Cora Wilding Memorial Award

We want to help you reach your personal development goals!

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Applications are open 16 May - 1 July 2018

Apply now!

Win up to $5,000 for a personal development training course or project that will benefit you and your local community

In honour of Cora Wilding, who founded YHA New Zealand in 1932, this award aims to motivate and inspire New Zealanders to pursue their goals and help their communities.

The Award is open to all New Zealand residents and is granted to a maximum of two individuals per year. Awardees will also receive a one-year YHA membership.

>>View 2018 Information Sheet 

How to apply

Complete the online application.

Include a description of your proposed personal development course or project, including:

Applications are open 16 May 2018 to 1 July 2018.

Past winners tell their stories

2017 Winners
2016 Winner
2015 Winners
2014 Winner
2013 Winners
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Gemma Black attended Outward Bound. Joanna Tao will represent Aotearoa at the 2018 United Nation's Climate Change Conference.

Hannah Overbye participated in Outward Bound's Mind, Body, Spirit course.

Eva Maffey attended The Hague International Model United Nations and Phillipa Benton renewed her Red Cross First Aid Certificate.

Scott Partridge took part in a youth voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand.

Elise Janssen attended Outward Bound and Marleen Bailing attended the Australasian Wildlife Management Conference.

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YHA's Charitable Aims and Objects

To promote within New Zealand the education, health and well-being of people by providing encouragement and opportunity for the gaining of knowledge and awareness of: 

In furtherance of its charitable objects the Association shall provide hostels or similar accommodation, promote educational and recreational activities, facilitate travel and practice and promote environmental sustainability.