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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:
  • Ishan Kokulan


A copy of the Award's 2018/19 Annual Report 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:

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

  • The first port of call on the end of the phone for day-to-day Award queries, participant registrations and ORB queries, is Kylie Thorpe:

  • For orders, certificates and badges, contact Lorene Millin:

  • For ORB delivery and training (including questions about registering as an Award Unit or Award Leader), and for Hub-related queries, contact Jessica Zanetti:

  • For National Office Open Award Centre inquiries and general queries, contact Nathan Denmark:

  • For Gold Award queries, Adventurous Journey approvals, Residential Project queries, Gold Award ceremonies, certificates and badges, contact Marie Wilson:  

  • To find your local Regional Hub click on the map

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.

  • For all accounts, claims and programme reporting, invoicing and general Award queries, contact Candice Maritz:

  • For funding, sponsorship and partnership inquiries, and for Gold Award Holders’ Association queries, contact Leah Vilda:

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


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