Sir Peter Jackson has been awarded the Blake Medal for his outstanding leadership and contribution to tourism, his local Wellington community and the New Zealand and international film industry.
In a glittering awards ceremony last night, Sarah-Jane Blake presented the Blake Medal to Matt Dravitzki of Wingnut Films on behalf of Sir Peter who was filming of the final scenes of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Ms Blake spoke about Sir Peter's outstanding filmmaking career, as well his numerous charitable activities and contributions to his local community.
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae hosted the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards and with other NZ leaders spoke about how great leadership requires more than simply excelling in your chosen field.
Other winners included Tim Alpe, chief executive and co-founder of the JUCY Group; Kathryn Wilson, leading footwear designer, owner and founder of Kathryn Wilson shoes; Matt Watson, TV fishing personality and creator of freefishheads.co.nz; Sarah Robb-O'Hagan, New York-based president of global fitness chain Equinox; Sam Hazledine, doctor, extreme skiing champion, author and founder of MedRecruit; and Therese Walsh, head of New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Selection panel chairman Sir Ron Carter said this year's winners have demonstrated the gift of being real people leaders, displaying an innate talent for building strong internal cultures and highly successful teams.
"They've led by example and have been able to inspire their team members to help them achieve goals that others have often said are impossible," Sir Ron said.
As members of the Sir Peter Blake Trust network the winners will have the opportunity to be included in future leadership activities and forums, environmental expeditions and awards events, where they are able to further network with other Blake leaders and medalists.
The Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards mark the beginning of the annual Leadership Week, which runs from today and ends with Red Socks Day next Friday.
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