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Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award join with Habitat for Humanity to help others


Amidst a globally-minded wave of socially conscious young people, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to give Award participants an opportunity to make a positive impact in their community.

Participants can do the voluntary service section of their Award with Habitat for Humanity – this could be volunteering in one of their ReStore charity stores throughout Aotearoa, or helping with a local building programme.

“ The Award is open to anyone between the ages of 14 – 24 years old.  Young people design their own award programme, set their own goals and record their own progress.  The development of character and skills such as confidence, communication, problem-solving and resilience is crucial for all young people,” says the Award National Director, Karen Ross.

“It is a privilege to work with Habitat for Humanity to achieve the Award.  Many New Zealanders are aware of the crucial work Habitat for Humanity does, not only in our local communities, but also in developing nations around the world”, ends Karen.

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is also very upbeat about the partnership.  CEO, Conrad LaPoint says “Habitat is proud to offer volunteer opportunities to Duke of Edinburgh Award participants. We acknowledge the commitment that all these young people will bring in support of our mission to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live”. 

About Habitat for Humanity  

Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. Their philosophy is a hand up, not a hand out, and they work in partnership with families in need of a decent and affordable housing to make positive and lasting change. By helping to build, renovate and preserve homes, and serve communities through our wide range of programmes, Habitat for Humanity works towards a world where everyone has a decent place to live.


For further information, please contact:


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award

Karen Ross, National Director

Mobile: 027 645 6696, Email:


Habitat for Humanity

Ph 0800 HABITAT (422 4828)





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