Sir Stephen Tindall
Sir Stephen's vision for creating an organisation to provide support for worthwhile initiatives benefiting New Zealand and New Zealanders resulted in the establishment of The Tindall Foundation. This has grown to become Australasia's single largest philanthropic trust and it has provided enormous behind the scenes support for many community groups and not-for-profit agencies. Its work in promoting a "hand up" rather than a "hand out" philosophy in environmental education and biodiversity, community and social support, in encouraging enterprise and innovation and in support for volunteers has been influential nationwide.
Strong personal leadership from Sir Stephen and the Foundation resulted in the Zero Waste philosophy being adopted by 70% of New Zealand's local bodies and changed the way waste and recycling are dealt with. The Warehouse Group that Stephen founded, has set itself the goal of "zero waste to landfill" by 2020. It plans to reduce the amount of waste sent from stores to landfills by a third, and recycle paper, plastic and cardboard (which represent up to 80% of total waste) from all its stores.
Sir Stephen has received honorary doctorates from Massey University and Auckland University of Technology. In 2004 Stephen was inducted into the Enterprise North Shore Hall of Fame then in 2005 into the New Zealand Hall of Fame in recognition of his business excellence. In 2007 Sir Stephen became a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM). In 2015 he was Awarded New Zealander of the Year.
Sir Stephen Tindall has a genuine love for New Zealand and its people. He has directed his energy and his resources into making New Zealand a better place to live. He has helped ordinary Kiwis reach their potential and is a true leader across the spheres of business, community and the environment.
I spent my school years with Tony Blake, Peter Blake’s younger brother, and watched Peter, who was three years ahead of me, closely and later became involved with the America’s Cup through him. I am enormously proud to have been honoured with the Blake Medal and to be part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust network . ”