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Introducing NZ-VR: Our new virtual underwater experience
Introducing NZ-VR: Our new virtual underwater experience

Growing up, James Frankham would spend summers with his family at the bottom end of Waiheke Island. On any given day, he could look up or down the Waiheke Channel and see two or three ‘work-ups’ of kahawai. read more..

New book perfectly captures our Hero of the Sea
New book perfectly captures our Hero of the Sea

David Hill may not know a luff from a lanyard. And yet he was able to capture the essence of Sir Peter Blake in his picture book for young readers, Hero of the Sea. read more..

Millie’s promise to help Tara protect our oceans
Millie’s promise to help Tara protect our oceans

On board Sir Peter Blake’s old expedition boat in the Caribbean Sea, Millie Mannering watched pilot whales dancing around the schooner’s bow, and dipped a net into a massive bloom of phytoplankton stirred up by a devastating hurricane. read more..

Sir Peter’s visionary words shape the Trust’s new strategy
Sir Peter’s visionary words shape the Trust’s new strategy

In his final log entry onboard Seamaster, anchored in the mouth of the Amazon, Sir Peter Blake wrote what would become prophetic words. “We want to restart people caring for the environment… through adventure, through participation, through education and through enjoyment.” read more..

Watene’s war on kiore, and crusade for kororā
Watene’s war on kiore, and crusade for kororā

Watene Campbell has given a piece of his heart to a little critter on Wellington’s shoreline, while waging war on a less-loveable varmint. Campbell, a 17-year-old student at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna school in Wellington, makes time in his frenetic schedule for the smaller creatures on earth, to help save “our taonga species”. read more..

A relentless champion of the underwater world
A relentless champion of the underwater world

What does the Hauraki Gulf smell like? How are cats killing Māui dolphins? Why do mother and calf humpback whales congregate in Antarctica’s Ross Sea region? That’s a mere slice of the conundrums Dr Rochelle Constantine, a relentless champion for the marine environment, is interested in finding scientific answers for. read more..

2018 Blake Medallist and Blake Leaders announced
2018 Blake Medallist and Blake Leaders announced

The Hon. Dame Tariana Turia has been awarded the Blake Medal, the premium award for leadership achievement in New Zealand, by the Sir Peter Blake Trust. read more..

Engaging more young Kiwi leaders to take on the environment
Engaging more young Kiwi leaders to take on the environment

James Gibson, the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s new CEO, has a passion for environmental leadership – and a personal incentive to conserve New Zealand’s environment, he tells Suzanne McFadden. read more..

Inka takes Government to task on plastic wrap
Inka takes Government to task on plastic wrap

As Kiwi teenagers were encouraged to seek solutions and make a difference during an action-packed week at the Sir Peter Blake Trust's 'Youth EnviroLeaders Forum' (YELF), one student immediately put that advice to work, challenging the NZQA. Suzanne McFadden reports. read more..

Anzac’s call for a sustainable future
Anzac’s call for a sustainable future

As a young boy, Anzac Gallate’s head was filled with tropical fish. He poured over “tons of books” with fish swimming across their pages; he had his own home aquarium. “I wanted to be a marine biologist so badly,” he says. read more..

Illustrious skipper heartbroken by a sea of plastic
Illustrious skipper heartbroken by a sea of plastic

Few sailors have circumnavigated the globe as many times as Dee Caffari, but every time she does, another piece of her heart breaks. read more..

Birds of a Feather in East Coast and Deep South
Birds of a Feather in East Coast and Deep South

Richard Tuhaka’s dive down into the Sub-Antarctic, in search of one of the world’s rarest birds, has given him a kete full of knowledge to pass on to the children of Tolaga Bay. read more..

Attending to his own health: Dr Sam Hazledine
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..

New Blake conquering the world
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..

Shedding light on a whale of a mystery
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..

INSPIRE NZ September 2017: Teen airs her message to the world in Times Square
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
INSPIRE NZ February 2016: Reconstructing a city's heart

2015 Blake Leader Andre Lovatt on leading the regeneration of quake-torn Christchurch read more..