Mick Brown awarded Blake Medal

New Zealand's first principal youth court judge, Mick Brown, has won the 2013 Blake Medal as part of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards.

Brown's leadership and philosophy shaped our youth court justice system, which has since been copied in other countries. Family group conferences were introduced during Brown's tenure as principal youth court judge. He is also a member of various charitable groups.

The Sir Peter Blake Trust also gave emerging leader awards to Kaitaia GP Lance O'Sullivan; CEO and founder of Be.Accessible Minnie Baragwanath; Flaxmere College principal Louise Anaru; Joe Harrop - the programme director for the Sistema Aotearoa music programme; Best Leadership Academy CEO Beatrice Faumuina; Tamatea High School principal Nicola Ngarewa.

The emerging leader awards are given to leaders aged between 25 and 20.

Nominations for next year's awards will open early next year, the trust says.