Sir John Graham receives Blake Medal for leadership

By Wright Communications

Sir John Graham is one of the country's most inspiring and formidable leaders. He has demonstrated inspirational leadership on the sporting field, in the classroom and at the board table. Tonight he became the eighth recipient of The Blake Medal, the supreme accolade of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards.

Sir John joins a stellar cast of New Zealand leaders on the Blake Medallist honour roll: Dame Margaret Bazley (2011); Sir Ray Avery (2010); Dr John Hood (2009); Sir Murray Halberg (2008); Professor Paul Callaghan (2007); Sir Stephen Tindall (2006); and Sir John Anderson (2005).

Chair of the selection panel, Sir Ron Carter, says Sir John is one of the country's most outstanding individuals and highly respected by New Zealanders of all ages.

"Sir John has a rare combination of strong conviction and collegial humility and the ability to motivate people to aspire to greatness," Sir Ron said.

As well as honouring one outstanding leader, the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards recognise six Emerging Leaders demonstrating considerable potential.

The 2012 Emerging Leaders are (in alphabetical order by surname):








Phil Keoghan

TV Host, NOW campaign leader

Broadcaster, social campaigner


Los Angeles


Roseanne Liang

Filmmaker and Director

Film industry




Richie McCaw

Captain, All Blacks





Rachel Taulelei

Founder and Managing Director, Yellow Brick Road Ltd

Fresh and sustainable fish supply




Kapu Waretini

Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development)

Maori development




Qiujing Wong

CEO, Borderless Productions

Video production, social campaigner



Chief Executive of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Shelley Campbell, says the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Awards provide an opportunity to recognise great leadership across various industries and fields and aim to inspire others to set out to achieve their dreams.

"The 2012 recipients are all examples of great leaders and hopefully inspire other Kiwis to develop their leadership skills and motivate others to help them achieve their dreams and goals and make their visions a reality."

The Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards were established in 2005 to inspire and celebrate great leadership. The Awards are open to all New Zealanders and selection includes a rigorous process reviewing nominations for leaders from all sectors of society.

The selection panel for this year's awards is made up of a group of New Zealand leaders in their own right: Sir Ron Carter (Chair), Sir Eion Edgar, Sir John Anderson, Glen Sowry, Dame Jenny Gibbs, Jane Huria, Hon Fran Wilde and Alison Paterson.

The Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards officially launch New Zealand Leadership Week (22-29 June), which aims to raise awareness of the importance of great leadership, showcase the work that is being done to develop leadership capability throughout the country and motivate all New Zealanders to dare to dream.


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