Our news articles are stories of great New Zealanders who are doing inspiring things. Those who knew Peter will remember him saying that if you really want something, if it’s really important, then you have to believe that you can do it, and inspire others to believe it's possible as well. We hope these articles inspire you to share your stories of leadership with your schools, communities and colleagues. 

All our articles are written by the very talented Suzanne McFadden and our news article archive can be found here.

Latest News Articles

Teen sailors selected for BLAKE environmental programme
Teen sailors selected for BLAKE environmental programme

Thirty young sailors (Y11-13) from sailing clubs all over New Zealand have been selected to represent their clubs at BLAKE Inspire for Sailors, a six-day environmental leadership development adventure developed by BLAKE (formerly the Sir Peter Blake Trust) and Yachting New Zealand. read more..

Introducing BLAKE’s new Trustees
Introducing BLAKE’s new Trustees

BLAKE has three new board members. Nick Humphries and Te Aue Addison-Te Whare are both in their 20s and bring impressive leadership credentials which align with BLAKE’s work. André Lovatt is a senior executive at Auckland Airport, with significant experience in the execution of huge infrastructure projects. read more..

Mahina’s plan to protect the waters of Little Barrier Island
Mahina’s plan to protect the waters of Little Barrier Island

BLAKE Inspire delegate Mahina Walle has the privilege of living within the country’s first nature reserve. Now she wants to protect the marine life around it. read more..

Harry’s mission to unfreeze Antarctica’s secrets
Harry’s mission to unfreeze Antarctica’s secrets

For all the staggering sights of Antarctica – the vast white wilderness and its unique wildlife; summer days with no end - it is the sounds of the frozen continent that remain with Harry Seagar. read more..

BLAKE - our new brand
BLAKE - our new brand

The Sir Peter Blake Trust will now be known as BLAKE. Pippa, Lady Blake, sees the name change as a necessary move to make the organisation “more progressive and impactful” and have a more compelling reach to young people. read more..

Blake Ambassadors help kākāpo in boom breeding year
Blake Ambassadors help kākāpo in boom breeding year

It’s unlikely that a female kākāpō agonises over her weight. Fortunately, however, there are a group of humans who do that for her. It’s been a bumper breeding season for the critically endangered kākāpō, on the predator-free islands of Whenua Hou/Codfish Island off the coast of Stewart Island, and Pukenui/Anchor Island in Fiordland’s Dusky Sound. read more..

Media Releases

MEDIA RELEASE: 11th Hour Racing Announces New Grantees for World Oceans Day
MEDIA RELEASE: 11th Hour Racing Announces New Grantees for World Oceans Day

BLAKE is thrilled to be a recipient of 11th Hour Racing's Grant Programme! read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: Student Strike 4 Climate Rally
MEDIA RELEASE: Student Strike 4 Climate Rally

There is no doubt climate change is a significant global concern – and this is particularly so for our young people whose futures face the full extent of a changing climate. read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: New virtual reality experience to change hearts and minds of New Zealanders
MEDIA RELEASE: New virtual reality experience to change hearts and minds of New Zealanders

New Zealand Geographic, the Sir Peter Blake Trust and PEW Charitable Trust are excited to unveil the first sites of the NZ-VR Project—a series of virtual reality experiences that will make New Zealand’s natural environments more accessible for all New Zealanders. read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: Blake DOC Ambassadors Announced
MEDIA RELEASE: Blake DOC Ambassadors Announced

Five talented young New Zealanders will be packing their bags and heading into the environment this summer after each winning a Blake DOC Ambassador Award. read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: Students to voyage to Chatham Rise on board RV Tangaroa
MEDIA RELEASE: Students to voyage to Chatham Rise on board RV Tangaroa

Two talented young New Zealanders are on their way to the Chatham Rise on board NIWA’s Research Vessel Tangaroa as part of a month-long science voyage, after winning a coveted Blake NIWA Ambassadorship. read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: James Gibson New CEO Of Sir Peter Blake Trust
MEDIA RELEASE: James Gibson New CEO Of Sir Peter Blake Trust

The Sir Peter Blake Trust today announced that James Gibson from Sport NZ would take up the role of CEO with the Trust from February next year. This follows the recent departure of previous CEO Shelley Campbell who took up a new role in the Waikato. read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: Record Numbers Expected at Annual ‘Great Blake Race’ for Charity
MEDIA RELEASE: Record Numbers Expected at Annual ‘Great Blake Race’ for Charity

With more than 650 people and 45 yachts, including legendary Steinlager 2 taking part in this year’s Great Blake Race, the fourth-annual charity event is set to be bigger than ever. read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: Sir Peter Blake Trust Chief Executive Announces Resignation
MEDIA RELEASE: Sir Peter Blake Trust Chief Executive Announces Resignation

Chair of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Sue Foley, is today announcing the resignation of the Trust’s Chief Executive, Shelley Campbell. read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: Student Heads to the Ice and Realises Life-Long Dream
MEDIA RELEASE: Student Heads to the Ice and Realises Life-Long Dream

University of Auckland student Annika Andresen heads to Antarctica to help save Sir Ed’ Hillary’s Hut after winning a sought-after Blake Antarctic Ambassador Award. read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: Expedition to New Zealand's Lost Islands
MEDIA RELEASE: Expedition to New Zealand's Lost Islands

Official media release announcing the Young Blake Expedition 2016 Sub-Antarctic Voyage read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: Rare Pieces of Sporting History to Raise Funds For Charity
MEDIA RELEASE: Rare Pieces of Sporting History to Raise Funds For Charity

Official media release announcing exclusive charity auction items at the Great Blake Race 2016 read more..

MEDIA RELEASE: Young Auckland adventurer heads to Antarctica
MEDIA RELEASE: Young Auckland adventurer heads to Antarctica

A talented young Aucklander is packing his bags to head to the ice on 4 November after being awarded a coveted Blake Antarctic Ambassadorship. read more..

For all media enquiries please contact Lara Harrison lara@sirpeterblaketrust.org or 022 079 3554