The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award, also known as The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, is a New Zealand award modelled on The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The name of the award is a reference to the famous New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary.

Overview[edit]

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14–25, regardless of gender, background or ability. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.

The mission of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Programme in New Zealand is to have young people, regardless of cultural, ethnic and socio-economic background, participating in an exciting, flexible and individually tailored programme, to build skills, identity and self-esteem.[1]

Approximately 9000 young New Zealanders' undertake the award every year.[2]

History[edit]

The constitution of the Award in New Zealand was drawn up on 19 July 1963 during the inaugural meeting of the National Council of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in New Zealand held at Government House, Wellington.[3]

The award was renamed from The Duke of Edinburgh's Award to Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award in 2009 following the death of Sir Edmund Hillary.[4] It has also been known as The Young New Zealanders Challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What it's all about".
  2. ^ "New Zealand's Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award programme reaches international heights".
  3. ^ a b "History of the Award". The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Speech to the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award 50th anniversary dinner, Government House Wellington".

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