Welcome to the second issue of Catch Up, the newsletter designed to keep you up to date on the recent successes and upcoming activities of our Catch Programme partners.
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Sir Peter Blake leadership awards
Sir John Anderson is very proud to be New Zealand’s first Blake Medallist.
The 59-year-old Wellington-based leader was presented with his accolade at the inaugural Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards at Government House last month.
Sir John’s career and contributions in many fields – business, sport, environment and community – have demonstrated outstanding leadership for more than 25 years.
Six Emerging Leader recipients, aged 25 to 42, were also named at the ceremony.
These were presented to Steven Carden (founder of the First Foundation), Greg Fleming (co-founder of the Maxim Institute), Neil Paviour-Smith (Managing Director of Forsyth Barr), Glen Sowry (GM Operations for Air New Zealand and former Whitbread and America’s Cup sailor), Samara Sutherland (Founder of Experiencing Marine Reserves), and Mark Weldon (CEO of NZX and former Olympic swimmer).
The Governor-General, Dame Silvia Cartwright, said it is fitting the Blake Medal bears Sir Peter’s name.
“He was a true leader, a man who set goals and strove to meet them, always it seemed, pushing the bar higher and higher. But no matter how hard he worked, he was doing what he loved and felt passionate about. That is why we follow leaders. It is because their passion inspires us”, she said.
Chairperson of the Leadership Awards’ selection panel, Sir Ron Carter, said of all nominations reviewed, “they showed us how motivated and hard-working people are, taking the initiative contributing to important organisations, building and motivating teams and making a positive difference through their leadership skills”.
New life line from Life Flight
Many New Zealanders owe their lives to the wonderful services provided by The Life Flight Trust. Life Flight operates the Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Life Flight NZ air ambulance service.
This vital community service will now help even more New Zealanders with the introduction of an Auckland-based fixed-wing air ambulance. Chapman Tripp assisted with the legal issues involved in starting up this service with the Auckland District Health Board. This service commenced in February and has already helped more than 200 patients.
Each year Life Flight assists with the rescue or transfer of around 1200 patients. The work of the helicopter is varied and includes medical transfers, search and rescue, attending accidents and assisting the Police and the Bomb Squad. The fixed-wing service transfers patients to hospitals for specialist care or surgery and returns them home. Many of the patients are premature babies needing special assistance in a neonatal ward.
The addition of an Auckland-based service means improved coordination of patient transfers and an ongoing commitment to looking after the people of New Zealand. Find out more at www.lifeflight.org.nz
Life Flight’s annual Wellington street appeal is on 8 September in the Hutt Valley and 9 September in Wellington. If you can spare an hour on either day to be a volunteer collector, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The sounds of home
Douglas Lilburn ONZ died in 2001 at his home in central Wellington after enjoying a glass of good red wine. Our most distinguished composer referred to the property in Thorndon – nearly a quarter of an acre of bush surrounding a modest three-bedroom home – as his "jungle". This quiet haven in the heart of the city had provided a place of work and congenial hospitality for the composer for more than 40 years.
Not wishing to miss the opportunity to establish New Zealand’s first residence for composers, a group, led by composer Jack Body, established the Lilburn Residence Trust to purchase and maintain the property. With assistance from Neil Gray of Chapman Tripp the founding documents were speedily arranged and after some nerve-wracking negotiations the Residence Trust’s offer was accepted in mid-June, giving it the task of raising over $425,000. (At the time of this newsletter going to print, the Trust had raised $390,000. The shortfall of $35,000 has been funded through a short-term loan from a generous composer, which allowed the purchase to go ahead.)
Now that the purchase has been successfully completed, the Trustees are preparing to host the first composer, Gillian Whitehead. And what will the Lilburn Residence Trust be doing next? The house still needs to be appropriately furnished and it is planned that a collection of Douglas Lilburn’s music will be held there. From time to time the Trust will arrange open days and other events which celebrate his legacy.
CorporateCitizens – a new face around town
An innovative online database of information about companies and what they can offer the community is now available. Chapman Tripp was pleased to host the recent launch of this new service, CorporateCitizens, at its Auckland offices. Rosie Horton (QSO, QSM) – highly regarded philanthropist and mentor for the charitable sector – officially launched the database and described it as a new “community face of the business sector”.
CorporateCitizens is an exciting new addition to the information available for community and voluntary organisations including sports, arts and environmental organisations, universities, polytechnics and for the companies themselves.
This database is a record of how companies use their resources to work with communities to make a better society in which to live.
The NBR New Zealand Opera is performing Verdi’s La Traviata – one of the world’s favourite operas and filled with famous songs. This bold and amazing production is from Russian director Dmitry Bertman and was originally created for the Canadian Opera Company.
The season runs in Auckland (Aotea Centre) from 15-24 September and Wellington (Westpac St James Theatre) from 8-15 October. Tickets are available from Ticketek (09) 307 5000 or (04) 384 3840. More information at www.nzopera.com