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About Graeme Dingle
Sir Graeme Dingle MBE, ONZM is known as the father of outdoor pursuits in New Zealand and has undertaken innumerable adventures around the globe, including hundreds of mountaineering, rock climbing and adventuring firsts, as well as climbing most of the world’s highest peaks. He was recently named by Wilderness Magazine as the third greatest New Zealand climber ever.
Highlights of his mountaineering feats include:
But Sir Graeme has more than adventuring in his blood, with 11 books and numerous articles published, involvement in the production of more than 20 adventure films, and a string of accomplished artworks to his name. His latest book, ‘DINGLE - Discovering the Sense in Adventure’, won the biography section of the 2006 Montana Book Awards. He is currently in the throes of writing two more.
His legacy, however, will be in the humanitarian space, having founded with his wife Jo-anne Wilkinson, Lady Dingle, the Graeme Dingle Foundation (formerly the Project K Trust). He is the principal fundraiser for the organisation, which has 25,000 young people in its programmes each year, and a Trustee of the Graeme Dingle Foundation Endowment Trust, managing a capital fund of around $5M, including property.
Sir Graeme Dingle is the recipient of numerous awards including: an MBE for services to outdoor pursuits, the Award of New Zealand for services to recreation and sport, the Antarctic Service Medal of the United States, the Deloitte Top 200 Companies Visionary Leader Award, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit and a life member of the New Zealand Alpine Club. He also received in 2010 a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sport New Zealand, for services to outdoor recreation; and the Outdoors New Zealand Supreme Award, in 2011.
Sir Graeme was born in Gisborne on 30 November 1945, and has one daughter and one grand-daughter.
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