Cora Wilding Memorial Award

Applications are now CLOSED and reopen in May 2017.

Learn to sail, attend Outward Bound or a UN Youth Conference. Whatever your personal goals are, this is your chance to get out there and do it!

The Cora Wilding Memorial Award is about helping young people reach their goals. The Award comprises a subsidy of up to $4,000. 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 aligns with that mission and 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. 

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Past winners tell their stories

2015 winners
2014 winner
2013 winners
2012 winner
2011 winner
Eva Maffey
Scott Partridge Elise Jannsen Scott Dunn

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.



Scott Dunn travelled to Finland as an exchange student.