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BLAKE, previously The Sir Peter Blake Trust, was established in 2004. This trust is dedicated to continuing Sir Peter Blake’s environmental leadership legacy by inspiring and mobilising the next generation of New Zealand leaders, adventurers and environmentalists.

Encouraging and inspiring people to care for the environment, BLAKE prepares young New Zealanders to lead environmental change through a variety of programmes.

Chapman Tripp enjoys providing pro bono advice to BLAKE and regularly helps with intellectual property work, employment law, and constitutional changes for trustees and secretarial work for BLAKE’s Board. We also provide financial support.

As part of the Chapman Tripp team working with BLAKE, I get great satisfaction from knowing that our support is helping to drive BLAKE's vision of inspiring and preparing young New Zealanders to lead a more sustainable future for Aotearoa.Greer Fredricson, Chapman Tripp Senior Associate & Community Director

BLAKE’s programmes include: BLAKE Inspire – a week-long adventure for environmentally passionate secondary school students; BLAKE Expeditions – a once in a lifetime opportunity to voyage to remote and environmentally significant marine areas; BLAKE Ambassadors – environmental opportunities for 18-25 year olds to work on projects with BLAKE's partners NIWA, DOC, Antarctica New Zealand and Tara Expeditions; and BLAKE NZ-VR – an educational programme to inspire students nationwide to care for the environment through virtual reality.

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