Thousands of students impacted

Luke Parker
Thousands of students impacted

The Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Week is now in full swing with Young Leader Awards and Dream Team visits happening in hundreds of schools across the country.

Leadership Week, which runs from July 1 to July 8, is an annual event for all ages that celebrates great leadership and is an opportunity to recognise and acknowledge inspiring leaders or leadership in the workplace, school or community organisation.

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Harriet Guy from St Theresa's School receiving her Young Leader Award with Westpac's Alina Yousif .

Sir Peter Blake Trust CEO, Shelley Campbell, says the week also pays tribute to Sir Peter Blake, one of New Zealand’s greatest leaders and environmentalists, finishing with Red Socks Day on Friday, July 8.

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“The Young Leader Awards, in association with Westpac, acknowledge young people whose outstanding leadership uplifts the school community. This year’s nominations include stories of children who are natural leaders as well as those who work hard leading Kapa Haka or volunteering their time to community groups.”

460 Young Leader Awards will be presented over the week, many from local Westpac Bank Managers.

Shelley says the Dream Team sessions, 470 nationwide, will be delivered by leaders from business, community, sports, media, arts, education, science and various other backgrounds who share their life’s journey as well as inspiring the students to dream big.

“These leaders will be speaking to more than 30,000 students during their one-hour Dream Team sessions in schools from Kaitaia to Invercargill.

“Our 2016 theme is #Believeyoucan. The message is about self-belief and the need to back yourself and your team in order to achieve great things.”

Westpac Director of Corporate Affairs, Sue Foley, says the team at Westpac nationwide is proud to get behind cultivating New Zealand’s up-and-coming leaders.

“These young people are our future and we’re delighted to acknowledge their work and achievements.

“Many of the young leaders are described by their teachers as being ‘undercover’ or ‘humble’ leaders and some may not think of themselves as leaders at all. We hope these awards will be the encouragement they need to recognise the amazing leadership qualities they are showing.”

Students will be presented with a prize pack, certificate and Sir Peter Blake Medal. The young leaders are nominated by either their class or a teacher.

To find out more about the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Awards and other 2016 Leadership Week events and activities visit

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