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Young New Zealanders' Challenge

The Young New Zealanders' Challenge or Te Wero Taiohi o Aotearoa, also popularly known as The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in New Zealand, is an award for personalDSC00338_sml.JPG achievement that can be obtained by anyone aged from 14 to 25.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award started in New Zealand in 1963 and now (with its new name) enrolls around 6,800 young people a year. Over the last 3 years the programme has been expanded to include "Youth at Risk". This is allowing young people to achieve outside of mainstream education (where they may have been failing) and ultimately to re-engage with education.

In New Zealand over 1500 volunteers support the programme.