With his Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmund Hillary became the first man to climb Mt Everest in May 1953.
He has been an inspiration to us all, not only because of what he achieved on the mountain, but because of his commitment to growth and development spanning a much longer period. For him, the summit triumph was the start of a journey. Over his last 50 years he devoted himself to environmental and humanitarian efforts that have had a huge impact on Nepalese and New Zealand people and communities.
His leadership has left a great legacy.
"To have had the support of one of New Zealand's most respected and authentic leaders has helped us to quickly gather momentum in our mission to enhance the understanding of leadership in New Zealand and take action to develop leaders. We are honoured to have had Sir Edmund Hillary's support for our Institute as our founding patron".
Dr Lester Levy | NZLI Founding Chief Executive