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Partnership to benefit St John youth


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) and St John have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to partner together enabling them to deliver the Award to St John Youth.

Both organisations are committed to working in partnership to help St John Youth gain their Award.

“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 St John Youth to achieve the Award.  All New Zealanders are aware of the crucial work St John does in our community – not only their ambulance service which saves lives, but also providing medical services at a wide range of large events around the country.”

Many of St John Youth participants already meet key elements of the Award through their St John activities and having these acknowledged with a global award lends weight to their efforts.”

St John Head of Youth and School programmes Jacci Tatnell says “St John Youth is pleased to strengthen our relationship with this highly respected international Award programme. It gives our youth a valuable opportunity to cross-credit their achievements in St John to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award to gain further recognition for their skills.”

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




For more information, please contact:


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award

Karen Ross

National Director

Mobile: 027 645 6696




St John Regional Recreation Officer

Chris Budge

Mobile: 021 270 9581





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