What is the Dream Team?

The Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team is a group of inspirational Kiwi leaders who every year aim to inspire thousands of Kiwi kids to follow their dreams. They tell their stories, plant seeds of inspiration, and encourage young New Zealanders to have big dreams and back themselves to make them happen. The Dream Team happens during Leadership Week from 3 - 7 July 2017

Proudly supported by Chapman Tripp, the Dream Team is now in its sixth year. 2016 saw 355 Dream Team Leaders reach over 30,000 Kiwi kids, either in person or online (or both).

The Dream Team is part of the annual Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Week, which recognises and celebrates leaders of all ages and across all fields and pursuits in honour of visionary Kiwi Leader, Sir Peter Blake.

The theme for 2017's programme is #believeyoucan, which is taken directly from Sir Peter’s last voyage when he wrote, ‘To win, you have to believe you can do it’. We want to encourage all Kiwis to back themselves to achieve their dreams - just as Sir Peter Blake did.


All it takes is one classroom-sized group of Kiwi kids and one hour. The Dream Team Leader will do the rest.
  • Start thinking about who you'd like your Leader to talk to - your classroom, your prefects, a leadership group?
  • Start the conversation about leadership in the weeks leading up to your visit. Use our Leadership Resources to get you started!
  • Learn about who Sir Peter Blake was and why he never gave up on achieving his dreams.
  • Start discussing what leadership means to you — who are some of your students’ inspirational heroes.


The Dream Team is about an inspirational conversation rather than a speech or formal school address. As great leaders in your own right we want you to do what you do so well. Be yourself (after all, that’s what got you to where you are), have fun, and be prepared to:
  • Tell your story - talk about your own dreams growing up and what you did to make these dreams happen.
  • Connect dreams to actions - talk about great Kiwi heroes who acted on their dreams like Sir Peter Blake did.
  • Encourage our kids to dream big - get them to talk about their dreams and aspirations for themselves, for NZ, and for the planet.

Registrations for 2017 Dream Team leaders open at the end of February 2017 via an online portal that will be available on our website.

Who are the Dream Team?

Led by the Governor General, the Dream Team includes high-profile New Zealanders, such as Keven Mealamu, Dai Henwood and Michelle Dickinson, as well as CEOs, adventurers, scientists, business leaders and entertainers.

Students at 483 schools across the country benefited from inspirational Kiwi Leaders sharing their stories and encouraging students to have big dreams and back themselves to make them happen.

View last year's inspirational Dream Team Leaders and their schools here!

How can my school get involved in 2017?

Registrations for Dream Team Schools open on 1 March 2017. The Trust will then work hard to match our wonderful leaders with a suitable school to inspire during Leadership Week (3 - 7 July 2017). We will also have quality digital sessions available for schools featuring some fantastic and inspiring New Zealanders.

Thanks to our partnership with MediaWorks Foundation, the 2016 digital sessions included Rugby-great Keven Mealamu, Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) and comedian Dai Henwood who all shared their Dream Team stories. Check out their videos at http://www.mediaworks.co.nz/SirPeterBlakeTrust.asp.

For all the resources your classroom needs to prepare for your Dream Team session, please click here.

You can also organise your own Leadership event for your students - visit Leadership Week for more ideas and information.

To win, you have to believe you can do it. You have to be passionate about it. You have to really want the result, even if this means years of hard work. ”

Sir Peter Blake

Proudly supported by

“I’m a long-time admirer of the work of the Trust as it continues Sir Peter Blake’s legacy and strives to inspire the next generation of Kiwi leaders. You never know where tomorrow’s leaders will come from and that’s why the work of the Trust is so important to New Zealand business. Chapman Tripp has a long-standing pro bono relationship with the Trust, and we provide financial support and volunteers for the Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team Programme. We are delighted to support the Dream Team who inspire many Kiwi children to follow their dreams. Leadership development is an essential component of our business model. We need our people to be thought leaders – looking to the future and helping our clients face the changing needs of their own industries. We can only continue to be successful in the long term if the next generation of lawyers and business people is inspired to dream big and believe in themselves. The characteristics that the Trust seeks to inspire are those that any CEO would value in their leadership teams: determination, a willingness to learn; a desire for constant improvement; initiative; teamwork. We are very proud of our history with the Trust and our association with the Dream Team Programme.”

Andrew Poole, Chief Executive Partner, Chapman Tripp

Dream Team FAQ

How do we know who will visit our school?

While schools across the country register, we are engaging fabulous leaders in their fields to sign up as a Dream Team Leader.
Some of our leaders want to visit a specific school too. We put you all through a matching process, which is usually decided by where our leaders are located and how far they would like to travel.
We will let you know as soon as possible once we have made your match.

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Shelley Thomas

Programme Manager - Leadership

Is the Dream Team free for Schools?

There is no cost to Schools to participate in this programme. We ask that the Dream Team Leaders come to you. All our resources are free, and we send these directly to you.

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Kelly Bleakley

Leadership Programme Director

How many students can we have at our Dream Team session?

We know that our Leaders have different public speaking styles. We ask them to pitch their presentation to the size of the group your school registers. We feel that a standard classroom is the perfect size group, based on previous years, but if you want to have the whole school present because you are a small school, or want to select a certain group of students (eg. your prefects), then that will work too.

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Emma Chajecka

Programme and Office Manager

Start the conversation with your classroom

'2017 Preparation packs for Schools', including a Student Activity Sheet and a poster on Leadership will be available after registrations open. These will help you and your students to brainstorm what leadership is all about.

Resources from 2016 are available below or you can view our Leadership Resources for videos and lesson plans.

Preparation for Schools

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Student Activity Sheet

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'What is Leadership' poster

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