This year’s InspireNZ digital articles are stories of great New Zealanders who have risen to the challenge of #believeyoucan. Those who knew Peter will remember him saying that if you really want something, if it’s really important, then you have to believe that you can do it, and inspire others to believe it's possible as well. We hope these articles inspire you to share your stories of Leadership with your schools, communities and colleagues. Sir Peter Blake set the standard for ‘Believe You Can’.
All our InspireNZ articles are written by the very talented Suzanne McFadden.
Attending to his own health: Dr Sam Hazledine
Despite his ground-breaking change to the modern day Hippocratic Oath, Blake Leader Dr Sam Hazledine knows he has only made the first incision in an operation to improve the wellbeing of doctors across the globe, Suzanne McFadden reports. read more..
Shedding light on a whale of a mystery
Fragments of humpback whale skin no bigger than a thumbnail, gathered from the remote waters of Raoul Island, could help solve one of the great migration mysteries of the South Pacific. read more..
New Blake conquering the world
As James Blake heads off on his first round-the-world race odyssey, he knows he will find a new appreciation of what his father, Sir Peter Blake, achieved, and see the oceans he fell in love with. read more..
INSPIRE NZ September 2017: Teen airs her message to the world in Times Square
Nineteen-year-old Isla Christensen is flabbergasted - her message to the world is about to be broadcast in New York City’s Time Square. Christensen filmed and edited her short film, “It Can Be Different”, for her Year 13 media studies assessment at Karamu High School in Hastings last year. read more..
INSPIRE NZ August 2017: Mountain man becomes ocean educator
Fiordland College teacher Vaughn Filmer may be far from the ocean, but he has a new understanding and respect for our waters, in his role as the Sir Peter Blake Trust environmental educator. read more..
INSPIRE NZ August 2017: The ongoing evolution of Leadership Week
Not that long ago, New Zealanders would shrink away from being labelled leaders. And many of those who stood up would be felled by the great Kiwi tradition of scything down tall poppies. read more..
INSPIRE NZ July 2017: Tara continues Sir Peter’s ocean dream
It may be almost 17 years since she was last moored in Auckland, but little has changed on board Sir Peter Blake’s beloved expedition boat Seamaster in her absence. read more..
INSPIRE NZ May 2017: Kiwi kids invited to invest in Dream Bank
The dreams and aspirations of Kiwi kids are to be collected in a new interactive website – www.dreambank.co.nz - and shared to inspire other New Zealanders. The “Dream Bank” is an online portal, where young New Zealanders aged from five to 18 are being asked to contribute their personal dreams, and what they wish for New Zealand in the future. read more..
INSPIRE NZ April 2017: Young leaders take up fight for our oceans
The moment 15-year-old Kate McIntosh arrived home in Mosgiel after a week at the YouthEnviro Leaders’ Forum in Auckland, she immediately ransacked her family’s bathroom cabinets. read more..
INSPIRE NZ March 2017: Inspiring Women to Lead from the Front
The new patron of the Sir Peter Blake Trust is our Governor-General, Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy. She tells Suzanne McFadden about her plans for leadership, the environment and making New Zealand a “good global citizen”. read more..
INSPIRE NZ February 2017: Annika repaints history
By spending her summer painting, scraping and hammering on the ice, architecture student Annika Andresen realised one of her ultimate dreams. Suzanne McFadden talks to the Blake Antarctic Ambassador about the “best history lesson ever”. read more..
INSPIRE NZ January 2017: Stand up and be counted.
Although being labelled a leader didn’t sit naturally with Dr Siouxsie Wiles, becoming a 2016 Blake Leader has already made a difference to her attitude to leadership. read more..
INSPIRE NZ November 2016: The Great Hoiho Count
The charming yellow-eyed penguin is more common on a $5 note than in the wild. The Sir Peter Blake Trust is playing its part to help keep tabs on this threatened bird, at home on the Auckland Islands. read more..
INSPIRE NZ October 2016: The Navy & The Trust: Together At Sea
For the last five years, the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Royal New Zealand Navy have built a relationship based on the wellbeing of our oceans and the leadership of our youth. And that partnership is forging ahead. read more..
INSPIRE NZ September 2016: Mitchell's Odyssey from Stream to Ocean
New Zealand continues to punch above its weight in global environmental issues, with three Kiwi's seeking apositive change to our oceans in Washington DC this month. read more..
INSPIRE NZ August 2016: Rob's road to Rio
As Blake Leader Rob Waddell leads one of New Zealand's strongest olympic teams into battle in Rio, he tells Suzanne McFadden what it takes to inspire a team of champions. read more..
INSPIRE NZ July 2016: Phil's amazing ride comes full circle
After three decades, adventurer and storyteller Phil Keoghans life has come full circle, with the premiere of his movie, Le Ride. read more..
INSPIRE NZ June 2016: Celebrating Leadership
Blake Leader Sarah Trotman shares with Suzanne McFadden about her commitment to Leadership Week and reminding others Leaders to step up further. read more..
INSPIRE NZ April 2016: What would Blakey do?
Blake Leader Glen Sowry's life changed course when he met Sir Peter Blake. He tells Suzanne McFadden how he now keeps the legacy of a legend alive. read more..
INSPIRE NZ March 2016: Exploring the unknown
The latest expedition to the Sub-Antarctic revealed a whole new world for young leaders and seasoned experts alike, as Suzanne McFadden discovers. read more..
INSPIRE NZ February 2016: Reconstructing a city's heart
2015 Blake Leader Andre Lovatt on leading the regeneration of quake-torn Christchurch read more..
In the news...
MEDIA RELEASE: Young Auckland adventurer heads to Antarctica
A talented young Aucklander is packing his bags to head to the ice on 4 November after being awarded a coveted Blake Antarctic Ambassadorship. read more..
MEDIA RELEASE: Record Numbers Expected at Annual ‘Great Blake Race’ for Charity
With more than 650 people and 45 yachts, including legendary Steinlager 2 taking part in this year’s Great Blake Race, the fourth-annual charity event is set to be bigger than ever. read more..
MEDIA RELEASE: Sir Peter Blake Trust Chief Executive Announces Resignation
Chair of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Sue Foley, is today announcing the resignation of the Trust’s Chief Executive, Shelley Campbell. read more..
MEDIA RELEASE: Student Heads to the Ice and Realises Life-Long Dream
University of Auckland student Annika Andresen heads to Antarctica to help save Sir Ed’ Hillary’s Hut after winning a sought-after Blake Antarctic Ambassador Award. read more..
MEDIA RELEASE: Rare Pieces of Sporting History to Raise Funds For Charity
Official media release announcing exclusive charity auction items at the Great Blake Race 2016 read more..
MEDIA RELEASE: Expedition to New Zealand's Lost Islands
Official media release announcing the Young Blake Expedition 2016 Sub-Antarctic Voyage read more..
BLOG POST: NAAEE & The Smithsonian Institute
The second day in Washington DC saw our Kiwi delegates meeting with the NAAEE to hear about the environmental programs they run. read more..
BLOG POST: Our Ocean Youth Leadership Conference
Day three and four at Washington, D.C. attending the Our Ocean Youth Conference at Georgetown University read more..
BLOG POST: Our Ocean, One Future
Oceanography student at the University of Otago, Mitchell is in Washington DC attending the Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit. read more..
NEWSHUB: Auckland Islands Research
Mediaworks Journalist Isobel Ewing went with Young Blake Expeditions to the Sub-Antarctic read more..
OTAGO DAILY TIMES: HMNZS Otago arrives in Dunedin
The ODT meets HMNZS Otago at Dunedin as it returns from the Sub-Antarctic read more..