Sir Graeme's investiture
Published Aug. 18, 2017, 3:03 p.m.
In June it was announced that Graeme Dingle had become a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM), for services to youth, in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Yesterday it became a reality with Sir Graeme being knighted at Government House, Auckland. A merit well deserved for a man who has contributed so much to the youth of NZ.
Graeme, Gisborne-born, Hutt Valley High School educated, said his own adventure-seeking in New Zealand's wilderness was transformative.
From 1968 he racked up a number of climbing firsts including ascending the ice-laden and avalanche-prone north faces of all six major European peaks, making the first 5000km Himalayan traverse and, in 1971, making the first winter traverse of the Southern Alps.
In 1972 Dingle established the country's first outdoor pursuits centre in the central North Island's And in 1995 Dingle, with wife Jo-anne Wilkinson, launched Project K, now known as the Graeme Dingle Foundation.
The charitable trust offers programmes which inspire New Zealand school kids reach their potential - building resilience and self-esteem from a very early age. More than 200,000 young people have benefited from the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s programmes.
Helping make NZ the best place in the world for children is something close to Graeme’s heart. Last year, he wrote a paper on how he thought that could be achieved that and address the tragedy of the ongoing negative statistics and outcomes for our children and young people.
Both Minister Jonathan Coleman and Head Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman made great contributions a recent Herald series – Break the Silence where they both talked of the need to build resilience and self esteem early in life – which are central to the work of the Graeme Dingle Foundation.
Read the response from Sir Graeme to the series here.