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Sawmill x BLAKE



Our aim at Sawmill is to have a positive impact on our environment and our community. Our support for BLAKE reflects the value we place on environmental leadership and on the importance of taking action.

To date our donations to BLAKE total nearly $38,000. 

Sir Peter Blake was New Zealand’s most celebrated yachtsman and also a passionate and relentless champion for the environment, having spent his life on the ocean. Following his sailing career he turned his focus to helping protect the environment and raising awareness of the issues it faces by voyaging to “environmental pulse points of the planet” and sharing what he discovered. Onboard his exploration vessel, Seamaster, Peter and his crew visited Antarctica to look at the impacts of climate change, and then to the Amazon to look at the impacts of deforestation.

Tragically, Sir Peter was killed while carrying out this work. His death cut short his vision to inspire millions of people around the world to care more about the environment and take action to protect it. The Sir Peter Blake Trust (BLAKE) was established in 2004 and is dedicated to continuing his environmental leadership legacy.

Each year BLAKE aims to inspire thousands of New Zealanders to care for the environment through activities and adventures that encourage environmental awareness and leadership, and instil a deeper sense of kaitiakitanga within them.

Like Sir Peter Blake, at the core of all BLAKE’s programmes and events are a spirit of adventure, participation and exploration.

From mid-2021 through to early 2023 $1 from every six-pack of BLAKE beer sold went towards BLAKE's programmes. Sawmill continues to support the work of BLAKE through their Awards evening and through hosting hundreds of students and teachers in the Smoko Room each year.

For more information about BLAKE click here.