Duke of Edinburgh's International Award


Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary AwardThe history of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can be viewed in full on the Duke of Edinburgh'e Hillary Award New Zealand website https://dofehillary.org.nz/ but in brief is as follows.

The idea of an award that challenged young people came from the same man who thought up the Outward Bound Schools and the Atlantic (now World) Colleges ‘Kurt Hahn’ who had been a Rhodes Scholar and a Private Secretary to the last Imperial German Chancellor before becoming a school-master. In the mid 1950’s the first version of the Award was established and only designed for boys. It took 2 years for a suitable version for girls to be launched and wasn’t until 1969, the two versions were merged into one, but with slightly different requirements for boys and girls.

New Zealand did not formalise the award until 19 July 1963 when the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson, held the inaugural meeting of the National Council of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in New Zealand at Government House in Wellington and a Constitution of the Award in New Zealand was drawn up. On the 27 September 1963, Prince Philip acknowledged the establishment of the Award in New Zealand and sent his formal greetings from Buckingham Palace.

The Award is now in over 120 countries worldwide.

Award Information

New Zealander - Duke of Edinburgh'e Hillary AwardThe Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is available for individuals aged 14- 25 and involves various sections of Skills, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journeys as well as a Residential at Gold Level. There are three levels of the Award Bronze, Silver & Gold which staircase students through the Award. Students can enter the Award at Silver or Gold if age permits but is by no means a short cut to achieving the Gold Award. Again for the full picture visit https://dofehillary.org.nz/

Benefits of the award for you

  • Personal development
  • Personal growth
  • Self esteem
  • Confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • Commonsense
  • New skills & knowledge

Skills obtained

  • Leadership
  • Self management
  • Decision making
  • Group management
  • Bush & survival skills
  • First Aid knowledge