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
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
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
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 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..
Introducing NZ-VR: Our new virtual underwater experience
Growing up, James Frankham would spend summers with his family at the bottom end of Waiheke Island. On any given day, he could look up or down the Waiheke Channel and see two or three ‘work-ups’ of kahawai. read more..
Millie’s promise to help Tara protect our oceans
On board Sir Peter Blake’s old expedition boat in the Caribbean Sea, Millie Mannering watched pilot whales dancing around the schooner’s bow, and dipped a net into a massive bloom of phytoplankton stirred up by a devastating hurricane. read more..
Sir Peter’s visionary words shape the Trust’s new strategy
In his final log entry onboard Seamaster, anchored in the mouth of the Amazon, Sir Peter Blake wrote what would become prophetic words. “We want to restart people caring for the environment… through adventure, through participation, through education and through enjoyment.” read more..
New book perfectly captures our Hero of the Sea
David Hill may not know a luff from a lanyard. And yet he was able to capture the essence of Sir Peter Blake in his picture book for young readers, Hero of the Sea. read more..
Watene’s war on kiore, and crusade for kororā
Watene Campbell has given a piece of his heart to a little critter on Wellington’s shoreline, while waging war on a less-loveable varmint. Campbell, a 17-year-old student at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna school in Wellington, makes time in his frenetic schedule for the smaller creatures on earth, to help save “our taonga species”. read more..
A relentless champion of the underwater world
What does the Hauraki Gulf smell like? How are cats killing Māui dolphins? Why do mother and calf humpback whales congregate in Antarctica’s Ross Sea region? That’s a mere slice of the conundrums Dr Rochelle Constantine, a relentless champion for the marine environment, is interested in finding scientific answers for. read more..
2018 Blake Medallist and Blake Leaders announced
The Hon. Dame Tariana Turia has been awarded the Blake Medal, the premium award for leadership achievement in New Zealand, by the Sir Peter Blake Trust. read more..
Engaging more young Kiwi leaders to take on the environment
James Gibson, the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s new CEO, has a passion for environmental leadership – and a personal incentive to conserve New Zealand’s environment, he tells Suzanne McFadden. read more..
Inka takes Government to task on plastic wrap
As Kiwi teenagers were encouraged to seek solutions and make a difference during an action-packed week at the Sir Peter Blake Trust's 'Youth EnviroLeaders Forum' (YELF), one student immediately put that advice to work, challenging the NZQA. Suzanne McFadden reports. read more..
Anzac’s call for a sustainable future
As a young boy, Anzac Gallate’s head was filled with tropical fish. He poured over “tons of books” with fish swimming across their pages; he had his own home aquarium. “I wanted to be a marine biologist so badly,” he says. read more..
Illustrious skipper heartbroken by a sea of plastic
Few sailors have circumnavigated the globe as many times as Dee Caffari, but every time she does, another piece of her heart breaks. read more..
Birds of a Feather in East Coast and Deep South
Richard Tuhaka’s dive down into the Sub-Antarctic, in search of one of the world’s rarest birds, has given him a kete full of knowledge to pass on to the children of Tolaga Bay. read more..
Attending to his own health: Dr Sam Hazledine
Despite his ground-breaking change to the modern day Hippocratic Oath, Blake Leader Dr Sam Hazledine knows he has only made the first incision in an operation to improve the wellbeing of doctors across the globe, Suzanne McFadden reports. read more..
New Blake conquering the world
As James Blake heads off on his first round-the-world race odyssey, he knows he will find a new appreciation of what his father, Sir Peter Blake, achieved, and see the oceans he fell in love with. read more..
Shedding light on a whale of a mystery
Fragments of humpback whale skin no bigger than a thumbnail, gathered from the remote waters of Raoul Island, could help solve one of the great migration mysteries of the South Pacific. read more..
INSPIRE NZ September 2017: Teen airs her message to the world in Times Square
Nineteen-year-old Isla Christensen is flabbergasted - her message to the world is about to be broadcast in New York City’s Time Square. Christensen filmed and edited her short film, “It Can Be Different”, for her Year 13 media studies assessment at Karamu High School in Hastings last year. read more..
INSPIRE NZ August 2017: The ongoing evolution of Leadership Week
Not that long ago, New Zealanders would shrink away from being labelled leaders. And many of those who stood up would be felled by the great Kiwi tradition of scything down tall poppies. read more..
INSPIRE NZ August 2017: Mountain man becomes ocean educator
Fiordland College teacher Vaughn Filmer may be far from the ocean, but he has a new understanding and respect for our waters, in his role as the Sir Peter Blake Trust environmental educator. read more..
INSPIRE NZ July 2017: Tara continues Sir Peter’s ocean dream
It may be almost 17 years since she was last moored in Auckland, but little has changed on board Sir Peter Blake’s beloved expedition boat Seamaster in her absence. read more..
INSPIRE NZ May 2017: Kiwi kids invited to invest in Dream Bank
The dreams and aspirations of Kiwi kids are to be collected in a new interactive website – www.dreambank.co.nz - and shared to inspire other New Zealanders. The “Dream Bank” is an online portal, where young New Zealanders aged from five to 18 are being asked to contribute their personal dreams, and what they wish for New Zealand in the future. read more..
INSPIRE NZ August 2016: Rob's road to Rio
As Blake Leader Rob Waddell leads one of New Zealand's strongest olympic teams into battle in Rio, he tells Suzanne McFadden what it takes to inspire a team of champions. read more..
INSPIRE NZ April 2017: Young leaders take up fight for our oceans
The moment 15-year-old Kate McIntosh arrived home in Mosgiel after a week at the YouthEnviro Leaders’ Forum in Auckland, she immediately ransacked her family’s bathroom cabinets. read more..
INSPIRE NZ March 2017: Inspiring Women to Lead from the Front
The new patron of BLAKE is our Governor-General, Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy. She tells Suzanne McFadden about her plans for leadership, the environment and making New Zealand a “good global citizen”. read more..
INSPIRE NZ February 2017: Annika repaints history
By spending her summer painting, scraping and hammering on the ice, architecture student Annika Andresen realised one of her ultimate dreams. Suzanne McFadden talks to the Blake Antarctic Ambassador about the “best history lesson ever”. read more..
INSPIRE NZ January 2017: Stand up and be counted.
Although being labelled a leader didn’t sit naturally with Dr Siouxsie Wiles, becoming a 2016 Blake Leader has already made a difference to her attitude to leadership. read more..
INSPIRE NZ November 2016: The Great Hoiho Count
The charming yellow-eyed penguin is more common on a $5 note than in the wild. The Sir Peter Blake Trust is playing its part to help keep tabs on this threatened bird, at home on the Auckland Islands. read more..
INSPIRE NZ October 2016: The Navy & The Trust: Together At Sea
For the last five years, the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Royal New Zealand Navy have built a relationship based on the wellbeing of our oceans and the leadership of our youth. And that partnership is forging ahead. read more..
INSPIRE NZ September 2016: Mitchell's Odyssey from Stream to Ocean
New Zealand continues to punch above its weight in global environmental issues, with three Kiwi's seeking apositive change to our oceans in Washington DC this month. read more..
INSPIRE NZ July 2016: Phil's amazing ride comes full circle
After three decades, adventurer and storyteller Phil Keoghans life has come full circle, with the premiere of his movie, Le Ride. read more..
INSPIRE NZ June 2016: Celebrating Leadership
Blake Leader Sarah Trotman shares with Suzanne McFadden about her commitment to Leadership Week and reminding others Leaders to step up further. read more..
INSPIRE NZ April 2016: What would Blakey do?
Blake Leader Glen Sowry's life changed course when he met Sir Peter Blake. He tells Suzanne McFadden how he now keeps the legacy of a legend alive. read more..
INSPIRE NZ March 2016: Exploring the unknown
The latest expedition to the Sub-Antarctic revealed a whole new world for young leaders and seasoned experts alike, as Suzanne McFadden discovers. read more..
INSPIRE NZ February 2016: Reconstructing a city's heart
2015 Blake Leader Andre Lovatt on leading the regeneration of quake-torn Christchurch read more..