When you complete your Gold Award, you’ll be invited to attend a Gold Award Ceremony to celebrate your achievement.

Auckland – June 2022

Gold Ceremonies

These ceremonies are a special opportunity to celebrate the resilience and growth you’ve developed on your Award journey.

Wherever possible, ceremonies will include the attendance of the Governor General.

Ensuring all Gold Awardees get the opportunity to commemorate their achievements at a Gold Ceremony is a priority, consequently we currently have a waiting list at some of them. You will receive an email from us officially inviting you to a ceremony when it's your moment. After you have RSVP'd is the right time to book your travel bookings. Venues for all these Award Ceremonies will be confirmed closer to the time.

Please note: if Gold Awardees turn down invitations to three separate Gold Award ceremonies, their certificate will automatically be mailed out to them and they will not be invited to another ceremony.

RSVP emails will be going out to Recipients to be invited about 12 weeks prior.

Ceremony Dates

Auckland – Saturday 6th April 2024
Wellington – Saturday 15th June 2024
Christchurch – TBC 2024

Dunedin – TBC 2025

In New Zealand

Once you have finished your Gold Award and had it signed off by National Office, you'll be invited to attend a Gold Award Ceremony. Ceremonies are a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate your accomplishments.  Ceremonies may already be full so please check with the National Office before you make any travel/accommodation arrangements. (We will make contact with you via email approximately eight weeks before the ceremony if you have been included.)

If you currently have a school-based email address, please contact us to give an alternative email address prior to leaving school.

You need to have your Gold Award finalised by National Office at least 12 weeks prior to the ceremony you wish to attend, in order to be considered for that particular ceremony.

We cannot guarantee that everyone will get into each ceremony.

Note that dates are subject to the Governor-General's availability and can change.


If you have completed your Gold Award (and received confirmation from the National Office) and are heading off overseas, it may be possible to have your Gold Award certificate and badge presented in the country you are going to.

Things to consider

  • Will you be in the country long enough to be included in a presentation? (You must be resident for at least 24 months in the United Kingdom to be considered).
  • Does the country you are going to offer the Award? (check The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award website to see if it does).
    If you can answer "yes" to the above then contact the National Office for further information and the correct paperwork.
  • Please note that we can not guarantee your inclusion in ceremonies overseas.