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BLAKE Team

Chief Executive

I started as CEO of BLAKE in February 2018. My most recent role was GM Partnerships & Communication at Sport NZ, with responsibility for managing Sport NZ’s relationship with the sports sector, as well as their brand, communications, events, and partner capability work. I also led their women in sport work. Prior to this, I […]

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Finance Officer

As Finance Officer for BLAKE, I manage the finances on a day to day basis and business planning to assist the team to turn their dreams into financial reality. I am involved in reporting quarterly financial results to the BLAKE Board and annual financial reporting for public accountability. I have worked as an accountant in […]

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Head of Programmes - Depth

Jacob is a Programme Manager for BLAKE and manages the BLAKE Inspire for Teachers and BLAKE Ambassador programmes. He coordinated the science communication and outreach for the BLAKE Expeditions to the Sub-Antarctic in 2016 and to Kermadec Islands in 2018. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Earth Science at Massey University and his Master […]

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Brand, Communications and Events Manager

As the Brand, Communications and Events Manager for BLAKE I am responsible for managing the brand and ensuring all our messages are effectively communicated to our audiences, including stakeholder communications, media and digital communication channels. I lead delivery of our main events, including the annual BLAKE Awards dinner and our fundraising event, the Great Blake […]

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Logistics and Programme Manager

I work across all of our BLAKE programmes from coordinating BLAKE Inspire, our BLAKE Leadership Awards and Young Leader Awards through to managing logistics for BLAKE Expeditions and mobilising young New Zealanders as a BLAKE NZ-VR Environmental Educator. My involvement with BLAKE began in 2016 as a NIWA Freshwater Ambassador and I have since been […]

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Kaihautū Māori Manager

Ko Waikato raua ko Mangawara ōku awa Ko Tikapā raua ko Hokianga ōku moana Ko Hapuakohe raua ko Whakatere ōku maunga Ko Waiti raua ko Tuhirangi ōku marae Ko Ngāti Makirangi raua ko Te Māhurehure ōku hapū Ko Ngāti Paoa rātou ko Ngāti Whatua ki Ōrakei, Ko Ngāpuhi ōku iwi Ko Leigh Takirau tōku ingoa […]

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Head of Programmes - Discovery

I work with the BLAKE team as Head of Programmes – Discovery, inspiring students to care for, and take action to protect marine environments. I was first involved with BLAKE as a BLAKE Ambassador in February 2016, working on biodiversity projects with DOC and Hawkes Bay Regional Council. I graduated from the University of Otago […]

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NZ-VR Environmental Educator

Kahu whakapapas back to Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti / Ngāti Porou. He is part of the BLAKE NZ-VR Team, where he is an environmental educator for many young New Zealanders throughout the Auckland region and the wider North Island. He views this role as an amazing opportunity to begin his pathway to his passion and pursue an […]

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NZ-VR Environmental Educator

I work with the NZ-VR team to give students a taste of the underwater world and inspire them to care for and protect our natural environments. I joined BLAKE in January of 2021 while completing my PhD in Marine Science at the University of Auckland. My love, passion and curiosity for the ocean started at […]

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BLAKE Patrons

Patron

Pippa was born in Portsmouth, England 1954 and educated at Downe House School, Berkshire, UK. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in London between 1972 and 1976, gaining a First Class BA Honours degree in Painting. She went on to work for the Arts Council of Great Britain and as an assistant […]

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Patron

In 2016 the Governor General accepted an invitation to become the Patron of BLAKE, as her predecessors had been before her. For more information see http://gg.govt.nz/the-governor-general.

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BLAKE Trustees

Chair

André leads Auckland Airport’s infrastructure development and delivery team, focusing on the implementation of our 30-year vision to build a world-class airport.  André has over 20 years’ experience of delivering major infrastructure projects across Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Auckland Airport in March 2018, André was chair of Regenerate Christchurch, the organisation tasked with planning […]

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Patron

Pippa was born in Portsmouth, England 1954 and educated at Downe House School, Berkshire, UK. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in London between 1972 and 1976, gaining a First Class BA Honours degree in Painting. She went on to work for the Arts Council of Great Britain and as an assistant […]

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Trustee

Rear Admiral (RADM) David Proctor was born in Napier, New Zealand and joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as a Midshipman in January 1987. RADM Proctor assumed the role of Chief of Navy on 29 November 2018 following numerous senior positions within the New Zealand Defence Force, including Commander Logistics of the NZDF, Deputy […]

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Trustee

Nick Humphries has experienced all of the BLAKE programmes from receiving a BLAKE Young Leader Award to participating in BLAKE Inspire (previously known as YELF) leading him to go on a BLAKE Expedition and later to Antarctica as a BLAKE Ambassador in 2015. Nick is now the Director and Co-Founder of LuminateOne, an innovative software […]

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Trustee

Te Aue Addison-Valaau hails from Waitahanui, Taupō and has whakapapa links to Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāi Tahu and Te Ātiawa-ki-te-Tau-Ihu. Te Aue works for Plant and Food Research as the Principal Advisor to the General Manager Māori leading strategic advice and partnerships with Māori entities, regional businesses and government agencies to develop horticulture, plant and seafood […]

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Trustee

Ngarimu is currently the Deputy Chair of the Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust and their appointee to Whai Rawa Ltd which is a large commercial entity. He is also a Director of Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research and a Governance Board member for an MBIE National Science Challenge, ‘Building Better Houses Towns and Cities. He serves as a […]

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Trustee

Kevin Shoebridge is one of the few individuals that has successfully evolved from sailor to management in international yachting. He has been involved in six round the word yachting campaigns, winning twice – once as part of Sir Peter Blake’s all conquering Steinlager 2 crew winning every leg of the race. He has also skippered […]

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Trustee

Early on in his academic career, Professor Gary Wilson developed an international reputation for his research. He held a Fulbright award whilst at Victoria University, followed by the Admiral Byrd Fellowship at The Ohio State University. He was also a New Zealand Foundation for Research Fellow, before taking up a lectureship at the University of […]

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Trustee

Gina Dellabarca is the General Manager, Consumer Banking and Wealth for Westpac New Zealand Limited. Reporting to the CEO, she is responsible for leading Westpac New Zealand’s people strategy, with strong focus on building employee capability and advocacy. Gina Dellabarca is a member of the Westpac New Zealand Executive Team and reports directly to the […]

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Nick is a chartered accountant and was Chief Executive and later Chairman of Deloitte in New Zealand. More recently, he was Deloitte’s Global Managing Partner of Sustainability and Climate Change Services and Global Chief Sustainability Officer, based in London. He has also served as Deloitte’s Global Chief Ethics Officer. Nick currently chairs the Middlemore Foundation […]

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Trustee

Natasha has worked at MfE since 2008, before that holding roles with the Wellington and Tasman Councils and a government role in Laos. Natasha is an authentic leader who is committed to the environment sector and the opportunity that the ministry has to be at the forefront of real change. In partnership with Statistics NZ […]

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