This is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of leisure activities for those aged 14 - 25, designed to offer a personal and individual challenge.
It introduces young people to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. It encourages friendships amongst those taking part, and across the generations with adults who give up time to share skills and help organise the programme.
How does it work?
Through a four Section programme with three levels
The levels are:
• Bronze - open to all aged 14 and over and lasting at least 6 months
• Silver - open to all aged 15 and over and lasting at least 12 months
• Gold - open to all aged 16 and over and lasting at least 18 months
The Sections are:
- giving help in the local community
- covering almost any non physical hobby, skill or interest
• Adventurous Journey
- training for, practicing, planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback or by boat or cycle
• Residential Project
- for the Gold level only - spending 5 or more days on a purposeful project with new companions
Who can do this Programme?
Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 can take up The Programme, regardless of gender, background or ability. All Awards must be completed by the participant's 25th Birthday. You must fill out a registration form and receive a Record Book before you can count any activities towards The Award
Who else can be involved?
The Programme is dependent on a huge number of volunteers who are willing to share their skills, experience and organising abilities to help others gain Awards. They may not get a badge or certificate, but they certainly share the challenge and rewards of being involved.
What are the benefits?
• New skills
• Improved abilities
• Wider horizons
• Decision making
• Time management
• Local, national and even international connections
Who organises The Programme?
There are approximately 700 organisations licensed to operate The Award. They are schools, voluntary youth organisations, and other community and welfare groups.
The Award can be run anywhere that young people get together, by anyone with an interest in developing young people or looking for a means to stretch and challenge them. Takapuna Grammar is a recognised Award Unit.
How is The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award organised in New Zealand?The Award in New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation. Funding comes from local and national grants bodies, businesses and young people who buy a Record Book to join The Programme.
How do I find out more?
The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award operates throughout New Zealand and will be happening somewhere near you.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award
Phone 04 568 4091or 0800 69 29 27
Fax 04 568 4092
For registration or questions about the programme please contact Mr Grant Simpkins, Takapuna Grammar Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Coordinator.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator
Takapuna Grammar School
4894167 ext 9777