                                    Lieutenant Colonel Grant Morris, Commandant 

027 645 6696                                                                04 527 5186       

[email protected]                                           [email protected]


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