Leadership programme

Kate McLoughlin (Year 11)
Just as New Zealand entered into Lockdown, Kate McLoughlin (Year 11) received the news that she had been successful in her application to take part in the BLAKE Inspire 2020 leadership programme!

In February, Kate applied for a position on the BLAKE Inspire programme, held in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment. There were 500 hopeful applicants and we are pleased to share the news that Kate is one of only 55 young New Zealanders (Years 11 – 13) selected to take part in this amazing opportunity!

Formerly known as the Sir Peter Blake Youth Leaders Foundation, the initial week-long fully-funded leadership programme was to be held at Easter, but this has now changed to October, due to Covid-19.

During the week, Kate will work with like-minded students, scientists and environmental experts, helping to develop strong leadership skills while learning how to help involve others become informed and active about topical environmental issues.

Although she is only 15 years of age, Kate certainly has what it takes to make a difference! Last year, she was nominated for a Leaders in the Making Award organised by Auckland Council and the Kaipatiki Project, winning her category in recognition of all the work she has been doing with Sea Cleaners, her tireless litter collection on the streets and on our beaches, and for her incentive of placing posters at local bays to get others on board in caring for our oceans. Kate also went to Hawaii (as a Youth Ambassador for Sea Cleaners) and was filmed by National Geographic!

Kate was also selected from over 200 applicants to be a participant in the Auckland Council 2019 Young Leaders Sustainability Programme, and has reapplied and maintained her position in 2020, for a second year running – and was also selected as a Highly Commended Applicant for the 2019 Girl Boss Awards, for all of the amazing things she has been doing for the community, country and beyond!