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Cora Wilding Memorial Award

Due to the impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately decided to cancel the Cora Wilding Memorial Award for 2021. We do, however, hope to re-instate this Award for 2022.

Helping you meet you personal development goals

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.

Applicants can apply for up to $5,000 to pursue personal development.

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.

2019 Information Sheet


What kind of projects do we look for?

In 2019 Robbie Francis received funds for an Institute of Directors short course, to further help her effectively represent the diverse community she lives in.

The Award also funded Theo McIntosh to take part in an Outward Bound Mind, Body and Soul course, to help build the skills needed to take on leadership roles at his school and in sport. 

Our  previous winners


Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications for 2021.

Applications should include a description of your proposed personal development course or project and:

    • Why you wish to attend the course
    • How the course will allow you to serve your community
    • How your application aligns with Cora Wilding's intentions for YHA as per our Charitable Aims and Objects
    • If you have the means to undertake your course without this funding
    • Any further details that would assist the Awards Committee in making its decision

Further Information 

    • There is no age restriction on who can apply
    • All applications received will be managed in line with our Privacy Policy
    • All applications are reviewed by the Awards Committee who will select the winner/s
    • The selected winner/s will be notified, generally by 31st July of the application year
    • Fund are usually paid directly to the organisation running the training course or developing the project, and not to the applicant themselves
    • The winner/s agrees to provide YHA New Zealand with a summary of their experience and how it affected them, along with some photographs
    • The winner/s consent to YHA New Zealand using the information and photos they provide us for our website and in our Annual Report
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