The 2015 Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Awards were held of Friday 26 June, kicking off Leadership Week that runs through until 3 July.
Awarded by the Sir Peter Blake Trust, of which Westpac is the foundation partner, these honours recognise individuals who follow in the footsteps of Sir Peter and continue to exemplify his extraordinary Kiwi 'can do' spirit.
Congratulations to all of the 2015 winners! Find out more about them below:
Rob Fenwick – 2015 Blake Medallist
2015 Blake Medallist (the premium award for outstanding leadership achievement), Rob Fenwick, is a businessman and environmentalist who has devoted a lifetime to the conservation of natural and human heritage in New Zealand and Antarctica.
Rob’s contribution to safeguarding our environment, through sustainability, wildlife protection and waste minimisation, will benefit New Zealanders for decades to come – and hopefully longer.
André Lovatt’s decision to return home after the Christchurch earthquakes to help rebuild a national treasure has been invaluable to the healing of the city’s cultural heart and reviving an even wider community.
Brendon McCullum ONZM
Humble, unselfish, level-headed and a fantastic leader by example on the field, Brendon has carried the New Zealand cricket side through a sometimes difficult and always challenging era.
His all-round performance at this year’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia was the apex of an outstanding 13-year international career.
At her New Zealand Trade and Enterprise office in Los Angeles, the lawyer-turned-digital innovator and serial entrepreneur is now in the next phase of her career – helping Kiwi businesses to flourish in a foreign market, and mentoring and motivating not only other businesspeople, but a future generation of entrepreneurs.
Michelle Dickinson MNZM
Dr Michelle Dickinson – and her superhero alter-ego Nanogirl – use leadership to inspire others to move towards positive goals for the planet and the people on it.
The Blake Leader believes she fell into leadership as others have sought her guidance and been inspired by what she does – as a leading nanotechnologist, engineering lecturer, charity founder, communicator, and mentor.
Like the mission statement of her revolutionary school in South Auckland, Sita Selupe is raising leaders, one child at a time.
What began as a Saturday morning home school for whanau in her garage a decade ago, has evolved into a celebrated educational trust which has helped over 200 families across South Auckland.
Blake Leader Tina Porou is a vibrant trailblazer in a new generation of Māori leaders. Of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Tuwharetoa descent, Tina is deeply committed to her whānau, hapū and iwi, and is dedicated to using her skills to grow their aspirations.