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NINTH annual issue 2012/2013

Lydia Ko Golfer

AIMES Supreme Award Winner 2012

Jason Bae.

Amy Smith.

Joseph Bergin.

Andrew MacDonald.

Rob Tucker.

Celebrating Excellence The Annual Magazine of the North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust celebrating the achievements of the exceptional young people of our region and the huge support they receive from the Club, its Members, Sponsors and Supporters.


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Celebrating Success It give us a great deal of pleasure to present this special magazine celebrating the ongoing efforts of the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust. Our ninth annual issue of Northside. The North Harbour Club is made up of a group of 150 leaders in the region who share a desire to reward excellence achieved by our young people. The Club was founded 17 years ago. Many of the founding members are still involved in the club today. The founders set in place an annual awards programme called the AMES Awards. In this programme young people of the region who excelled in the areas of The Arts (A), Music (M), Education (E) and Sport (S) are rewarded with grants to help them fulfill their ambitions. Two new categories, IT, Innovation and Science (I) and Service to the Community have been added over the past decade – hence the slight tweak of the name to the AIMES Awards. An Emerging Talent category has also been added in recent times. So sit back and read our Northside 2012/2013 issue. Marvel at the achievements of our exceptional young people and the huge support they have received from the North Harbour Club, its members, sponsors and supporters. Aidan Bennett Proud Publisher & Vice President, North Harbour Club.

North Harbour Club Management: Catherine Lamb – General Manager ( Telephone 09 419 0273 / 021 277 0699 PO Box 31-599, Milford, North Shore. VISIT ONLINE:

NorthSide is published annually for the club by Benefitz DMA Limited. VISIT ONLINE: PUBLISHER/EDITOR: Aidan Bennett ( Telephone 09-477-4701 or 021-500-997

The AIMES Award winners for 2012: From left Byron Smith (accepted award on behalf of his sister Amy – IT, Innovation & Science), Joe Bergin (Service to the Community), Peter Menzies (Patron of the North Harbour Club), Lydia Ko (Sport & Supreme Award Winner), Matthew Bellingham (President of the North Harbour Club), Jason Bae (Music), Andrew MacDonald (Education), Rob Tucker (Arts).

Contents President’s Message......................................................................................................3 Trustees & Members 2012/2013...................................................................................5 About the North Harbour Club ......................................................................................6 GM's Report..................................................................................................................7 AIMES SUPREME AWARD & SPORT AWARD WINNER 2012: Lydia Ko........................................................................................................................8 AIMES ARTS AWARD WINNER 2012: Rob Tucker..................................................................................................................14 AIMES IT, Innovation & Science AWARD WINNER 2012: Amy Smith...................................................................................................................16 AIMES MUSIC AWARD WINNER 2012: Jason Bae...................................................................................................................18 AIMES EDUCATION AWARD WINNER 2012: Andrew MacDonald.....................................................................................................20 AIMES SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD WINNER 2012: Joseph Bergin.............................................................................................................22 The Judging Process...................................................................................................24 HAYES KNIGHT EMERGING TALENT AWARD WINNERS 2012:.................................27 AIMES AWARDS DINNER 2012..................................................................................32 EMERGING TALENT AWARDS PRESENTATION 2012................................................37 AIMES SUPREME AWARD & SPORTS AWARD WINNER 2010: Richard Stebbing.........................................................................................................40 AIMES AWARD WINNER UPDATES............................................................................42 SPOTLIGHT ON: Westlake Boys Highschool...............................................................68 MEMBER PROFILE: Tammy McLeod, Davenports Harbour Lawyer.............................70 North Harbour Club Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunches.........................................71 EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT: Peter Clague, Kristin School...............................................75

WRITERS: Aidan Bennett. Catherine Murray.

THE LAST WORD: Sue Stanaway...............................................................................76

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Front Cover: 2012 AIMES Supreme Award Winner Lydia Ko was presented with the Sir Peter Blake Trophy by North Harbour Club Patron Peter Menzies (left) and President Matthew Bellingham at the Gala Dinner held in early November.


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Presidents Message This is my first year as Club president, and I must admit that I write this feeling incredibly humble that the members have placed their trust in me to guide the Club through its next phase of development after following on from the two truly great leaders that have gone before me – the late Ross Finlayson and our new life member Peter Wall. We have had a fantastic year and it all came together at our annual AIMES and Emerging Talent Awards where we awarded $110,000, bringing our total awards to in excess of $1.4 million. I am constantly blown away by the talent that continues to emerge from our region and the amazing feeling that comes with knowing our future is in such good hands. Congratulations to our winners and rising stars; you are a credit to the North Harbour region, your families and the schools, universities and community groups who have all had a role to play in your journey to this point. Of course a very special congratulations to Lydia Ko, our overall winner and deserved recipient of $25,000 and the custodianship of the Sir Peter Blake trophy for excellence. What a sensational young woman in every way and an absolute delight to talk to both before and after the awards ceremony. Her total humility about her amazing achievements truly set a benchmark for our young people. Judging these awards is always an incredibly timeconsuming but very rewarding task, and this year was no different. Our thanks go to Simon Lamb and his team of judges: Andrea Davies, Jan Dawson, Sue Stanaway and Mike Stanley. You have once again delivered a group of exceptional and well deserving winners. This year, as a Club, we have raised the bar to yet another level. Our lunches have soared in popularity. They’ve fuelled our rugby addiction, treated us to a dazzling catwalk display and left us standing marvelled in the face of China and its opportunities for Kiwi businesses. But I think the highpoint for me was meeting our young Olympians before they set off for London and hearing Kiwi icon, Barbara Kendall, share her inspirational journey. Trustee Gary Simpson has done a fantastic job of reinventing our After 5 functions so our members can better network for the good of their business as well as the region. We literally ‘rocked the North Shore’ this year with our first ever rock concert featuring The Feelers. What an amazing experience; one thing is for sure - we certainly know how to have a good time! Such high caliber events would fall flat if not for the passion, energy and commitment poured into them by our General Manager, Catherine Lamb and our hard working Trustees on the events team led by vice president Aidan Bennett and North Harbour Club icon Gary Monk. To them our sincere thanks and to Lexus of North Shore, Bruce Mason Centre, Spencer on Byron and the North Harbour Stadium whose combined contributions ensure a first class experience is had by all every time. We are also fortunate that Aidan and the team at Benefitz continue to produce all our publications and printed items. They have ensured that the Club always looks its best and that our professional image is always maintained – Aidan and Michelle we cannot thank you enough for all your support. The year has not been short of achievements, but I think for me the pinnacle moment was hearing the Club’s anthem “Look at what we can do” performed for the first time by Sarah McCallum at this year’s AIMES Awards. Also written by Sarah the song implicitly captures what we are all about and the values that reside in the hearts of all members. We certainly have had a great year, but such positive

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outcomes are not possible without the passion, commitment and skills of many. That said, I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank my fellow Trustees, our wise Patron Peter Menzies for his ongoing support, our dedicated Ambassadors, the generosity of the Business Excellence Network and our generous sponsors, detailed on the inside front cover. I’d also like to acknowledge our Club’s General Manager, Catherine Lamb, who has once again completed the role with commitment, excellence and great efficiency – you’re an absolute godsend to the Club. After such an outstanding year in every way, it is difficult to see how we can continue to keep this up – however we intend to not only do this but raise the bar in years to come following on from our first ever strategic planning session for the Club and Trust. Going forward we have a new club structure within our trustee group, where trustees all assume various sub-committee roles and set out goals and plans for each area. We have events, membership, sponsorship, and AIMES with different chairs of each sub-committee. We are looking for assistance from members who might wish to volunteer some time on these committees without necessarily becoming a full trustee, so if you are interested then please contact Catherine. Our vision for the club is to maintain its exclusivity by raising the bar on entry standards and process and to increase the engagement of the general membership in the clubs activities. We will continue to manage the finances in a prudent and careful manner and continue to grow our trust capital towards the $1 million mark. We will also look to strengthen the position of the club through various alliances with like minded organisations. All in all, we have some bold targets and a strong vision so with strong leadership from your trustees the future of the club and charitable trust is in great hands and we are all looking forward to the challenges ahead. It is an absolute pleasure to lead such a passionate group of incredibly driven and high caliber people. Of course none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for our active members who continually support the Club; striving for excellence. Thank you everyone and get ready for a fantastic year ahead. Matthew Bellingham President North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust n NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013 PAGE 3

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Trustees & Members

North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust Trustees 2012/2013

Matthew Bellingham (President) CEO, Hayes Knight NZ Limited (matthew.bellingham

Gary Monk Managing Director Intersea Limited (

Aidan Bennett (Vice President) Managing Director Benefitz (

Gary Simpson Managing Partner Simpson Western Lawyers (

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Sue Stanaway

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North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust Members 2012/2013 PATRON Peter Menzies LIFE MEMBERS Joan Finlayson Judge Barry Morris Peter & Michelle Wall BOARD OF TRUSTEES Matthew Bellingham (President) Aidan Bennett (VicePresident) Phil Brosnan Andrea Davies Mark Jago Gary Monk Gary Simpson Sue Stanaway Hugh Stedman Peter White SECRETARY/ TREASURER Mike Atkinson GENERAL MANAGER Catherine Lamb AMBASSADORS Cameron Calkoen Shane Cortese Ian Jones Peter Montgomery

MEMBERS Max Abbott Colin Abercrombie Paul Alexander John Algie Graeme Avery Peter Baker Alan Barr Vickie Barrie Greg Bateman Paul Bayer Francine Bennett Ted Benton John Bishop Trish Blackmore Paul Blackwell Nicolette Bodewes John Broderick David Brook Russell Brooke Scott Browne Jennie Burt Ian Calderwood Graham Catley Barbara Cavanagh David Charlesworth Peter Clague Graham Collie Glenn Corbett Peter Cutts Alan Davies Jan Dawson Kath Deady Bert Denee Daryl Devereux

Stephen Dil Dave Donaldson Tony Dowse Julia Drake Henry Duncan Terry Dunleavy Richard Ede Rick Ede Eric Faesen Kloet David Ferguson Dean Flyger Don Galbraith David Gaze Tom Gerrard Colin Gibbons Zane Gifford Bruno Goedeke Craig Goodall John Grant Rob Greenwood Kirk Hardy Jayson Hayde Daniel Henderson Michelle Henderson Evan Henning Nick Hern Andrew Hill Andrew Hiskens David Hodge Nick Howe-Smith Jim Huse Pip Irwin Mike Jackson Bob Jago Mark Jago

Steve Jurkovich Annette Kann Nick Kearney Chris Kennings John Kinley Lloyd Kirby Dave Knowles Simon Lamb Dave Lane Alan Le Noel Adele Lendich Bob Leveloff Liam Lyons David Macleod Andrew MacKenzie Graham Mackinnon Rob Macready Steve Maharey Lynda Mann John Matthews Jacqui Matthews-Harris Dave McAlpine Bob McGuigan Kevin McLean Tammy McLeod Forres McPheat Bob McRae Jim Matthewson Ngaio Merrick Roz Mexted Chris Milicich Rebecca Morris Murray Nancekivell Ken Noble Dave Ormandy Jugdis Parbhu

Sherida Penman-Walters Donna Perreau Bob Quaid Duncan Reid Greg Remmington Ralph Roberts Brendan Robinson Brenden Rolston Colin Saltmarsh Andrew Schnauer Patricia Schnauer Andrew Scott Kate Shevland Alexis Siermans Mike Single Rod Slater Bill Smale Greg Smale Bruce Spooner John Spooner Trevor Stanaway Mike Stanley Hugh Stedman Wendy Sutherland Ian Taylor James Thomas Andrew Thomson Bruce Tong Paul Tooley Richard Turner Gerard van Tilborg Greg Ward Ian Watson Brendon White Alan Wiltshire Dean Young


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About the North Harbour Club Background The North Harbour Club (and Charitable Trust) was established on 18 May, 1995. A group of North Shore business people met and established a constitution with the following objectives: 1. To promote the North Harbour region. 2. For business establishments of the region to meet and network for the good of the region. 3. To form a Charitable Trust to raise funds and present scholarships to the youth of the North Harbour region through the trusts annual AIMES Awards. To qualify for the AIMES Awards, recipients must have shown outstanding ability or potential in the areas of the Arts, IT, Innovation & Science, Music, Education, Sport and Service to the Community. The North Harbour Club is an association of Auckland’s North Shore and North Harbour leaders in local affairs, business, education, sport and social development. Members of the North Harbour Club, who are all residents or have their businesses in the North Harbour area, have, among other stated aims, the desire to promote excellence by encouraging and providing financial assistance to the young people of the North Harbour region who have significant ability in their chosen field and display personal characteristics which make them worthy of our support.

Objectives The annual AIMES Awards are the highest-profile face of the North Harbour Club, but the objectives of the club are five-fold: 1. To establish and maintain a club of non-political character for Members to meet through regular lunches and social activities. 2. To establish a charitable trust, known as The North Harbour Club Charitable Trust, to promote and develop local talent in the fields covered by the AIMES Awards. 3. To support cultural, sporting and recreational activities in the North Harbour Region. 4. To foster a spirit of pride in the North Harbour Region. 5. To foster a ‘good neighbour’ and ‘good citizen’ ethos in the North Harbour Region. Membership of the North Harbour Club returns benefits to Members as well as the young people the Club chooses to reward.

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A series of events throughout the year, including dinners, charity lunches and other functions/events, allow members to mix and mingle while enjoying good food and fine wine. In this way Members receive an opportunity to meet each other, entertain clients and help our outstanding young achievers advance their careers at the same time. The aim of these events is also to raise funds to enable the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust to continue to make grants to the young people who receive the annual AIMES Awards. Financial contributions from members, through being involved in these events, are essential for ongoing funding of club.



Funding is also gained by the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust through sponsorships. These include sponsorship of the AIMES Awards categories (called letter sponsors), and also through a group of sponsors called ‘We’re Building North Harbour’. There are also support sponsors who provide products and services to the club.

Catherine Lamb

GM's Report

General Manager North Harbour Club It is with great pleasure that I find myself writing another article for Northside, how quickly this time comes around each year! Having been involved with the North Harbour Club for many years through my role with the AIMES Awards, it has become a passion and a major part of my life. Now I have the absolute privilege to be the GM of the Club. What great foresight Ross and Joan Finlayson and the founders of the North Harbour Club had. The Club has continued to grow and develop and at the heart of all of this is an incredible group of people who are committed and passionate about our region, and who make this a very special place to live, work and play. The Club is all about excellence and our members are wonderful examples of this excellence. This has been another very successful year, with four Lexus of North Shore sponsored charity lunches each with their own unique flavour and incredibly well attended with over 250 guests at each lunch. We started with a very topical lunch on the business opportunities between New Zealand and China, with an interesting panel discussion that could well have gone on all afternoon had there been the time. Next was our Olympic lunch at the newly refurbished AUT Millennium where we were very lucky to have a large presence of past and present Olympians from a variety of sports (including CEO Mike Stanley of course). Barbara Kendall was a very dynamic and engaging guest speaker and it was wonderful to farewell our local Olympic and Paralympic athletes, a number of AIMES finalists and winners amongst them, as they headed over to London to represent us. Our third lunch was a very popular Charity Fashion Lunch, at the Spencer on Byron Hotel, which once again was a sell-out. We had great support from local fashion and beauty houses and the powder room was again a popular destination open both before and after the fashion show and lunch, whilst our guest speaker from Dress for Success, Ali Alliard, gave us all some food for thought. Finally, we had our annual Bledisloe Rugby Lunch at the North Harbour Stadium featuring our inaugural ‘North Harbour Challenge’ this time being the ‘Bledisloe Battle’. How fitting that this should be won by ‘Team Finlayson’ – brilliant! We were also very well entertained and informed at this lunch by a panel of rugby legends; Grant Fox, Gary Whetton and Sir John Kirwan (and our MC – Ian Jones). A new addition to our events this year were the ‘After 5’ functions, which are a great opportunity for our members to mix and mingle in a less formal environment and to hear from other club members on their areas of expertise. These are proving popular and we look to continue to grow these in 2013. We are fortunate to have four fantastic Ambassadors – Cam Calkoen, Shane Cortese, Ian Jones and Peter Montgomery; all of whom are tireless in their support of the Club and, of course, all local identities. We very much appreciate their support and time that they give to the Club and they are great to work with. This year was a particularly special one as we were all fixated

on the coverage of both the Olympic Games and then the Paralympic Games in London. We had so many of our AIMES finalists and winners competing and it was with great pride that we watched Juliette Haigh and her partner Rebecca Scown and then Jo Aleh and her partner Olivia (Polly) Powrie as they were presented with their medals. It was a truly special and inspirational moment – we couldn’t have been more proud of them! As I write this, we have recently announced and awarded this year’s AIMES and Emerging Talent Award winners – once again they are OUTSTANDING! We had two fabulous evenings to celebrate these awards – the Hayes Knight AIMES Emerging Talent Awards cocktail function and then the pinnacle of our events calendar – the AIMES Awards Black-Tie Gala Dinner – and it’s a great opportunity for us to acknowledge and celebrate these winners with their families. Every year the number, quality and variety of applications we receive for the AIMES Awards amaze me. The level just seems to get higher and more varied each year making it a very difficult decision for the Judging Panel. Our Judges are a great team. It is no easy task and takes time, commitment and rigour – they work incredibly well together and are a pleasure to work alongside as they shortlist, interview and select our winners – thank you to you all – Simon Lamb, Andrea Davies, Jan Dawson, Mike Stanley and Sue Stanaway. We are so very fortunate to have the best schools, sporting institutions and cultural facilities right on our doorstep here and it is, therefore, little wonder that we can grow such outstanding young people who go on to represent us on the world stage in whichever field they specialise. We are even more lucky at the North Harbour Club in that we get to see this first hand every year. What is more special is that we also get to know these young people and to play a role in helping them on their way – our future is in great hands! To make all of this possible, we have a great team of Trustees who are enormously committed to their role and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their incredible support, passion and energy. We have had a changing of the guard with Matthew Bellingham elected as our third ever president following in the large footsteps of Ross Finlayson and then Peter Wall, Matthew is an energetic and experienced business leader who more than ably fills those footsteps and is bringing a new direction, style and energy to the Club. We also have a very loyal and proud group of sponsors without whose support we simply wouldn’t be able to continue to do what we do – we are incredibly appreciative of your support and commitment and very proud of our relationship with each and every one of you – thank you. We are well and truly into our planning for 2013 – and I can assure you that we have another fantastic year in store – I look forward to seeing you all at our events throughout the year. Catherine Lamb General Manager North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust Email: n NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013 PAGE 7

My mum tells me that people that were around thought I was pretty good and that gave me confidence, so I enjoyed it.

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Lydia Ko Sport Award and AIMES Supreme Award Winner 2012 AWARDS

Lydia Ko with her Canadian Women's Open Trophy.

Lydia Ko

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AIMES Supreme Award and Sport Award Winner 2012 I regarded interviewing our North Harbour Club 2012 AIMES Sports Award recipient and champion young golfer Lydia Ko as a real privilege. Being a sports mad person I was fully aware that I was face to face with a very special individual, who is probably on her way to becoming the number one women’s golfer in the world. She is already the top-ranked woman amateur golfer in the world. It is hard to believe that Lydia Ko is just 15 years old and has yet to complete year 11 (5th form) at school. For somebody so young she has achieved a great deal. For the purpose of this interview I met Lydia for a chat at Pupuke Golf Club, a club that has played a part in her development as a golfer. In fact, her name is prominent on the club's honours board. While I had heard a great deal about how level headed and mature Lydia is, I had never met her before. I can tell you she is an impressive young lady. For the record, Lydia was born on April 24th 1997 in Seoul, South Korea. Her family is from Jeju Island, an island in the Korea Strait off the southern tip of South Korea. The family, including father Gil-Hong Ko, mother Tina Hyon and older sister Sura, emigrated to New Zealand in 2003, when Lydia was just six years old. Lydia first picked up a golf club when she visited her aunty and uncle in Wollongong, just south of Sydney in Australia. They loved their golf and encouraged Lydia to have a go. They gave Lydia a seven iron and a putter to muck around with and it was pretty obvious that there was some natural talent there. "My mum tells me that people that were around thought I was pretty good and that gave me confidence, so I enjoyed it," explained Lydia when reflecting on how it all started. "So I kept playing, had some coaching back in Korea, and did get really good." An early inspiration was Se Ri Pak, who Lydia says is a golfing legend in Korea. Wikipedia tells us that since 1998, Se Ri Pak has gone on to win 23 events on the LPGA Tour, including five majors. In June 2007, at age 29, she qualified for the World Golf Hall of Fame, surpassing Karrie Webb as the youngest living entrant ever. In New Zealand, the Ko family settled on the North Shore and Lydia went to Sunnynook Primary, then Mairangi Bay Primary before going on to Pinehurst School from year seven. Despite her golfing success, Lydia still views completing her education as very important. In fact her academic results are not too far behind her sporting results. Maths is her strongest

Lydia Ko subject – with 99% being a recent mark. She modestly told me that most Koreans are good at maths. She is also an A student in English and History and obviously excels at PE. Those are the four subjects she has been able to fit in at Pinehurst with all the golfing commitments she has had in 2012. Her aim is to get a golfing scholarship in the United States, with California being the most likely spot as she likes the warmer weather. "They have great colleges in the States. I have been to some of them – including Stanford – and I am looking forward to getting an opportunity to study and play golf at a college there. It is likely that this will happen during, or after year 13." Lydia wants to study psychology as she believes it will help with her golf. 2012 has been quite a year for young Lydia Ko, which has resulted in the North Harbour Club AIMES Awards judges putting a tick beside her name. She has been all over the world playing golf, and winning many events she has entered. The year started in Australia with a win at the Australian Amateur event in Melbourne. After blowing the NSW Women's Open in 2011, Ko rectified that mistake by winning the same tournament in 2012. At age 14, she became the youngest winner of a pro tournament on a significant professional tour. She then played the RACV Australian Ladies Masters in Queensland, the Australian Open in Melbourne, the New Zealand Open at Pegasus, near Christchurch, before returning to Melbourne for the Riversdale Cup. It was then time for a break after eight solid weeks of tournament play. In early March Lydia had a taste of golf in China, playing in the Chinese LPGA Tour Event at the Mission Hills Hainan course. It was back to play at the New Zealand Women's Stroke Play Championship at the Hastings Golf Club in late March (she was runner up to Emily Perry), before an April trip to play with the New Zealand team at the 2012 Queen Sirikit Cup at Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore. New Zealand came second with Lydia also finishing as the second individual golfer. Back in New Zealand in May, Lydia broke the course record twice (five under in one round and seven under in another), while playing in the Muriwai Open which was a Charles Tour event. In early July, it was off to the States where she made the golfing world really take notice by being the leading amateur in her first professional major in 2012, the US Women's Open in Wisconsin, being a semi-finalist at the US Junior Amateur event NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013 PAGE 9



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a student to become a master in their field. Her technique has in San Francisco and then in August winning the US Amateur evolved and improved to a point now where she is competing title at Pepper Pike, Cleveland (Ohio) and then at the Canadian on the world stage. But there is still work to be done. Women's Open – becoming the youngest ever winner on the "Dedication from her family and herself to work at it, and LPGA Tour. For the week, Ko posted rounds of 68, 68, 72 understand the process of hard work, is another key attribute and 67. She hit 47 of 60 fairways (15 of 15 in round two) and that Lydia has committed to for so long. Since the age of six averaged a very good 265 yards off the tee. After 35 putts in she knew that golf was a big part of her life, and she has never round three, she needed only 26 in the final round. She hit 16 of deviated off that path. 18 greens in each of the first three rounds and 62 of 72 total. "Sacrifice from being a 'normal' kid is one of the things that A trip back to visit relatives in Korea was followed by she has given up to be who she is. Lydia has essentially not had the Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool in England a life, socially, for the past 10 years, apart from her golf course (September), where Lydia was again the leading amateur and life, and friends on the golf course. She knows that its part of then it was on to the World Amateur Teams Championships the process, and at the end of the day she is creating her future in Antalya, Turkey, as part of the New Zealand team. The New while her friends are being kids. Zealand team tied for fifth place with Lydia being the leading "Lydia knows and has known there are no short cuts, hard individual player. work is the only way to improve, and as long as the enjoyment Leading golfers who inspire young Lydia Ko include Phil factor is there, her journey will be a fun one." Mickelson, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, South Korean lady Ji-Yai I asked Lydia why she thinks she has enjoyed so many Shin, as well as American women Lexi Thompson and Michelle successes to date. Wie. "I work very hard, training at least 40 hours per week," "I like bits and pieces of each of these golfer's games," says answers Lydia. Lydia. "For example, "While this sounds Phil Mickelson's a lot, it is not when short game and you compare it to the power game of the 50-60 hours that Michelle Wie. I was people in Korea put lucky enough to in. I love the game meet Michelle Wie as well so I really when playing at the enjoy what I do. I do US, Canadian and think it has helped British Open events that mum and dad this year. She was are not golfers. So I very encouraging haven't been pushed and congratulated all the time by golfing me on my success parents telling me which was a thrill." what to do. That A constant has been left to my presence during the coaches, which is success of young very healthy." Lydia Ko since Lydia Ko was presented with her Supreme AIMES Award at the 2012 Gala Dinner by North Harbour Club Patron Peter Menzies (right) and President Matthew Bellingham. Lydia Ko's goals she came to New include going to Zealand has been college in the US and she also has her eye on a gold medal coach Guy Wilson, now with The Institute of Golf (igolf) based at for New Zealand at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. While she is in Albany. Lydia has been working with Wilson since the age of six. no hurry, turning pro is part of the master plan as well, with the As part of The Institute of Golf programme Lydia works with ultimate goal being the number one player in the world – her Wilson, igolf founder and coach Craig Dixon, physios Brad current ranking is 45. She plans on a professional golf career of Taki and Jonny Gladwell, trainer Jay Harrison and psychologist around 15 years. David Niethe. The same team supports leading New Zealand "It is a huge dream of mine to be the number one women's and North Shore professional Michael Hendry, who has also professional golfer in the world," says Lydia unashamedly. "I enjoyed some success on the world stage. want to get to number one and consistently maintain it and "Guy and I have become great friends and we work well keep it going." together," explains Lydia about her relationship with her longThe 2012 AIMES Sport Award is the second award that time coach. "He understands that I am not the sort who takes Lydia Ko has received from the North Harbour Club. In 2011 strict orders and we just get on really well." she was awarded a North Harbour Club Emerging Talent Award. I asked Guy Wilson to give us his opinion on what makes The funds that accompany the awards will be used by Lydia for Lydia stand out from the rest. travel and related expenses, to take her to events around the "There are so many attributes that Lydia shows, on and off world as an amateur. the course," explained Guy. "There is no one reason why she is In addition to this Lydia has also received support from local so good, or why she has excelled so early in her career. The big North Shore businessman and philanthropist Sir David Levene. three are direction, dedication and sacrifice. All of this support is fully deserved. It will all be worthwhile "With the direction of myself, and her team, over the past when she achieves her goal to be the best woman golfer in the 10 years she has practiced more than 10,000 hours which world. The North Shore will be proud. n studies have shown to be the amount of hours that it takes for PAGE 10 NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013


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Winners 2012

Rob Tucker

Rob Tucker Artist

AIMES Arts Award Winner 2012

Rob Tucker's dream is to be inspired to create profound work, and to be challenged while developing and making his art. The Devonport-based artist has created an extraordinary career from his art and has already shared his talent with the world, with further exhibitions in London and New York planned for next year. Rob's AIMES Award will enable him to set up a studio in Europe, not only supplying the international market with his art, but also giving him an inspirational opportunity to experience new cultures, settings and history to benefit his art. Rob has just returned from an arts scholarship, where he retreated in a castle in Arbroath, Scotland, and spent a further two weeks in London. Nominated by Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London, the five-week stay was organised through the Royal Overseas League (ROSL) in London. Back home, Rob says that his high achievements are partly due to the people he knows. "I am very fortunate that I am surrounded with so many lovely people that encourage me, especially around my studio in Devonport. There is a great sense of community and openness. I love what I do, and I always think about my art and spending a lot of time in the studio practicing. I try to be realistic, but I aim high to create opportunities." Rob's family is an important part of his strong support network. "My family has always given me the freedom to do my thing. I appreciate their love and encouragement, from my mum's love to my dad and brother, who have always been an initial bouncing of 'know-how' when it comes to constructing my boards and frames to paint on. Leaving home and being self-sufficient from the age of 19 has given me the independence to put my best foot forward, however it's really nice when we get time together." The former Takapuna Grammar student's artistic path first took a solid step forward when Rob undertook a creative apprenticeship hosted by the Depot Artspace in Devonport. Since then Rob's work has been exhibited professionally, with numerous solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia, including Art Melbourne in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and Art Sydney in 2010. His work featured in Art Melbourne 2012 - New Generation, a showcase of emerging artists who are 'doing important work and should be considered seriously by collectors and astute investors'. Most recently The Art Hampton's Art Fair in New York has exhibited his work. Rob's PAGE 14 NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013

art appeals to a wide audience, from Coca Cola branding, to bars, to serious collectors such as the Wallace Art Trust in New Zealand, and Judith Nelson, Director of the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney. Over the years Rob has surrounded himself with likeminded souls to work and collaborate with. "Dave and Peter whom I first met years ago when I initially brought my paintings down to the Depot in Devonport are very inspiring. They are such tremendous friends and I rent their beautiful studio in Devonport. We always talk about our passion for art, and they are always very encouraging. Dave, who also works at the Auckland Art Gallery, has been a very inspiring mentor. Linda and the Depot Artspace team were also a huge support when I first started painting, and their encouragement is much valued." Setting up a studio in Europe is now quite within this artist's grasp. "The goal is realistic, as I now have, with Rebecca Hossack, a highly regarded international art gallery representing my work. Her gallery participates at many significant international art fairs where she promotes her artists to a wide audience. Next year, with Rebecca Hossack galleries I have two substantial solo exhibitions, one in central London and the other in New York. I will also be very busy making work for international art fairs represented by Rebecca." In the near future, the ROSL scholarship will be assisting Rob

Rob Tucker was presented with his AIMES Arts Award by Mike Atkinson (right), trustee of award sponsor Bruce Mason Centre and North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham.

with his career. "The scholarship will kindly fund another trip with my work for a group show among the other international artists undertaking the scholarship. This will be in a space on the Thames River in central London. I will also be having solo exhibitions yearly in Auckland and Sydney with my dealer galleries. The next year is going to be very stimulating!" Rob's ten-year goal is to continue his work, expanding the reach of his paintings. "I want to be making really exciting pictures with strong social commentary. It is dreamy, thinking of one day having my work purchased by institutions and national art galleries, and to have stimulating exhibitions internationally as well as nationally. I want to meet interesting people, go to interesting places and make interesting art.". n

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I love what I do, and I always think about my art and spending a lot of time in the studio practicing. I try to be realistic, but I aim high to create opportunities.

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Winners 2012

Amy Smith

Neuro-Scientist Amy Smith

AIMES IT, Innovation & Science Award Winner 2012

In recent years I’ve had the privilege of having lecturers from the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Auckland and research supervisors from the Centre for Brain Research.” The next 12 months will be an exciting time for Amy as she sets her sights on international opportunities. In November Amy is travelling to the International Society of Neuroimmunology held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, which is attended by many experts in the field of brain immunology. Following the completion of her PhD at the University of Auckland in March, Amy hopes to continue her research overseas before applying for a permanent position at a New Zealand biomedical institution. “I will soon be in the process of applying for post-doctoral research positions after the completion of my PhD. I would like to work as a research fellow in a biomedical research institute, and also gain some overseas work experience.” Next year too, offers Amy the chance to attend the European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease in Berlin, Germany. “I would like to use my AIMES Award to attend this prestigious meeting of scientists who are leading the way in research for brain disorders, and it will be a highlight of my PhD studies and early career to attend this conference. It will be a great opportunity to present my latest scientific results to an international audience. I will get the opportunity to meet some of the people whose work first sparked my interest in this field. It is also an invaluable chance to network for employment and future collaborations.” Inspired to extend the boundaries of our understanding of how the brain works, Amy’s ultimate goal is to provide treatments and improved patient care for debilitating disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. “I would one day like to lead my own neuroscience research team and to be one of the principal figures in what is Amy Smith's AIMES IT, Innovation and Science Award was accepted on her behalf at already a world-class area of biomedical the 2012 Gala Dinner by her brother Byron from Steve Maharey (right) of award sponsor research in New Zealand.” n Massey University and North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham. Amy Smith has embarked on a career in medical research that will help to provide treatment and relief for people affected with brain disorders. The former Rangitoto College student is working towards the goal of heading her own research laboratory in New Zealand, and she intends to use her AIMES Award to fund her tuition and to attend overseas conferences. It was Amy’s mother who prompted her to enter the AIMES Awards. “My mother encouraged me to apply for the Award following my achievements at university,” says Amy. “I feel a strong connection to the North Harbour region and was keen to apply for this local award.” Born in South Africa, Amy and her family moved to New Zealand when she was 11 years old, choosing to live in the East Coast Bays area. Amy’s family – her mother is a music teacher, her father a business law lecturer at Massey University, and her brother an engineer – have provided her with a supportive and encouraging environment in which to achieve. “I also gained so much from my experiences at Rangitoto College, and I’ve been very fortunate to have an encouraging group of friends throughout school and university.


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Winners 2012

Jason Bae

Jason Bae Musician

AIMES Music Award Winner 2012

Since he was nine years old, Jason Bae has had one goal - to be a world-class concert pianist. In the intervening years, he has fine-tuned his talent to culminate in his recent debut piano recital at the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber. Currently completing his Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Piano Performance at the School of Music at the University of Auckland, Jason's AIMES Award will afford him the means to further his ambitions on the world stage. Jason had a childhood immersed in music. Born in Daejeon, South Korea, Jason began learning the piano at the age of five at his mother's piano academy. Jason is an only child, and is immensely proud of his mother who raised him by herself since he was nine years old. When Jason came to New Zealand in 2002, he continued his piano tuition at his mother’s request. "My mother didn't want me to forget playing the piano. She searched for musical institutions in Auckland and found the Academy of Music that is under the administration of the University of Auckland's School of Music. The director was Ms Rae de Lisle, the senior lecturer of the Piano Department at the School of Music. I auditioned for the Academy where she was my jury, and she accepted me as a student. I was nine years old and I've been learning with her ever since." During his studies with Ms de Lisle, the former Westlake Boys High School student has enjoyed great success on both the local and international scene. From 2007 to 2011 Jason was accepted into the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, USA. It is one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, and here Jason learnt the piano under the tutelage of Ms Ann Schein. In May 2008 he was awarded the New Zealand Young Performer of the Year, and also won first prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano competition in New York, earning him a performance at the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall. At the Lev Vlassenko International Piano Competition in Brisbane, Australia in 2009, Jason won second prize overall in addition to first prize for the best performance of a work by Chopin. The year 2010 saw Jason win the University of Auckland Gala Concerto Competition, and also play as a soloist with the 2010 New Zealand National Youth Symphony Orchestra. "My dear teacher and mentor Ms Rae de Lisle has inspired me to achieve all my successes to date,” says Jason. “She PAGE 18 NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013

has not only taught me how to play the piano but she has completely opened the world of classical music to me." Jason concedes that in order for him to become a recognised New Zealand pianist (he is now a New Zealand citizen), he must participate in the major international piano competitions. “Travelling from New Zealand to any part of the world in the Northern Hemisphere costs a lot for a student. I’ve been lucky with my success in competitions where I have been able to use the prize money I have won to afford my travels.” Jason considers himself a high achiever, and is proud of his accomplishments to date. That said, he is sure that he is able to achieve even greater heights, starting with continuing his tuition abroad. “I’m planning to study for my Master of Arts in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In order to be accepted as a student for this postgraduate study I must perform a live audition in London in December of this year. I would like to use the funds from my AIMES Award to buy the plane ticket for me to travel to London and be able to participate in the live audition.” If accepted, Jason will be studying in London for two years as a full time student. “During this time I would like to enter more major international piano competitions, such as the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the US and the Seoul International Piano

Jason Bae was presented with his AIMES Music Award at the 2012 Gala Dinner by Andrew MacKenzie of award sponsor Albany Toyota (right) and North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham.

Competition in South Korea, as a proud New Zealand concert pianist representing my country.” Jason is steadfast in his determination to reach his goal, which he says will see him travelling almost every week to play in concert halls around the world. He would also like to become an orchestral conductor while continuing his performance career as a concert pianist. “I started to learn the piano with only one purpose and one goal, which is to become a world-class classical concert pianist. My dream and my ambition remain the same.” n

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I like a challenge and I enjoy learning new things, both of which help motivate me to better myself.

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Winners 2012

Andrew MacDonald Andrew MacDonald


AIMES Education Award Winner 2012

Andrew MacDonald knows first-hand what an AIMES Award means. A recipient of the Hayes Knight AIMES Emerging Talent Award in 2009, and the AIMES Education Award in 2010, he says the Awards enable him to focus on what he is passionate about and give him the means to reach his goals. In his final year of medical school, Andrew will use his Award to support his training, and cover costs associated with his move into fulltime work as a doctor. Andrew’s achievements thus far have been grounded in the beliefs of conventional, time-honoured principles of industry, discipline, organisation and the willingness to make sacrifices. “I am reminded of the words of the late ex-Rangitoto College Principal Allan Peachey, who to each intake of new students to the school ritually recounted a well-known quote by Aristotle: ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit’. This is a message I have taken to heart in terms of keeping in mind my long-term goals and maintaining consistency and vigour in my hard work.” “Attitude is another major contributing factor to any success,” says Andrew. “Having belief in myself, or at least the belief that I can and should do the best I possibly can, has kept me driven. In fact this was something that was imparted by my parents, who always urged me to aim primarily for the

Andrew MacDonald was presented with his AIMES Education Award at the 2012 Gala Dinner by Board Chair Philippa Fee (right) of award sponsor Kristin School and North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham.


limit of my potential. Certainly I never let a lack of confidence or self-belief hold me back, which I truly believe makes a huge difference in what one can actually achieve.” Andrew was born and bred on the North Shore. His mother, Janine MacDonald is a teacher at Murrays Bay Intermediate School and his father, Colin MacDonald, is a long-serving police officer currently working in police prosecutions. Older brother David, a 2010 AIMES Award winner, works as a computer scientist at the University of Auckland. Younger brother Michael, a 2010 Hayes Knight Emerging Talent winner, is graduating next year with a Bachelor of Engineering specialising in Engineering Science, and is planning post-graduate study in engineering overseas. Andrew’s grandma Leila is also an invaluable source of support and comfort. Andrew is eternally grateful to his parents, as are his brothers. “Their sacrifice and determination are directly responsible for where my brothers and I have ended up. My parents have supported my educational pursuits without question 100% – providing money, moral support, and admittedly, even a taxi service whenever I have needed it for my education and extra-curricular activities. But it’s more than just their hard work and selfless commitment, I wouldn’t be where I am today without their foresight and their belief in me. I was brought up with values which, on reflection, I believe have been crucial to my success – these include discipline, industry and most importantly, a refusal to settle for anything other than the best that I could possibly achieve (regardless of the outcome).” Outside of his family unit, Andrew is inspired by exceptional clinicians and medical researchers, both in Auckland and further abroad. This includes his earlier biomedical science research supervisors Professors Kathy Crosier and Phil Crosier of the University of Auckland, his fertility research supervisor Professor Cindy Farquhar, and most recently Professor John Windsor, who opened his eyes to the world of academic surgery. Andrew also notes the schooling he received at Rangitoto College was an outstanding grounding for his future. “I am lucky to have spent my formative years at Rangitoto College where I was taught by brilliant teachers throughout, particularly my science teacher and Future Problem Solving (FPS) coach Dr Catherine Salmons, and Principals David Hodge and the late Allan Peachey, whose leadership and wisdom has helped me immensely.” Over the course of his long medical training Andrew says his passion for surgery has crystallised. “I have uniformly enjoyed

Winners 2012 my surgical rotations, including specialties such as general surgery, neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery. In fact, I have found that my rotations in surgery were the most interesting and fulfilling for me, and I feel at home on the surgical ward or in the operating theatre. But in addition to this, I am highly academic with a strong background in medical research, and an equally strong desire to contribute to the advancement of whichever field of surgical medicine I end up in. Therefore my ambition in life is to become an academic surgeon – that is a surgeon that combines both surgery and medical research. I am also passionate about education and would like to incorporate teaching into my future career.” Andrew says that having interests outside his chosen career contributes to his success. “I believe that being a successful person, and particularly being an effective doctor and a successful leader, requires you to be able to relate to people – to connect with them, to develop their trust and perhaps even motivate and inspire them. In keeping with this, I read widely on areas of interest outside of medicine (predominantly history and politics), I am a long-standing member of the University of Auckland Debating Society, and I travel widely.” Passionate about travel, Andrew recently returned from a two-month medical elective in Canada’s Western Arctic. Prior to this, he

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travelled to China and North Korea in December last year, and before that he travelled overland from China to Eastern Europe via Mongolia and Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. “This isn’t just about tourism however, I believe strongly in the importance of recognising our place in the international community, and in the importance of engaging with and learning from people from around the world with divergent cultures and historical experiences.” The next year sees Andrew approach a major transitional period of his life – the end of his university education and the start of his first year of employment as a doctor at North Shore Hospital. “My priority will therefore be to settle into this role and ensure I have the habits and skills to effectively apply all of the training I have had over the past 6 years at medical school. The primary focus of next year is therefore to gain my formal medical registration, although I also intend to continue my involvement and leadership in the other things that are important to me in my life – like education and medical research.” Andrew’s long term goal is to merge his two loves of academia and surgery. “In ten years’ time I want to be an academic surgeon, performing life-saving surgeries, ideally at a university-associated teaching hospital where I can pursue my interests in education and medical research.” n

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Winners 2012

Joseph Bergin

Joseph Bergin

Community/Youth Ambassador AIMES Service to the Community Award Winner 2012

As a recipient of the Hayes Knight Emerging Talent Award in 2010, Joe Bergin is no stranger to the support and encouragement that such an award provides. Currently serving on the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board of the Auckland Council, Joe credits simple hard work as the secret to his achievements so far. The AIMES Award will assist Joe in his re-election campaign and his international travels to bring him closer to his personal goals, and the vision he has for the North Shore. In addition, he believes that the North Harbour Club and its members, through their generosity and kindness, give him that little bit more encouragement to make the North Harbour area proud. Joe was just 15 years old when he became involved in his community. “I was elected onto Youth Bank by the Executive Funding Board,” he explains. “After two amazing years working with Youth Bank in promoting, developing and supporting youth events and initiatives, I was appointed as Chairman and served a further term there. At sixteen, I got involved with the Shore Youth Council and was made the Youth Council’s Representative on the Takapuna 20/20 Future Vision team. Through these positions I served two years as a representative on two of the former North Shore Community Boards. But then in 2010, after having been deputy Head Boy, student trustee, and Head of Catholic Character at Rosmini

Joseph Bergin receiving the Service to the Community Award at the 2012 AIMES Awards Gala Dinner from North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham (left) and David Brook of award sponsor ASB.


College, involved in the after school homework outreach project at De Paul House, and charity fundraising events, and a few community assistance programmes, I decided I wanted to make sure I could keep serving my community and those who needed support when I finished school.” After three months of campaigning while sitting his final school exams, Joe was elected onto the Devonport-Takapuna local board of the Auckland Council, becoming the only teenager ever on the Auckland Council and the youngest elected member of local government in the country. Portfolio allocations saw Joe take on the largest spending portfolios outside of Transport – Community and Social Wellbeing, Community Safety, Watercare Services and deputy for Libraries and Community Facilities. His experience as an advocate for youth then saw Joe selected as a representative of the North Shore to sit on the Council's Foundation Youth Advisory Panel, where 21 youths had a year to develop the ins and outs of youth engagement for all of Auckland. Further appointments for Joe were to the Takapuna Community Facilities Trust, the Ministry of Youth Development's Youth Advisory Group for Auckland and Northland, the North Shore Crime Prevention Reference Group and Local Government New Zealand Zone 1. Outside these roles Joe is a phone counsellor at Youthline and a second year Law student at AUT, and has served as Local Affairs Advisor to Maggie Barry. Joe says hard work is the key to reaching your goals. “To be good at something you have to work hard and not let anyone else define your terms or set your goals. Whenever I set out to do something I think first of what the problem is I’m trying to solve, and then, what is the best way to do that, whether it is to stand for Council, work with MPs, collaborate with the private sector, or do it myself.” Joe is the youngest of seven children, with two older brothers and four older sisters who keep his feet firmly on the ground. Parents John and Kerry head a strong network of family support. “My parents are the most incredible and saintly people in existence, always leading by example and reminding me that nothing is impossible. Together they run their own company, but they have also been to every school fundraiser, camp, judo competition, production, and chamber concert I’ve been in. Despite being a particularly slow and lazy child for most of my early years they worked hard with me to help

Winners 2012 me turn it all around, and without them I would be in a very different place.” The former Rosmini College student says that one man in particular had a huge influence on the way he conducts his life. “Tom Gerrard has taught me more about leadership and getting things done than I could learn if I lived for twice as long,” says Joe. “As a Principal he made sure there was never an opportunity to be missed and showed me that there is so much more to education than you find in books.” Joe is also eternally grateful to all the teachers at Rosmini College, especially Miss Hartley, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Roberts, Mrs. Brady, Ms. Fairhurst and the outstanding Mrs. Davidson. Joe extends his gratitude further to include those supporting his community efforts. “Two tremendously supportive and generous ladies who have helped mentor me right from when I put my first foot forward are Dianne Hale and Allison Roe, both of whom have shown me how real community outcomes are achieved. Also Margaret Miles, Kevin Shwass, and Chris Darby have all supported me and provided me with feedback on what to do next. Without a doubt, Maggie Barry has inspired me through her tireless efforts in Parliament and in the Electorate.” Currently Joe is in the process of auditing his time on the Auckland Council, considering whether his first term has benefited the community and whether he has achieved what he set out to. “On that basis I believe it is necessary for me to once more test my sanity and run for re-election. A portion of the AIMES Awards funds will go on that, and I hope to use some of it sometime after, on a trip I am planning to take to Europe to intern at the International Court of Justice at Den Haag in the Netherlands. I was also hoping to take the chance whilst over there to go to other countries, such as Spain and Ireland that have similar NGOs to the Shore Youth Bank and who have launched major youth centres, to learn a bit more about the project I'm trying to gain some momentum with back here on the Shore.” Joe freely admits that his ambitions change frequently. “I am passionate about law and order and will work hard to excel in that field, hoping to make my way to the Bench and ultimately the appellate courts. But I also want to keep myself involved in helping to form Government policy and supporting grassroots community charities. My paramount goal, as much for my life as my career, is always to serve not seek to be served myself.” The first of November sees the Auckland Council move into the final year of their term, and Joe halfway through his 4-year law degree. “I’m hoping over this next year to start putting a bit more pressure on to really get some of my more major priorities off the ground in the Board. These include the new Youth Destinations Strategy, Public Transport Network Review, and key Takapuna built environment projects – ranging from stormwater outflows on Takapuna Beach to the MilfordTakapuna Coastal Walkway. Of those, the Youth Destinations Strategy is an absolute priority, working on piecing together a building/operational model/funding for a youth centre in Takapuna for the North Shore. I’m also looking at getting my next year of study underway with electives in disputes resolution and public law, and, depending on where my mind is and what happens, looking into joining the defence force upon completion of my study.” Joe’s ten-year goal continues in the same vein as his previous work. “In the next ten years I want to be doing what I love in a community that I care about, continuing to push the boundaries of what’s expected of me.” n


Joseph Bergin Service to the Community Award Winner 2012

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The Judging Process

Another great year

AIMES Awards judging panel Chair Simon Lamb reflects on 2012 As Chair of the judging panel for the North Harbour Club AIMES Awards I am pleased to report another amazing round of sensational young people submitting applications to the AIMES awards. In reflecting on this year everyone has been amazed by the achievements of Felix Baumgartner as he seeks to challenge all notions of sensibility in achieving, what has been one of the most exceptional feats we have seen for generations. The record breaking free fall from outer space has held us all in a trance as we have watched the very public and well documented event. The world’s media has certainly enabled us all to be so very aware of this feat. For AIMES awards judging panel, Felix’s achievement came directly after the close of 2012 AIMES Awards selections. The judging panel made up of Sue Stanaway, Andrea Davies, Jan Dawson and Mike Stanley have, in so many ways, been an audience to our own amazing set of space jumping free fallers. Like the world’s fascination with Felix the judging panel, and subsequently the North Harbour Club, have been mesmerised by the achievements of those young achievers who live in our very region. While the primary function of the North Harbour Club is to award the fruits of the club’s fund raising endeavours, the club also inadvertently serves another function and that is to highlight the outstanding achievements of the young people in the North Harbour region. In every category the judging panel have witnessed heroism, tenacity, perseverance,

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adversity, challenge and, ultimately, achievement. Like Felix Baumgartner’s feat, our achievers have had to apply all the ingredients and preparations to enable and realise their dreams. The North Harbour Club were witness to all of this at our AIMES Awards Evening held on the 3rd of November at the Bruce Mason Centre. It was a wonderful night of parochial celebration. The North Harbour Club is proud to announce and celebrate the 2012 AIMES Awards and Emerging Talent category winners. While looking up to our stars, watch out for our own North Harbour achievers, whether publically acknowledged or not. In doing so, you will also recognise our own free falling space jumpers. It has been an outstanding year. n

Some familiar faces at the founding meeting of the North Harbour Club 1995.



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Charisma in spades with a lofty

Business Edge to boot

Nine months ago Matthew Bellingham and Aaron Wallace introduced Business Edge as the business improvement catalyst the market had been waiting for. They kept their promise. The programme has received a surge of positive feedback from both attendees, including three Fast 50 companies, as well as local government. The market is full of dud courses so it is only fair to be sceptical. As business owners we want inspiration, ideas and insight, followed by the injection of the entrepreneurial know-how that we’re lacking. Sadly the reality is often a heavy dose of PowerPoint that is somewhat disconnected from the real world. And as the saying goes, “once bitten twice shy”. Business Edge founders Matthew Bellingham and Aaron Wallace have built up years of experience sitting on a number of advisory boards and overseeing commercial projects. They’ve successfully combined this with the insight that comes with being a Chartered Accountant. “From setting a strategy and building a brand to uncovering new ways to sell more, Business Edge is about growth. Our aim is to inject some rigour into the business planning process, so everyone leaves the programme better equipped to make bold and powerful decisions relating to their business’ future.” says Bellingham. Outpost Central and Snowplanet were among the first companies to go through Business Edge. “The programme is an excellent source of ideas and management skills necessary to run a smarter business," says Snowplanet’s Rojie Aguilar. Even trailblazers like Outpost Central founder James Riddell, with a Fast 50 title, NZ Hi-Tech Award and Innovator Award already under his belt, found the course really delivered. “Business Edge is a great programme that is extremely thought provoking and very informative." While the four workshops that make up the programme are practical in nature, Bellingham and Wallace wanted to make sure that insight, ideas and experience were always at hand. So within the workshop they created smaller groups and partnered them with members of their team. They also went a step further by bolting on a follow-on coaching component to ensure that the learning’s from the workshops were successfully implemented into every business coming through the programme. “We know how valuable time is to any business owner so we’ve made sure to deliver a solid, no nonsense programme. The last few years have been hard, therefore to relieve some of the financial pressure business owners can apply for a 50% subsidy to enrol on Business Edge. Subsidy aside, Matt and I are all about keeping promises and if we fail to deliver value we think it is only fair that we offer attendees a complete refund,” says Wallace. Rachel Berkett from EuroClad, another participant, was surprised by the results. "I initially came on the programme to develop my business management skills, but what has resulted from this journey was a complete review of the strategic direction of our business and the prospect of a brighter future." But expectations did fall short in one area. Talking to both Bellingham and Wallace it is quite clear these two have charisma in spades and looking through the feedback this was a welcomed surprise - how can a couple of bean counters have so much personality? “We both love what we do and get a real buzz when that passion and energy positively rubs off on those that come through Business Edge.”

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Hayes Knight Emerging Talent Awards 2012

Petra Bullock (18) Musician

A student at Takapuna Grammar School, Petra is an accomplished musician from barbershop to classical singing, song writing and performing. In 2011 she was placed in the finals for the ‘Matariki Song Writing Competition’, and received second place in the ‘University of Auckland Song Writing Competition’. Petra made it to the Smoke-free Rockquest North Shore Regional final, and was also placed in the finals for the Auckland Singersongwriter competition. She was also invited to perform a set at the ‘Kiwi Day Out’, held at Auckland Domain with a crowd of 70,000. She completed her Grade 8 Classical singing exam, and was awarded with a High Distinction, placing her in the Top 2%. During New Zealand Music Month, she was placed in the finals for the ‘Hook-line and Sing-along’ song writing competition; and she won the ‘Matariki Song Writing Competition’. Petra was also invited to perform at The Langham Hotel to esteemed guests such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Hon. John Key at ” The World Class Awards”, and was invited to appear on TV One’s ‘Good Morning’ show, where she performed two of her original songs live. She has also recently been announced the winner (from over 360 entries) of the National Lion Foundation Songwriting

Competition, the winner of the Auckland University Songwriter of the Year: Secondary Schools Competition and the winner of an Adastra Scholarship. Petra is currently working on a music video for her new single ‘Remember the Rain’, to be released in December. She plans to release her debut EP next April, and aims to travel to New York late next year and distribute her music there. n

Nick Hall (23) Musician

When in Year 9 at Rosmini College, Nick’s music teacher announced that she desperately needed trumpet players for the school Jazz Band; seeing an opportunity Nick put up his hand. By 2007 Nick was the First Trumpet in the Rosmini College Jazz Band and applied for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Secondary Schools Trust Scholarship which he won. Nick completed a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Trumpet Performance at the University of Auckland, in 2011 with First Class Honours. He was the recipient of the Anne Bellam Scholarship and given a Senior Music Prize (awarded to the 10% of students with the highest grades). Notably, he was the first trumpet student to be awarded an A+ in a solo recital and was made Principal Trumpet of the Auckland University Orchestra in his first year. Nick has played in various orchestras including the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra, the Auckland Youth Orchestra, St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra, Manukau Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Highlights from playing in these orchestras include playing with Placido Domingo at a charity concert for the Christchurch earthquake and touring to America with the Auckland Youth Orchestra in 2008.

Earlier this year Nick flew to Canada and America and was accepted into the soloist program at the Manhattan School of Music and also the orchestral/soloist program at the University of British Columbia – choosing to study at the University of British Columbia. Nick commenced his Masters of Music Degree recently and plans to study to become a Doctor of Musical Arts at a University either in America or Canada. n NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013 PAGE 27



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Teneale Hatton (22) Sprint Kayaker & Surf Lifesaver A former student of Carmel College, Teneale is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in International Business and Commercial Law at the University of Auckland, she was awarded a Blues award for 2010/2011 and a National Blues Award in 2010. Teneale was immersed in Surf Life Saving from a young age, which has lead to her being firmly embedded into the NZ high performance squad for both Surf Lifesaving and Sprint Kayaking. At only 22, she has recently returned from her first Olympic Games in London, where she was placed a very impressive 7th in the B Final. She is very clear about her ambition to be the world’s best in the K1 500m. Teneale is soon to represent New Zealand again, this time competing at the World Surf Lifesaving Championships in Adelaide. From the end of February to May 2013, Teneale is to attend a training camp in Florida with a group of top international female kayakers that have invited her to join them, she will then continue on to the World Cup series to meet up with the rest of the New Zealand Kayak team. 2013 is also the first ever under 23 World Championships for Sprint Kayaking, which she is currently aiming toward. n

Sarah Mitchell (23) Mechanical Engineer A past-pupil of Takapuna Grammar School, where she was Proxime Accessit in 2007, Sarah graduated in April with a Bachelor of Engineering degree with First Class Honours, specialising in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland. She was on the Dean’s Honours List for all four years of her degree. The final year of her degree involved a year-long research project equating to a quarter of that year’s grade. Sarah’s project involved developing algorithms that would characterise the geometric variability of carbon fibre materials to enable greater accuracy of simulation and prediction of composite materials manufacturing methods. Sarah and her research partner were awarded the Composites Association of New Zealand Prize for this work. Sarah was awarded the BECA Part IV Engineering Scholarship and graduated third overall (and top female) in her class. Sarah sees a PhD as the key to a pathway in ‘specialist’ professional engineering and wanted to gain her PhD from one of the top Universities in the world. Impressively she was accepted into a Mechanical Engineering PhD program at both MIT and Caltech (California Institute of Technology in Pasadena). She chose to study at Caltech (the 2011 and 2012 Times Higher Education Number One University in the World), PAGE 28 NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013

specialising in computational solid mechanics within Professor Michael Ortiz’s Research Group (Professor Ortiz is a world leader in his field). Sarah has recently been awarded a Fulbright-Ministry of Science and Innovation Graduate Student Award and commenced her studies at Caltech in the beginning of October. Her professional ambition involves utilising the skills and knowledge gained during her PhD in a commercial environment. n

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Mattea Mrkusic (17) Community Ambassador Mattea is currently Head Girl at Takapuna Grammar School. In June, she sat across the table from an Australian asylum seeker who had once sewn his lips together as a last resort protest about the conditions in the Christmas Island refugee detention camp. In her words, she was riveted, tremendously saddened and yet ultimately felt empowered. Human rights have always been her passion. Now, at age 17, she has been selected to represent NZ at The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) conference as the Head Delegate and has been chosen to lead the NZ delegation of 22 to debate world issues. Mattea has held a variety of community leadership positions including being a North Shore Youth Councillor, School Prefect and Devonport Youth Forum representative. She helped organise the North Shore Converge Youth Leadership Forum, helped organise the Devonstock concert, wrote for ‘Appleseed’ (a North Shore community website for youth) and has volunteered regularly for the Wilson Home. Accomplished at public speaking, Mattea won her intermediate school speech competition with a speech on racism, and went on to win the overall North Shore Rotary Speech competition. Mattea is a three-time delegate for the national NZ Model United Nations in Wellington, has been a

delegate at Model Security Council and won “Most Thought Provoking Speaker” at Auckland Model UN. Her ultimate dream is to work at the UN or the International Court of Human Rights. Mattea plans to study a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Relations and Human Rights. n

Jeremy Reid (23) Philosopher

Educated at Kristin School, Jeremy went on to study at the University of Auckland, graduating in 2012 with an Arts Degree with First Class Honours in Philosophy, a Bachelor of Music in Musicology, and a Diploma of Languages in Ancient Greek and Latin. He received first-in-class awards for Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Political Philosophy, and Epistemology. Earlier this year Jeremy was accepted into the six-year PhD programme in Philosophy at the University of Arizona on full scholarship. He will also be doing an MA in Classics concurrently with this. The University of Arizona is currently ranked as the 15th best philosophy programme in the world, on par with such prestigious schools as Cornell and the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to this, the University of Arizona has special strengths in the main fields in which Jeremy works, being ranked 7th for ancient philosophy, 6th for epistemology and ethics, and 1st for political philosophy. Impressively, Jeremy was one of six students to be given a place out of over 200 applicants, the only one not affiliated with a top-10 Philosophy programme and the only one from outside North America. Whilst committed to his studies, Jeremy is most passionate

about teaching and aspires to teach for many years to come. He is fortunate to be working under the supervision of Regents Professor Julia Annas, whose PhD students have all gone on to receive extremely competitive postdoctoral research scholarships or tenure-track positions at major universities. n




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Ben Sanders (23) Author

A former student of Long Bay College where he received honours for top student in both years 11 and 12, Ben is the author of two novels published by Harper Collins New Zealand: THE FALLEN (2010), and BY ANY MEANS (2011). His third novel, ONLY THE DEAD, is due for publication in June next year. THE FALLEN was submitted for publication in 2009, one week before his twentieth birthday. Upon release the following August it was a number one New Zealand fiction bestseller for five consecutive weeks, remaining in the top ten for two months. THE FALLEN was also included in The New Zealand Listener Magazine’s top 100 books of 2010. His second novel, BY ANY MEANS, reached number three on the New Zealand fiction bestseller list, and remained in the top five for five consecutive weeks. All of Ben’s books are crime novels set in Auckland, and revolve around a police detective named Sean Devereaux. Impressively, all three novels were written while Ben was studying civil engineering at the University of Auckland; he graduated in April with a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours and was named on the Deans Honours List. Whilst writing is a passion it is also a hobby and he is currently employed as a graduate structural engineer with Airey

Consultants Ltd in Takapuna. Ben plans to travel to European literary festivals in 2013 in order to meet foreign publishers and secure an overseas contract. n

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AIMES Awards Gala Dinner 2012

2012 North Harbour Club

AIMES Awards

The annual North Harbour Club AIMES Awards Gala Dinner for 2012 was held at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna on Saturday November 3rd. The North Harbour Club rewards excellence achieved by the young people of the North Harbour region in the areas of the Arts; IT, Innovation & Science; Music; Education; Sport; Service to the Community. In 2012 $110,000 was awarded to 13 young people in the AIMES Awards and Emerging Talent Awards.

2011 AIMES Emerging Talent Award recipient Alex Foster singing Daimond are a Girl's Best Friend.

The nights performers Sarah McCallum, Robbie Ellis, Tina Cross and Alex Foster sang Pokarekare Ana to wrap up the entertaining evening.

Former AIMES Award and AIMES Emerging Talent Award winner Sarah McCallum performed the new theme song she has written and produced for the North Harbour Club.

Multi talented performer Tina Cross was the MC for the evening. She also sang two appropriately themed pieces – Diamonds are Forever and Goldfinger.

AIMES Music Award Winner Jason Bae delighted the crowd with two Chopin pieces.

Guests arriving at the Bruce Mason Centre on the red carpet.

2012 AIMES Emerging Talent Award recipient Petra Bullock sang the National Anthem to start the night.

Sarah McCallum performing with the orchestra led by Mark Dennison, Musical Director.


Kristin School Performing Arts students excited attendees with two pieces from their recent production of Cats. Memory (led by Poppy Smithers) and Jellicle Ball.

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All the AIMES Award winners for 2012: From left Byron Smith (accepted award on behalf of his sister Amy – IT, Innovation & Science), Joe Bergin (Service to the Community), Peter Menzies (Patron of the North Harbour Club), Lydia Ko (Sport & Supreme Award Winner), Matthew Bellingham (President of the North Harbour Club), Jason Bae (Music), Andrew MacDonald (Education), Rob Tucker (Arts).

Golfer Lydia Ko is presented with her AIMES Supreme Award by club President Matthew Bellingham and Patron Peter Menzies.

Andrew MacDonald receives his AIMES Award from Philippa Fee, Board Chair of Award Sponsor Kristin School and Matthew Bellingham (President, North Harbour Club).

Jason Bae receiving his AIMES Music Award from Andrew Mackenzie (right) of Award Sponsor Albany Toyota and Matthew Bellingham (President, North Harbour Club).

Joseph Bergin receiving his AIMES Service to the Community Award from David Brooke (right) of Award Sponsor ASB and Matthew Bellingham (President, North Harbour Club).

Lydia Ko receiving her AIMES Sport Award from Max Abbott (second from right) and Mike Stanley (right) of Award Sponsor AUT Millennium and Matthew Bellingham (President, North Harbour Club).

Rob Tucker receiving his AIMES Arts Award from Mike Atkinson (right) board member of Award Sponsor the Bruce Mason Centre and Matthew Bellingham (President, North Harbour Club).



The AIMES Awards Gala Dinner is one of the North Shore's events of the year when attendees get dressed up to celebrate excellence. The Northside camera captured many of the well dressed people at the 2012 event.

Anne and Nick Kearney, Nicolette and Herman Bodewes.

Rob Tucker, Michelle Brosnan, Wendy and Hugh Stedman.

Mark and Jennie Jago, Sandra and Jonathan Coleman.

Guy Wilson, Lydia Ko, Gil-Hong Ko.

Paul and Janet Marshall, Donna and Mike Ryan.

Grant Kerr and Maggie Barry.

Damian Bennett, Jacqui and David Brook.

Michael Gourdie, Anne Hartley, Jonathan Coleman, Maggie Barry.


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Janine MacDonald, Leila Malcolm, Andrew MacDonald (2012 AIMES Education Award Winner), Colin MacDonald.

Jason Bae, Petra Bullock.

Pauline and Chris Western, Dianne and Gary Simpson.

Catherine Gray, David and Patricia Schnauer.

Joan Pivac, Liz Blackwell, Judy Abercrombie.

Rob Tucker, Andrea Davies, Henry Duncan, Andrew MacDonald, Steve Maharey.

Andrew Mackenzie, Dave and Delwyn Argar, Josh Coates, Shenae Mackenzie, Chiara Soons, Haydn Mackenzie.

Lesley Monk, Sarah McCullum, Gary Monk.




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Emerging Talent Awards The North Harbour Club AIMES Emerging Talent Awards for 2012 – sponsored by Hayes Knight – were presented at a function at The Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna on Wednesday October 31st. These awards are the forerunner to the annual AIMES Awards which were held on Saturday November 3rd. The Hayes Knight Emerging Talent Awards recognise the high levels of achievement of ‘emerging’ talented individuals from our region. Seven young people each received the award and $5000 to go toward their careers.

North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham with four of the seven recipients of North Harbour Club AIMES Emerging Talent Awards for 2012. Petra Bullock, Teneale Hatton, Ben Sanders and Mattea Mrkusic. The other three recipients Nick Hall, Sarah Mitchell and Jeremy Reid were unable to attend as they were overseas.

Petra Bullock was presented with her award by North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham (left) and Patron Peter Menzies (right).

Mattea Mrkusic was presented with her award by North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham (left) and Patron Peter Menzies (right).

Teneale Hatton was presented with her award by North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham (left) and Patron Peter Menzies (right).

Ben Sanders was presented with his award by North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham (left) and Patron Peter Menzies (right).

Sarah Mitchell's award was accepted in her absence by her parents Stephen and Barbara Mitchell. Sarah's sister Stephanie has also received an Emerging Talent Award previously.

Nick Hall's award was accepted in his absence by parents David and Teresa Shapleski

Jeremy Reid's award was accepted in his absence by his parents Duncan and Vicki Reid.




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All winners (and parents representing absent winners) with AMIES Awards judging panel chair Simon Lamb (left) and North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham (right).

The North Harbour Club AIMES Emerging Talent Awards for 2012 – sponsored by Hayes Knight – were presented at a special cocktail function held at The Spencer on Byron Hotel on Wednesday October 31st. AIMES Emerging Talent Awards were presented to Petra Bullock, Teneale Hatton, Ben Sanders, Mattea Mrkusic, Nick Hall, Sarah Mitchell and Jeremy Reid.

AMIES Awards judging panel chair Simon Lamb announcing the winners.

Award recipients Mattea Mrkusic, Teneale Hatton with Andrea Davies.

Matthew Bellingham with North Harbour Club Ambassador and previous AIMES Award winner Cam Calkoen.

Award recipient Ben Sanders with his proud parents Gael McKitterick and Dave Sanders with Henry Duncan (right).

Sue Stanaway, Lesley Monk, Maggie Barry and Catherine Lamb.

Award winner Mattea Mrkusic's parents Tracey Barnett and Simon Mrkusic (left) with Mike and Sarah Single.

Award recipient Teneale Hatton with her parents Patricia and Jim.



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AIMES Supreme Winner 2011

Richard Stebbing.

Catching up with...

Richard Stebbing AIMES Supreme Award Winner 2011 Biomedical Engineer and former Northcote College student Richard Stebbing was the AIMES Supreme Award and IT, Innovation & Science Award Winner in 2011. He picked up the Sir Peter Blake Trophy and grants totalling $20,000. Northside's Aidan Bennett caught up with him 12 months on at the University of Oxford (UK) where he is studying on a Rhodes Scholarship. AIDAN BENNETT (AB): What have you been doing since you won your AIMES Awards in late October 2011? RICHARD STEBBING (RS): I have been continuing my DPhil (PhD) in Biomedical Image Analysis at the University of Oxford in England. In May I also went to the International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging in Barcelona (Spain) where I presented some work that I had completed in my first year. I have now finished writing up the remainder of this work and am submitting it for publication. Between June and September this year I also took a break from my DPhil and did a three month internship at PAGE 40 NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013

Microsoft Research in Cambridge in the Machine Learning and Perception group which was absolutely amazing. AB: Being an academic you would obviously enjoy the University life at Oxford? RS: At the moment I am living in St Peter's College in Oxford. The college is located right in the city centre of Oxford and is very lively. Definitely the best part about the college is the number of really talented and motivated people who are all studying very different things and come from all around the

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The Annual Magazine of the North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust

Richard Stebbing

Biomedical Engineer and Road Scholar

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Celebrating Excellence: 2011 aimes awards Above: Richard Stebbing was presented with his award by North Harbour Club Patron Peter Menzies. Left: He featured on the cover of Northside 2011/2012.

world. The college is very welcoming and reminds me a lot of home. Oxford overall is a great city to live in. It is very compact and cycle friendly, so getting around is easy. There are tons of great places to eat and so many interesting places to visit. I still haven't been into a majority of the colleges, but I am slowly making my way around and taking in bits of history at a time. During term time there are also lots of seminars, lectures and social events on, so you are never at a loss for things to do! AB: What are your career plans? RS: Over the next year I am aiming to work with a clinical consultant in Oxford to apply some of my DPhil work to larger scale clinical data. In my DPhil I have been primarily looking at the problem of automatically measuring properties of the left ventricle from cardiac ultrasound images, and I very much want to get my work to the standard where this can be used for very large scale clinical research. I know it is possible and that it is just a matter of work and time. In the long term, I very much want to work on the development of software to aid clinical research. There is a wealth of clinical data available and there is now the requirement to have very robust methods for processing this data with minimal human intervention. Developing an algorithm to do simple analysis on some limited dataset is usually pretty straightforward. However, to develop a process which can recognise when it has failed and can do more than just preliminary analysis is challenging both from a scientific and engineering standpoint. Ideally, I would like to work on a project that I could see right through to the end; from research to the final engineering implementation. Whether this will be in an academic or industrial setting though, I am not sure yet! AB: How has the AIMES Award helped you? RS: The AIMES Award has already helped me immensely by allowing me to attend conferences and workshops, both overseas and locally. These experiences so far have been great because I have been able to meet other researchers from

around the world, learn about the problems they have been working on, and most importantly learn about the solutions they are proposing. The funding from the AIMES Award also allows me to have time to work with a clinical consultant here in Oxford and extend my postgraduate work from research to something more. I believe all of this will help me towards solving some interesting research problems in the future. AB: What are your other interests? RS: Since coming to Oxford I joined the Powerlifting Club which has been great. I spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer and training each day keeps me (relatively) balanced! This year I am one of the two squad captains so we are currently preparing for the British University Championships and for the Varsity competition against Cambridge which takes place next February. Outside of this, I try to make it to as many events around Oxford as I can. I also started as a Junior Dean at St Peter's College this year, so I am now spending more time around college making sure things don't get too out of control! AB: What do you miss about home and will you be back for good one day? RS: New Zealand is a pretty amazing place and I think I very much took it for granted before moving overseas. After family and friends, what I miss most about New Zealand is the closeness of local communities and the general upbeat and outgoing attitude of New Zealanders. I think New Zealanders have a great sense of community and and I hope this is never lost as the country grows in size. I very much hope to come back for good at some point and since all of my work is based on computers I think this is a very realistic possibility. In terms of how often I come back to New Zealand, I have only been back twice in the last two and a bit years; once for five days and once for five weeks. I would definitely love to come back more often but it is pretty costly and always a bit of a shock to the system adjusting to the time zones! NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013 PAGE 41



Award Winner Updates

As has been detailed in this issue of Northside, the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust was formed in 1995. Since this time the club has awarded over $1.4 million to the youth of the North Harbour region through the annual AIMES Awards. The first grant was made in 1995. The inaugural AIMES Awards dinner was first held in 1996 and this hugely successful annual event has been the focus of the club's activities ever since. In these pages we have provided an update from award recipients from the past four years. It is a thrill for North Harbour Club members that these AIMES Award recipients continue to achieve at the highest levels.

the recipients...


AIMES AWARD WINNERS AIMES Supreme Award ($20,000) & AIMES Massey University IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000) – Richard Stebbing, Biomedical Engineer; AIMES ASB Arts Award ($10,000) – Elliot Christensen-Yule, Actor; AIMES Albany Toyota Music Award ($10,000) – Moses MacKay, Singer; AIMES Kristin School Education Award ($10,000) – Blake Hansen, Scholar; AIMES AUT/ Millennium Sports Award ($10,000) – Thomas Abercrombie, Basketballer; AIMES Service to the Community Award ($10,000) – Amanda Judd, Community Worker; Judges Special Award ($10,000) – Alisha McLennan, Dancer.

I was unable to even get my foot in the door. Stink! So I returned to Auckland and joined my friends at Outfit Theatre in putting on a production of Alice in Wonderland. What a blast! I'd never done children's theatre before so it was all pretty new to me. The amount of energy required is unbelievable! None of this method-acting nonsense. Just flat-out cartoon physical mayhem! Other highlights include voicing a lead character in video-game, Path of Exile

(dream come true!), and coaching the Drama Scholarship students at Northcote College. It's always a pleasure to be asked back by Drama HOD Kate Olliver (she's totally awesome-burgers). I've been in the wars a bit (shingles, digestive problems, and some sort of post-viral exhaustion) but I'm on the road to figuring it out and hope to be up to speed ready for next year. Bring it on! Here's a picture of me as the White Rabbit. Hmm... Perhaps I should add myxomatosis to my list of ailments?

In addition there were six recipients of the Hayes Knight North Harbour Club Emerging Talent Awards in 2010. They were: Alexandra Foster, Adam Gerrett, Seok Jun Bing, Aine Kelly-Costello, Lydia Ko, Rebecca Dubber (they each received $4000).

Elliot Christensen-Yule AIMES Arts Award 2011

Man, is it that time already? I hardly feel like I've accomplished anything since receiving my AIMES award last year. Mind you, that's not to say I haven't tried. Jiminy Cricket, I've tried! I started my year in Sydney, where I had hoped to establish myself as an actor. Unfortunately, all the acting agencies had decided to close their books without telling anyone, meaning PAGE 42 NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013

Elliot Christensen-Yule.

Award Winner Updates

Tom Abercrombie

AIMES Sports Award 2011

Moses MacKay.

Moses MacKay

AIMES Music Award 2011 In the last 12 months I have been preparing to head over to the Welsh International Academy of Voice where 20 singers worldwide are selected each year to attend. This year I was soloist for Bach Musica's Faure Requiem, semi-finalist in the Lexus Songquest, an Emerging Artist in NBR NZ Opera's Rigoletto and was asked to perform Bass soloist in Michael Tippett's A child of our time with the NZ Youth Choir and NZ Youth Orchestra at the CBS Arena in Christchurch. In January this year I was on scholarship to attend the NZ opera school in Whanganui, an intense two weeks of vocal training. In October there are three Kiwis heading over to Wales to study under world renown tenor Dennis O'Neil at his Academy (WIAV) - we are also known as SOL3 MIO. A unique group of classically trained Samoan opera singers, but contemporary-influenced musicians with an endowment for entertaining those with even the most eccentric of tastes. We have successfully given SOLD OUT concerts in Auckland, Whanganui, Hamilton, Tauranga and Samoa. Our concerts are a showcase of young musicians expressing their love for opera and music. SOL3 MIO is intimately supported by Dame Malvina Major and her foundation. I would like to send my sincerest thanks to North Harbour Club who supported me extensively with a $10,000 AIMES award in 2011. This money has helped me to achieve my goals and I can't wait to return home from

Blake Hansen.

completing my Masters at the Welsh International Academy of Voice. In early October SOL3 MIO had a final fundraising concert in the Auckland Town Hall.

Blake Hansen

AIMES Education Award 2011 These past 12 months have been a mixture of worlds as I continue my commitment to raising a generation of young people equipped to face the challenges of life with God, while trying to keep up an involvement in Global Health and the scientific community. It seems nothing alerts you to what sphere of life you are operating in more than the way you dress. Dressing as Where's Wally for example, is a good indication I was leading a group of young people from the church I work at to a nationwide Christian youth festival, rather than giving a lecture on Global Health and Spirituality where a suit with Tweed Jacket were the suitable attire. Shorts, t-shirt and jandals were unusual in the UK climate, but appeared at least once in my brief time off at the Edinburgh Fringe supporting homegrown NZ talent Rhys Darby (not that he needs it). Jeans, the most versatile item, may indicate a day at the office, speaking at youth conferences or when combined with formal shirt may mean doing something with the scariest group of all – parents. I remain grateful to AIMES and the North Harbour Club for their award and how it has enabled me to continue chasing the dream, significantly, enabling me to renew my visa and keep up the work here. Thank you.

The last 12 months have been a whirlwind ride for me on a professional level. I was very privileged to be part of the Skycity Breakers championship team for the second year in a row winning the ANBL title in front of 9000 fans at Vector arena. For me this was an absolute highlight and to be able to see just how much we were engaging and inspiring the people of New Zealand on our ride to the finals was an experience I will never forget. Unfortunately I suffered a major ankle injury during the finals and my subsequent plans for the off season were put on hold. Surgery on the injured ankle meant that I missed the chance to try and qualify for the Olympics with the NZ Tall Blacks and also the chance to play in the NBA Summer league where I had a position on a roster all lined up. Whilst the last five months have been frustrating rehabbing and recovering, it is great to be back on the court with the Skycity Breakers for another season. The next 12 months promise to be just as exciting as the last and I will continue to strive to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA one step at a time.

Tom Abercrombie.




Award Winner Updates

Amanda Judd

AIMES Service to the Community Award 2011 The past year has been a great and wonderful challenge! I love the diversity of experiences that life throws at you, and then there's the part where you get to figure out how to make lemonade with the lemons, and ride the waves! I was very stoked to receive the AIMES award last year for the contributions I have made to our community. I made the intention of using this gift to fuel and support what I'm passionate about -- bringing to life the projects, initiatives and collaborations that can regenerate our world. From the smallest of actions like where to buy organic food, the nice solid medium sized ones like successfully operating a social enterprise, to the big guns like re-inventing the way our whole entire system and culture becomes one that's conducive to fully integrating people of all abilities. And thus the year has been just that... Buying organic (sometimes fast-) food locally has been an interesting experiment; from the wonder-filled gesture of supporting the local stores, delivery services, and people in the community here in Takapuna, through to the dilemma of finding that you have no idea what some of these guys are even talking about?! It's a great experiment, because in the smallest and most personal sphere it challenges your pre-programmed assumptions, begs you asking for more certainty, drives you crazy when you can't find the simplest of ingredients, and then throws amazing solutions and realisations at you when you finally get there! Why should I even buy organic? What has a protein shake got to do with my thinking power? How do I cook this food? What even is this food? Ah, the delights of these wonderful enquiries and pursuing a lifestyle of integrity and passion. Social enterprise has been a fabulous obsession of mine for a few years now. And while Lovenotes started four years ago, only in the past year and half have I committed to bringing this bad boy to it's optimum potential. And it feels like the momentum is only just building! We've tripled the number of organisations using our signature service Refresh - turning your own one-sided waste paper into useful stationery and delivering it back to you. Our secondary and supporting services are moving along too - We've piloted a new service Return To Sender

Amanda Judd.

- for all the other waste paper you have, sent back into the land here in Aotearoa New Zealand, a solid alternative to the common shipping of waste paper offshore, destroying through incineration, or even sending to landfill. Paper that comes through the Return To Sender service is regenerating degraded earth into rich topsoil - it can even turn desert into forest! SeedPaper is a service we launched where your own waste paper is recycled into new paper with seeds in it - producing premium letterpress printed business cards, postcards, and invites that are then planted and grow food. Mmmm! Our approach to how we roll as an organisation has evolved into a design process that's more living and ecological - the well oiled production machine and our factory still crank, and it's all been enriched and invigorating with creative processes enabling more participation and innovation from everyone involved. Each and every project or piece of work that Lovenotes embarks on is pulled to pieces, and designed back together again, ensuring our quadruple bottom line is optimal and always driving what we do, and that we're constantly challenging how and why we do things - like what a paper Collection Box looks like... Does it even have to be a box?! Creative installations, new Collections of stationery designs, Design Your Own Lovenotes Workshops, a new service, and launching in new cities around Aotearoa are being lined up for the year


ahead as we speak. We're working harder, and being better than ever before. Regenerating the world one piece of paper at a time! One of the exciting projects that arrived into my life a few months ago, is an initiative called The Cube. A massive vision of young people with impairments having information at their fingertips and a smorgasboard of services and activities to pick from, all at the touch of a button. Imagine a tourist information centre, where you can receive all the info you want, make your bookings, and connect with simplicity to what you need. For young people with a disability this isn't a reality... Yet! This large scale collaborative-partnership project involves 11 Auckland based organisations colliding and emerging together as The Cube, and I'm stoked to have been invited to guide them through the process. In time there could be a hundred organisations partnering, and a change to the whole landscape of how young people around New Zealand access what they need, and ever more wonderfully how we as society embrace what can be contributed to a thriving society from these people. Living out my passion and vision each and every day is the best! The variety of adventures my time is filled with knocks me off the chair, and I want to take this opportunity to really thank the North Harbour Club and Auckland Council for the award they gifted me last year.


Award Winner Updates process of release.. Alexandra is really looking forward to the year to come and the release of New Zealand’s first Pop Trio “Laa Laa Girls”."

Aine Kelly-Costello

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2011

Alisha McLennan.

Alisha McLennan

Alexandra Foster

This year has been busy with lots of experiences. I’ve enjoyed having time to work on projects with Strings Attached, Wired Aerial Theatre and other creative developments and opportunities. Working with Catherine Chappell and three other Touch Compass dancers we made a new aerial bungee piece, Spring. The process was a huge learning curve, Strings Attached came over from Australia, and we got our first taste of bungee! Two weeks were spent in the studio learning, exploring and developing ideas. Spring was performed at Touch Compass’s 15th Anniversary, alongside SLIP: I’m not falling, I’m just hanging on for as long as you can hold me, repertoire work from 2010 with another new piece Run. I travelled to the UK to attend an aerial workshop at Wired Aerial Theatre, where I spent the first day in a private lesson developing my aerial bungee skills and met the vertical wall, and found my unique way of working with this. While in the UK I also joined classes with integrated dance companies. With Candoco I joined in company class, and was a part of one of stopGAP’s preaudition days. While travelling I also was able to attend performances by stopGAP, Scapino Ballet – a contemporary Dutch ballet company and Gross Dance Company.

Since winning the Arts Emerging talent award last year Alexandra has been involved in a variety of different projects. At the end of last year she performed in Auckland Music Theatre’s “Anything Goes” at The Civic Theatre where she played the amusing role of “Erma” and has since been busy with acting auditions, fitness competitions and writing and recording music with her girl pop group “Laa Laa Girls". This year “Laa Laa Girls” have completed their first music video with renown music director Shae Sterling (Moonlight Sounds) and have recorded their first single with producer Josh Fountain (Anna Mac -Girl In Stilettos) which is currently in the

AIMES Judges Special Award 2011

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2011


Alexandra Foster.

I am Áine Kelly-Costello, a 17-year-old student, musician and athlete, and was last year privileged to receive the AIMES Emerging Talent Award for Music. Over the past 12 months, I have kept busy with a variety of activities, mostly relating to academics, swimming, fluteplaying, community service and creative writing. This involved juggling a busy swimtraining schedule with school and other commitments. School-wise, I participated in the Scholar's Academy, a group for top academic students, and gained solid grades (all between 88-93%) in my year 12 AS Cambridge exams. I have also organised two main fundraising activities: one a bake sale at my school for Blind Week and the other the 40-Hour Famine campaign for the primary part of my school. Regarding music, in January I participated in a chamber music summer-course in Dunedin, and have performed on several occasions throughout the year. Writing-wise, I was fortunate to win a monetary prize in the Onkyo Braille Essay Contest, and will have three of my poems published in the near future. Lastly, I enjoyed having the honour of participating in the London Paralympics, where I learned a lot, and came away with a 6th in my main event, 100 back.

Aine Kelly-Costello.

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Rebecca Dubber.

Rebecca Dubber

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2011 After I won my Aimes Emerging Talent Award last year I continued on my quest to reach my goal of competing in the London 2012 Paralympic games. In March this year we competed in a swim meet in Hamilton which if we met the qualifying standard there, we would then move on to the official qualifying meet which was held in Sheffield, England. I was successful in qualifying at this meet and moved on to the next stage. Despite not having the best swim meet, I had still qualified in my two main events for the London Paralympic games. There was a nervous few months wait to find out whether I had been selected or not but I continued to train like I was going to go over and compete. The news of my selection came just a few days before we were supposed to head to the Gold Coast for a two week intensive training in preparation for the games. I was thrilled with the news and had to tell almost everyone I knew in one go. The two weeks in Australia was hard but good and I really enjoyed training in the sun for a week, it rained most of the next. After two weeks in Australia we had another four weeks before we were off on our way to London via Swansea for a two week staging camp first though. London was amazing I had no expectations going into the games and I don’t think it would have mattered if I did because I’m sure London would have exceeded them anyway. The pool was amazing and I had so much fun swimming in it. I may not have received the results that I wanted


Jacko Gill.

in London, but I learnt a lot and being there and having what happened happen means that I am most definitely fired up for another four years.


AIMES AWARD WINNERS AIMES Supreme Award ($20,000) & AUT/Millennium Institute of Sport & Health AIMES Sports Award ($10,000) – Jacko Gill (15) - Athlete. Jacko received a total of $20,000; AIMES ASB Arts Award ($10,000) – Verity Burgess (23) - Singer/Dancer/ Actress; AIMES Massey University IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000) – David MacDonald (24) Computer Scientist; AIMES Albany Toyota International Music Award ($10,000 each - Joint Winners) – Sophie Bird (25) - Violinist; Will Martin (25) - Vocalist/Musician; AIMES Kristin School Education Award ($10,000) – Andrew MacDonald (21) - Scholar; AIMES North Shore City Service to the Community Award ($10,000) – Anita Walbran (24); Judges Special Award ($6,000) – Shaun Quincey (25). In addition there were six recipients of the Hayes Knight North Harbour Club Emerging Talent Awards in 2010. They were: Maddie Dillon, Chloe Francis, Stephanie Mitchell, The Naked & Famous, Michael Macdonald, Joseph Bergin. Each Emerging Talent Award Winner received $4,000.

Jacko Gill

AIMES Supreme Award & Sports Award 2010 2012 has been a huge year with some goals achieved and the odd disappointment. My desire to achieve an Olympic qualifying performance was achieved with a throw of 20.38m with the 7.26kg shot. This distance has become the new world mark for a Youth (under 18). The Olympics sadly never worked out for me but my disappointment was only momentary. I turned my attention to defending my World Junior title (under 20) amidst some fast improving opposition. This event became the toughest junior shot put competition of all time with the top three athletes capable of winning the event every year since the championship began. I was thankful to again win and broke the World champs record by three quarters of a metre with a throw of 22.20m. Other World marks I added to were my World Youth record with a throw of 24.45m, to be ahead of the old mark of 23.23m. (5.00kg shot). I have also broken the Youth World mark with a 6.00kg shot by nearly 2.00m with a throw of 22.31m. This also puts me 2nd on the World all time under 20 list. Presently it is just hard work and I am having another crack at a senior competition, this time the World senior champs in Russia. I hope to qualify in December 2012 and take on the the big boys in July 2013. There is no doubt winning the AIMES Award has played a major part in my success, especially because I was young and it was difficult to get people to believe in me. – Thank you all, Jacko Gill.



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Verity Burgess.

Verity Burgess

AIMES Arts Award 2010 Since receiving my ASB AIMES award in 2010, I have graduated with my Masters in Musical Theatre from Guildford School of Acting in the United Kingdom. Studying and living in London has been a truly life changing experience and now that I have finished my studies, I feel that I can concentrate solely on developing my career. Since leaving GSA, I have been very fortunate to have signed with Lowy Hamilton Artists, a well respected performers agency based in London. Musical Theatre auditions here are very hard to come by without agent representation as they are usually kept from public knowledge, so I feel very grateful to have had so many opportunities offered to me. These auditions are extremely rigorous, demanding on your body and are usually swarming with talented performers which can be at times, intimidating to say the least! However along with a lot of nervous energy is always the exciting possibility of an incredible job at the end of every audition that makes any momentarily uncomfortable situation feel worth it. In July, I was very excited to be a part of ‘West Side Story’ directed by Will Tuckett performed at the Sage Gateshead in New Castle. This was put on for the World Shakespeare Festival by The Royal Shakespeare Company as part of their Open Stage Performances. It consisted of two months intensive rehearsals, four performances and all

new choreography. I was honoured to be asked to understudy ‘Anita’ one of the lead roles, as well as dancing in the ensemble as a jet girl. Vast numbers are culled at each stage of the audition process and with West Side Story, initially over 1000 people applied and after four rounds, a cast of 30 was chosen. This has been an invaluable credit for me as it taught me so much and has been an extremely useful tool when being considered for future roles. In November I will be performing in my first Christmas Show. A circus version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at the Lichfield Garrick. This well known Lewis Carroll classic will be recreated by a small cast of ten and will run until January 2013. Being chosen as a featured ensemble member will challenge my versatility in creating the fantasy world of the wonderland. In the down time between auditions and contracts, I have been teaching ballet, working for promotional companies and dancing and choreographing for a Bollywood dance troupe at Indian weddings. All of these varied jobs have added to my repertoire of skills that can be drawn on for future auditions. I do feel extremely lucky to have such an exciting future ahead of me and will continue to work as hard as I can to honour everyone who has helped me along the way. A huge thank you again to the North Harbour club and everyone involved in the AIMES awards for making this dream possible.

David MacDonald

AIMES IT, Innovation & Science Award 2010 Over the past year I have been working as a Technical Architect at the University of Auckland within the Enterprise Architectures Office of the IT Strategy, Policy and Planning Department. I have enjoyed working on the development of the latest computer network infrastructure at the University that allows for reliable performance and integration of the University’s various software and web applications. In particular, I have been instrumental in introducing new technology stacks in order to improve the capabilities, scalability and reliability of our systems. This has become particularly important with the advent of business-process oriented cloud services that are transforming the IT departments


of large enterprises around the world. This year I have attended IT conferences both internationally, in San Diego and Mexico City, and here in New Zealand in Christchurch. These have been invaluable in furthering my understanding of the implications that upcoming technology will have on the shape of the IT sector over the coming decade. I am excited to be part of the creation of the modern IT world that will seamlessly integrate our complex computer networks and information systems and unlock even greater potential within large organisations such as universities.

David MacDonald.

Sophie Bird

AIMES Music Award 2010 Since having the wonderful opportunity to return briefly to New Zealand for the Awards Ceremony in November of 2010, thanks to the North Harbour Club AIMES Awards, I have been back in Bloomington, Indiana at the Jacobs School of Music working hard to finish up the course work of my doctorate degree in violin performance. Now I have finished the course work I am spending my last year here at school studying for my qualifying exams, writing a final thesis and playing two final recitals. As my violin professor Mark Kaplan was on sabbatical last year I had the wonderful opportunity of studying with the amazing Nam Yum Kim, who is one of the most sought after violin teachers in Korea right now. She provided me with a renewed source of inspiration and musical thought, and I am so lucky to have studied and learned from her. As of January 2011 I joined the Petar Jankovich Ensemble. This consists of a string quartet of students/professionals

Award Winner Updates from the Jacobs School of music, Indiana and Chicago and is led on guitar by the amazing Petar Jankovich from the guitar faculty here. We embarked on a tour of the United States from January to May of this year, and in March played a sold out concert in Belgrade, Serbia for the prestigious Guitar Art Festival. Just last month Petar and I collaborated on a duo concert playing music by Piazzola, Paganini and Bartok for the Guitar Society concert series in Pittsburg. PJE will regroup very soon to start working on a new program for another tour starting January of 2013. In June of this year I was invited to play in Germany for the SchleswigHolstein Orchestral Academy. The tour started with an alumni concert in Berlin playing with guests Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang for Lang Lang’s 40th birthday celebration. This was followed by two months of rehearsing and travelling mostly in Germany, but also Austria and Denmark, and working with such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck and Andrés OrozcoEstrada. It was the most amazing experience to spend the summer playing incredible music with passionate, talented and amazing musicians. I had the privilege of playing in a master class for the internationally proclaimed violinist Midori Gotō who stopped by our school in September 2011, and in that same month I competed and was a finalist in the Mozart Violin Concerto Competition. I have had a wonderful time collaborating with my brother Justin, a previous AIMES Award winner, and 2nd year student at

Will Martin.

this school studying his Doctorate in piano performance with Andre Watts. We recently formed the Bird/Yeh Piano Trio and performed a recital of Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff as part of our chamber music course work. I continue to play as a contracted member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and am currently on trial as the concertmaster of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Well, it has been a crazy year! Certainly extremely busy and exciting, but I am so thankful for all the amazing opportunities I have been given. On behalf of my whole family, I just want to thank the North Harbour Club again for their most amazing support and financial help. It is such a huge blessing to have an organization that will stand behind the youth of the lovely North Shore of Auckland!

Will Martin

AIMES Music Award 2010 It was in October of 2011 that I experienced my performance zenith : Singing at the final of the Rugby World Cup was a tremendous honour, and one which will no doubt reside in my career highlights for a very long time. The last 12 months have been full of many international appearances, including among others, accepting an invitation from the New Zealand Defence Force to lead the national anthems and hymns at the Anzac Day memorial service in London. With thousands of antipodeans in attendance, it was a privilege to represent my country at such a momentous event. Since then I have spent ten weeks travelling in the United States, identifying business possibilities for next year. It was an incredibly exciting trip with several opportunities presenting and I am looking forward to spending some more time there in 2013. Most recently, I reprised my role as principal soloist with the New Zealand ‘POPS’ Orchestra at Auckland’s Town Hall. The performance included collaborations with children from several of the city’s schools, and was enjoyed by an audience of hundreds. I look forward to spending the coming summer months working in and around New Zealand, whilst balancing that with some down time at home in Devonport.

Andrew MacDonald

AIMES Education Award 2010 Sophie Bird.

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Anita McKenzie

(previously Walbran) AIMES Service to the Community Award 2010 It’s been another year of growth for Engineers Without Borders New Zealand (EWBNZ) and I am still proud to be involved in helping EWBNZ get to where it is today and driving it forward into the future. EWBNZ is an organisation of professionals and students who share a vision to confront global challenges of poverty, sustainable development and social inequity by undertaking initiatives that will directly improve the quality of life in communities within New Zealand and in the South Pacific region. The past year my role has been as a Director on the EWBNZ board and the National Secretary on the EWBNZ National Committee. Throughout the year I’ve been involved in a wide variety of tasks under the umbrella of strategic development, operational planning and management issues. Since its inception EWBNZ has been member lead with the official board/ trustees consisting of senior members of EWBNZ – recent engineering graduates and post graduate students. The board’s main focus throughout the second half of this year has been on extending and developing our Board of Directors with the aim of consolidating the existing organisation and driving its strategic refinement and development. We will be approaching potential candidates shortly and hope to have 2-3 new board members engaged by the end of the year.

Shaun Quincey.

I have also been involved in the development of a risk management framework for EWBNZ, goal setting, defining our legal responsibilities, membership engagement analysis, preparing content for the new EWBNZ website, the engagement of an external accountant, budgeting and financial planning, human resources planning and general management responsibilities. I’m excited about the many opportunities that await EWBNZ over the next year and seeing EWBNZ continue to grow and positively impact many lives in NZ and abroad.

Anita McKenzie.

Shaun Quincey

AIMES Judges Special Award 2010 An invitation to race a surf boat across the Irish sea ended up turning into a 14 month stint living and working in the UK and travelling around Europe and working with a variety of different ocean rowers and exciting expeditions. The Irish sea crossing expedition was a success making it from Dublin to Wales in uncommonly perfect conditions in a record time of 27 hours! Settling in London after the row I landed a position with the Harlequins rugby team sourcing sponsorship and developing billing and finance raising solutions for the franchise. I had a fantastic time working with Quins and also speaking all over the UK about the Tasman Sea expedition promoting the Book and Documentary and most importantly sharing a few pints with loads of expats! It wasn't long before I started to miss the exceptionally wonderful lifestyle we all share on the North Shore. Thinking about swimming on Takapuna beach while I was riding the tube with a million other commuters was the catalyst and It didn't take long to find myself back on the Shore loving life rowing and coaching with Mairangi Bay Surf Club once again. Settling back into Shore life I have been fortunate enough to land a job working on the Shore with New Zealand owned and North Shore operated business Debit Success.




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Maddie Dillon

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2010 Where do I start? So many exciting things have happened in the last 12 months! After finishing school in November I spent the summer months training and racing with the goal to qualify for the New Zealand elite team for the World Championships. Qualifying for the team was particularly special this year for two reasons: Because this is the last year I will be able to race in the Under 19 age group; and because the Triathlon World Championships are being held in my home city, Auckland! Since making the team I have spent my time wisely, training through the

Auckland winter, which has not been too bad! I had specific winter training goals to improve my run, which had been my weakest leg of the race. I recently won the Elite U19 Duathlon Nationals and placed second in the Senior Women’s National Road Relay Championship. These two races are comforting confirmations that the hard, cold winter miles are paying off. Alongside the triathlon training and racing I have begun my tertiary studies at Massey University where I am completing a BA part-time. It has been an exciting year for me so far with beginning University and seeing such an improvement in my training, and with the World Championships at home, it is not over yet!

Stephanie Mitchell.

Stephanie Mitchell

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2010

Maddie Dillon.


I am currently studying towards my PhD at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, United States. I am just starting my third year, and while it has been challenging, I have really enjoyed my time so far in the US. I have had so many wonderful experiences and amazing opportunities and I feel so fortunate to be studying here with the help of an AIMES award. My research over the last year has been in the area of Uncertainty Quantification (UQ). I have investigated a number of different methods in the hope of finding the one that provides the tightest bounds on the uncertainty of a problem. In particular I have been working with a research group here at Caltech who have developed a very rigorous approach to UQ. As part of this work I visited Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for 10 weeks as a student guest during summer 2012. I was fortunate to be mentored by some of the best scientists and engineers in the field. I was able to continue to broaden my research into UQ during my stay and really enjoyed the lab environment. I was also able to enjoy all that New Mexico has to offer, taking part in camping and hiking trips and visiting many of the national forest, parks, and monuments in the area. It was one of the best experiences of my stay so far. Now back at Caltech, I am continuing my classes and research. I am looking forward to what is to come during the next year here at Caltech!

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The Naked & Famous.

The Naked & Famous

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2010 Members: Aaron Short – keyboards, vocals; Alisa Xayalith – vocals, keyboards; David Beadle – bass, keyboards, vocals; Jesse Wood – drums; Thom Powers – vocals, guitar. The Naked And Famous reached the end of a remarkable two years in June 2012, finally leaving the road having completed a 250 gig campaign reaching 24 countries in support of their debut album Passive Me Aggressive You (Fiction Records). The journey began with the release of the single “Young Blood” in their home country of New Zealand in June 2010. The delirious hit went straight in at the top of the NZ charts and has gone on to be viewed over 20million times on Vevo and Youtube and heard in countries many thousands of miles from their home. It is now certified Gold in the U.S. and Canada, and Platinum in Australia and New Zealand. TNAF have built an ever-growing audience around the globe for their pulverizing live shows, a blend of the pure pop exhilaration of the hit singles “Young Blood” and “Punching In A Dream” with the thrilling dark electronic arts that drive the group’s sound. In between sell-out tours of Europe, the USA and UK, the band took away a record-breaking haul of eight NZ Music

Awards, including the big prizes of Best Album for Passive Me Aggressive You, Single for “Young Blood” and Best Group. They add these to the NME Radar Award collected in February 2011 and the Silver Scroll songwriting prize already won in 2010 for “Young Blood”, the song that saw TNAF explode onto the world stage and airwaves this year. The group’s masterfully melodic blend of rock and electronic elements fronted by the boy-girl vocals of Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith has made them a festival hit around the world in 2011 and Passive Me Aggressive You a critical favourite on its way to already selling over quarter of a million copies. The self-produced Passive Me Aggressive You received glowing fourstar reviews in Uncut and Mojo and many other publications. NME’s 8/10 review called it a ‘glorious melting pot of pop perfection’, saying that the band’s ‘passive melodicism and aggressive innovation clash in a dazzling blaze of psych/sonic fireworks’. TNAF’s 2011 festival triumphs include Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and Latitude in the UK, Lollapolooza, South By Southwest, Fuji Rock in Japan, Australia’s Big Day Out, and Germany’s Rock Am Ring. These five young New Zealanders have at their disposal a seemingly effortless ability to capture the giddy

fun and relentless hooks one has come to expect from the very best electropop, while at the same time striving for something grander, more brooding and atmospheric. Their production skills were honed since the day TNAF formed in the early weeks of term at an Auckland music college. Initially they were a duo of Thom and Alisa, with Aaron Short providing behind-the-scenes production with Thom on their 2008 EPs, This Machine and No Light. Drummer Jesse Wood and bassist David Beadle had joined by the time TNAF began writing and recording Passive Me Aggressive You – the recording process itself still taking place in a mix of bedrooms and small studios with Thom and Aaron always at the controls. Their achievements to date already mark this New Zealand band as an exciting one in the new generation of electronic rock acts. A young group of warped sound merchants making do-or-die, heart-in-mouth, chart-bound pop to invest your heart and soul in, they’ve taken their meteoric rise and the workload of hundreds of gigs and relentless touring that goes with it in their stride. Passionate about their music and connected to their equally fervent legions of fans, The Naked And Famous are very much not the emperor’s new clothes, they’re something special indeed.




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AIMES AWARD WINNERS AIMES ASB Arts Award ($10,000) – ANNA-LOUISE DILLON-HERZOG (21) - Dancer; AIMES Massey University IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000 each - Joint Winners) – DANIEL PLAYNE (21) - Computer Scientist; YVETTE PERROTT (23) - Scholar; AIMES EasyFactors International Music Award ($10,000 each - Joint Winners) – GRAYSON MASEFIELD (22) - Musician; AMALIA HALL (20) - Musician; AIMES Kristin School Education Award ($10,000) – ADRIENNE ANDERSON (25) - Scholar; AIMES Supreme Award ($10,000) & AUT/Millennium Institute of Sport & Health AIMES Sports Award ($10,000) – MELISSA INGRAM (25) - Swimmer. Melissa received a total of $20,000; AIMES North Shore City Service to the Community Award ($10,000) – CAMERON CALKOEN (25). In addition there were six recipients of the Hayes Knight North Harbour Club Emerging Talent Awards in 2009. They were: Sophie Corbidge, Chris Rahardja, Jenna Gallie, Jason Bae, Ellen Deverall, Arkesh Patel. Each Emerging Talent Award Winner received $4,000, with the exception of Jason Bae, who received $2,000 and a recording session.

Melissa Ingram

AIMES Supreme Award & Sports Award 2009 The last year has been consumed with my preparation for the London Olympic Games. I was one of four swimmers to achieve the Olympic Qualifying time at the 2011 World Championships and therefore I had a year to solely focus on my Olympic campaign without having to worry about qualifying at the National Championships which are held four months prior to the Olympics. I spent October 2011 training and living in Brisbane with one of the world’s best 200m Backstrokers. It was fantastic training and it set me up well for the three World Cup events I went and competed in afterwards. I raced in Singapore, Tokyo and Beijing and won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal while breaking NZ records in the 200m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle. At the 2012 National Championships I won gold in the 200m Backstroke in an Olympic qualifying time and won silver in the 50m and 100m Backstroke. I then didn’t race again until the Olympic Games four months later. The NZ Swim Team had an intensive training camp in Cairns in June and we were supposed to fly to Canberra to race the Australian Olympic team but this was cancelled due to an outbreak of whooping cough at the Australian Institute of Sport. In hindsight I don’t think the lack of racing in my Olympic build up was a good idea, but I tried to make the best decision at the time. At the Olympic Games I was the

anchor for the 4x200m Freestyle Relay. We broke the NZ Record in this event and finished 11th, which I was very proud of because we were missing our fastest swimmer. I then competed in the 200m Backstroke and was gutted to finish 17th, missing the semi-final by .03 of a second. I am currently training for the World Cup Circuit which takes place in eight countries over six weeks. I am hoping to qualify for the World Short Course Championships during the circuit. Swimming was the focus of 2012, but I was very happy to finally graduate from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts. Next year I plan to complete a postgraduate diploma at AUT in journalism.

Anna-Louise Dillon-Herzog.

Anna-Louise Dillon-Herzog

AIMES Arts Award 2009

Melissa Ingram.


This year has been very expansive for me. I have been working and studying in New York City for the last four years and recently I had a big career shift and have been focusing intensively on acting. For the first 6 months of the year I was training at the Stella Adler School of Acting. At Stella Adler I learnt the basics of the Adler technique and after I completed my program was asked to participate in an invitation only advanced class with Jon Korkes. Soon

Award Winner Updates after I successfully auditioned for the Conservatory program but ultimately I decided to train intensively in the Meisner technique at the renowned William Esper Studios under Suzanne Esper. I am currently doing the two year program here and enjoying the process throughly. The transition has been very smooth and rewarding for me, I have already been able to combine my dancing and movement training with my new love of the art of acting in many situations. In the last few months, while studying I have appeared in a Samsung Galaxy commercial alongside Olympians and NBA players, been featured in a global Reebok Campaign, a national Vitamin Shoppe campaign as well as several other independent projects. I am currently represented by one of the top talent agencies, McDonald Selznick Associates. I still perform and choreograph modern dance, recently I performed in a piece by internationally recognized choreographer Ellenore Scott and have been working with Hee Raa Yoo/ Yoo and Dancers on various projects. Dance will always be a huge part of my life and I am excited to see how much these two art forms can correlate in my future. Thank you North Harbour club for your continued support over the last eleven years.

Daniel Playne

AIMES IT, Innovation & Science Award 2009 Last year on the 28th of October I passed my PhD oral defense with my thesis being recommended for acceptance with no emendations by all three of my examiners. It was also recommended for and subsequently included in the Massey University Dean’s List of Exceptional Theses. However, the completion of my doctorate has not marked the end of my time at Massey University. In August 2011, I applied for and was offered a position as a full-time lecturer in the Computer Science department. In this role I have been given the responsibility of designing and teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervising postgraduate students and have taken over as the Director of the Centre for Parallel Computing. At the age of 24 I am one of the youngest lecturers in New Zealand. After being a student for so long I am enjoying the chance to teach and mentor students through the degree programme I completed not so long ago. Working at Massey also allows me to continue the research I have been working on through my doctoral study. I would once again like to thank the North Harbour Club for their encouragement and support.

Yvette Perrott.

Yvette Perrott

AIMES IT, Innovation & Science Award 2009 I'm now heading into the third and final year of my PhD at Cambridge University, studying astrophysics at the Cavendish Laboratory. The past year has been full of hard work and challenges but of course rewarding as well. My PhD is progressing well and I feel confident that I will be able to finish on time in October 2013. I have published two papers this year and attended several conferences. At the last conference I attended I presented a paper on the Galactic plane survey I have been performing with the radio telescope that I work with, situated near Cambridge, which was well received. I am now starting to think ahead to prospects for after I finish my PhD, and am currently applying for Junior Research Fellowships at Cambridge Colleges, which would give me the opportunity to pursue my own research for the next three years. So far I've been short-listed for the Trinity College JRF, and am now in the process of writing a dissertation to submit for the next stage. On a more personal note, in February I travelled home for the first time in a year and a half. It was great to escape the English winter and get a little bit of NZ sunshine! I also got married, in the Parnell Rose Gardens. I don't recommend planning a wedding from the other side of the world, but everything came together and it was a fantastic day!

Grayson Masefield AIMES Music Award 2009 Daniel Playne.

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Adrienne Anderson.

Adrienne Anderson AIMES Education Award 2009

After completing my Masters of Law last year at the University of Michigan, I took a position at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre (RILC), based in Melbourne, Australia. RILC is a not-for-profit community legal centre for all aspects of refugee and immigration law, policy and practice. We assist asylum seekers, refugees and disadvantaged migrants in the community and in detention. I am RILC’s Policy Officer and a Solicitor and Migration Agent. Because of my dual role, each day is a mixture of client work and policy work (submissions to parliamentary enquiries, advocacy around law reform, participation on various committees and consultative groups, and test cases). In the last year, I have assisted with two cases in the High Court of Australia, the first, challenging the transfer of asylum seekers to Malaysia and the second, challenging the indefinite detention of a refugee with an adverse security assessment. I have also gone on two ‘taskforces’ to remote detention centres in Western Australia, for two-three weeks at a time to help multiple clients with their applications. I love the mix of work that I do; it means I can help clients in the short term with their protection claims as well as take a long view and work on some of the systemic policy issues in Australia.

As I sit on an apartment deck in Melbourne I reflect on what an incredible year 2012 has been. Lots of significant highlights all centred around one dream – to speak on the worlds biggest platforms and inspire individuals inner motivation to be the best that they can be, waking up each and every day to face opportunity and possibility. The most extravagant element of this dream has been my June / July stint in New York City, a hustle bustle of dreams, excellence and a platform of desire from which ripples innovation and a desire to conquer the world with it. For me the concrete jungle has been a long term symbolism of excellence as in the words of the legendary Frank Sinatra “If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere” and I wanted to feel that. So how does someone from “a small island somewhere by Antarctica" (that’s how I was introduced) feel that? Well while we may be small we are mighty and as I've come to learn that New Zealanders are behind some of the biggest American brands. New Zealanders are also connected and I knew that through telling as many people as possible about my desire to speak in NYC I would get

on some pretty awesome platforms. Eight months prior to my departure to New York I started on my very own campaign, a campaign to win names and speaking opportunities in the big Apple and the result was 5 speeches, 25 meetings with movers and shakers of NYC and the establishment of a platform that I'll continue to build from over the years to come, the dream was big, resulting in more than I ever thought possible. One of the platforms was within the Rockefeller Centre speaking in front of 50 presenters and producers of NBC Universal – Awesome! Other highlights for 2012 have included: Becoming an Ambassador for Toyota New Zealand; Being a keynote for the NYLD tour; Being a keynote at 15 conferences; Being part of the working committee for The Cube; The epic growth of Carabiner Mentoring; Establishment of Cam Calkoen Ltd as a professional speaker; Sharing time with old friends, new friends and family. While each day the world becomes more of a playground for me to play in, nothing beats calling the North Shore home. While new projects excite me, it is the Yes Disability Resource Centre that provides the best base for these projects to grow from, and it’s humbling to be surrounded by the great people who continue to enter my life and I thank you for all the support that brings.

Cameron Calkoen.




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Sophie Corbidge

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2009 In late 2011, I competed in my first Elite Open Triathlon World Cup race here in Auckland, where I was 2nd Kiwi behind Andrea Hewitt and I finished in 15th place, so this was a solid performance which gave me confidence as I entered the summer season. Andrea is my mentor and also my inspiration to achieve in the sport of triathlon. 2012 has been a great year for me so far! I won two National Contact Series races in Wanaka and Takapuna in January and February, and in March I picked up a silver medal in both the National Elite U23 Triathlon Championships and Oceania Championships. Since the end of the summer season, I worked hard through Winter, where I competed in the Cross Country and Road Running series, winning the Auckland Road Champs at Unitec and a few Auckland cross country races. The main goal for this year is the World Championships here in Auckland on October 20th, but I recently came back from overseas, where I won my first Continental Cup Triathlon race in Tahiti, and picked up bronze in the Moreton Bay Triathlon on the Sunshine Coast. It is safe to say that I am enjoying my sport more than ever, as well my English and Media study at Massey University. I can't wait for World Champs because the atmosphere in my home town is going to be incredible!

Sophie Corbidge.

Chris Rahardja.

Chris Rahardja

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2009 2012 has been another great and successful year for me in my sport, Karate. I successfully won my 5th consecutive NZ Open Senior Men’s Kata (forms) title in Christchurch this year in April. At the same tournament I also won gold and retained my title in the Under 21. Moving into the international scene, the NZ University Team travelled to Slovakia for the FISU World University Karate Championships. Unfortunately I was just beaten in the first round 3-2, to the home town Slovakian. The Slovakian went on to comfortably win bronze, which meant I went away with the knowledge that I wasn’t too far off the best. The Oceania Championships in September was an intense competition, however I was able to win gold and successfully defend my title in the Senior Men’s Open Kata, beating former number 3 in the world, Minh Dack, who is the current New Caledonian and French representative. Winning this title also means that I have now automatically qualified for the 2013 World Games in Columbia next year. I also won gold in the Under 21 Open Kata, Senior Team


Kata and also silver in the Under 21 -78kg Kumite. I am again incredibly thankful for the ongoing support that the North Harbour Club and Hayes Knight have provided since winning an Emerging Talent Award and look forward to hopefully continuing to succeed in the future.

Jenna Gallie

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2009 The past year has been a very eventful and exciting one for me. In April I finished my work with Professor Ben Kerr at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA). During my two years in the Kerr laboratory I learnt a lot about experimental evolution and genetics, not to mention meeting some great friends and collaborators. A couple of weeks after leaving Seattle, I got married in the Cook Islands. We had a fantastic time, particularly because so many family members and friends came from all over the world to celebrate with us! My husband and I began married life by moving to Switzerland. In June I started a postdoctoral research position with Professor Martin Ackermann at ETH Zürich and Eawag Aquatic Research Institute. A major research interest of

Award Winner Updates the Ackermann group is investigating the evolutionary and molecular bases of microbial “phenotypic heterogeneity” – the phenomenon whereby genetically identical microbes grown in the same environment are physically different from each other. Since arriving, I have been concentrating on mastering some of the cutting-edge techniques and technology used here. In particular, I am learning how to use time-lapse microscopy to track the growth and development of bacterial populations in real time. Although I’ve only been living in Switzerland for five months, I already feel at home here. I am enjoying the challenge of learning a different language and we are certainly taking advantage of living so close to the Alps! Ellen Deverall.

clarinetist and have recently been on tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and am currently on trial for principal clarinet with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. I have continued my relationship with the Royal Overseas League, performing at their Queen's Jubilee concert at Government House in Wellington, hosted by Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. I am also excited to perform with 175 East, Auckland's contemporary music ensemble. It has definitely been a challenge fitting everything in this year, but it has been a great one, with lots of different experiences. Thank you again to the North Harbour Club who assisted me so much while I was studying in London. Jenna Gallie.

Ellen Deverall

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2009 I decided to move back to New Zealand from London at the end of last year and am about to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education (secondary) from the University of Auckland. It has been a wonderful experience and I was fortunate to have teaching practicums at Rangitoto and Carmel College – both with wonderful reputations in music. I have really enjoyed getting to know staff and students at both schools, learning new skills and sharing my experiences. I have continued to perform as a

500 companies. This role will give me the opportunity to work in a range of industries, on a variety of strategic issues, and it should be a great introduction to a career in the corporate world. Looking further down the line, I have also received early admission into business school, and in 2014 I will be moving to Boston to commence an MBA at Harvard – a prospect that I am very excited about. Both my family and I are very grateful for the AIMES Award. The support of the North Harbour community has been incredibly important to me as a Kiwi living abroad, and I sincerely hope that I have done the judging panel, who selected me back in 2009, proud.

Arkesh Patel

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2009 When I received my AIMES Emerging Talent Award back in 2009, I had just moved away from New Zealand to start my studies at Cambridge. The past three years were a roller coaster of both highs and tough challenges, and in June of this year I graduated from Cambridge at the top of my class, receiving first class honours with distinction. My AIMES award played a huge part in this. After graduating from Cambridge in June, I moved to San Francisco to begin the next chapter of my life, working as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company – a leading advisor to Fortune

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AIMES AWARD WINNERS The AIMES Award winners for 2008 were:- ASB ARTS AWARD – Sophie Henderson (23), Actor/Playwright ($10,000) MASSEY UNIVERSITY IT & SCIENCE AWARD – Daniel Playne (20), Computer Scientist ($10,000) EASY FACTORS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AWARD – Not awarded in 2008. LION FOUNDATION EDUCATION AWARD – Naomi Jones (21), Scholar/ Chemical Engineering ($10,000) AUT/ MILLENNIUM INSTITUTE OF SPORT & HEALTH SPORT AWARD – Tom Ashley (24), Sailor AUT/Millennium Institute of Sport AIMES Sport Award ($10,000). Millennium Institute/AUT North Harbour Club AIMES Judges Special Sport Award ($7,000): Melissa Ingram (23), Swimmer. NORTH SHORE CITY SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD – Sean Yang (19), Community Ambassador ($10,000). The overall 2008 AIMES AWARDS Winner was Tom Ashley who received a further $20,000 (Tom received a total of $30,000). North Harbour Club Hayes Knight Emerging Talent Award Winners 2008, who each received $4000 were:-Verity Burgess (21) - Arts/Music (Performing Arts); Brittany Carter (16) - Arts (Dancer); Andrew MacDonald (19) Education (Scholar); Andrew Maloney (18) - Sport (Sailor); Yvette Perrott (22) - Education (Scholar); Yousif Rassam (19) - Service to the Community; Chris Steele (15) - Sport (Sailor); Erin Taylor (21) - Sport (Kayaker); The Earlybirds (17-19) - Filip Kostovich, Jared Aisher, Michael Cannon, Sean Patterson and Kane ter Veer - Music (Musicians).

Tom Ashley.

Tom Ashley

AIMES Supreme Award & Sports Award 2008 Since last year's Northside my life has changed somewhat. I lost my selection trials for the 2012 Olympics last December, and have spent this year at university studying law. Despite the apparent setback, I have really enjoyed this year and I am very happy to be back at uni. I enjoy my studies very much. Although I am not sailing at the moment, I am still involved in the sport through coaching and consulting. I hope to continue this involvement in the future as NZ sport continues to go from strength to strength.

Sophie Henderson AIMES Arts Award 2008

This year has been all about film-making for me. We were green lit by The NZ Film Commission in February this year and it has been an absolute privilege to make a movie. Fantail is based on a monologue I wrote at drama school and receiving an AIMES Award helped me to develop the script. Low-budget filmmaking is hugely challenging but I have loved every minute. Right now we are in post-production and the film will have it's

premiere in 2013. About Fantail: Tania thinks she's Maori. She works the graveyard shift at a petrol station saving money so she can take her brother Pi to Surfers to find their dad. When Pi goes away to pick kiwifruit, Tania is left by herself to plan for their trip. Stuck in a petrol station learning security training and making sure her boss, Rog doesn't lose his job, Tania can't rescue her brother from his new mates and from thinking he can fly. Dean the regional manager arrives to keep an eye on Rog, but he has his eye on Tania too. When Dean questions Tania's culture and who her family is, she starts to piece together the truth and realises she must save her brother and bring him home. Then one night a cheeky little bird ruins everything and Tania pays the ultimate price for being a hero. Set almost entirely in a petrol station, Fantail was shot on location in South Auckland, New Zealand. I also work as the Programme Manager at The Basement Theatre, I select the plays that go on our stage. This year The Basement received funding from Creative New Zealand to become a risk-share venue for artists, which I'm delighted about. I performed in Silo Theatre's Private Lives playing Sybil and I just finished working on season 2 of local television comedy Auckland Daze.

Sophie Henderson.




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Daniel Playne

AIMES IT, Innovation & Science Award 2008 (See report in 2009 year)

Naomi Jones

AIMES Education Award 2008 I've just started my third year on the BP UK graduate scheme. A month ago, I finished my first placement in Hull, East Yorkshire, and shifted down to London where I'm now involved in the design and construction of major gas developments overseas. It’s been a significant change professionally, shifting from the operation of facilities nearing the end of their life to the conceptual design of brand new plant (where our biggest challenges come from the fact that we’re starting from scratch, building a huge facility literally in the middle of nowhere with no existing infrastructure… the design even includes an airfield!). In March I also completed the 2012 “Blood, Sweat and Compassion” challenge, climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro (5,895m) in Tanzania in support of inspirational African students on the Compassion Leadership Development Programme. The students we fundraised for, all of whom come from extremely impoverished backgrounds, have now completed their first year of university education in Kenya (across a variety of specialisations including

politics, engineering and medicine), and are well on their way to become powerful agents for change in their communities and the world. My 10 days in Africa were some of the most intense, amazing days of my life. We spent 6 days on the mountain in total (4 days heading up to the summit, 2 days racing back down again), but we were also privileged enough to spend the remainder of our trip travelling to Compassion child sponsorship centres around Kenya and witnessing first-hand the incredible work taking place in the fight against poverty. There’s so much more I’d love to tell you to demonstrate the amazing impact that the support of the North Harbour Club has had on my life and on the lives of others I'm now enabled to support, but for now I’d like simply to thank you all once again for your generosity, and to encourage all past and future winners of AIMES awards to continue dreaming big and “paying forward” to others the benefits of the opportunities they've received.

Melissa Ingram

AIMES Judges Special Sport Award (See report in 2009 year)

Sean Yang

AIMES Service to the Community Award 2009 (No report provided)

Naomi Jones.


Andrew Maloney.

Andrew Maloney

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2009 2012 has been a very busy and exciting year with many personal best results achieved. The London Olympic selection was decided at the end of 2011, and not qualifying for the games was disappointing, but I was able to set some major goals for 2012 as well as being the training partner for the selected Laser Class representative for NZ. I medalled at two of the three ISAF Sailing World Cup events that I competed in, earning the Silver medal in France at the SOF Regatta, and then claimed Bronze later in the year in Germany at Kiel Week. I was well prepared for my peak event of the season and placed third at the 2012 Laser World Championships which was an awesome feeling. My consistency at the major events throughout the 2012 season also earned me third overall for the ISAF Sailing World Cup series in the Laser Class, and has me now ranked number 2 in the World Rankings as of September 2012. The year has been awesome, I have learned so much and gained a heap of invaluable experience competing on the world stage at the front of the fleet. I am very excited looking forward at the next four years leading up to the Rio 2016 Olympics and will give it everything I've got to be the best in the world come those 2016 Olympics. None of this would be possible without the help of all my supporters. Thanks to North Harbour Club for their support over the years!

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Erin Taylor

AIMES Emerging Talent Award 2009 The 2012 kayak season was pretty special culminating in the London Olympics! The winter season from October to December was spent clocking up the miles and getting fitter and stronger. For variety, in December we travelled to Rotorua and based ourselves at Lake Tarawera for three weeks. It was awesome to train in a different place and Tarawera definitely provided its fair share of natural beauty to our training session despite the hard work! The domestic racing season started in February and after our own national championships at the Blue Lakes in Rotorua we headed to Penrith for Oceania Championships! The competition is always good in Australia and it was a great start to the international racing season. We decided to stay on in Narrabeen, Sydney where we could train for 10 days before the Australian Championships which were also in Penrith. It was great training in Narrabeen and we felt very well prepared for the second regatta at Penrith. The racing was another step up from the Oceania Championships and we felt we were well on track winning the K2 500m and K2 200m. Next step was Europe in the build up to the Olympics! This year we elected to stay away for three months from the World Cup regattas in May right up until the Olympic

Games in London. This was mainly to maximise our training during the European summer and to minimise the training lost from extra long haul flights to New Zealand and back. It proved to be a great decision and a small village called Pellheim in Munich became our home away from home for three months! The World Cup regatta took place at the beginning of May and we raced one in Poland and the other in Germany. We were reasonably happy with our results and looked forward to getting back to our German base and getting stuck into the last block of hard pre-Olympics training. The two and a half months between World Cups and the Olympics were an amazing time. Not only did we get to train on an amazing regatta course every day in Munich, we also got to experience European culture on a daily basis and meet a lot of lovely locals who really got behind our campaign and supported us! We also had a great balance in training between individual sessions in our K1s and then spending time in the K2 as we were training for both Lisa’s K1 200m and then combining in the K2 500m. It was a really nice mix as we always had good variety in our training sessions and good challenges to work on along the way. Next stop was the Olympic Games! The London Olympic Games were great! It felt like the whole country really got behind the games - from spectators to organisers to volunteers – which really made it a great environment and event

to be part of. As a team we also felt very well prepared and organised when we arrived and just excited about getting into the racing. You prepare for so long so it’s nice to get to the point when you feel well prepared and just ready to rip into it! The competition started really well for us. We raced a good heat then a really strong semi-final to qualify for the final. We were particularly proud of our semi final performance as we knew we had drawn quite a difficult semi and that we needed to race exceptionally to make the final! In the final we raced a strong race, perhaps not quite as out of our skins as we managed in the semi but we came away with 7th and this was an improvement from the previous years’ World Championships where we finished 9th. Then Lisa carried on winning Gold in the K1 200m and it doesn’t get much more special than that! It was pretty exciting to watch her race, and just amazing to see her cross that line first and in such demanding fashion! After eighteen months as a team it was a very successful period and with our coach Gordon Walker, a really great team to be a part of. As to what the future holds, we have some exciting prospects and look forward to planning our next steps towards achieving our goals! Thanks again to the North Harbour Club for the support. It contributed greatly to enabling me to train full time and get closer to achieving my long term kayaking goals!

Erin Taylor and Lisa Carrington.



Takapuna Grammar School International Baccalaureate World School

Award Winners 1996-2007

$1.4 million awarded... As has been detailed elsewhere in NorthSide, the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust was formed in 1995. As of November 3rd, 2012 the Club will have awarded over $1.4 million to the young people of the North Harbour region through the annual AIMES Awards. We have featured reports from some recent winners in previous pages. These are the other AIMES Awards recipients dating back to 1996.





The AIMES Award winners for 2007 were:- Matthew Flinn ($25,000 - Joint Education and overall winner), Ananth Gopal ($10,000 Arts), Daniel Playne ($10,000 - IT, Innovation & Science), Sarah McCallum ($10,000 - Music), Tanya Cooling ($10,000 - Music), Hollie Smith ($10,000 - Music), Jo Aleh ($10,000 - Sport), Loren O’Sullivan ($10,000 - Service to the Community).Emerging Talent Awards ($2000 each) Samuel Coldicutt, Robert Ellis, Mikhail Koudinov, Alexandra Maloney, Stephen Smith, Rob Tucker.

The AIMES Award winners for 2006 were:- Rebecca Spence ($20,000 - Joint Sports and overall winner), Juliette Haigh ($20,000 - Joint Sports and overall winner), Dmitri (Dima) Ivanov ($8,000 - Arts), Hayley Reynolds ($8,000 - IT, Innovation & Science), Julia McCarthy (Joint Music - $8,000), Sarah McCracken (Joint Music - $8,000), Chye-Ching Huang ($8,000 - Education), Cameron Calkoen ($8,000 - Service to the Community). Emerging Talent Awards ($2000 each) Tom Ashley, Richard Chen, Caroline Grey, Blake Hansen. Violinist Richard Chen also received $5,000 from Corelli School for production of his own CD.


The AIMES Award winners for 2005 were:- Nodira Khoussainova ($17,000 - IT and overall winner), Ananth Gopal ($7,000 - Arts), The Checks - Karel Chabera, Jacob Moore, Ed Knowles, Sven Petterson, Callum Martin (Music - $5,000 plus $5,000 from Corelli School for production of a CD), Elizabeth Duncan ($5,000 - Education), Hannah McLean ($5,000 - sport), Amalia Hall ($500 - Violinist, Judges Special Award).


The AIMES Award winners for 2004 were:- Heather Brown ($17,000 - IT and overall winner), Kendra Oxley ($7,000 Arts), Simone Roggen (Music - $5,000 plus $5,000 from Corelli School for production of a CD), Vicki McCall ($5,000 Education), Nicole Roughan ($5,000 - Education), Juliette Haigh ($5,000 - Sport), Corney Swanepoel ($5,000 - Sport).


The AIMES Award winners for 2001 were:- Mark Robinson ($13,000 - Education), Helen Candy ($8,000 - Arts), Emma Buckton ($4,000 - Music), Vanessa McGowan ($4,000 - Music), Sarah McCallum ($9,000 - Music), Michael Bullot ($8,000 Sport), Terenzo Bozzone ($7,000 - Sport), Paul Bracewell ($5,000 - Education), Ian Munro ($3,000 -Education) Dean Kent ($2000 Sport), Jennifer Dryburgh ($2,000 - Sport), Jordan Barnes ($500 Arts), Jonathan Coulam ($500 - IT), Fleur Ritchie ($1,000 - Music).

The AIMES Award winners for 2000 were:- Clarissa Dunn ($13,000 - Education), Lara Hall ($8,000 - Music), Andrea Proud ($8,000 - Arts), Monique Robins ($8,000 - Sport), Scott TalbotCameron ($5000 - Sport), Steven Ferguson ($5000 - Sport), Michael Bassett ($3000 - Sport), Terenzo Bozzone ($3000 Sport), Simon Rea ($2000 - Sport).


The AIMES Award winners for 1999 were:- Rainer Gibbons ($8,000 - Music), Benjamin Pilley ($5,000 - Sport), Jennifer Dryburg ($5,000 - Sport), Nikolozi Meladze ($3,000 Education), Slavik Shorinov ($2,500 - Sport), Jamie Voss ($2,000 - Education & Sport), Mark Wells ($1,500 - Arts), Jon Gorrie ($1,000), Helen Candy ($1,000 - Arts), Elaine Dowsett ($1,000), Felicity Rogers ($1,000 - Arts), Bradley Fagan ($500 Art), Ji-Hyun Kim ($500 - Music), Teresa Davis (Presented with a Picolo Clarinet - Music).


The AIMES Award winners for 1998 were:- Nathan Handley ($8,000 - Sport), Neil Watson ($3,750 - Music), Justin Bird (Piano - Music), Amanda Rubick ($2,500 - Education), Jemima Smeadley ($2,000 - Sport), Alister Gair ($2,000 - Sport), Felicity Gould-Hope ($2,000 - Sport), Jennifer Dryburgh ($2,000 Sport), Jayson Herbert ($2,000 - Sport).


The AIMES Award winners for 2003 were:- Kristen Darragh ($27,000 - Music), Karen Lindsay ($8,000 - Education), James Cressey ($8,000 - Sport), Felicity Rogers ($8,000 - Arts), Nodira Khoussainova ($8,000 - IT), Matthew Flinn ($5,000 - Music).

The AIMES Award winners for 1997 were:- Philip Misur ($6,000 - Education), Lara Hall ($3,000 - Music), Claire Speedy ($2,000 - Education), Sarah Macky ($2,000 - Sport), Jayson Herbert ($2,000 - sport), Alastair Gair ($2,000 - Sport), Julie Worth ($2,000 - Sport), Craig Harper ($2,000 - Sport), Matthew Davies ($2,000 - Sport), Nathan Handley ($2,000 - Sport).



The AIMES Award winners for 2002 were:- Terenzo Bozzone ($18,000 - Sport), James Russell ($8,000 - Education), Sarah McCallum ($8,000 - Music), Anna-Louise Herzog ($8,000 Arts), Michael Brown ($8,000 - IT), Robbie Ellis ($5,000 - Music).

The AIMES Award winners for 1996 were:- Patricia Bolton ($10,000), Daniel Slater ($5,000), Matt Brown ($2,500), Simon Cooke ($2,500), A. Ottingon ($1,500), J. Ashworth ($1000), A. Lye ($1,000), E. Tepavac ($1,000). NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013 PAGE 65


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Benefitz Graphic Design

Scholarships Benefitz is playing its part in developing new talent for the industry by providing annual Graphic Design Scholarships to the value of $5000 across five North Shore schools. 2012 is the fifth year that these scholarships have been presented. A $1000 Benefitz graphic Design scholarship is awarded annually to each of the top graphic Design students at Kristin School, Rangitoto College, Westlake Boys, Westlake Girls and Takapuna Grammar. One key criteria is that applicants must intend to pursue a career in the graphic design industry. “We believe that putting back into the community is very important,” explains Benefitz Managing Director Aidan Bennett. “By offering the scholarships we are doing that and also assisting with developing talent for our industry.” In 2009, scholarships were awarded to William Brooks (Kristin School), Ting Yan (Jamie) Kwan (Rangitoto College), Jessica Lim (Takapuna Grammar), Yuan Xing Lisa Liu (Westlake Girls High School) and David Duan (Westlake Boys High School). The 2010 Benefitz Graphic Design Scholarships were awarded to Elizabeth Askew (Kristin School), Kathryn Barker (Rangitoto College), Naawie Tutugoro (Takapuna Grammar), Tahlia Northcoft (Westlake Girls High School) and Max Vosloo (Westlake Boys High School). The 2011 Benefitz Graphic Design Scholarships were awarded to Karen Goedeke (Kristin School), George Howes (Rangitoto College), Sophie Walker (Takapuna Grammar), Felicia Chandra (Westlake Girls High School) and William Anderson (Westlake Boys High School). During November, 2012 Benefitz Graphic Design Scholarships were awarded to Elizabeth Qiu (Kristin School), Kwok Yi (Rangitoto College), Jodie Catterall (Takapuna Grammar), Jeong Ryeong Kim (Westlake Girls High School) and Felix Bennett (Westlake Boys High School). Each of these students were presented with a certificate and a cheque for $1000 which goes towards their studies in 2012.

Robert Johnson (Director, Benefitz) and Jeong Ryeong Kim, scholarship recipient from Westlake Girls High School.

Aidan Bennett (Managing Director, Benefitz) and Kwok Yi, scholarship recipient from Rangitoto College.

Aidan Bennett (Managing Director, Benefitz) and Felix Bennett, scholarship recipient from Westlake Boys High School.

Mike Nolan (Director, Benefitz) and Elizabeth Qiu, scholarship recipient from Kristin School.

Robert Johnson (Director, Benefitz) and Jodie Catterall, scholarship recipient from Takapuna Grammar.

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Marks 50 Years 2300 staff, students and Old Boys formed the Westlake Jubilee 50 on the Field.

Westlake Boys celebrated its 50th Jubilee in 2012 and welcomed 1000 old boys and former staff back to school for a weekend of festivities in August. Jubilee Chairman Anthony Ford and Headmaster David Ferguson were both delighted with the success of the weekend and that the school’s future is brighter as a result of the connections that were re-established during Jubilee weekend. Westlake Boys Board of Trustees Chairman, James Sclater, announced that the school’s Jubilee year will be commemorated by a new gymnasium (pictured below) to replace the 30 year old facility sited at the north end of the Forrest Hill Road campus. The Westlake Jubilee Gymnasium

will provide Westlake Boys and associated community groups with state of the art indoor basketball and volleyball courts as well as teaching facilities for Westlake’s physical education department and its popular Sports Institute programme. Jubilee weekend teed off on Thursday 9th August at North Shore Golf Club with a full field of keen mid-winter golfers and celebrations continued throughout the weekend with the Westlake Schools Gala Concert on Thursday evening showcasing Westlake Boys and Girls national gold medal winning bands and orchestras. A further programme highlight was the Jubilee Assembly

WESTLAKE RUGBY: THE FIRST 50 YEARS written by long-serving Westlake staff member, Tony Vinicombe.

One of the Westlake Boys Jubilee buses provided by Ritchies.


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Architect’s impression of the new Westlake Jubilee Gymnasium – construction to commence in 2013.

presented by Old Boy and longstanding staff member Peter Rea on Friday morning followed by school tours throughout the day on Friday. The popular “Bevies and Banter” function on Friday evening saw 700 Old Boys and former staff reconnecting, reminiscing and reflecting on memories provided by the superb ASB-sponsored photo and memorabilia displays designed and produced by Benefitz. Saturday’s activities revolved around sports fixtures including a SAS Sports sponsored Old Boys rugby match. The weekend’s festivities came to a close on Saturday evening when 450 guests attended the Jubilee Gala Dinner and were treated to outstanding music performances by

Westlake’s Camerata string orchestra, the award-winning Westlake Big Band and world leading classical guitarist Old Boy Peter McAven. Guest speaker Old Boys included Dr Andrew Greensmith (world-renown plastic surgeon of Melbourne conjoined twins); Graham Darlow (Chief Executive Fletcher Construction) and AJ Hackett (adventure entrepreneur). The Board, staff and students of Westlake Boys sincerely thank Benefitz Print and Design, Ritchies Coachlines, ASB Bank, SAS Sports and all old boy, former staff and parent volunteers for their generous support throughout this memorable year in the school’s history. n

Grant Hartley, Victor Malbon and Frano Botica at the Bevies and Banter function.

Guests enjoying the ASB-sponsored decade displays produced by BENEFITZ.

Former Deputy Headmaster Peter “Murchie” Murchison with Headmaster David Ferguson


Member Profile: Tammy McLeod, Davenports Harbour Law

Lets make it possible – The ‘attitude’ at Davenports Harbour Law

Davenports Harbour Managing Partners Scott Goodwin and Tammy McLeod.

Change has been in the air recently at leading specialist North Harbour law firm Davenports Harbour Law. September saw the retirement from the firm of long time managing partner Derek Dallow. During October The Business Channel popped in for a chat with Tammy McLeod and Scott Goodwin, the two partners who now jointly run the growing business. It was pretty obvious from the chat that business is pretty good for Davenports, with the strong growth pattern continuing across their specialist areas of commercial, intellectual property, trust and franchising law. “We had a great send-off for Derek during September which he richly deserved,” said Tammy McLeod. “As most will know he has been a big part of the North Harbour business and wider community for a long time. It was a thrill for him to experience growth on growth consistently despite the soft economy.” “Derek flagged his intentions some time ago so we have been able to strengthen our team as a result of his departure,” added Scott Goodwin. “We have increased our team to well over 20 people now and brought on some very good people to strengthen the specialist areas of our business. Tammy and I have also done a great deal of work with a business coach and brand specialists which we believe will ensure continued growth. This has included the adoption of our brand by-line of ‘Lets make it possible’ which we believe sums up our attitude to business. We are not your ordinary law firm. We are a contemporary business that’s prepared to look outside the square and roll up our sleeves and make it happen.” A key team member is experienced commercial law specialist Richard Evans who is part of Davenports property and commercial team that includes experienced business lawyers and very capable legal executives. Richard, who was previously




with Brookfields has worked across the property, banking and finance sectors and has considerable experience working with one of Auckland’s leading property owners. The experienced trio of Richard, Paul Turner and Chris Hankins are specialist commercial lawyers at Davenports. Richard and Paul are two of three Associates at Davenports Harbour. The other being Ruth Skinner. Scott Goodwin leads the specialist franchise and intellectual property teams at Davenports, He joined the firm in 2006, became a partner two years later, and is recognised by key service providers and bankers to the franchise industry as a leader and specialist in his field. Scott’s experienced franchise team includes lawyers Ruth Skinner and Sarah Pilcher. “Our growth in the franchise area has continued with a recent interesting project for our team involving assisting a New Zealand franchise system to establish in offshore markets,” says Scott. “We now act for in excess of 30 New Zealand franchise operators.” Tammy McLeod is recognised as one of the leading trust law practitioners in the country and leads the Davenports Harbour Trust team that also includes Bronwen Newcombe, Deborah Matheson and Michelle Blundell. Tammy joined Davenports Harbour almost nine years ago and became a partner six years ago. She is a trust and asset structuring specialist with 13 years legal experience in the areas that include personal asset planning, trust law and property relationships. Tammy is a past president of the Auckland Woman Lawyers’ Association, a current co-convenor of the NZICA Trust Special Interest Group and was also an author of the New Zealand Master Trust Guide. Visit: n

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Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunches

Charity Lunches


A cornerstone of North Harbour Club's calendar of events The North Harbour Club's annual series of lunches are a cornerstone of the organisation's calendar of events. A key ingredient in the club's being is to foster local networking for the good of the region while at the same time enjoying fine wine and food, and fundraising to reward young people through the annual AIMES Awards. For three years the lunch programme has been known as the Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunches, due to the generous sponsorship of the leading local motor vehicle dealership owned by club members Mark and Bob Jago. The club is thrilled that this sponsorship will continue through the 2013 year. During 2012 the North Harbour Club held four lunches.

China "The Opportunities" Lunch Trade Minister Tim Groser was the keynote speaker at the first Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunch at the North Harbour Stadium on Thursday March 15th. The topic of the lunch was based around exploring the opportunities of doing business with China. Tim Groser was joined by others – with considerable experience in China – for a panel discussion, facilitated by MC Mike Hosking, after his informative speech. This panel included Richard Yan (Founder and CEO of Richina Inc), Michelle Wall (Director, Dash Brands) and Mark Hiddleston (ANZ).

Richard Yan, Tina Wang, Brian Richards.

Matthew Mason, Aidan Bennett, Greg Smale.

Simon Thompson, Keith Routledge.

Anne Quaid, Amanda Billington.

Jo-Anne Thomas, Nicolette Bodewes, Anne Wylde.

Dallas Bennett, Cam Calkoen, Matthew Mason.

Paulina Carroll, Bin Lin, Marinka Hood.

Jaclyn Margules, Lynda Mann, Chris Avery, Greg Howard.

Jeff Maddren, Clark Maddren, Don Stock, Mark Leech.

Andrew Scott, Martin Bell.

Henry Duncan, Wayne Voss, Rebecca Day, Jane Finlayson,

Bruno Goedeke, Simon Hall, Richard Cole.

Henry Han, Cook Huary, Jane Han, Susan Han.


Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunches

Celebrating our 2012 London Olympians A large crowd turned out for the North Harbour Club's second Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunch of 2012 which was held on Thursday May 24th at the Millennium Institute of Sport in Mairangi Bay. The lunch took an Olympic theme to farewell local athletes heading to London. Entertaining guest speaker was Olympic Boardsailing Gold Medalist Barbara Kendall, MBE, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The lunch was MC'd by North Harbour Club Ambassador Peter Montgomery. Mike Stanley, CEO of the Millennium, an Olympian and Chairman of the New Zealand Olympic Committee also addressed the audience.

Olympians Penny Marshall, Steven Kent, Amaka Gessler, Hayley Palmer, Melissa Ingram, Jenny Bindon, Daniel Holt.

Barbara Kendall.

Maurice Stack, Annette Kahn.

Peter Montgomery, Tony Ebert.

All Olympians, past and current: Penny Marshall, Steven Kent, Ralph Roberts, Melissa Ingram and Hayley Palmer.

Michelle Brosnan, Dean McGahey, Mick McCartan, Robert Schumann, Phil Brosnan, Clifford Paul.

Barbara Kendall and Melissa Ingram.

Mike Stanley.

Rod Dale, Dean Young, Kirk Hardy.

Louise Galbraith, Dale Wilson.

Sir David Levene (centre) and Olympians Daniel Holt and Amaka Gessler.

David Charlesworth, John Algie, Peter Menzies.

Trevor and Sue Stanaway, Adrian Turner.

Bob Jago, Aidan Bennett, Robert Johnson.


Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunches

Charity Fashion Lunch


Over 300 people attended the fashion lunch which has become a popular event on the North Harbour Club lunch calendar. It was held at the Spencer on Byron Hotel on Friday June 22nd. The event showcased a range of local North Shore fashion houses with guest speaker Ali Allard from the charity Dress for Success. Young musicians from Takapuna Grammar School welcomed guests, the MC was Shane Cortese who compered the Fashion Parade with leading stylist Julia Turnwald.

Shane Cortese and Julia Turnwald.

Kerrie Barclay, Lesleigh Johnson, Shane Cortese, Michelle Bennett, Jo Iremonger.

Yvette Muller, Toni Best, Julie and Shenae McKenzie, Kathy Canterbury, Lauren Hartwig.

Julie Pratt, Joan Finlayson, Penny Roberts, Joan Bluck.

Andrew MacKenzie, Beverly and Roy Trimbel.

Ali Allard, Marlies Braddock, Lynn and Garry Ellicott.

Jill Ross, Amber Osborne, Leigh Moseley, Robyn Coles, Helen Shaw.

Catherine Lamb, Sue Stanaway, Peter Wall, Shane Cortese, Julia Turnwald.

Annette Kahn.

Aaron Wallace and Karen Short.

Rhonda Coutts, Dennis Millerchen, Jaime Sutherland.

Jan Harris, Trish and Amy Blackmore.


Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunches

Bledisloe Rugby Charity Lunch A line-up of All Black legends made this final North Harbour Club lunch of the year hugely enjoyable at the North Harbour Stadium in late August, two days prior to the Bledisloe Cup rugby test at Eden Park. New Blues coach Sir John Kirwan, local North Shore identity Gary Whetton (also Blue's Chairman) and super boot (and All Blacks selector) Grant Fox answered the tough questions put to them by MC and North Harbour Club ambassador Ian Jones. The 250+ attendees also took part in a Bledisloe Quiz.


, Gary Whetton, Ian Jones.

Sir John Kirwan, Grant Fox

John Kirwan, Matthew Bellingham.

Gary Whetton, John Kirwan, Ian Jones, Grant Fox.

Steven Hillary, Dean Young, Phil Barton.

Mike Atkinson, Jason Mills, Andrew Foskett.

Martin Richardson, Lynda Mann.

Matthew Bellingham, Grant Fox, Sir John Kirwan.

Joan Finlayson, Penny and Ralph Roberts.

Bob Jago and Ian Jones.

Andrea Davies, Ian Jones, Joel McLellan.

Mark Jago, Roy Trimbel, Dennis Millerchen.


Sir John Kirwan, David Abercrombie, Gary Whetton, Grant Fox.

Education Spotlight: Peter Clague, Kristin School

40 Year Foresight

Looking backwards, the opening of Kristin School was both inspired and inevitable. In times of turmoil, positive actions galvanize people. What better way to confront the challenges of an unpredictable world than to build a school focused on confidence, compassion and innovation? In 1973, the world was becoming increasingly unstable. The Cold War clouded our thoughts. Vietnam and Watergate brought us daily doses of war and corruption. Cambodia, Angola, Israel, Soweto; across the globe, violence raged. International relations were strained and tensions ran high. At the bottom of the South Pacific, our little country was not immune to global issues. The French tested nuclear bombs in our backyard, forcing us to take a stand. The first oil shock hit and we felt the consequences of our addiction to fossil fuels. Britain joined the EEC and suddenly, we had to look to other cultures to trade. At the same time, a technological revolution was beginning. Space exploration was capturing the imagination of the western world. Computing entered our lexicon, video Peter Clague. games appeared, voice-mail was born. In 1973 alone, the year that Kristin opened, colour TV reached New Zealand’s shores, the ATM was invented and the first cellphone call was made. Set against this backdrop of international upheaval, domestic turmoil and the breath-taking challenges of modern technology, a group of pioneering North Shore families set about the creation of a new school intended to rise to these challenges. A school that would value innovation, aspiration and global-

mindedness. In 1973, with the comfortable post-war years coming to an end and New Zealand on the verge of significant upheaval, Kristin was born. As we prepare to celebrate our anniversary in 2013, Kristin looks back with pride over forty years that have placed the school at the forefront of educational excellence in New Zealand. Thanks to a longstanding commitment to the International Baccalaureate, our graduates move easily around the world, comfortable in other cultures, confident to take risks. Our willingness to adopt modern technologies has gained us a national reputation for leadership in digital learning. And our underlying belief in the importance of a wellrounded education has seen our students achieve across New Zealand and around the world at the highest levels of academia, sport, performing arts and service to the community. Looking backwards over four decades of social tumult and technological advancement, the intentions of Kristin’s founders seem prescient. They conceived of a school which would stand the test of a rapidly changing world. A school which would teach young people to balance pride in themselves with a compassion for others. A school unafraid to innovate, yet unashamed to have values. A school that seeks out the greatness in every child. Forty years ago, Kristin’s founders created one of the nation’s leading schools and we celebrate that foresight today. Peter Clague Executive Principal

History must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards. Soren Kierkegaard


The Last Word: Sue Stanaway

Sue Stanaway with Olympic swimmer Hayley Palmer at the North Harbour Club Olympic Lunch held just prior to the 2012 London Olympics.

A culture worth belonging to!

In business I have worked for some years with a corporate anthropologist Michael Henderson who advocates the importance of the culture that you create in your organisation and how this has an impact on the way people feel, react and perform with those around them and the difference that can make to the results. Michael says, "A culture worth belonging to, is a culture in which the people feel a part of something that enriches one another's lives, and adds to their personal sense of identity. A culture worth belonging to, is typically deeply meaningful, and symbolically represents something greater than individuals can attain or experience alone." I believe that the epitome of 'a great culture' is fostered within the North Harbour Club. With it's philosophy to promote excellence in the community and the support (both financial and moral) that it offers not only to AIMES Award winners, but those who are Emerging Talent Award recipients, past winners and indeed all those who put applications forward to receive grants from the club. From the dedicated group of trustees, to the judges that have been carefully selected to add value to the process, to the interested and supportive club members, this club is a fine example of a community getting together and collaborating to make a difference. I feel fortunate to be a member and trustee of the North Harbour Club and a judge for the AIMES Awards and find my evolvement in the club to be personally extremely rewarding and fulfilling. I believe that the North Harbour Club nurtures the PAGE 76 NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE 2012/2013

culture of our North Shore community in many ways, providing a vehicle for exceptional young people who are attending the schools and tertiary learning and sporting facilities in the area to obtain recognition and reward. These promising young achievers will more than likely be the future leaders in our community. To see young athletes like our overall AIMES winner this year Lydia Ko and previous winner Jacko Gill achieving on the world stage whilst still at school and seeing the support their parents, teachers and peers give them is inspiring. To have so many of our talented young people, many of whom are studying or competing overseas, coming home to show their talents and entertain us at the AIMES Awards Gala Dinner is truly sensational. We award well over $100,000 collectively per year to AIMES Award winners and this money is often crucial in helping these recipients in getting to the next level in their chosen field. To build a strong unity within a community is not an easy task and so those visionaries who started the North Harbour Club and created this amazing organisation should be applauded as now we are all able to benefit and share in an iconic brand with an amazing culture. We look forward to your continued support of the North Harbour Club. n

Sue Stanaway is a Trustee of the North Harbour Club and a Judge of the club's annual AIMES Awards. She is Residential Operations Manager for Bayleys Real Estate Limited and lives in Takapuna with her husband Trevor.

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