Sir Peter Blake Trust

Sir Peter Blake was a legendary New Zealand leader, explorer, and environmentalist who continues to inspire us all. With our support as the foundation partner, the Trust aims to help New Zealanders make a positive difference to the planet by encouraging environmental awareness and leadership development.

1. Sir Peter Blake Portrait

Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards

The annual Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards have been taking place since 2005 and recognise outstanding New Zealand leaders who follow in the footsteps of Sir Peter and continue to exemplify his extraordinary kiwi ‘can do’ spirit. Nominations for the 2016 Blake Leader Awards closed on 28 February and award winners will be announced on 1 July 2016.

Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award

The Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award, in association with Westpac, recognises young people who have shown promising leadership in their schools and communities. The award is given to one student in each primary and intermediate school that participates, as selected by teachers and peers.

Last year we had 126 employees making a total of 328 presentations across the country!

Dream Team

On behalf of our Patron the Governor General of NZ, Lt. Gen Rt. Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, Westpac staff are invited to join the Dream Team to inspire Kiwi kids during Leadership Week.

Last year we had 23 employees participating, as part of a 300 strong Dream Team of exceptional NZ Leaders prepared to give up one hour to inspire one classroom of Kiwi kids across NZ to make their dreams happen. Our hope is that our children / young people will see successful people who look just like them and think “if they can do it, I can too”.

The Sir Peter Blake Trust's theme for Leadership this year is 'believe you can' and we are keen to follow in the footsteps of people like Sir Peter by demonstrating leadership, rather than just talking about it.

Environmental Programmes

Having sailed around the world five times and clocked up over half a million nautical miles, Sir Peter’s special focus for the environment was on water. As such, the Trust runs environmental programmes to encourage awareness of our marine environment. There are a number of practical initiatives taking place, including the Care for our Coast programme that helps to safeguard its future.

Our support

Westpac is the foundation partner of the Sir Peter Blake Trust. Inspired by Sir Peter Blake himself, we like to get involved with the Sir Peter Blake Trust on a very practical level.