Award Updates

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Monday 08 May 2023

The Award and Banqer – delivering more opportunities for rangatahi to create the lives they want, together.

At The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award, we are passionate about bringing our world class youth development programme to every young New Zealander, and to continue to extend and develop the offering to better serve them.

Facing an increasingly complex world, the tools our rangatahi require to thrive are evolving, and we are too. We are excited to announce our partnership with New Zealand’s leading financial literacy programme, Banqer.

In a time when we are all so very aware of our economy and the cost of living, it is a privilege to work with Banqer. Their goal to prepare the next generation for their financial future will help set our participants up for financial success (whatever that means to them), through their quality, engaging, and effective financial education programme. This supports the mission of the Award; to equip young people with the tools and values they need to build successful lives. The Banqer programme can be completed anywhere with a computer; in a classroom, at home or in a team with other students or participants, alone, with whanau… It’s flexible and adaptable to our young peoples’ lives and circumstances.

The Award offers opportunities for youth to pursue passions, learn skills, get wild and explore, and to give back to their community, while Banqer is about building confidence and knowledge in financial literacy that can be translated into financial capability in the real world. Both Banqer and the Award are committed to creating real life impact for the young people here in Aotearoa. We see the value of investing in and developing our young people. Together, we hope to enable our participants to realise their potential and build the futures they desire.         

“We’re beyond excited to be able to support the development of rangatahi financial literacy through our partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. We admire the legacy the Awards are leaving for Aotearoa, and the values they demonstrate so I couldn’t think of anyone better to work with.

We know that our rangatahi want to develop the financial skills they need to thrive, and to support their communities to thrive, and together, we’re able to provide accessible, meaningful life skills to empower the next generation for their financial future.” 
Kendall Flutey, Banqer co-CEO (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu)

Aligning with new Activity Providers grows our options for participants to find something they believe in to continue their journeys of personal development. This will set them up for their future and whatever that may hold.  Both organisations strive to have a positive impact on the lives of people we engage with, we’re excited about the partnership and can’t wait to get started.