Blake Leader Awards

Sir Peter Blake remains one of New Zealand’s greatest heroes. He expressed through his actions what is best in all of us – the propensity to dream wonderful adventures, the courage to pursue them, the ability to turn the vision into reality and the will to succeed.

The annual Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards are the premier awards for leadership achievement in New Zealand. By highlighting the contribution of these Blake Leaders, the Sir Peter Blake Trust hopes to turn the spotlight on leadership in New Zealand, inspiring and motivating all Kiwis to make a difference.

Nominations for the 2018 awards open in December 2017. Sign up to our newsletter to be notified when nominations are open and see below for the awards criteria.

Above: 2017 Blake Leadership Award winners Dr Te Maire Tau, Lieutenant Commander Kerry Tutty, Rukumoana Schaafhausen, Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Sir Mason Durie (Blake Medallist), William Pike, Aaron Fleming, and Paul Blackwell (absent)


BLAKE LEADER AWARD: The Blake Leader Award is presented to up to six mid-career leaders each year. It recognises inspirational leaders who have determination, a will to succeed, and a belief in achieving extraordinary things. Past recipients have been people such as Tim Alpe, Michelle Dickinson, and Beatrice Faumuina.

BLAKE MEDAL AWARD: The Blake Medal is our premium award for outstanding leadership achievement in New Zealand. This prestigious award helps us to identify, acknowledge and celebrate the top echelon of New Zealand leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to this country over their lifetime. We make one award each year. Past recipients have been people such as Sir Rob Fenwick, Sir Peter Gluckman, and Dame Margaret Bazley.

Successful candidates will have set a course which is of value to the country, and used their talents and abilities to encourage others to follow their lead. They will have the following characteristics:

  • Show outstanding leadership
  • Demonstrate the ability to build and lead successful teams
  • Display some or all of the characteristics that Sir Peter Blake himself demonstrated:
    • determination and the will to succeed
    • belief in achieving extraordinary things
    • a willingness to learn
    • a desire for constant improvement
    • the initiative to pursue an idea
    • trusting and empowering teammates
    • a passion for the environment
    • integrity
    • working hard
    • having fun
  • Demonstrate a commitment to New Zealand (and be a New Zealand citizen)

Blake Medallists will meet the criteria above and will have done so over a sustained period of time.

"Peter was the consummate team leader - absolutely loyal, inspirational and able to encourage in his team a conviction that they would ultimately win through commitment, ability, and tenacity - tempered with a modicum of patience and a whole lot of enjoyment" - Sir Ron Carter