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Catch Up October 2007

01 October 2007

The 2007 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards

"Whatever the area, fulfilling one’s potential requires worthwhile goals, a ruthlessness in setting standards and the courage to avoid the soft options that constantly present themselves."
– Sir Peter Blake
The Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards programme invites independent nominations from all sectors of the community. Professor Paul Callaghan became the third recipient of the Blake Medal for outstanding leadership contributions to New Zealand at the 2007 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards, held on Saturday 28 July. The award was presented by His Excellency, the Honourable Anand Satyanand, Governor-General of New Zealand, at Government House in Wellington.
A world-renowned scientist in the fields of nanotechnology and magnetic resonance, Professor Callaghan has shown outstanding leadership as a scientist, teacher, science administrator and communicator.
In addition to the Blake Medal, the Sir Peter Blake Trust also presented the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award to six up-and-coming leaders of note.
The Emerging Leader Award winners for 2007 were Shelly Campbell, chief executive of Waikato Primary Health, the nation’s second largest public health organisation; Annette Fale, general manager of The Halogen Foundation, an organisation dedicated to encouraging and inspiring school-age children to pursue lives as leaders; Andrew Grant, commanding officer of the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha; Steven Hall, school director at the Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand; Tim O’Connor, rector (headmaster) of Palmerston North Boys' High School; and Dr Justin Vaughan, chief executive of New Zealand Cricket.
Lady Blake, a trustee of the Sir Peter Blake Trust who travelled to New Zealand specifically for the awards commented, "The Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards are an outstanding programme and the inspirational New Zealanders that we have honoured in 2007 and over the past three years show what extraordinary talent this country has".
Chapman Tripp congratulates all award recipients.
For more information on the award recipients visit www.sirpeterblaketrust.org

How to build a theatre – your guide to Q Theatre

Imagine a place you love to go, in the heart of the city, a world-class venue that stages the best of the performing arts. With its location adjacent to the Auckland Town Hall, Q Theatre is going to be just that. The flexible theatre, which will seat between 350 and 460 people, will fill a gap in the Auckland arts market for a mid-sized venue and provide a home for the city’s talented performing arts community. The development of Q Theatre is the catalyst project for the Town Hall Arts Precinct development.
The evolution of Q Theatre – A labour of love: 1996: the project has humble beginnings, with the expiry of the Watershed Theatre’s lease. Aug 2000: an industry-led, volunteer organisation, the New Theatre Initiative (NTI), is established to lead the project. Aug 2003: Auckland City Council approves the NTI’s business plan. Nov 2005: Auckland City Council confirms $4.6 million for capital funding, provision of land and buildings, and ongoing operational funding. Nov 2006: official launch of Q Theatre in the Town Hall Arts Precinct. Sept 2007: resource consent to be lodged for the site development. 2010: anticipated opening of Q Theatre.
Susanne Ritzenhoff, Q Theatre’s general manager, believes that the theatre "fulfils Auckland City’s long-term vision to create a vibrant arts infrastructure for Auckland".
"We are delighted to be providing assistance on the funding and construction documentation for this much needed facility for the performing arts in Auckland"
– Matthew Carroll, Principal, property and construction group, Chapman Tripp.
For more information visit www.qtheatre.co.nz.

FYD – Inspiring young New Zealanders to achieve

Catch up recently spoke to The Foundation for Youth Development’s business development manager, Desley Simpson, about the organisation.

When talking about organisations that support New Zealand’s youth, the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) is often mentioned. Who are you?

The FYD, founded by Graeme Dingle and Jo-anne Wilkinson, is the umbrella trust for youth development programmes, Kiwi Can, Stars and Project K.

How does FYD support its brands?

Made up of a governing body of managers and top quality professionals, FYD licenses the programmes into schools. FYD has a national service office in Albany, for its licensees.

What sort of people work for FYD?

FYD has a range of people working for it, from volunteers to paid staff. Typically staff have a background in teaching, sociology and/or psychology.

Can you describe the difference between Stars, Kiwi Can and Project K and why there is a need for them?

Kiwi Can: Kiwi Can is a life skills and values programme for 5–12 year olds, providing a permanent and preventative model for teaching children a system of values, respect for themselves and a feeling of belonging and engagement with the community around them. The key message is "I can".
Stars: Stars is a programme for all year 9 students where teachers are group leaders and senior students are trained to be peer mentors. The programme helps year 9 students make a safe transition into their secondary school environment and develops leadership skills in the senior students, thereby creating a strong sense of community within the school.
"We feel very fortunate to have the Stars programme in our school. The silent voices are now being heard and it encourages reflection and gives confidence. The seniors are now exercising the leadership potential we knew they had."

– Ray Bygate, Principal, Akaroa Area School.

Project K: Project K is a youth development programme designed to inspire 14–15 year olds to reach their full potential. Through a 14-month programme consisting of a Wilderness Adventure, Community Challenge, and Mentoring, students build self confidence, learn about good health, team work and goal setting.

What does FYD currently need?

Opportunities for corporate sponsorship of FYD are many and varied including sponsoring students, staff employment, naming rights opportunities and aligning with corporate social responsibility portfolios.
For more information please contact Desley Simpson on +64 9 476 7026 or visit www.fyd.org.nz.

Inspiration + Education = Conservation

During July, the Environment Court heard appeals on the Wellington Marine Education Centre proposed for Wellington’s South Coast.
Members of Chapman Tripp’s Wellington resource management team were privileged to represent the applicant Trust. The Trust’s vision is "Inspiration + Education = Conservation" and it intends the Centre to be a physical expression of this vision.
Two residents’ groups and various individuals opposed the Centre. The cases for and against were heard over approximately two weeks with more than 50 witnesses (and 768 pages of court transcript!). We hope to bring you news of a successful outcome in the next edition of Catch Up.

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