Blake Leaders

The Sir Peter Blake Trust celebrates the next generation of leaders, adventurers and environmental stewards

Throughout its programmes, the Sir Peter Blake Trust celebrates kiwi leadership and gives courage and encouragement to the nation's potential leaders - just as Sir Peter Blake did.

This section profiles the inspiring stories of the Blake Leaders, who are from all fields and pursuits and from every corner of New Zealand. Click here to view the full profiles of all of the 2014 Blake Leaders & the Blake Medalist.

2014 Blake Leaders

In 2014 the Governor-General, Lt. Gen. the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and a host of New Zealand's most celebrated leaders came together on Friday 27th June to honour six new Blake leaders and the 2014 Blake Medallist at a glittering awards ceremony on the 10th anniversary of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards.

The Blake Medal was awarded to Sir Peter Jackson for his outstanding leadership and contribution to tourism, his local Wellington community and the New Zealand and international film industry. Sarah-Jane Blake presented the Blake Medal to Matt Dravitzki, of Wingnut Films, on behalf of Sir Peter Jackson who was unable to attend due to filming of the final scenes ofThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Prior to the ceremony, Sir Peter Jackson had recorded an acceptance speech, with a touch of his trademark sense of humour, which was enjoyed by the audience of just over 300.

During the Blake Medal presentation, Sarah-Jane spoke about Sir Peter's outstanding filmmaking career, which has included writing, directing and producing the Oscar-winningKing KongandThe Lord of the RingsandTheHobbit trilogies, as well his numerous charitable activities and contributions to his local community.

Earlier in the evening, Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards were presented by Sir Ron Carter to six of New Zealand's most exceptional emerging leaders, including: Tim Alpe, CEO and co-founder of the JUCY Group; Kathryn Wilson, leading footwear designer, owner and founder of Kathryn Wilson shoes; Matt Watson, TV fishing personality and creator of; Sarah Robb-O'Hagan, New York-based President of global fitness chain Equinox; Sam Hazledine, doctor, extreme skiing champion, author and founder of MedRecruit; and Therese Walsh, Head of New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.




  1. Leadership Awards: 2015

  2. Young Leader Awards: YLA 2015

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