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Governing the Award

The president of the Award in New Zealand is His/Her Excellency The Governor-General of New Zealand.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Aotearoa New Zealand | Hillary Award has a voluntary Board which governs the running of the Award under a licence issued by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.

The Board guides Award policy covering the following areas: finance and administration, standards, delivery and compliance.   The current Board includes:

Youth Trustee:


Annual Report

The Award's 2021/2022 Annual Report can be viewed here and a complete signed copy of the Award's financial statements for the 2021/2022 financial year can be viewed here 


The National Office Team

The New Zealand National Office team is based in Seaview, Wellington. The team's operations are supported by the Board together with Hub and Award Unit Leaders (mostly volunteers) throughout the country.


The National Director is Karen Ross, steering the Award with her passion for how the Award challenges the potential of young New Zealanders. 

  • For relationship and sector development and youth sector liaison, if you have an idea, a problem or you want to discuss Award delivery, and Hub-related queries (Christchurch south) contact Karen Ross, National Director: [email protected]


The programme delivery staff develop, co-ordinate and respond to the needs of Award delivery. 

  • For all Award delivery queries, including the National Office Virtual Centre, please email [email protected] 

The Award Delivery Team:

  • Kylie Thorpe - Award Delivery Manager
  • Marie Partridge - Award Delivery Advisor 
  • Jessica Zanetti - Award Delivery Advisor
  • Nina McKay - Award Delivery Advisor
  • Tasha Davis-Coupe - Award Administrative Assistant


Our finance and fundraising staff oversee our finances, look after our funders and donors, and oversee our partnerships. They ensure our operations are efficient and oversee our budget, making sure we're accounting for, and making best use of, every dollar we receive from our supporters and funders.

  • Manager - Finance and Operations, Candice Maritz

  • Accounts Receivable - Tasha Davis-Coupe
  • For funding, sponsorship and partnership inquiries, and for Gold Award Holders’ Association queries, contact Caroline Barnes: [email protected]


Our Communications staff tell our stories and keep you in touch with Award news.


The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award | Hillary Award Aotearoa New Zealand
Te Tohu Aonui a Te Tiuka o Erinipua | Te Paraihe o Hillary Aotearoa New Zealand
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