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Land Rover NZ releases Sir Edmund Hillary Edition Discovery

To celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of a New Zealand legend, Sir Edmund Hillary, Land Rover New Zealand is releasing a special run of Limited Edition Discoverys.

Just 20 of the Sir Edmund Hillary Edition Discoverys will be built, all based on the Discovery Td6 HSE, but with a range of optional off-road enhancements as standard. As well as the Active Locking Rear Differential, All-Terrain Progress Control and Wade Sensing included in the Dynamic Off-road Pack, a front recovery winch, customised badging, flared wheel arches, LED light bar and contrast accents will also be added.

Each limited edition Discovery will also come with a commemorative, uncirculated $5 note signed by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1993, as well as a $2,000 voucher for the Edmund Hillary clothing line.

Land Rover New Zealand will also donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each $169,900 vehicle to the Himalayan Trust to help continue Hillary's legacy supporting and improving education and health for communities in the remote, mountainous regions of Nepal.

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The Trust plans to bring access to safe, clean running water to hundreds of people living in the villages of Bubsa and Monjo in the Solukhumbu region - near Mount Everest.

Land Rover New Zealand says that the money will be used to provide irrigation systems and residential water supply for 900 villagers; bringing filtered water to each house as well as providing fire-fighting infrastructure to protect their homes.

"Many of the residents of Bubsa and Monjo villages are subsistence farmers who rely on seasonal rains to irrigate their crops," said Land Rover NZ general manager Steve Kenchington.

"This limits the type of crops they can grow, reduces their income and has an impact on the health of the villagers. This initiative will make a real difference in the lives of many Nepalese, and we are privileged to help continue the work of this legendary New Zealander."

Sir Edmund's son Peter Hillary said his family has had a connection to the Land Rover brand for generations and his father would have appreciated its use to raise funds for a cause he was so passionate about.

"In the early seventies, the family Range Rover we adored for many many years was a golden brown coloured two-door aluminium bodied vehicle – we referred to it as the Hillary adventure wagon, it epitomised what my father and our family was all about."

The limited-edition model will be available to purchase through Land Rover dealers around New Zealand from this month.