Former Macleans College student wins Blake Leader Award

Posted on September 09, 2019

James Frankham (Rutherford House 1988 - 1992) received last week a Blake Leader award for leadership in media.

The prestigious annual Blake Awards recognise individuals who have delivered significant results through the quality of their leadership and contributed to a more sustainable future for New Zealand.

As the director and publisher of New Zealand Geographic James has developed a publication in print, online and on social channels, which brings its audience closer to the natural world in this country. Its success has been recognised by being given earlier this year the New Zealand Magazine of the Year award for the third year running. It reaches an audience of about 640,000 through all channels. The publication is available at Macleans College through the online Library catalogue.

As a media publisher with experience in print, film, television, web, social and virtual reality media James has been able to develop a partnership with the Blake Trust, the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and Foundation North’s G.I.F.T. (Gulf Innovation Fund Together), the outcome of which is the New Zealand Virtual Reality Project that shows with great clarity conditions and experiences in the natural world in New Zealand.