Leadership & Environment Resources

Sir Peter Blake was one of New Zealand's most outstanding leaders. With characteristics like determination and the will to succeed, belief in achieving extraordinary things, a willingness to learn, the ability to build and lead successful teams, a desire for constant improvement, the initiative to pursue an idea, trusting and empowering teammates, integrity, working hard, and having fun, New Zealand had a lot to learn from this humble great leader. We have some resources to help you continue the discussion of leadership with your school, business or organisation.

Use our Leadership Poster for a classroom discussion and brainstorm, our 'Learn about Leadership' lesson plans, or our 'Inspire NZ' monthly magazine articles profiling great leaders as a stimulus for discussion. Or, check out our Leadership videos to inspire your team or students.

A context for learning Science...

Each year the Environmental Educator Award is given to a teacher to join the Sir Peter Blake Trust for part of the school year. They become "Educator at Sea" to our student voyagers on an expedition, and write and create original resources for the classroom, alongside Scientists and Environmental Leaders. This programme is funded by the Ministry of Education. You can view, download, and share these learning tools as you like, and align them with your education pathway.

These resources provide a rich context for students to learn about the Nature of Science, the Living World, Planet Earth & Beyond, and the Material World. Each section includes content about an aspect of the Auckland Islands. You will find information about Young Blake Expedition Scientists and how they carry out their work, as well as information about the biology of the organisms, the changing climate, and the chemistry and geology of the environment. Different aspects cater for different levels and strands of the New Zealand Curriculum. Some articles also include teaching resources such as PowerPoints, assessment tasks and in class activities.

If you are a New Zealander, a secondary school teacher, and think you may like to step out of the classroom for a bit, you can read more about our Environmental Educator programme and learn more about the criteria and process.

Resource Library

Leadership Unit
Leadership Unit

This unit summarises all the leadership lesson plans and resources available and their links to the curriculum.

Sir Peter Blake 'Learn About Leadership' Lessons
Sir Peter Blake 'Learn About Leadership' Lessons

Four lessons that introduce Sir Peter Blake as a leader, his character, and compare/contrasting different leadership styles. Lesson 1: A Nation’s Leader Lesson 2: Character Lesson 3: Leadership Skills Lesson 4: Leadership Challenge

Leadership Lesson Plans
Leadership Lesson Plans

Six short lessons / activities that can be done in any order to introduce your students to the concepts of leadership. 1: Leader Posters 2: What Makes a Good Leader 3: Heroes 4: Role Models 5: Everyone makes Mistakes 6: Celebrity Role Model Game

Dream Team Preparation for Schools
Dream Team Preparation for Schools

Some resources to best prepare your classroom for their Dream Team visit

Leadership Poster - What is Leadership?
Leadership Poster - What is Leadership?

An interactive poster with key words and quotes on leadership by famous New Zealanders.

Sir Peter Blake Worksheet
Sir Peter Blake Worksheet

A Q&A worksheet about the man and life of Sir Peter Blake

Video: Lessons in Leadership
Video: Lessons in Leadership

This inspiring video shows why Sir Peter Blake was such a great leader and features many great Kiwi leaders talking about their experiences of leadership, what motivates them and what inspires them. Many are winners of The Sir Peter Blake Trust's Leadership Awards, conferred each year to outstanding New Zealanders.

Video: Lessons in Leadership for Young New Zealanders
Video: Lessons in Leadership for Young New Zealanders

This video, especially designed for young NZers, features interviews with great Kiwi leaders in business, science, charity work and more. These are recipients of the Sir Peter Blake Trust's Leadership Awards, speaking about their experiences, inspiration and motivation.

Video: Sir Peter Blake interview on Leadership
Video: Sir Peter Blake interview on Leadership

This inspiring video shows an interview with Sir Peter about the skills, qualities and approaches that make great leaders. A very humble man who believed in leading through his actions, this is a rare chance to to hear him speak about how he saw his role.

Video: Famous Red Socks
Video: Famous Red Socks

The story of Sir Peter Blake's famous Red Socks!

Video: Keven Mealamu's Dream Team session
Video: Keven Mealamu's Dream Team session

The Sir Peter Blake Trust and the MediaWorks Foundation are excited to share Keven Mealamu's Dream Team session for 2016, hosted by Mike McRoberts.

Video: Dai Henwood's Dream Team session
Video: Dai Henwood's Dream Team session

The Sir Peter Blake Trust and the MediaWorks Foundation are excited to share comedian Dai Henwood's Dream Team session for 2016, hosted by Carly Flynn.

Video: Michelle Dickinson's Dream Team session
Video: Michelle Dickinson's Dream Team session

The Sir Peter Blake Trust and the MediaWorks Foundation are excited to share Michelle Dickinson's Dream Team session for 2016, hosted by Amanda Gillies.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Auckland Islands: An Introduction
Auckland Islands: An Introduction

An introduction to the Auckland Islands / By Bernard Potter

Unit Plan Level 5 Living World
Unit Plan Level 5 Living World

Unit Plan Level 5 Living World / By Educator Mr Bernard Potter

Senior Biology
Senior Biology

The Auckland Islands are often described as a hot spot of biodiversity. A wide variety of seabirds, invertebrates, marine mammals and a range of hardy plants can all be found there.

Megaherb Classification
Megaherb Classification

New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Islands support a diverse and unique flora. Of particular interest are the megaherbs. By Cherie Fenemor.

Our Southern Wilderness Revealed
Our Southern Wilderness Revealed

An eco-system poster created by Nick Kingston & Artist Dave Gunson

Our Southern Wilderness Revealed II
Our Southern Wilderness Revealed II

An marine eco-system poster created by Cherie Fenemor & Artist Dave Gunson

Senior Biology
Senior Biology

The Auckland Islands are often described as a hot spot of biodiversity. A wide variety of seabirds, invertebrates, marine mammals and a range of hardy plants can all be found there.

Human Endeavour
Human Endeavour

Human impact on the Auckland Island group

Auckland Islands: An Introduction
Auckland Islands: An Introduction

An introduction to the Auckland Islands / By Bernard Potter

Our Southern Wilderness Revealed
Our Southern Wilderness Revealed

An eco-system poster created by Nick Kingston & Artist Dave Gunson

Our Southern Wilderness Revealed II
Our Southern Wilderness Revealed II

An marine eco-system poster created by Cherie Fenemor & Artist Dave Gunson

White Capped Albatross
White Capped Albatross

A look at the white capped Albatross / By Educator Mr Bernard Potter

Southern Right Whales
Southern Right Whales

Southern Right Whales - Tohora - Eubalaena Australis / By Bernard Potter & Dr. Will Rayment (University of Otago)

Rattail Fish
Rattail Fish

A look at Rattail Fish / By educator Mr Bernard Potter.

Arrow Squid
Arrow Squid

A look at Arrow Squid / By Educator Mr Bernard Potter

Auckland Island Cave Weta
Auckland Island Cave Weta

A look at Cave Wetas on the Auckland Islands / By Educator Bernard Potter

Impact of pigs on the Auckland Island ecosystem
Impact of pigs on the Auckland Island ecosystem

An assessment task, marking schedule and powerpoint linked to the Science 1.12 - Biological impact of an event on an ecosystem achievement standard is available for teachers and students. / By Educator Mr Nick Kingston

New Zealand Sea Lion
New Zealand Sea Lion

A look at the New Zealand Sea Lion / By Educator Bernard Potter

Megaherbs
Megaherbs

A look at Megaherbs / By Educator Mr Bernard Potter

Flora & Fauna
Flora & Fauna

A look at the place, farthest south, that trees grow naturally

Climate
Climate

The Climate of the Auckland Islands / By Bernard Potter & Jacob Anderson

Clues to Past Climates
Clues to Past Climates

Reconstructing climate change / By Imogen Browne - Otago University

Marine Reserves
Marine Reserves

A look at marine reserves / By Educator Mr Bernard Potter

Dating Geological Events
Dating Geological Events

The Auckland Islands – Investigating evidence related to dating geological events. By Cherie Fenemor.

Ocean Acidity
Ocean Acidity

A look at ocean acidity / By Educator Mr Bernard Potter

The Southern Ocean – a global carbon sink
The Southern Ocean – a global carbon sink

An assessment task, marking schedule and powerpoint linking to the Science 1.14 - Carbon cycling achievement standard is available for teachers and students / By Educator Mr Nick Kingston

Coralline Algae and Ocean Acidification
Coralline Algae and Ocean Acidification

Coralline algae are found in three orders (Corallinales, Hapalidialaes and Sporolithales) within the red algae (Rhodophyta) phylum. By Cherie Fenemor.

Volcanoes and Glaciers
Volcanoes and Glaciers

​The geologic processes that have led to the landforms of the Auckland Islands fit neatly into the Earth Systems achievement objective of the Planet Earth and Beyond strand of the curriculum. / By Educator Mr Nick Kingston

Buy Red Socks

Every year, thousands of kiwis proudly put on and pull up their red socks on Red Socks Day. Buy your pair from a participating North Island New World supermarket or online today.

In 1995 one of our greatest New Zealanders did an extraordinary thing. He pulled on a humble pair of red socks and took on the most powerful teams in the world to win one of the oldest and most coveted sporting trophies. Now, over 20 years later, those red socks have become a tribute to Sir Peter Blake and a symbol of what we love most about being kiwis. No matter what the odds or the competition we face, if we set our sights on a goal, we can achieve it. Today, Sir Peter Blake's red socks have become a reminder of his legacy to dream big, and a celebration of the indomitable kiwi spirit that makes those dreams happen.Thanks to Foodstuffs, MediaWorks and Events Clothing for their generous support in making red socks available.


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Sir Peter Blake

Peter Blake was a New Zealand hero – sailor, adventurer, leader and environmentalist. Competing in ocean races, he clocked up as many sea miles as any seafarer in history, with some epic victories. Then he led his small country to win the America’s Cup (twice!), and gave his last years to helping the environment. Award-winning author Tessa Duder tells the gripping story of Sir Peter’s life for teenage readers, revealing what made him an inspirational leader. The book features boxes backgrounding sailing skills, the America’s Cup and other key points, and is richly illustrated with photos from his life (including 8 pages of colour).


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