An adventure for young leaders with a passion for the environment.


17 – 21 April 2023


9 – 13 July 2023


21 – 25 August 2023


25 – 29 September 2023

Students (Year 11 - 13)

Mixture of no-cost scholarships and $650+GST options (flights and accommodation are included in both the paid and unpaid positions)

APPLICATIONS FOR 2023 CLOSED ON 5 MARCH. All applicants will be advised of their outcome by 24 March

BLAKE Inspire 2023

In 2023 we look forward to welcoming another 105 passionate, young environmental leaders to join us for our BLAKE Inspire programmes.

BLAKE Inspire is a week-long residential leadership development programme in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment and in 2023 we are excited to be running three programmes (up to 35 students per programme):

  • 17 – 21 April in Waikato
  • 9 – 13 July in Auckland
  • TBC August in Auckland


Throughout the week students will work together with scientists, environmental experts, a diverse range of leaders and other like-minded students to help them develop strong leadership skills while learning about topical environmental issues and how they can take action to tackle them.

Participation, adventure and learning are all key requirements for delegates. They will take part in environmental and marine science activities and visit businesses and local organisations to learn about what they are doing to reduce their impact on the environment. Most importantly, students have heaps of fun and leave BLAKE Inspire with new friends, skills and clear action plans to start making positive change within their own schools and communities.

BLAKE Inspire is an annual opportunity open to young New Zealanders thanks to a number of BLAKE supporters including programme partner, the Ministry for the Environment. Given the strong demand for the programme, this year we have expanded BLAKE Inspire to support 105 delegates throughout the year, and will be offering the programme through at least 45 fully subsidised scholarships and 60 partially subsidised positions at $650 + GST (flights are included in the cost/scholarship). As with every year, we are seeking a diverse group of young New Zealanders for the programme, and encourage people from all parts of Aotearoa, and all ethnicities, to apply to participate.

BLAKE Inspire delegates become eligible to join future BLAKE Expeditions as student voyagers.

BLAKE Inspire is an annual opportunity open to young New Zealanders thanks to a number of BLAKE supporters including programme sponsor, The Ministry for the Environment.

Please note that due to the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle, applications for BLAKE Inspire applications were extended to Sunday 5th March 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

For more information email the Programme Manager, Courtney Davies, at [email protected] or phone the BLAKE office on 09 307 8875.

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