Cora Wilding Memorial Award

We want to help you reach your personal development goals!

Cora Wilding Award

Applications are now closed for 2017.
Please check back in May 2018.

The Cora Wilding Memorial Award is about helping young people reach their goals. The Award comprises a subsidy of up to $5,000. Funds go toward the cost of participation in a personal development training course or similar that will benefit the awardee as well as their local community. Awardees are also given a one-year YHA membership.

YHA New Zealand’s founding mission was to motivate and inspire young people to pursue personal development by exploring New Zealand and the outdoors. The Award reinforces that mission; it was established over twenty years ago to perpetuate the memory of Cora Wilding, who founded YHA New Zealand in 1932.

The Award is granted to a maximum of two individuals in any year. 

 Download 2017 Information Sheet 

How to apply

Applications are now closed for 2017. If you'd like to apply for 2018 award, we'll want to know about you and your proposed personal development course: 

Applications will be open from May 15 2018 to July 1 2018.

Past winners tell their stories

2016 Winner
2015 Winners
2014 Winner
2013 Winners
2012 Winner
Hannah Overbye 160x213 Eva Maffey Scott Partridge Elise Jannsen

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.


Chapman Kutia attended Outward Bound.



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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.