The Alumni

The inspiring stories of the Sir Peter Blake Trust's Leaders

The Sir Peter Blake Trust has been celebrating great kiwi leadership through the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards since 2005. 72 Blake Leaders have joined a growing group of individuals who follow in the footsteps of Sir Peter and continue to exemplify his extraordinary kiwi 'can do' spirit. 

  • Rob Fenwick

    2015 Blake Medallist, Rob Fenwick, is a businessman and environmentalist who has devoted a lifetime to the conservation of natural and human heritage in New Zealand and Antarctica. Rob’s contribution to safeguarding our environment, through sustainability, wildlife protection and waste minimisation, will benefit New Zealanders for decades to come – and hopefully longer.

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  • Andre Lovatt

    André Lovatt’s decision to return home after the Christchurch earthquakes to help rebuild a national treasure has been invaluable to the healing of the city’s cultural heart and reviving an even wider community.

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  • Brendon McCullum ONZM

    Humble, unselfish, level-headed and a fantastic leader by example on the field, Brendon has carried the New Zealand cricket side through a sometimes difficult and always challenging era. His all-round performance at this year’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia was the apex of an outstanding 13-year international career.

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  • Claudia Batten

    At her New Zealand Trade and Enterprise office in Los Angeles, the lawyer-turned-digital innovator and serial entrepreneur is now in the next phase of her career – helping Kiwi businesses to flourish in a foreign market, and mentoring and motivating not only other businesspeople, but a future generation of entrepreneurs.

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  • Michelle Dickinson MNZM

    Dr Michelle Dickinson – and her superhero alter-ego Nanogirl – use leadership to inspire others to move towards positive goals for the planet and the people on it. The Blake Leader believes she fell into leadership as others have sought her guidance and been inspired by what she does – as a leading nanotechnologist, engineering lecturer, charity founder, communicator and mentor.

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  • Sita Selupe

    Like the mission statement of her revolutionary school in South Auckland, Sita Selupe is raising leaders, one child at a time. What began as a Saturday morning home school for whanau in her garage a decade ago, has evolved into a celebrated educational trust which has helped over 200 families across South Auckland.

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  • Tina Porou

    Blake Leader Tina Porou is a vibrant trailblazer in a new generation of Māori leaders. Of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Tuwharetoa descent, Tina is deeply committed to her whānau, hapū and iwi, and is dedicated to using her skills to grow their aspirations.

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