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why we are called the Hillary Commission

We are named after one of NZ's heroes - Sir Edmund Hillary. With his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmund was the first to reach the peak of Mt Everest, a feat he achieved in 1953.

In 1996 the Commission carried out research to find who Kiwis saw as their heroes and who best displayed "the spirit of New Zealand". Sir Edmund Hillary was by far the most popular choice.

Sir Edmund is not involved in the day to day business of the Hillary Commission, but he is a big supporter of our work.

You can find out more about Sir Edmund on the web.

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The Hillary Commission for Sport, Fitness and Leisure
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