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The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award | Kākāriki Journey


Participants can do any level of the Award - Bronze, Silver or Gold - with an environmental and sustainable focus - their Kākāriki Journey.

The activity achievement requirements remain exactly the same, the difference is that two of the main sections - Voluntary Service and Skills - must have an environmental focus.


Voluntary Service – Voluntary Service must have an environmental or sustainable focus  eg: Forest and Bird planting days, helping in an eco-sanctuary, beach cleanups, community vegetable gardens, predator trapping


Skills – the Skills chosen must have an environmental or sustainable focus eg: learn how to make eco-products and practice making them; learn beekeeping, upcycle or repurpose clothing; learn how to grow your own fruit and vegetables, then learn to cook with them


Adventurous Journey – the adventurous journey, whether an expedition or exploration, remains unchanged. All key conservation principles should be adhered to including  Leave No Trace


Physical Recreation – the requirements are unchanged and remain focused on physical and mental well-being


Residential Project - this section should have an environmental focus where possible  eg: working on a conservation project


Check out our comprehensive list of environmental options here

Once participants have completed the Award, they will receive a record of their Kākāriki Journey as well as their formal Award certificate.


How to sign up to the Kākāriki Journey

When signing up to any level of the Award on the Online Record Book (ORB), you will now answer a question - Is this a Kākāriki Journey? Simply answer YES if you're taking up the challenge to care for our land. It is then YOUR responsibility to ensure your Voluntary Service and Skills sections are in an environmental field.  Sign up here

An interview with the first participant to complete the Kākāriki Journey:

Award participant Madison doing her bit to help keep Aotearoa beautiful -

"Hi! I got to have cake with the mayor of New Plymouth because he saw a photo on Facebook of my cousin and I with all of the rubbish we picked up on just one road in New Plymouth! I decided to pick up rubbish for my service and I thought that it would be great way to give back to the community" - Madison


Jamie Beaton, founder of Crimson Education, speaks in support of the Kākāriki Journey -


"There are many reasons to love Duke of Ed! It teaches the importance of sustainability of our environment and conservation of our tramping trails, the value of volunteering in the community and learning the dynamics of team activities.  The adventures of walking alongside waterfalls, finding wetas in boots, witnessing 360 degree views and discovering uses for native plant species are irreplaceable memories and skills for live" - Zoe, 2019 Gold Award recipient




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