2015 WCOBA Lampstand

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Issue: 25


November | 2015



The annual magazine for Old Boys and Friends of Wellington College

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Wellington College Old Boys’ Association • PO Box 16073, Wellington, NZ 6242 • Tel: 04 802 2537 • Email: oldboys@wc.school.nz

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ISSUE No. 25

Wellington College OBA PO Box 16073, Wellington 6242 Tel: 04 802 2537 Email: oldboys@wc.school.nz


he Lampstand is published annually for alumni and friends of Wellington College.

Opinions expressed do not

Friday, 20 October - Sunday, 22 October 2017

necessarily reflect the views of

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the Association or the College.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Proofreading by Gil Roper (19591961). Archival material supplied by the College’s Archivist, Paddianne Neely. Lampstand contributions, feedback and suggestions are always welcome and can be sent to us at the above address. We appreciate hearing news and success stories as well as memories and feedback - we

We know most of you are not actually lost or missing... we just don't have your current email address or physical address. But fear not... we are slowly but surely finding missing alumni through Facebook and Linked In. However, if you are in contact with fellow classmates or sons, brothers, fathers etc, please direct them to our website. Finding our Old Boys will help us inform them about forthcoming reunions, events and of course, the 150th Celebrations in 2017.

encourage you to be involved.  STAYING IN TOUCH: The WCOBA is about staying

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events, as well as support College Awards,

in touch with those who share

buildings, activities and the Archives.

that common experience and connection. The WCOBA maintains a database of all students who have attended Wellington College - currently just over 32,000. Keep your contact details upto-date, especially your email address so you can be informed

By joining the WCOBA, you can help us to print the Lampstand, fund Old Boys'

Remember to send us your memories, feedback, news and achievements of yourself and fellow Old Boys for our magazine and on social media. Readers can also keep in touch with current College News through our website - www.wc.school.nz or through our Facebook Pages - Wellington College AND Wellington College Old Boys.

on news and events (especially

LIFE MEMBERSHIP: $150.00 (Includes a Life Membership Certificate and Lapel Pin) If you wish to just make a donation to the WCOBA to cover general administration, we would very much appreciate your support. Details are in the enclosed insert or on our website.

reunions and functions). Communication via email helps keep our postage and printing costs to a minimum and of course is instantaneous. Stephanie Kane, Editor WCOBA Executive Officer and Wellington College

Are your Details Up to Date? Do WE have your email address? To ensure you are kept up to date with all the exciting and informative alumni news and events, please ensure your contact details are correct. It only takes a few minutes to guarantee you will never miss out on hearing about upcoming reunions, events and important alumni and College updates.

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Old Boys recorded on our database: 32, 663 Old Boys without ANY Contact Details: 9,242

Old Boys recorded as Deceased: 9,400 Old Boys with an Email Address: 4,272

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about half of those who had signed the menu had been killed on the shores and slopes of Gallipoli.



t is my privilege to present the 2014-2015 Wellington College Old Boys’ President’s report. I do so on behalf of Matthew

Beattie who is currently on sick leave

from the Executive. We wish Matt a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to the helm of the Old Boys’ Association. 2014-2015 has been another busy year for the Wellington College Old Boys’ Association. In many ways, the heart of the Association is the gathering of Old Boys. These events take place in many forms. They may be year group reunions or gatherings by geographic location. They provide the opportunity for old school mates to catch up, reminisce and also to be brought up-to-date with what is currently happening on the academic, sporting and cultural fronts of the College.

As has become our custom at the College’s ANZAC services, we relate the story of an Old Boy killed on active duty. This year we honoured Jack Howard (2000-2004) who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. It was particularly poignant as Jack’s life was recounted by his father Roger Howard. Present at the assembly were eight Old Boys who are currently serving or recently retired with the New Zealand Armed Forces. There is now a plaque for Jack Howard on the back wall of the Assembly Hall. This has been donated by the Old Boys’ Association. In June, a group of current Wellington College students laid 25 poppies at the base of the New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli. Each poppy had the name of a Wellington College Old Boy killed at Gallipoli written on it. In August, a delegation from the Old Boys’ University Rugby Club presented a magnificent carved wooden rifle to the College. The rifle commemorates the life of College Old Boy and star rugby player, Hāmi Grace who was killed at Chunuk Bair.

The Executive meets around four times a year and with the 150th approaching, we welcome your input.

The achievements of Old Boys over a diverse range of activities are always proudly noted. Many of these achievements are highlighted in this edition of The Lampstand. Also noted in The Lampstand is a record of those Old Boys who have passed away in the course of the year. One of these is John Marshall. John’s life was one of service to the community, including the Wellington College community. John was Head Prefect in 1964. He personified what it meant to be a proud Old Boy. John served the College as a member of the Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the College’s Foundation as well as taking an interest in all matters, Wellington College. It was John who along with Stephanie Kane, introduced the first 40 Years On Reunions back in 2004. At his funeral, there were many Old Boys present. Among the splendid eulogies, was one given by his old school mate and opening bat partner, Keith Quinn and one delivered by Headmaster, Roger Moses. The College’s Chorale also sang. In Labour Weekend 2017, the Wellington College Community celebrates 150 years. Planning is well underway as we prepare for this stand-out event. From now on, updates will keep you posted with the range of activities and events planned. In conclusion and on Matt’s behalf, I would like to thank the members of the WCOBA Executive; Bob Slade, Matthew Rewiti, Brian Smythe, Guy Randall, Roger Moses, Scott Tingey and Ernie Rosenthal. I would particularly like to acknowledge the work tirelessly carried out by the Association’s Executive Officer, Stephanie Kane. Stephanie’s eye for detail, superb organisation and perseverance at tracking down Old Boys are all pivotal to the success of keeping the ‘family’ together and well informed. Under the leadership of Headmaster Roger Moses, Wellington College continues to thrive. Despite the ever increasing demands on Roger, he always manages to make time for Old Boys and take an interest in their activities. Thank you Roger for your ongoing support and wise counsel.

Please contact the WCOBA Office: oldboys@wc.school.nz for more information.

Robert Anderson (1969-1973), Deputy Principal r.anderson@wc.school.nz

Over the past twelve months, Headmaster, Roger Moses and the Executive Officer, Stephanie Kane have hosted functions in Tauranga, Levin and Wellington (coinciding with the Quadrangular Tournament.) As well, the classes of 1965 and 1974 turned up in force to enjoy their respective 50 and 40 Years-On Reunions. These year group reunions continue to be a feature of our annual calendar. They are well attended and Old Boys come from far and wide to enjoy themselves and to inspect first hand their old school. The Leavers’ Lunch for the current Year 13 cohort affords an opportunity to welcome what will be the youngest group of Old Boys into the fold. As well as these formal gatherings, up and down the country and overseas, small groups of Old Boys make contact with one another and catch up. The bond of being a Wellington College Old Boy is a strong one. This year as a nation, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli. In early April 1915, a group about 40 Old Boys serving with the New Zealand Army met up for a Reunion Dinner in Alexandria. At the dinner there was no deference to rank and men of all ranks mingled freely, starting conversations with, do you remember that time at school when…..’ At the end of the evening, everyone signed the menu and it was posted back to J P Firth. Within a few months

OLD BOYS... YOUR ASSOCIATION NEEDS you! The WCOBA Committee are seeking new and youthful members to join their Executive. If you have skills in accounting, law, finance, marketing, event planning or business nous - why not put them to use?

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Your Executive

WCOBA Administration



Further the interests of the College and its past and present members and keep former students in touch with each other and with the school.

Maintain a register of names of all who have passed through the College since 1867 and endeavour to record the addresses of all those alive.

Arrange reunions and other functions for Old Boys.

Where needed, support current students at the College.


Produce The Lampstand and similar publications each year, covering activities of Old Boys and other relevant information.

Maintain a computerised database, giving details of all Old Boys of the College including teaching staff. This includes addresses where known. The Executive Officer will release addresses to bona fide Old Boys but will not allow any access for commercial purposes.

Provide financial support for College activities, including sporting and cultural activities, sponsorship and academic prizes, as well as supporting the Archives.

Organise various reunions and other social functions - at the College, nationwide or internationally for Old Boys who the Association wishes to encourage and extend.

Administer charitable funds managed by the Association for current and past students, including assistance with fundraising appeals.

Acting President • Robert Anderson Class of 1973 r.anderson@wc.school.nz Immediate Past President • Brian Smythe Class of 1958 smythelson@clear.net.nz Treasurer • Bob Slade Class of 1958 bob@slade.co.nz Executive Officer • Stephanie Kane oldboys@wc.school.nz Centennial Trust Chairman • Matthew Beattie Class of 1972 matthew.beattie@insteplimited.com Executive Committee Members • Roger Moses, Headmaster r.moses@wc.school.nz • Matthew Rewiti Class of 1990 matthew.rewiti@gmail.com • Guy Randall Class of 2003 randall_guy@hotmail.com • Ernie Rosenthal Class of 1961 e.rosenthal@wc.school.nz • Scott Tingey Class of 1978 zl2tpd@gmail.com

HOW WE CALCULATE YOUR COHORT FOR OUR REUNION PROGRAMME: Example 1: Started 1962 • Left 1965 Cohort is still 1966 Form 3 Form 4 1962 3C1

1963 4C1

Example 2: Started 1963 • Left 1965 Cohort is still 1966 (as you were in Form 3 at another school)

Form 5 Form 6 Form 7 Form 3 Form 4 Up. 5th Up. 6th 1964 5C1

1965 5U2

1966 6XX

Thus 1966 is your Cohort Year (ie the five years from Form 3 to Form 7/Upper 6th

1962 3XX

1963 4C1

Form 6

Form 7

Up. 5th

Up. 6th







Form 5

Thus 1966 is your Cohort Year (ie the five years from Form 3 to Form 7/Upper 6th)

1966 is the year from which your anniversary of leaving school is calculated, by adding 10, 20, 40, 50, 60 years etc. Your cohort leaving year may not be the actual year you left Wellington College, but captures all those fellow students who you were at school with, irrespective of how many years you were at the College, or the years you actually started or left.


ld Boys and former staff are invited to receive the College’s Collegian Newsletter (issued quarterly) and

Free of Charge. Each issue contains an

abundance of news from the College academic, cultural, sporting, plus success stories achieved by our students and staff. The Collegian is emailed so if you wish to keep up to date, please email us to be included in the circulation list. The Lampstand | 2015




Wanganui Collegiate in 1907. On leaving school, Hāmi played rugby for Wellington College Old Boys' and was selected subsequently to represent NZ Māori, the North Island and Wellington. At the end of one season, WCOB had been


ne hundred years on from the

relegated and the players were discussing which club they would be

Gallipoli landings, it is singularly

playing for next year. Hāmi Grace, it was reported, said simply I will be

appropriate that we, the current

playing for Old Boys!

Wellington College wider community,

should reflect soberly on the ultimate

It was, therefore, a very poignant occasion this year at the assembly

sacrifice made by over two hundred and

commemorating Chunuk Bair, when the Old-Boys-University Rugby

twenty Old Boys in the ‘Great War’ that 'was to end all wars.'

Club (OBU) presented Wellington College with a magnificent trophy of a carved WWI rifle , encased with replicas of Hāmi’s medals honouring him. How proud he would have been of the performance of his former

It was on that Aegean Coast that Lieutenant-General Bernard

club which in 2015 won the Jubilee Cup for the first time for many

Freyberg, arguably Wellington College’s most famous son, won his first

years. How proud, too, he would have been of the forty-three current

Distinguished Service Order, when he swam ashore in the Gulf of Saros

students who performed a Haka on the summit of Chunuk Bair this

to light flares which would distract the defending Turkish forces from

year as they visited this most tragic of memorial sites on the History

the real landings taking place at Gallipoli.

trip to battle sites of WWI.

It was in the Battle of Chunuk Bair, fought a few months later, that

It was a deeply moving experience as the names were read of the

the Wellington Regiment, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Malone, was

twenty-five Wellington College Old Boys who lost their lives in this ill-

decimated in a brave but ultimately futile attempt to capture the

fated initiative of the Allied forces.

strategic heights and in which significant numbers of recent Old Boys of Wellington College were slaughtered.

One of the abiding features of a traditional school such as Wellington College is a profound sense of history. We feel that we are part of

Amongst the fallen was that remarkable young Māori soldier, Thomas

something greater than our immediate cohort and that the enduring

'Hāmi' Grace, who was both a Wellington Cricket representative and

values provide a touchstone for all students throughout the ages. Just

a Māori All Black. On one side of his lineage, he was the grandson

as we look back with respect on those who have gone before, such as

of Thomas Grace, the pioneer missionary; on the other he was the

Hāmi Grace and hundreds of his colleagues, we can also look forward

grandson of Te Heuheu, Paramount Chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa.

to a celebration of our 150th anniversary in 2017, confident in the knowledge that those same values of loyalty, honesty, commitment,

In many ways, Hāmi symbolises our emerging identity as New

service to others and personal sacrifice, transcend particularities

Zealanders in the early part of the 20th century.

of time and place and will guide and inspire new generations of Wellington College students in the future.

A former Captain of the 1st XI Cricket team, Hāmi’s name is remembered forever on the Cricket Honours Board when he gained

Roger Moses,ONZM Headmaster

the impressive figures of 5 for 66 and 5 for 29 in the traditional against



his commemorative display is made up of a carved Lee Enfield rifle, as used by NZ soldiers at

Gallipoli. This was carved, along with the kauri dedication panel, by master carver, Dr Takirirangi Smith, from Victoria University.

The backdrop photo is of Chunuk Bair in the modern day, featuring

written by calligrapher Daniel

by Alby Frampton with further

with his involvement and demise at

Suvla Bay in the background,

Reeve (best known for his work

acknowledgements and notations.

one of the iconic actions involving

the NZ Memorial and the Turkish

on the Lord of the Rings and The

An accompanying book about the

New Zealand troops, Chunuk Bair.

trenches. Hāmi Grace’s photo

Hobbit films). In addition, the

project, along with a DVD of the

and replicas of his service

16th Field Regiment of the Royal

dedication ceremonies have also

The display was dedicated and

medals are also included. The

New Zealand Artillery donated

been commissioned. Hāmi’s story

presented to Wellington College at

display is finished off with the

brass cartridges from their live

seemed to be most appropriate for

Assembly in August, 2015 by Old

Hāmi Grace Story and other

firing exercise in September

this project, a gifted sportsman, a

Boy, Doug Catley, Life Member

acknowledgements being hand

2015. These have been engraved

dedicated club member together

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the ‘REAL’ HEADMASTER 20 Years On

Headmaster, Roger Moses celebrated two decades in the job in September and spoke about the impact of technology on education, the McEvedy Shield and how he would spend his ideal Saturday. Why did you decide to become

Wellington College?

will become more individualised

followed with a day of watching


The World Vision Runathons

and there will be an increasing

Rugby and Football at Wellington

Having been a Deputy Principal

have become an integral part of

emphasis on the quality of

College, which are hopefully won

for three years, becoming a

school life and have raised about

teaching. Parents will become

by Wellington College. In the

Principal and running my own

$800,000 since 1998. It is inspiring

increasingly concerned about the

evening, our grandchildren come

school was the natural next step.

to see young men having so much

kind of education they want for

to stay for the night. Once they

Wellington College was a school

fun as well as focusing on the

their children. But the relationship

are in bed, what better way to

which aligned closely with my own

needs of those who have far less.

between teacher and student

conclude the day than by watching

educational philosophy, so I was

It would also be remiss of me not

remains the essential component.

the Hurricanes on a roll. My wife

delighted to be appointed to the

to mention the McEvedy Shield,

It was a brilliant English teacher

may have some disagreement with

role which I have relished over the

that unique athletics event which

I had at Auckland Grammar by

the above suggestions.

last two decades.

engenders so much passion.

the name of Ken Trembath who

How has education changed in

What is your view on boys in

that time?

same sex v co-ed schools?

There have been several significant

I have taught in four very good

What was the last book you

CS Lewis, whose writing has had a

changes. First, the influence of

co-ed schools so I do not have


profound impact on the way I see

technology. The students today are

strong views on one system over

An Icelandic murder mystery by

the world; John Arlott, the greatest

all digital natives and this change

the other. Nevertheless, there was

Arnaldur Indridason entitled Jar

commentator in the history of

has had a profound impact on

some clear evidence produced

City. I am currently reading, and

Cricket and long-time wine

the way teachers must operate.

in a report by NZCER last year

thoroughly enjoying, Jan Morris’s

correspondent for The Guardian;

Second, the introduction of NCEA

that boys in boys’ schools in New

History of the British Empire,

Michael Pallin, in the words of my

and NZ Scholarship. It has had a

Zealand were doing very well

Farewell the Trumpets (Pax

Deputy Principal, ‘surely the most

major influence on the curriculum

academically across the decile


and the way it’s evaluated. The

range. What I would argue strongly

workload for all has increased

is that, for many boys, a single-sex

What’s on your iPod or music

my grandfather who died before I

markedly. Third, the vast majority

school does provide a good option.


was born and fought in the Battle

of students now spend five years at

School leadership and tone,

U2’s Songs of Innocence, Mozart’s

of the Somme and Passchendaele.

school before moving on and our

however, are the most important

Greatest Hits, The Dubliners’

A century later, I would love to

schools are now more ethnically


Greatest Hits.

seek his perspective on how the

Where do you think education

Describe your perfect Saturday.

What are some of your favourite

will head in the next 20 years?

An early brunch with my wife at

memories of your time at

I think that, inevitably, learning

one of Wellington’s excellent cafés,

inspired me over 40 years ago and

If you could invite any four

whose influence still inspires me.

people, living or dead to dinner, who would they be and why?


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interesting dinner guest anyone could ever have’; and Cyril Moses,

senseless slaughter to which he was exposed affected his life. Interview: Dominion Post





014 Co-Dux, Joshua Woolley was one of only ten in the country to win a

top scholarship award, and was also the only Wellington student to have picked up a Premier New Zealand Scholarship for 2015. Joshua's accolade came after gaining an Outstanding Scholarship in Biology, Calculus and Physics and Scholarship in Accounting,

the NZ Scholarship examinations

Chemistry and Statistics.

without quite reaching the stellar heights of 2013. The 109


For his efforts, he will receive

scholarships gained, places us

ead Prefect, George Barton

Saros and once ashore, he began

$10,000 for three years, during

once again in the top few schools

won a trip to Gallipoli for the

lighting flares so as to distract the

his study of engineering at

in the country.

ANZAC Celebrations.

defending Turkish forces from

Auckland University.

the real landings taking place at

Five other students including

George was our representative in

Gallipoli. He used this example

Wellington College

Jack Trevella, Daniel Petrovic,

the RSA Cyril Basset VC Speech

to look to the future and examine

Headmaster, Roger Moses

Jazz Kane, Jonathan Logan and

competition - an annual speech

what we learn from war.

said he was proud of Joshua,

Alexander McLachlan, were

who was a hard-working

named as Outstanding Scholars,

competition open to Y12 and Y13 students throughout the

Usually the national winner, as

and modest student. It is an

which means that they were all in

country. Students were invited to

part of their prize, wins a trip to

extremely good effort to make it

the next 50 students nationally.

speak on the broad topic of New

Gallipoli, but because 2015 was

into the top 10.

Thus, to have 10% of the best 60

Zealanders in WWI.

the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli,

students coming from Wellington

the eight regional winners all

This was the third successive

In wining the competition, George

went. George travelled with a

year in which a student from

travelled to Wanganui and won

group of 25 Youth Ambassadors

the College had won the top

We are proud of the fact that,

the Central and Lower North

and as part of the NZ Defence


during the past five years, we

Island Regional Competition with

Force contingent went to Turkey

twelve competitors from the

and to Gallipoli where he spent

Our students once again

scholarships than any other school


two weeks, including the night

performed extremely well in

in the country.

prior to ANZAC Day on the George spoke about the qualities

Gallipoli Peninsula. In addition, as

of leadership that emerge in a

part of his prize, George won an

war situation and how it is for

iPhone and $1000 for himself and

these qualities that we remember

$1000 for the College.

College is a truly superb result.

have had more students win


people. He used as an example, Lord Freyberg, the seventh

George is also the leader of the

Governor General of NZ, and an

Wellington College Chorale

Old Boy of Wellington College,

and the grandson of the late Dr

who at Gallipoli, swam ashore

George Barton, QC.

from his troop ship in the Gulf of

Now in its 17th year, the 40 Hour World Vision Runathon continues to engage the entire student body with the students running around the College circuit for 40 hours while being sponsored for each lap. The students raised over $50,000 for the people of Ibwera, Tanzania. The Lampstand | 2015

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uch has happened in the

Term One, the group welcomed

Their performance showcased a

to enjoy excellent performances

Wellington College Arts

the English World Cup Cricket

variety of items inspired from the

and there is genuine recognition

scene this year, with early

team into the capital and this

islands of Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau,

and appreciation of the talent of

on, our two entries into the

received lots of media coverage.

Niue and Fiji, with an added spice

our musicians in the student body.

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare

Term Two began with a massed

of 'Kiwiana'. The group made their

The fact that there were Twelve

Festival; where excerpts

Haka performed by students

mark on the festival, setting high

Blues awarded for Music this

from Julius Caesar and The

from many different Wellington

expectations and a solid platform

year, for national representation -

Winter’s Tale, winning special

secondary schools to honour

for the future. The group was a

indicates the high calibre of Music

performance awards.

the 100th anniversary of ANZAC

real hit when they performed a

at Wellington College.

Day. It was a huge event and the

set to close the Foundation Black

Junior and Senior Drama once

conclusion to the amazing parade

and Gold Awards.

again entertained and impressed

organised by Peter Jackson. The

their audiences and as usual

biggest highlight was the FIFA U20

Debating has continued to

on their international concert

both were written, directed and

World Cup team welcome at the

flourish. We have always had

tour to China in collaboration

produced by students. Senior

Wellington Airport for Panama,

the numbers and an excellent

with Wellington East Girls’

Drama's In Limbo, had the added

Austria, Argentina and Ghana.

Debating community, run largely

College. At the Regionals Big

challenge of being performed in

However the main goal for the year

by the senior debaters who

Sing, they received two Best

the Girvan Library – technically

was to perform at the Regional

are generous with their time,

Performance awards and at the

and artistically very tricky – but

Secondary Schools' Competition,

coaching and mentoring but it’s

National Competition, gained

the reaction of the overflowing

which was achieved and once

been a year or two since we won

a Silver award and one of four

audience on closing night

again Wellington College and

a competition. The Premier B

Best Performance trophies for

confirmed that the cast and crew

Wellington Girls' College were

team changed that this year with

their highest marks in the New

more than met the challenges of

seen on the Kapa Haka stage at

their outstanding and decisive

Zealand music category.

site-specific drama.

the regional competition level.

win against St Patrick's (Town)

The combined Wellington

At the end of 2014, the Polynesian

College and Wellington Girls'

Club also set a goal - to perform

College Kapa Haka group Te

as a Tu Tangata school once

Music continues to be an integral

national representative Choir in

Haeata Awatea has represented

again. 2015 marked Wellington

part of school events – from Rock

2006 and were worthy recipients

the College superbly this

College’s return to the annual Tu

Band performances in Assembly

of the College's Arts Group of the

year, welcoming international

Tangata festival after a five year

to representation at formal events

Year for 2015.

sports teams to New Zealand

hiatus. 35 students from years 9-13

in the community. As a school,


and manuhiri to our school. In

performed in the festival.

we are so fortunate to be able

The Jazz Band has been a

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The Chorale were outstanding ambassadors for the College

in the finals in the Debating

2015 has seen the Chorale have

Chamber at Parliament.

its most successful and rewarding year since its first year as a

News from the College: THE ARTS


 welcome and much enjoyed part

development and being aware

students’ enthusiasm and talent,

of a number of events this year

of our reputation in the Arts, the

and the staff commitment to the

and began what has been a great

Arts Foundation of New Zealand

programme, we expect things to

year by winning a Gold Award at

has chosen Wellington College

The Tauranga Jazz Festival then

as a pilot school - the only North

they went on to be named as the

Island school to be involved,

Best Big Band at the Manawatu

to launch a Core partnership

Jazz Festival, where a number of

programme that will see NZ Arts

members won individual awards.

Laureates – Arts practitioners at the top of their respective

There were two Blues awarded

fields, working alongside our

this year for Dance –an indication

senior students as mentors and

of a developing talent and this

facilitators. The programme,

was also a Stage Challenge year.

which will kick in for 2016 was

go from strength to strength. Kirsty Hazledine, Arts Director

Arts Group of the Year: The Chorale

    

The Combined Kapa Haka group: Te Haeata Awatea The Combined Polynesian Club Wellington College's Stage Challenge Entry The Combined Choirs at the Cultural Extravaganza

launched in the Brierley Theatre Created, directed and produced

with Arts Laureates such as the

by the students, 90 students

well-known photographer Anne

presented a compelling Stage

Noble, presenting to senior

Challenge dance portrayal of the

students. The Arts Laureate

descent into chaos that occurs

of most interest was Old Boy,

when boys are left to their own

Arthur Meek (1995-1999) - now an

devices. The story, loosely related

acclaimed actor, film maker and

to The Lord of the Flies, was

playwright, fresh from New York

conveyed with skill, enthusiasm,

where he performed his own one

humour and enormous energy.

man show.

It was a powerful and popular performance that gained the

The other exciting development

students third place.

is of course the new and eagerly awaited Memorial Hall and

All of this talent and enthusiasm

Performing Arts Centre. This

for the Arts contributed to

has been a massive community

our most successful Cultural

effort but I would personally

Extravaganza yet – combined

like to add my thanks to Tony

with Wellington Girls' College –

Robinson whose support of

a fantastic showcase of Music,

the Arts has been fantastic and

Dance, Kapa Haka and Polynesian

whose affirmation of all we do

Club performances were enjoyed

on the Wellington College stage,

by an audience of over 1200.

and belief that we deserve a fine performance space has been

So it has been a great year and


our high level of involvement, success and commitment to Arts

The extracurricular Arts scene

has been noted in the national

is thriving and with these new

Arts community. In an exciting

developments and with the



ip was awarded the College's Senior Student Arts Prize for 2015, recognising his

outstanding efforts in Music. Kip, who plays the trumpet, is a member of the National Youth Orchestra . He also plays in the Wellington Brass Band, which won the Australian Brass Band Championships earlier in the year and more recently won the New Zealand Brass Band title at the National Brass Band

Championships in Rotorua. Also in the championships, Kip won the Individual Junior (U19) Cornet title which allowed him to compete for the Champion of Champions (U19) title and this included all instrument categories. He won this title as well. For the past five years, Kip as been the College's soloist at the College's ANZAC Services, playing the Last Post and Reveille. The Lampstand | 2015

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Joint McEvedy Captains, Robbie and Harry Delany hold the coveted Trophy


ver 70% of students are involved in sport in one way or another

the Maadi Cup. They won Gold in the U16 Quad, Silver in the U18

and this reiterates the fact that Wellington College Sport is very

Lightweight Double, as well as two more Bronze placings. Of the 16

much more than the just the elite who are performing at the

Man Senior squad, [pictured below] all but one pair made A finals

highest level.

(they made nine A finals and three B finals). The squad were worthy recipients of Wellington College's Sports Team of the Year for 2015.

There are the 100 plus student coaches across the codes as well as parents and whanau who are involved in coaching, managing or administering. Also, there are the 18 Old Boys who are committed to ensuring our provision of sport. 29 members of staff provide the icing on the cake to ensure that our students really do have the opportunity to experience a positive experience on the field, in the gym or in the pool. Sports Team of the Year: the Maadi Rowing Squad

Success can and should be measured in winning but I firmly believe that the manner that we do this is important. Respecting the

In the other two traditional summer sports, Cricket and Tennis saw

opposition, the officials and above all, coaches and team mates are

success for our teams. The 1st XI Cricket had two comprehensive

important lessons that students experience and I have no doubt that

victories in Traditionals versus Palmerston North Boys' High School

this serves our young men well out in the real world.

and Wanganui Collegiate. The latter was remarkable in that it provided three new names for the Honours Board - Christian Martin was 119 not

The year began well with a superb effort from Chris Well’s (1971-1975)

out and Jordan Herdman was 113 not out, joined by James Hartshorn

team in the McEvedy Shield. Going in as underdogs, it soon became

who took 7/43. Wellington College won by an innings and 116 runs.

apparent we had a chance. Winning all four javelin titles was a highlight but it was the fact that we had depth across all events made this a

While they did not make the Gillette Cup finals, the U15 team, playing

real team effort. Other results worth mentioning were the two records

in the Junior equivalent of the NZCT Trophy, went through to finish

broken by Dylan Lynch in the U14 3000m (9:48.24s) and Cam Robinson

second nationally. This was an outstanding effort which bodes well for

in the U15 Javelin (46.93m).

the future.

As Chris Wells said, Our challenge is now to work out how we can

The Senior Tennis team too failed to qualify for Nationals but we saw a

ensure the Shield stays in our trophy cabinet. With a number of our senior

WC 1 and 2 finish in the College Sport Wellington singles tournament

athletes still Y12 and with great depth in our younger age groups, we

with Rory Murchland (Y12) beating Isaac Becroft (Y10) in the final The

should look to the future with real excitement.

team did however perform well in winning the 38th Quad Tennis Tournament held this year in Auckland with comprehensive wins

Our Rowers had a superb season, taking out the Wellington Champs

over Auckland Grammar School, Hamilton Boys' High School and

- the McLaughlan Shield early on, finishing second equal in Boys

Palmerston North Boys' High School. The team only dropped four

Schools at the NISS Champs before finishing second equal at

matches out of the 27 played in an outstanding effort against good

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competition. The fastest growing sport of Futsal (a version of indoor football) has

We have also seen success in Orienteering where George Englebeck

seen over 250 students play in summer and the Senior and Junior A

(Y12) and Joseph Lynch (Y11) both won NZ titles and in Floorball (Indoor

teams both won locally and finished third at the Nationals.

Hockey) where the U15s are National Champions.

Heading into the Winter season, the major fixture on the calendar

34 students have either represented New Zealand or won a national

was the hosting of the 89th Quadrangular Rugby Tournament. Playing

title and the following students were presented with Wellington

Christ's College first up, Wellington College won 36-8. The final against

College Blues for being selected at NZSS level (U19) or above. These

Nelson College proved to be a highly competitive but low scoring

are certainly the ones to watch for in the next few years.

affair with Nelson edging out the home team 6-3. Disappointment was

Isaac Anderson

NZ U20 Ultimate Frisbee team

Utu Ah Kuoi

NZ Senior Men's AFL team

Devlin Forsythe

NZ U19 Swimming Champion

The season proved to be a tough one for the 1st XV but it will be a

Seb Hamilton

NZ U20 Ultimate Frisbee team

lesson well learnt for the young team and they finished in the Top 4

Kemara Hauiti-Parapa

NZSS Rugby Team

locally which ensure that they maintain an important presence in the

Theo Moore

NZ U20 Ultimate Frisbee team

preseason Hurricanes competition. Two teams (U80 and U65A) made

Ben Paviour-Smith

NZ U19 Underwater Hockey team

the local finals but unfortunately did not win.

Luc Saker

NZ Senior Men's Futsal team

George Sanders

NZ U20 Climbing Champion Representative

Callum Treweek-Stephen

NZ U20 Ultimate Frisbee team

students playing. The 1st XI, now being coached by Old Boy James Webb (1995-1999) grew in stature as the season went on, finishing

Finally at the recent Wellington College Foundation Black and Gold

second locally but more importantly fifth at NZSS Champs. Here they

Awards for 2015, the following awards were presented:

certainly felt but at the end of the day Nelson were the better team on the day.

Football continues to grow in popularity with 34 teams and nearly 350

took the scalps of Mount Albert Grammar School, Westlake Boys' High School and Auckland Grammar School. These were great results.

ď § Junior Sportsman of the Year: Naitoa Ah Kuoi

Apart from the nine teams that won their respective leagues, the 15/1

Literally a huge talent, Naitoa continues to

team (Colts) went through the season unbeaten and won the inaugural

excel at several sports. In AFL, he played for

Westlake Invitational Tournament. The future indeed looks bright at the

the NZ U16 team which travelled to Australia

top level.

and also played the Victorian team here in Wellington.

Cross-Country has a strong tradition at Wellington College and there is a young cohort coming through which has the potential to regain those

He completed his second year in the

past glories. At the NZSS Championships, the U16 team which has

Wellington College 1st XV team, cementing

been dominant all season, went on to win both the three-and-six-to-

a starting position and being named MVP

count. The Seniors also did exceptionally well in a strong field to take

of the team at the end of the season. He

out Bronze in the six-to-count.

was also member of the Wellington U16 Rep team which won the Hurricanes Region Tournament. Naitoa won Player of the Tournament.

The 1st XI Hockey team continues to maintain its presence as a top

He was also member of the Senior A Volleyball team and the winning

local and national competitor. They won all their Traditionals, finished

McEvedy Shield team.

second in the Wellington competition and were eighth at the Nationals, thereby maintaining their position in the Rankin Cup for next year.

ď § Senior Sportsman of the Year: Luc Saker Captain of the Senior A Futsal team, Luc

For the first time in five years, the Senior A Basketball team qualified

won the WC Senior Player of the Year for the

for the Nationals but arguably the performance of the season was the

second year in succession. A member of the

Senior B winning Division 1 and the Bill Eldridge Trophy.

Wellington U19 and Senior Men's teams, he was selected for the NZ Mens team (Futsal

The Senior A Underwater Hockey team dominated the local

Whites), playing four tests in July scoring

competition to win the CSW Senior Championships and the Central

two goals. Luc was the youngest player in

Regional Championships. Going through to the NZSS Championships,

the team. He coached our Junior A team

they made the final to eventually go down 3-2 to Mairehau High School

which came third at the NZSS Nationals and

in a pulsating final.

also coached the Wellington U12 Rep team. Luc is also a member of our 1st XI Football team, winning the Most

Swimming, the one sport which covers both summer and winter,

Valuable Player Award and at the NZSS Championships, was named

once again proved to be very strong at Wellington College. Under the

Wellington College Player of Tournament by opposition coaches.

leadership of Martin Vaughan who has convened Swimming since 1983, our boys were unbeaten locally and finished third at the NZSS

Dave Keat, Sports Director

Champs. The Lampstand | 2015


2015 Study Tour to Europe

s final assessments are


remember visiting Jim Morrison’s

handed in and the end of

Grave with you.

College draws nigh, I’ve been

We arrived home on 17 July via

remembering. This year has

Universal Studios in Singapore.

a poignant highlight whose

Messrs Anderson, Bergin, Smith

memories are etched forever in

– thank you, sirs. Mesdames

my life story.

Meronek and Tornquist - merci

my five years at Wellington


I was part of the Europe Study

Tour at the end of Term Two,

Then came Germany with its

Cemetery. The blood red poppies

Now as I run through my College

arriving at Canakkale Turkey

harshest of reminders, taking an

in Flanders Fields reminded us

years and look forward to

on 28 June. There, on the once

emotional toll on me when visiting


University, and contemplate my

bloodied grounds of Gallipoli, we

the Sachsenhausen Concentration

remembered the fallen, including

Camp Memorial and Museum.

Amidst the homage we paid

in my blazer and tie, I think about

our Old Boys with a resounding

There, I took no photos.

to the fallen, we did the usual

our school’s upcoming 150th

touristy things.


Haka at Chunuk Bair. We paid

final walk down the school drive

our respects at Quinn’s Post and

Then onward to France and

Lone Pine, and we walked along

the Western Front where we

There was the Haka to the

I reflect on the impact the two

the beach at ANZAC Cove. There,

remembered them in the Somme.

Australians in the ancient city of

wars had on the Wellington

I was struck by how small New

Troy. The paintings at the Sistine

College family, and now these

Zealand is, and how fortunate

Rows upon rows of gravestones

Chapel were simply breathtaking.

words from our school song mean

we were to be in that beautiful

stood guard at the largest

The amazing Colosseum in the

more than ever.

country with its civilisation and

commonwealth cemetery in Tyne

40-degree Roman heat was

culture so awe inspiring and

Cot where it was strange to see

a challenge. An evening ice-

ancient, on the cusp of two great

the occasional German grave.

cream at the Spanish Steps was

continents. I couldn’t help but feel

We stopped to remember at a

decidedly cooler.

that those who gave their lives

number of cemeteries where

We missed German Chancellor,

for the nation,

so long ago would, transposed

some touring students had

Angela Merkel at the Reichstag

Called Follow up and yourself

to another time, have found that

relatives buried.

which had a magnificent view of

showed the way.

the once divided city. The mighty

We who were born in the calm after thunder

renowned intrepid Kiwi spirit

You kindled courage to stand and to stay; You led our fathers to fight

to enjoy this Turkey of cruising

Le Quesnoy was a town we

Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin

on the Bosphorus, reflecting in

visited that has immortalised the

Wall gave us pause.

the divine Blue Mosque, and

Kiwis who liberated it in 1918, with

haggling in the colourful markets.

a New Zealand Memorial and

In Paris I was agog at the Arc

If in our turn we forgetfully

streets with Kiwi names.

de Triomphe and Notre Dame


From Turkey we traversed to

Cherish our freedom to think and to do;

Cathedral. I had my caricature

Yet we’ll remember

Italy. We remembered the NZ

In Belgium, with its pervading

done at The Artists’ Quarter at

we owe it to you.

Battalion at Monte Casino.

smell of chocolates, we

Montmartre, and yes I took a

remembered two felled College

‘selfie’ atop the Eiffel Tower.

E noho ra

Old Boys at Cite Bonjean

Mr Patrick Smith, I shall always

Kaspar Flaws, Y13

 The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a War Memorial in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres. (L-R): Pierce Day, Devlin Forsythe, Harry Russon and Louis Stevens.

 Alistair Gordon gives his reflections at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.  The College Haka at Chunuk Bair.

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Wellington College’s ANZAC Service



oth visitors and the College

Wellington College’s 2015 ANZAC

spoke movingly about his son

while the three Deputy

community would not

Service held on Friday, 24 April

Jack who was killed in December,

Head Prefects moved

have been able to miss the

was a moving experience. Nine

2010 while serving in Afghanistan

to lay a wreath at the foot

lengthy rows of crosses set in

Old Boys who have served or

with the British Parachute

of the Memorial Window.

the gardens at the start of the

currently serve in the defence

Regiment. Roger attributed with

The service concluded with Kip

school drive near the entry to

force were present. As part of the

appreciation, the firm foundation

Cleverley playing the traditional

Government House leading up

service, Deputy Principal, Robert

that Wellington College had

Last Post and Reveille.

to ANZAC Day.

Anderson, recounted the life of

given to Jack in his formative

Ted Reynolds – the first Old Boy


The named crosses represented

A plaque to honour Jack as one

to lose his life in WWII.

Old Boys killed at Gallipoli in 1915

of our fallen, was unveiled by During the service, Y13 student

the family at the back of the

and as well as those killed on the

Roger Howard, with his wife Anne

William Pereira gave a rendition

Memorial Hall, now alongside

Western Front in 1916.

and daughter Charlotte are the

of Epitaph. Y11 student, Michael

those who died in the Boer War

parents and sister of Private Jack

McKenzie played The Battle of

and both WWI and WWII.

Howard, (Class of 2004). Roger

the Somme on the bagpipes

For all those who attended,

Lieutenant Matt Singleton and Lieutenant Tama Wawatai, (both Class Prefect, Hamish Ware and Deputy Head Prefects, Tom Schuyt, Adam

of 2004), stand in front of fellow classmate, Jack Howard's plaque which

Blackwell and James Hartshorn.

was unveiled at the ANZAC Service.

Old Boys at the ANZAC Service included Stu Filo, Class of 1994 (Retired), Lieutenant Matt Singleton, Malcolm Faulls, Class of 1951 (Retired), Steve Phillips, Class of 1956 (Retired), Captain James Martin, Class of 2002, Major Scott Cordwell, Class of 1991, Steve Taylor, Class of 1965 (Retired), Lieutenant Tama Wawatai and Lieutenant Sione Stanley, Class of 2002. The Lampstand | 2015


Memories of a Young Man

The address given by Jack Howard’s father, Roger Howard at the 2015 ANZAC Service.


leven years ago, a Y13 boy sat where you’re sitting now. There was nothing particularly remarkable about him. He wasn’t a Prefect, nor was he in the 1st XV. He wasn’t going to be Dux. But in six years he would be dead, killed in Afghanistan on his second tour. His name was Jack Howard and he was my son. Let me tell you his story. Jack was born not far from here, in Wellington Hospital, on Good Friday 1987. Apart from two years in Singapore when he was small, he grew up in Newtown. His introduction to formal learning was not entirely successful. At Wellington South Kindergarten, he was more interested in climbing the trees in the playground. The fact that he could out-climb his kindy teachers no doubt explained why he could neither write his name nor count to ten when he started at Kilbirnie School. Jack spent four years at Kilbirnie before we moved him to St Mark’s School. We had become concerned that he was far from a model pupil, attracted more towards the school hoods than the school scholars. We thought he needed a more disciplined environment. St Mark’s certainly needed most of the four years they had Jack for. A good portion of his time was spent, not in the classroom but outside in the corridor. But in Y7, he discovered Drama and found that there were better ways to seek the recognition of his peers. Jack started at Wellington College in 2000. If I could have asked him how to approach what to say today, he would no doubt have said – depends what the next period is. If it’s maths, spin it out; if it’s history or drama, keep it short. The Lampstand | 2015

At College, Jack developed a great love of Shakespeare. I remember him lying on his bed reading Shakespeare for pleasure. And under the guiding hand of Jan McLean, Jack pursued his love of acting, appearing in three school productions – Othello, Midsummer’s Night Dream and Richard III. In his final year at College, Jack was seriously contemplating an acting career when he suddenly decided to try for a commission in the NZ Army. He’d always had an interest in the military and in his first year at College joined the Air Training Corps. Failing the Officer Selection Board, he said at the time, that was the worst day of his life. But years later, he was to reflect that at the time he was just ‘an immature smartarse’. Instead, Jack joined the Territorials and headed off to Victoria University, but university never really engaged him. Although the warning signs were there when he didn’t wake up in time for one of his university exams. We were not prepared for his announcement that he would not be returning to university the following year. Instead he intended to join The Parachute Regiment Their recruiting slogan had been effective: Are you good enough? Jack decided to take up their challenge. He purchased a one way ticket to London and ended up getting a job as a kitchen hand at Ludgrove, a prep school that Prince William

and Prince Harry had attended. Its attraction, however, was that it boasted large grounds and an indoor pool, ideal for training for the Para preselection course. The job interview had been conducted over the phone by the Matron who told him her husband would pick him up from the nearby railway station. What do you do? Jack asked him on the way back to the school? I’m the Headmaster, he replied, in just three words dispelling Jack’s preconceptions of the British class system. Passing the preselection course, Jack commenced 28 weeks’ basic training at Catterick in North Yorkshire. It culminated in Pegasus or P Company - a final five-day selection course required for entry into The Parachute Regiment. As he put it in an email home the night before, I am about to begin the hardest and most emotional five days of my life so far. Of the 61 who started, Jack was one of only 14 to pass and go on to receive the coveted maroon beret of The Parachute Regiment. He was posted to the Regiment’s 3rd Battalion. At his passing out parade, the reviewing officer asked him where he was from: New Zealand, Sir. And what did you do before you joined the Army? I was at university, Sir. What were you reading? Psychology, philosophy and religious studies,

Sir. Well I’m sure you will find them most useful in 3 PARA. As he was soon to discover, the soldiers of 3 PARA, or ‘the Grungy Third’ as it is known, were from all walks of life. Jack’s platoon included both those who had graduated from university and those who had graduated from prison. Four months later, Jack deployed with 3 PARA to Afghanistan. And so began a series of descriptive, considered, and lengthy emailed reports on his experiences. For the first three months, he wrote of great plans turning into great disappointments; of endless patrolling with no sign of the enemy; carrying 80lb loads of ammunition and water; of not showering for a month; all horrendously boring to young men on their first tour. But it was not without its lighter moments. On his first operation his unit, having cleared a town, rented several compounds. His platoon, he wrote, had the good fortune of being allocated a drug dealer: Our section room had a massive sack of something dodgy that several guys immediately claimed was 'black squidgy' with a street value of about £600,000 in the UK. The room stank of it and soon so did we. When the time came to move on we made our own small contribution to the war on drugs by pouring a load of black squidgy into the burns pit and hung around for the aroma. The platoon commander never clicked on to why we wouldn't stop giggling. Finally, in June he reports on his first full blown contact. By then he had become the platoon signaller: I’ll never forget that feeling standing on the top [of the ridge] and silhouetting myself [as] I

Above: Jack Howard in his final year at College. Left: Jack in his PARA Uniform

Memories of a Young Man quickly drew machine gun fire. The whizzing of bullets around me was deafening and blinding, I felt like I was standing in a wind tunnel or in front of a fan after throwing gravel into it. Absorbed in [trying to spot the firing point], I hadn’t noticed the bullets splashing sand all over the ridge to my left and creeping towards me as the enemy machine gun adjusted its fire on me. I ducked into cover cursing myself when I heard Dave screaming ‘ANTENNA!’ No wonder they’d been aiming off on me, I had a 2m antenna over me. Dave later told me the splashes were landing less than a foot away when I ducked down. His was only one of a number of close calls for his platoon that day. Two months later he experienced his first 'Man Down' when Pte Peter Cowton of 2 PARA was fatally wounded. He describes the scene afterwards: Reality hit home when we got back. Cowton's dragon tattooed section commander sat alone, crying silently before his sergeant helped him up, a minimi gunner walked past carrying the dead lead scout’s webbing. Everyone felt awful, three of our lads had been in Cowton’s platoon through basic training, they’d had a brew with him the night before and were pretty shaken up. We flew out at 1500 the next day and then waited for a 0200 flight back to Kandahar. Mentally and physically drained I struggled to stay awake long enough to shower for the first time in ten days. We were greeted with the news that we will be going straight back out for six weeks in a few days. And so the reports continued. More close calls, but his platoon’s luck holds as does that of 3 PARA. Back home he reflects on his first tour: Leaving Afghanistan was as surreal as when I first arrived. I thought about what I'd done and what I'd heard. Private Cowton's

broken body on the back of a quad trailer; getting shot at on a ridgeline; that guy on a 2 PARA patrol who stood on a pressure pad that wasn't wired properly. His legs were snapped and he was blasted into the air, when he looked down to see everything was still there no one could use their personal radios for the next minute as he babbled BOSS, BOSS! I'VE STILL GOT MY LEGS, BUT I'M IN A LOT OF PAIN...BOSS BOSS! I'VE... Or the other guy who stepped on one which was wired correctly and hearing it click had time to swear before he vanished into pink mist. The only thing that's really changed in me is my memories and even now I'm starting to forget the boredom we suffered. But it won't really be over until the guys I went through depot with in 2 PARA come back, alive. Although I'll always maintain 3 is vastly superior to 2 PARA they really have had a rough tour. They've lost about 13-14 badged members as well as several attachments. Include the wounded (some now legless) and the odds are [shorter] than 1 in 10 for their battalion. Back in the UK after a spell of well-earned leave, 3 PARA begin the training cycle building up for their next tour in 2010. There are deployments to Norway and Kenya. Jack spends a month in California with the Red Devils, The Parachute Regiment’s display team. And he jumps on Normandy and Arnhem in the footsteps of his predecessors 65 years earlier. In one of those ironies of history, at Arnhem they jump with German parachutes and dispatchers which qualified him to wear German airborne wings. In July 2010, Jack was selected to serve with the Pathfinders, the Parachute Regiment’s Brigade reconnaissance force and Special Forces in all but name. He deploys with them to

Afghanistan in September 2010 on a positive note: The last two months have been the best in my life. A month back home, some decent training, sun and beaches in Ibiza, ridiculous nights out in Blackpool and awesome times with my mates. Just what I needed before going back to the war. In an interview after his first deployment, Jack said: I’ve always had this intrinsic belief that I am lucky. When I look back and reflect [on various incidents during my last tour] I realise – [there] was one of my nine lives gone. And as his emails from his second tour revealed all too clearly, he was using up those nine lives. The last time I spoke to him was via a satellite phone from goodness knows where. He sounded flat. What’s wrong? I asked. John got hit the other day, he said. Their section had been pursuing some insurgents up a wadi when they were ambushed. A round had entered his section commander’s little finger and exited his elbow. Leaving his section to fight the battle, Cpl John Broadhead applied his own field dressing, chose not to use his morphine in case it clouded his judgment, and made his own way back to their patrol base 2km away, carrying his pack as well as his rifle. Such are the men who wear the maroon beret.


concluded Jack’s official obituary by saying: It is clear to me from the tributes paid to him that Private Jack Howard was an immensely well liked soldier and an exceptionally gifted Paratrooper. That he chose to leave his native New Zealand to join the British Army to fight for the freedoms we all enjoy across the world speaks to his drive and determination. But these attributes didn’t appear out of nowhere. In large measure, Jack was a product of this school where he spent nearly a quarter of his life, some of his most formative years. The Headmaster might not have picked him up from the railway station, but I am sure that if Jack had thought about it, he would have acknowledged the role played by Roger Moses and his staff in shaping him into the man Liam Fox spoke about. And it is right that we, his family, formally acknowledge that, here, in this place, on this occasion. But what would Jack want me to say to you guys? I think it would be this: Do not be afraid to dream, And pursue those dreams with quiet determination. Whatever your field of endeavour, do not be afraid to measure yourself against the best. Be sincere in your friendships, And keep those friendships in good repair. Hold true to your values. Be your own man.

Not long afterwards, Jack returned from operation to discover a round had gone through his backpack. A week later, Jack’s section was poised to attack an enemy position, having already fought and overcome two others that day, when he ‘received the good news’, as the Paras say. His luck had finally run out. The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox,

Private Jack Howard (2000-2004) British Army, Brigade Reconnaissance Force, Parachute Regiment, 3rd Battalion 1987-2010 The Lampstand | 2015



A Last Letter Home


lexander McColl (1908-1909) was one of 223 Wellington College Old Boys killed during WWI. A talented sportsman, he had been a member of the 1st

XV in 1909 and a champion rower.

Friends to the End


fine scholar and sportsman, Douglas (Dougie) Harle (19081911) was one of Wellington

College's outstanding students in the years immediately before the

Like many of his schoolmates, he was quick to enlist

war. Dougie, a 24-year-old Second

when the war broke out. He landed at Gallipoli with the

Lieutenant in the Canterbury Infantry

Wellington Battalion in April 1915 and took part in much of the heavy fighting on

Regiment, was killed during the successful attack on

the Peninsula. He was wounded but returned to active service and was present

Gravenstafel Spur on 4 October, 1917. A fellow officer

at the evacuation in December 1915. By 1916, Alex was in France with the 1st

reported that he showed ‘great dash and initiative’ in

Battalion, The Wellington Regiment. On 1 July, he wrote to his mother, excited at

leading his men against an enemy machine-gun post in

the prospect of leading a raid on the German lines.

a farm building. He was killed ‘just as the position was practically taken'. Dougie was buried in the Dochy Farm

France. July 1, 1916

Cemetery. The surrounding landscape today is a far cry

My Dearest Mother,

from the wasteland of 1917. Back then it was a sea of mud,

Just a small note in case I should be incapacitated for a few days or so. Today is

pock-marked by shell holes that quickly filled with water

a red letter day in my history as I am taking out a raiding party against the huns.

and became graves for many men.

I have been down here with my party for a few days and everything is working beautifully. If we don’t give the Boche the biggest hiding he has ever received it will

His school reports highlight a young man of outstanding

not be our fault.

character: Prefect, top scholar, talented gymnast and Lightweight Boxing Champion; in 1911, he was also Dux.

I suppose you think it rather strange that I, as an Adjutant, should be selected for

Dougie completed a law degree at Victoria University

this job. I am really the luckiest of men to have got the chance. In the first place,

College before being accepted for military service, at the

all subalterns were selected for the job, but through a most unfortunate bombing

second attempt, in early 1916. He was commissioned as an

accident, two of these were killed. Captain Nareby was next thought of but soon


after he went back to England with appendicitis. As we are awfully short of Officers at present, there was no one left with the necessary experience and stamina to

Shortly before the Battle of

take the party.

Passchendaele, Dougie and two old school friends, Norman Shrimpton

I know that the Colonel did not like me going but his hands are tied and personally

[pictured left] (1911-1915) and Ken

I consider myself the luckiest of men to have the opportunity of leading such a

Luke [pictured below] (1905-1906),

splendid body of men that I have under me.

went on leave to Boulogne. For many New Zealanders, the war was a great

They are all trained like fighting cocks. I have been at Football etc for the last few

adventure. The very real possibility

weeks. I have most of the old Football team here including some very well known

of being killed or maimed was often pushed to the back

reps, just the boys for this game.

of the mind as these young men lapped up their first taste of overseas travel. The opportunity to visit places such

Am feeling absolutely confident, so please, dear mother, do not worry about me.

as Boulogne, with its famous port and Roman-walled old

I am quite sure you would not have me do otherwise, especially if you saw how

town, was one of the reasons these old school friends had

pleased the men were when they found I was coming down.

enlisted in the first place. The food, wine, sights and smells would have been a welcome diversion for young men who

I have received several of your lovely letters lately, written as only you know how

were about to participate in what has been described as

to write them. I am quite excited about the improvements to the house and would

New Zealand’s greatest disaster.

dearly like to see them. I would love to fit into my old place at home once more. Ken Luke was the only one of the Best love to all the girls and many thanks for their letters. Tell Dad I am trying to

three friends to survive the war.

keep his good name untarnished. Received a lovely birthday parcel a few days ago.

Norman Shrimpton was killed in 1918

All my love and good wishes. Ever your loving son, Alex

and is also buried in Belgium. Ken returned to Wellington and became

Captain Adjutant, Alex McColl was killed in France on 2 July, 1915 aged 24.

Civil Engineer. He was responsible

Leading a successful trench-raid the evening before, he was anxious for the

for designing and building the iconic

same removal of his wounded and went back out to look for them, becoming

Wellington landmark, the Band

wounded himself, dying of his wounds. His grave is in the Cite Bonjean Military

Rotunda at Oriental Bay.

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WWI Fundraising


tudents at Wellington

College raised £2945 for patriotic funds during

the War, in part by growing vegetables. This sum amounts to more than $300,000 in today’s money. Fundraising also began in 1916 for a School Memorial Hall. This opened in March 1928, thanks to a donation of £6000 from the Old Boys’ Association.


oluntary cadet groups existed in many schools prior to 1909, when the Defence Act introduced compulsory military training. This act required nearly all boys aged between 12 and 14 to undergo 52 hours of physical

WWI Masters

training each year as Junior Cadets. Initially, this training was supervised by


he Board of Governors at Wellington College topped

their teachers.

up the military pay of teachers who enlisted to the level of their teaching salary. They were also given a

A School Rifle Volunteer Cadet Corps had been established at Wellington

grant of £50 per year, and those commissioned before

College in 1870, and school cadets were to remain an integral part of life

going overseas received a further £20 for equipment.

at the school well into the 20th century. J.P. Firth, Headmaster from 1892 to 1920, placed great emphasis on the cadets and the importance of being

One member of the teaching staff, PA Ongley, was killed in

physically fit. Photographs of boys in the military uniform of the school’s

action at Bapaume, France, in August 1918, another Dr GV

cadet corps or shooting teams make the transition from schoolboy to soldier

Bogle serving with the NZMC was killed while attending

more plausible. Many of the more than 1600 Old Boys who served overseas

to the wounded in September, 1916 in France and JH

during the war had learnt to handle a gun, salute and march in formation

Goulding was killed in the trenches at Gallipoli in June,

on the playing fields of the school. Students were even awarded merit

1915. Six other members of staff were wounded including

certificates in bayonet instruction. [see image below left].

AE Caddick, AJ Cross, JR Cuddie, AW Diprose, HTM Fathers, GW Morice, CM Taylor and OW Williams. T Brodie

Many schoolboys were also Boy Scouts. The Boy Scout movement began

survived unscathed. Two Masters, JB Mawson and OW

in New Zealand in 1908. While preparing boys for war is not something we

Williams, were awarded the Military Cross.

associate with the modern scouting movement, its founder, Robert BadenPowell, had been a lieutenant-general in the British Army. His principles of scouting, published in Scouting for boys (1908), were based on his earlier military books. The movement aimed to teach boys ‘peaceful citizenship’ – moral values, patriotism, discipline and outdoor skills – through games and activities and to produce patriots capable of defending the British Empire. These principles were heartily endorsed by Firth and were key ingredients in

GV Bogle

J H Goulding

PA Ongley

his leadership and management of the school. J.P. Firth knew each of the Old Boys who were killed during the war. Personal memories would have come flooding back as he wrote letters of condolence to their families. When the armistice was declared in November 1918, he was observed standing on the steps overlooking the bottom field with tears running down his face. THE COLD HARD FACTS: Of the 1643 Old Boys, known to have served, 225 have laid down their lives and 340 have been wounded. As some of the 1643 did not actually reach the firing-lines, the fact that our casualty lists amounts to 33 ¹/³ percent of the total on active service and shows to what extent our Old Boys must have shared in the 'rough and tumble' of the fighting. THE WELLINGTONIAN, 1919 Left: A Certificate of Merit for Bayonet instruction, presented to Wellington College Cadets, 1915. The Lampstand | 2015


ANZAC STORIES: WWI in Watercolours and Ink


s part of the WWI Commemorations this year, a catalogue was published by

the Royal New Zealand Navy in conjunction with Watercolours NZ Inc on the occasion of a national exhibition which featured works in watercolour and in ink by seven servicemen of the NZ Expeditionary Force and the Royal

Esmond Hurworth Atkinson, Surrender of the German Fleet in the North Sea, 1919, charcoal and watercolour on paper. Hocken Collections, University of Otago

Naval Volunteer Reserve who packed watercolour paint or pen and ink into their kitbags. One of the artists featured was Old Boy, Lieutenant Esmond (Es) Hurworth Atkinson RNVR (1904-1905) [1888-1941] and his story was recounted in the catalogue by his grandson, Richmond Atkinson. My grandfather, known as Es, was born in Wellington in 1888. His maternal grandfather was pioneering New Zealand water-colourist J C Richmond, whose daughter, artist D K Richmond, was an influential aunt in the lives of Es and his brother Hal and two sisters. When Es was seven years old, the family moved to 'Rangiuru by the Sea' near Otaki, where the children spent the next five years 'messing about in boats', and Es furthered his interest in painting and the natural world. His schooling included a spell at Wanganui Collegiate School, later returning to Wellington College. On leaving school, he joined the Department of Agriculture, Biological Section, and studied towards a BSc degree. In 1916, he worked his passage to England to enlist in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. On the way he enjoyed short botanising trips ashore at Albany in Western Australia. In England, he married Alison Burnett, a long-time family friend, and viewed the works of his artistic heroes, Frank Brangwyn and especially JMW Turner, while in officer training. As a Lieutenant, he served as a signals officer, first in a seaplane carrier, Riviera, on a Mediterranean voyage, and then on the light cruiser Constance, from the deck of which he witnessed, and later painted, the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in the Firth of Forth. Returning to New Zealand in 1919, he transferred from the Biological Section to the Dominion Museum as official artist, but afflicted by epilepsy, he was retired in 1932. He continued to roam back country New Zealand, often with his wife and two sons, and paint many landscapes, until his death in 1941 from an accident resulting from his illness. The Lampstand | 2015

Above: Torpedo firing 19/07/18 on board 'Constance'. 'Caroline Class' in the distance. Private Collection. Below: American Battleships, 24/07/18. Private Collection

ANZAC STORIES: Tough Man of the Somme dies in Africa


illiam Clachan was made of


to a tailor for his uniform and

For a young man from Wellington

Above Left: William James

tough stuff.

equipment. He would need, he

- he was in his mid-20s - the

Clachan. Above Right: Men of the

was told, the considerable sum of

sights were stirring.

King's African Rifles at Njombe,

The Old Boy and schoolteacher

100 to 200 pounds depending on

was wounded three times on

the unit.

the Western Front. He twice

German East Africa. In a letter, he wrote: By day we had great fun shooting crocodiles - my

With the Askaris, William was

suffered head injuries, and on

He had his first taste of trench

word, their tails do lash. The hippos

called on to settle disputes.

the second occasion, doctors

warfare in March 1915. During

and rhinos also kept us amused. At

A man steals another man's wife

found the bullet which caused

fighting in the battle for Hill 60 in

one very interesting mission station

- so then he has got to pay the

his first head wounds. Each time

Flanders, he took a bullet in the

we visited Mary Moffat's [David

original hubby 30 shillings for her,

William recovered and, after

head. Despite treatment, the lead

Livingstone's wife's] grave.

and so on. This case does not

time away from the battlefront to

remained undiscovered. William

recuperate, threw himself back

stayed at the front and in July,

William's destination was

and then it crops up. The men all

into action.

took part in the battle of Hooge

Nyasaland - what is now Malawi.

have their wives and kids in the

in Belgium, where he suffered a

Handed command of a company

lines with them, so frequently you

Born in Sydney to Scottish

further head wound, and nearly

of Askaris, William's task was

have a wife (umkazii in native

parents, William grew up in

lost an eye. The silver lining was

to train the young men, mostly

lingo) run in before you for some

New Zealand. He went to Te Aro

that the bullet lodged in his head

members of the Yoo tribe.

minor offence. They come in with

Primary School, then Wellington

for three months was recovered.

occur every day, but every now

a cloth round the hips, usually a He was impressed: They are

kid slung round their shoulders by

studying German and Science at

The soldier was soon back on

a hundred times keener than

another cloth.

Victoria University.

his feet and took charge of

the recruits we were getting in

his company in the first major

England, he wrote. He felt they

In early 1918, the British attacked

He enlisted at the outbreak of

Somme offensive in July 1916.

would give the Hun a rough time,

German forces at the confluence

war in 1914 and was one of seven

This time he was hit with machine

but saw that fighting in Africa was

of two rivers and William's

young soldiers selected after a

gun fire above his ankle and was

not easy: The great trouble is the

company, the first to advance,

stiff exam for a commission in

sent back to England to recover.

food and ammunition supply -

came under heavy flanking fire.

College from 1906-1909, before

Africa being a country of miles -

The commander fell early in the

A year later, having completed

not yards, he observed. The grass

fight. His name is on a memorial

further officer training, William

was so high that it is quite easy for

in Mangochi, near the shore of

William sailed with the NZ

was seconded for duty with the

two opposing forces to miss one

Lake Malawi.

Expeditionary Force as far as

King's African Rifles in East Africa.


the British or, as it was called, Imperial Army.

Egypt, then went on to Britain,

NZ Herald

where he joined the Middlesex Regiment - the so-called 'Die Hards', named after their commander, William Inglis, who,

Left: The Malawi Cemetery was

wounded and having had his horse

used from October 1917, to

shot by Napoleon's forces in 1811,

December 1918, There are 60 war

called to his men to 'Die Hard'.

casualties commemorated in this site and just one New Zealander -

In London, William was directed

William Clachan. The Lampstand | 2015


Architect’s impressions of the new Memorial Hall and Performing Arts Centre


his long-awaited facility is due to begin construction early in 2016 and as the project evolves, it is very exciting to be able to share these latest images with the Wellington College Community. The main features will be a formal meeting place to cater for the full school, and a flexible Performing Arts venue which will allow much larger audiences to appreciate the versatile skills of Wellington College students. The

College looks forward to providing further information in the coming months as this important project comes to fruition.

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Under Construction


        

Over the last summer, the No 1 Field was upgraded, with the sewer pipes replaced and then re-levelled and resurfaced. At the same time, the cricket wickets were renovated and the field was back up and running in time for winter sport. Firth Hall’s restrengthening included replacing the slate tiles and is expected to be finished in February 2016. Steel beams will also be inserted into the Firth Hall structure to meet the code of compliance. Below Firth Hall, B5 has been gutted and a new concrete floor has been poured. The room needs to be reinforced to meet WCC requirements. The MOE have cleared much of the bank and trees to reinforce the bank below Wellington East Girls’ College and behind the Old Boys' Gym and Frank Crist Centre which has given us greater width to the Football and Cricket boundaries. Restrengthening on the banks below WEGC continues, and will eventually be planted with trees and allow us to park there again. Extensive work has been carried out on the Science Block to resolve the weather-tightness issues The lawn behind the former Headmaster’s House has seen two new buildings erected - The Uniform Shop and a Classroom. The Lampstand | 2015




‘A goodly heritage, proud traditions, cherished memories’ collection.

he year began with Property

Merlot, along with numerous

Staff, Kelwyn D’Souza and Roy

photographs from 1862-63 and

Smith completing the much

1918-20. A fascinating story with

Two comments really took my

a great deal of research involved.

breath away: Blessed to be here. It

needed shelf storage space

flood in. It is your contributions that cause these words of praise to be forthcoming.

is a privilege to have this insight in

My thanks to Ted Clayton for

historical photographs and large

Ashleigh Flynn, the Events

the beautiful history of my school -

his continued work on the

reunion display boards. These

Administrator of the NZ Arts

thank you.

newspaper collection and other

items are finally off the floor and

Foundation was very pleased to

can be accessed with ease. A

see the display we had on Ballet

Seeing this amazing history makes

with. A valuable colleague.

dream come true! Thank you.

dancer and Old Boy, Alexander

me proud to be part of the school.

Headmaster Roger Moses, Tony

Grant. (1922-1924). Ashleigh very

I can appreciate the work that has

Robinson, Penny Basile, Marilyn

One room though is covered

kindly sent two copies of the Arts

gone in to present this.

MacLennan, Glenda Schmitt and

with all the Prefect and House

Foundation booklet featuring

Prefect boards that adorned the

Alexander Grant their NZ Icon

I found this last comment after

and I thank them all for their

walls of Firth Hall. This area is

Awards winner 2005.

a visit by Te Piringa, the Māori


for masses of large framed

areas of the Archives he helps

Stephanie Kane are so supportive

families of Wellington College

being earthquake strengthened so these boards along with the

Three Old Boys have sent

when they visited the Archives

150 years of Wellington College is

life size portrait of J P Firth and

splendid collections of

one evening in October.

on the horizon. Please remember

other historical photographs have

photographs, programmes,

been stored in the Headmaster’s

school reports and testimonials

Finally the word, ‘Respect’.

display as soon as possible

House. It was a massive job

that have proved most valuable.

This was written by a special

to make it a success. Is there

to take them all off the walls,

Thank you Mike Monaghan

gentleman - Professor Verne

anyone out there that can help

carefully number then wrap them

(1961-1965), Ewen Thompson

Harris. Verne hails from South

donate display cases to show

in conservation material before

(1974-1978) and Rodney Callender

Africa. He was the personal

off our material please? I would

transporting them across the

(1954-1958). These collections

archivist of Nelson Mandela and

dearly love some help there!

grounds to their temporary home

will prove ideal for the 150th

has set up the Nelson Mandela

May the Festive Season be a

for safekeeping.

Celebrations display.


happy one for all of you.

Marvellous gifts continue to be

The Class of 4A, 1941 has been

Thank you to all the donors for

Paddianne W. Neely

donated to the Archives including

dear to my heart for many years.

the material that continues to

College Archivist

a large charcoal and watercolour

I was deeply saddened to see

framed print of The Surrender of

another of the boys had died,

the German Fleet in the North Sea

George Gair (1940-41). It was

1919 by Old Boy, Lieut. Esmond

George who nominated me

Hurworth Atkinson RNVR (1904-

to be an Honorary Member of

1905) [see story on page 20]

the Class of 4A, 1941 during a

was kindly donated by former

reunion in London. I will always

parent, Claire Clarke. Claire

remember him stopping off at the

obtained this print and displayed

College in 1992 en route to the

it at the Watercolour exhibition

airport to take up his new job in

Splash held in the Wellington

London as High Commissioner

Anglican Cathedral this year in

for New Zealand. He dropped

commemoration of WWI artists.

off his 4A school blazer that had been hidden in the back of

Richard Boag (1977-1981) and the

his wardrobe all those years. It

Old Boys' University Rugby Club

featured in the College’s 125

have had a large framed tableau

years display.

made of a photograph of Chunuk Bair in the background with a

Over 160 visitors have signed

carved copy of an Enfield rifle,

the Visitors’ Book this year. I’ve

the type used by Hāmi Grace

been touched by the generous

(1904-08) set in front along with a

remarks. Some include: Fabulous

portrait included of Hāmi.

displays. Fascinating objects. Fantastic history. My father’s

David Wesley has compiled

history, a top guy. Well done,

the life story of one of our early

I’m completely blown away. A

Masters, Augustus Francis

magnificent history, beautiful

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to send in photographs for the

Remember The Archives before you go to the tip! Are you an Old Boy or former staff member of Wellington College? Do you have any relatives or know friends who are? If so, you may be able to help the Archives obtain some of the following: Memoirs Photographs Uniforms Sports Gear Medals, Prizes & Trophies Art Work Books & Music Reports & Papers Correspondence

Please send your stories College Life; Students, Staff, Old Boys, Form Classes Caps, Ties, Blazers, Boaters Jerseys, Caps, Boots Dux, Badges, Awards, War Medals, Academic, Sports and Cultural Awards Paintings, Sketches By Old Boy Authors/Singers or about Old Boys Academic, Certificates, Governing Boards, Headmasters, College Mothers', Parents’ Assoc. Letters to and from Staff, Students and Old Boys

Do you have form class photos (preferably named) from 19302000 that you could donate to the Archives or lend for us to scan and return? We only have a small number of photos and wish to increase our collection for Reunion displays and of course the 150th Celebrations.

Please contact Paddianne W Neely Wellington College Archivist Tel: 04 382 9411 (W) • 04 386 2072 (H) or Email: oldboys@wc.school.nz



ď Ž NEELY, MRS PADDIANNE QSM: For services as an archivist (NYH)

Prep Room, Firth House 1948. (L-R): Terry Turner, Jim Collins, Professor Verne Harris (Centre) seen here with Don and Paddianne Neely. Photo: PW Neely, Archives

Alf Miles. Photo: J Tunnell, Archives.

Ewen Thompson 'tied up' in Mr Farland's Classroom. Photo: E Thompson, Archives.

The Wellington College Pipe Band outside the West School around 1936-1941. Photo: Mac Gapes, Archives.


addianne Neely has been recognised as a leader in the establishment of school archives throughout New Zealand over the last 36 years. Paddianne helped instigate an annual workshop for people involved in maintaining archives and records in schools, libraries, churches and community organisations, which attract attendees from around the North Island. She has established, compiled, expanded and maintained the archives of Rongotai College, Scots College, Queen Margaret College, Wellington College, Wellesley College and Wanganui Collegiate. She has designed and mounted historical displays for significant jubilee events and other occasions at these schools.

Mr Wall's English Class, 1978, featuring Human Biology. Photo: E Thompson, Archives

Helgi Stedman (1987), Wellington College 1st XI Traditional at Wanganui Collegiate. The Coach was Mr From the playing fields of Wellington College in 1884, many of

Rob Corliss and the Captain

Wellington's top football players developed skills and love of the game

was Matthew Bond.

In 2011, while working on Wellington College's archives she oversaw the conversion of the vacated Headmaster's House into a permanent archive and museum, which now houses 148 years of the school's historical artefacts, and also made similar use of an old building at Wanganui Collegiate for the school's 150th celebrations. She has assisted her husband, Don Neely with research in the preparation of two histories of cricket in New Zealand - Men in White and The Summer Game. Paddianne was tasked by Wellington Cricket to decorate the Norwood Room in the R.A. Vance Stand at the Basin Reserve, designing and mounting a permanent display of historical photos and an Honours Board. Government House Citation The Lampstand | 2015


Reunions: CLASS OF 1965

Back Row:

Hamish Hancock, Hugh Cromie, Monty Black, Bert Lamb, Phil Pacey, Roy Hughes, Mark Williamson, William Sommerville,

Third Row:

John Culliford, Jim Lynch Dale Renouf, Russell Morrison, Peter Barker, Norman Paris, Bob Tricklebank, David Hamilton, Jock Struthers,

Second Row: Front Row:

Peter Martin, Bryan Lawrence, Pete Rodger Brett Windley, John Wedde, Paul Martin, Rob Earles, Ted Raba, Duncan Milne, Bob Sadler, Barry Hellberg, Philip Chong Steve Taylor, Gerry Cooper, John Raine, Ted Clayton [Master], Roger Moses [Headmaster], Michael Monaghan [Head Prefect, 1965],


Tony Lendrum, Stewart Whitney, Ken Houston, Keith Woodford Andy King VISITORS TO THE COLLEGE IN 1965


he Class of 1965 returned to Wellington College in March and

old school [pictured

were welcomed back by Headmaster, Roger Moses.

left with Headmaster, Seddon Hill]. Four

Many of the group had met ten years earlier at the 40 Years On

months later, he would

Reunion and it was nice to also see some new faces of those who

be on the front cover of

couldn’t get return on the last occasion. Sadly since they last

TIME Magazine - his

met, six of the cohort have passed away. Joining the group in the

second appearance.

morning was 1961 Head Prefect, Gil Roper [who is currently working at the College] and 2015 Head Prefect, George Barton.

The Firth House Boarders were able to

Following the drinks reception and music medley from the Chorale,

enjoy the newly-installed

the dinner ensued, with the College’s Deputy Principal and Old Boy,

television set in 1965.

Rob Anderson hosting the function. A Toast to the College was given by Hamish Hancock and responded to by Roger Moses. Hamish has had four sons attend Wellington College and was one of several that evening who have also had their sons enrolled. Toasts were also given by Peter Rodger (Firth House), John Raine (Masters) with special mention to Ted Clayton who attended the Dinner. Steve Taylor concluded the formalities with a Toast to Absent Friends. The rest of the evening saw guests continue with their reminiscing and making a point to be back for the College’s 150th Celebrations.

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 In March, Dr William Pickering visited his

Class of 1966 Reunion: 50 Years On Friday, 1 April 2016 @ WC

Photos: Billy Dancer, Class of 2015

Reunions: CLASS OF 1965


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Reunions: CLASS OF 1975

Back Row:

Trevor Moss, Adrian Risman, Gregory Szakats, Ron McKenzie, Paul Steele, Terence Burns, David Knott, Rod Miller,

Third Row:

Grant Coppersmith, Nigel Clements, John Hebenton, Mino Cleverley David Shillson, Alan Lear, Peter Williamson, Duncan Hall, Steve Gray, David Ironside, Kenneth Johnston, Paul Hunt,

Second Row:

Jonno Suppree, Ross Pickard, John Soulis, David Hatfield, Michael Mann Julian Heyes, Graeme Hall, Adrian Watts, Ivan Downes, Tim Kirby, Chris Gough, Stan Yee, Peter Hatten, Brent Drysdale, Martin

Front Row:

Fine, Peter Marriott, John Sutherland, Martin Dalgleish, Gary Lewis Martin Conway, David Boag, Grant Fraser, Chris Wells, Deen O'Brien, Rich Gaskin, Gary Girvan (Master), Roger Moses (Headmaster), Peter Morrison [Head Prefect, 1975], Kingsley Baird, Mark McHugh, David Sole, Giff Goldsmith, Dave MacCalman


he Class of 1974 attracted a good turn-out this year, with alumni travelling from all corners of the globe to attend.

With a few buildings unavailable because of the building work, the cohort met in the Archives for morning tea and welcome from Headmaster, Roger Moses. Roger, accompanied by current students then led a tour of the College, showcasing all the facilities now in place for the twenty-first century student. It was also a pleasure to have former Masters, Gary Girvan and Mike Pallin join the morning festivities as well as Jan McLean. The evening formalities began with drinks and an opportunity to view the photos from 40 years ago. The College’s Chorale entertained the group before dinner in the Assembly Hall. Toasts were given by Peter Morrison (Toast to the College), Michael Mann (Firth House), Julian Heyes (The Masters) and Chris Wells (Absent Friends). The rest of the evening saw guests continue with their reminiscing and making a point to be back for the College’s 150th Celebrations.

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Photos: Billy Dancer, Class of 2015

Reunions: CLASS OF 1975


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Ten Years On: The Class of 2005


irstly, I would like to pay

Max Harris, Peter Clark, and

been a two-time NZ Muay Thai

Rosevear Brothers, a tailored-

tribute to an absent friend of

Edward Stace have all achieved

Champion. David Isaacs and Luke

clothing outfitter. Due to his

our cohort, Andrew Truesdale.

amazing academic success and

Dustin have both been to the

constant dealings in China, Pat

Andrew tragically passed away

received full scholarships to

World Championships in Canoe

became fluent in Mandarin and

in July, 2013. I was not present

Oxford. Ed and Max were both

Polo, and after helping carry us

if what I’ve seen on Facebook

at his funeral but from all

recipients of Rhodes Scholarships

to McEvedy glory in 2005 - Billy

is anything to go by, he is now

accounts it was an extremely

and Max has been elected as an

Crayford has won seven NZ Men’s

a reality TV star in China. When

moving ceremony that reflected

Examinations Fellow at All Souls

Open High Jump titles and also

his schedule permits, he also

the amazing work he had

College, Oxford. The seven-year

represented NZ at the World

practices law.

done as a volunteer and as a

fellowship is one of the world's

University Games. We wish Billy

paramedic for Wellington Free

most competitive and prestigious

all the best in his quest to make

Thomas Golding did a BSc

Ambulance. Nothing showcased

academic awards.

the Commonwealth Games in

in Geophysics and Geology,


and then a MSc in Petroleum

this more than the guard of

Geoscience with First Class

honour he received from St John

Jono Ross continued his

Ambulances and staff lining the

outstanding success in the pool

The success of our cohort,

Honours at VUW. He is now

streets outside Old St Paul's.

and represented NZ at Waterpolo.

however, is not, and will never

in Perth working for Shell as

Nick Douglas, Matt Thompson

be judged on the number of

an Exploration Geoscientist,

It seems like yesterday that we

and Jason Roche, all hailing from

academic achievements or

exploring for new oil and

walked down the ‘Coll Drive’

the prestigious Northland Primary

sporting awards. We have

gas reserves in Australia and

as students for the last time.

School, teamed up to represent

doctors, administrators, personal

Southeast Asia.

After coming to terms with the

NZ in Handball (the Olympic

trainers, professional sportsmen,

fact that it has actually been

sport, not four-square). David

armed servicemen, teachers,

Sam Templeton, who I had the

ten years since we had the

Plowright traded in his outdoor

lawyers, engineers, investment

pleasure of running into at a bar

honour of donning the black and

football boots for indoor ones

bankers, and sales people all

in Lagos, Portugal only a few

yellow uniform, I have tried to

and played goalie for the NZ

leading the way in their chosen

months ago, has decided after

piece together what everyone

Futsal team. Michael Grain has

fields. I actually think the greatest

working for Weta Digital here in

in our cohort has been doing in

represented NZ in the small-bore

indication of our cohort’s success

Wellington that he is going to

that time. The results are truly

rifle and also cleaned out every

is that we have not had any

take his talents to Berlin.

impressive, so without further

circus he’s ever been to. Jamie

politicians yet!

ado, here is the Class of 2005, ten

Eades definitely takes the alpha-

years on.

male title for our year and has

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Tom Bridgewater set up a small Patrick Rosevear co-founded

business named ‘project’ out of

Ten Years On: The Class of 2005


The 2005 Head Prefect Team (L-R): Michael Hobbs, Simon Worker and Adam Cahill. Opposite Page: The Class of 2005 on their last day at Wellington College. as to what the last

head to greener pastures (and

in this world, and to not stress too

decade has entailed

smaller opponents) and I have

much about the future. Tomorrow

for him, but I can report

been based in Japan playing in

is not guaranteed, so handle

that he has followed his

the Japan Top League for the

your business today. I am excited

past three seasons now. Living in

about what the future holds for all

Japan has taught me a lot about

of us, and I hope the choices that

myself. I have had plenty of time

we all make in the next 10, 20, 30

to reflect on the mistakes I have

plus years of our lives will reflect

made in my life to date and the

the great men that Wellington

I touched on David Isaacs’s

kind of person that I want to be

College nurtured us to be.

his garage that helps people get

sporting achievements earlier, but

remembered as.

unique and bespoke furniture

outside of the pool he spent a year

into their homes at a price that

volunteering in Israel, completed

After two shoulder surgeries

head knocks on the field (or

they can swallow. What started

a Masters in Mechanical

this year alone, my body/mind

too many beers off it), I cannot

out as a hobby in his spare time

Engineering, designed Aircraft

is telling me it is time to give

remember if I offered any decent

is starting to gain traction and he

and Super Yacht components in

rugby away and move into the

advice during my final address

is doing some really innovative

Auckland, and also designed parts

next chapter of life. I look forward

as your Head Prefect. I’ll take this

things in the community.

of the last America's cup boats.

to giving my body a break from

as my chance to atone for that if I didn’t.

strong entrepreneurial nature and been extremely successful in his ventures down in Queenstown.

Unfortunately, after too many

He now lives in Singapore working

the rigours of professional

Simon Worker, one of your

for a Silicon Valley IT company,

sport, and further challenging

Deputy Head Prefects, graduated

and on top of that, I would not

the capabilities of my mind at

We have now spent twice as

from Otago University and then

have been able to put this article

Business School in the United

long out of Wellington College

spent a year in Beijing working

together without his assistance.


than we spent as students, a few

moving home. He is now based

I know there will be many more

I am sure many of you have had

signs that the boys we once were

in Auckland working for a NZ

success stories out there and

similar experiences in your own

are now becoming men. Mario

Investment Bank and Corporate

congratulations to you all. I


Puzo, the author of The Godfather,

Advisory company.

apologise that I have not been

weddings, babies, and overall

and studying Mandarin before

able to track you all down. Your other Deputy Head Prefect,

once said – Great men are not Nothing tends to work out exactly

born great, they grow great – so

as we had intended, but then

wake up every morning and be

Adam Cahill, has been one of

Personally, after leaving school

again, that is the beauty of life.

the best that you can be. You only

the toughest people to track

I was very fortunate to make

There is an old Yiddish proverb

get one shot at this life. Don’t die

down for this article. As Mark

a career playing rugby. I had

- man plans and God laughs

with the music in you.

Tinkle very aptly commented on

the honour of representing our

- regardless of your religious

the WCOB page, you'll need to

hometown Lions in the ITM Cup

beliefs I think there is something

Michael Hobbs

send smoke signals or a pigeon

and to also go on and play four

that everyone can take away from

2005 Head Prefect

to contact Adam. Unfortunately,

seasons of Super Rugby. After

that saying. I’ve always taken it


I have not been able to get a

recovering from a serious back

to mean to enjoy each and every

first-hand account from Adam

injury, I decided it was time to

day that we are blessed to have

Michael Hobbs from the Highlanders during the Super 14 match between Stormers v Highlanders at Newlands Rugby Stadium in 2010 in

Oxford Scholars (L-R): Edward Stace, Max Harris and Peter Clark.

Cape Town, South Africa.

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Missing Old Boys


o assist us in informing alumni of their forthcoming Reunions, we seek your help in locating the Old Boys listed below. You may be a relative, friend or colleague and know where they now may be or sadly, if they are now deceased. Either contact the WCOBA Office or ask him/them to contact us directly, particularly if they wish to know more about their Reunion and/or the 150th

Celebrations. The Class of 1976 are those who would have been in Form 3 in 1972 whether it be at Wellington College or another secondary school. Likewise, the Class of 1966 would have been in Form 3 in 1962. Many of these have become 'Gone, No Address'.

Class of


Alamsyah, Emir Allen, Stephen Arden, Geoffrey Askew, Neil Ball, Garry Ball, Phillip Batten, Phillip Bennett, Stephen Birch, Jonathan Blake, Ronald Blanchard, Lance Bloomfield, Gregory Braddock, Geoffrey Broome, Keith Bullock, Peter Burry, Andrew Buswell, Martin Campbell, Irving Carr-Gregg, Michael Chan, Derek Chan, Keith Charles, Howard Charteris, Michael Chin, Alvin Chin, Colin Christian, Grant Clark, Gregory Clarke, Geoffrey Cochrane, Nicholas Coffey, Joseph Connor, Mark Cook, Martyn Cooper, Paul Cotton, Derek Counsell, Robert Crabtree, Stephen Crawford, Ross Crombie, Dwayne Cunliffe, Paul Davies, Christopher

de Silva, Christian Dennison, Dallin Domanski, Richard Dozell, Carl Eastman, David Economou, Constantinos Eddey, David Eden, Nicholas Ellen, Thomas Fitzgerald, Allan Gandhi, Nitin Gardiner, Francis Glossop, Gregory Graham, William Gray, David Gray, Steven Gregory, Christopher Grennell, Mark Greville, Craig Gruenberg, Allen Guppy, David Haines, Philip Hair, Stuart Hambling, David Hamlin, John Harding, Kevin Harrison, Geoffrey Harrison, Wesley Hawkins, Paul Heine, Alastair Hettige, Priyalal Hettige, Sunil Hewson, Grant Hing, Trevor Hoekman, Mark Holden, Lewis Holton, John Houpt, Anthony Hoy, Kelvin Hunter, Richard Ingram, Mark Jacques, Anthony Janssen, Thomas Jayasuriya, David Johanson, Paul

Kaye, Christopher Kerr, Dennis Kerr-Hislop, Robert Keyzer, Gerard King, Denis King, Graeme Lambaditis, Evangelos Larsen, Andrew Larsen, Roger Lauchlan, Grant Lee, John Lindsay, Kenneth Lines, Stanley Little, Neil Livingstone, Robb MacAulay, Thomas MacEwan, Douglas MacFarlane, Miles MacGregor, Iain MacKay, Paul Major, Dale Mansfield, Robert Marklew, Paul Marriott, David Marshall, Craig Mason, Jeffrey McDonald, Gavin McInnes, Paul McKean, Craig McKenzie, Ewen McKenzie, Stephen McLean, Richard McLeod, Warwick McNabb, David McSparran, Gregory Megennis, Barry Misirlakis, Michael Moore, Christopher Moore, Jeffrey Morris, Brent Mullins, Michael Newson, Lee Nixey, Philip Norman, Paul North, John O'Connor, Michael

O'Connor, Peter Olsen, Leonard Olsen, Paul Orchard, Leslie Palmer, John Parkinson, Roger Partington, Colin Patching, Warren Patel, Ramesh Payne, Christopher Petitie, Jonathan Pilone, Max Preston, David Rae, Grant Read, Alan Reeves, Derek Ritchie, Christopher Roberts, Peter Robertson, Grant Russell, Philip Salisbury, Sean Scadden, Richard Seddon, Martyn Shearer, Stephen Short, Martin Sidebotham, Mark Sim, Bruce Simpson, Perry Smith, Brian Smith, Brian Smith, Ian Smith, Stuart Smyth, Peter Soma, Suresh Staines, Andrew Stapleton, Alan Stent, Paul Stewart, James Sumner, Brent Taylor, David Taylor, Michael Tessier, Timothy Thomas, Trevor Thomson, Laurence Tischler, Richard Todd-Lines, Stanley

Bay of Plenty Branch Lunch 2014


n increase in numbers for the 2014 Lunch, which was held as usual at Daniels in the Park in Tauranga saw 32 Old Boys in attendance, one former staff member and three guests including Headmaster, Roger


Trask, Maxwell Tringham, Alastair Vallance, Ronald Van den Bos, Cornelius Van Vliet, Michael Vasbenter, Peter Veld, F Verberkt, Ronald Viatos, James Ward, Thomas Ward, William Watts, Jonathan Wells, Christopher Welsh, Mark Whitwell, Gary Wicherts, Grant-Erle Williams, Reece Wilson, Francis Wong, Christopher Woods, Peter Wright, Ian

Class of


Adams-Schneider, Warren Alexander, John Allison, Raymond Anderson, David Anderson, Bruce Arthur, Peter Bacon, Joseph Barzukas, Peter Beatson, Geoffery Bell, Christopher Bell, J A Bittar, Joseph Blakiston, Roger Briggs, Richard Broad, Antony Brockie, Christopher

Brown, Peter Caughley, Alistair Chisholm, Robert Churchill, Gordon Crowther, Michael Darvell, Perry Davies, Roger De Bruyn, Jan Deben, Klaus Dellow, Dennis Desmond, John Diment, Graham Doig, John Dollimore, R S Duncan, James Farmer, Duncan Faye, Daniel George, B S Gibson, John Glover, James Gordon, Richard Hall, Barry Harford, Donald Harley, Robert Hewett, Erskine Hough, Theodore Howard, Keith Howell, Colin Huppert, Richard James, Kerry James, Rodney Jenkins, Larry Lamb, Robert Langton, William Lin, Voon MacGregor, J W K Maidens, James Malden, Trevor Marks, Colin Martin, Michael McGrath, Patrick McGregor, James McKenzie, Alistair McLennan, James McLennan, John Meagher, John

Molineaux, Raymond Nicholson, Bruce Paine, Bruce Papalii, Moselota Paris, Angelo Patterson, B Paul, Edward Pottinger, David Press, A W Preston, Bruce Prosser, Dale Redstone, Peter Robati, Griffith Sender, Campbell Senior, C C Shirtcliff, John Simmons, David Simpson, Athol Skinner, Perry Stewart, Anthony Stewart, Donald Stewart, John Sykes, Nicholas Tangaroa, Nicholas Taylor, Clive Thompson, David Tidy, Philip Tolley, Nigel Tomlinson, Paul Towns, David Townsend, Martin Tucker, Bryan Turner, Hugh Twigden, Clive Twist, Neville Wade, Graham Walker, Robin Wamsteker, Nico Whiteacre, Stephen Whitwell, Mark Wilkinson, Dennis Wood, Laurence Woolliams, Roy Wright, Edwin Young, Bing

Class of 2006... Please get in touch with your Head Prefect, Jono Anderson and share your news and plan your reunion.

The attendees gathered for pre-lunch drinks and much reminiscing of school days in many instances long passed. After welcoming those present and acknowledging those Old Boys who had passed away in the past twelve months, we followed with a roll-call and some memories of special times at the College. Graeme Ingham (1951-1954) proposed the Toast to the College and was followed by Roger Moses, who spoke with feeling about the many achievements and notable events at Wellington College of today. As usual, his speech was well received by all of us. Lynn Morrison (1957-1961) proposed the Vote of Thanks to Roger and this was strongly supported. The luncheon finished with a spirited rendition of Forty Years On. The annual event once again proved to be a most happy occasion. Barry Ward (1948-1952) The Lampstand | 2015


Bringing OLD BOYS Together


WCOBA Quadrangular Tournament Beers ‘n’ Bites


he 85th Quadrangular Tournament, hosted by Wellington College was held in late June. On the Tuesday evening, we invited Old Boys to our Beers 'n' Bites Function, held at the nearby Cambridge Hotel and was well attended by both local and visiting Old Boys. The Function also included former 1st XV members from 1955 to 1995. The evening was filled with many stories and recollections from past Tournaments.

Headmaster, Roger Moses addressed our guests and brought them up-to-date on news from the College. He was also honoured to present Bob Mitchell (1952-1956) somewhat belatedly, his 1st XV Cap.

Nelson College break 14-year drought with Quadrangular Tournament win


elson College broke a 14-year drought after beating Wellington College on their home to win the 89th annual Quadrangular Tournament rugby title in late June.

Despite the old fashioned 6-3 scoreline, Nelson produced a Herculean effort to secure their first Quadrangular title since beating Wellington College in Nelson in 2001 - the result reflecting both the tightness of the exchange and both teams'

It was a pleasure to welcome a number of regular Quadrangular Tournament Old Boys to Office 150 for a coffee before the final matches.

defensive fortitude. It was by no means a dour spectacle as both teams attempted to give the ball plenty of air in the pristine conditions. The defence from both teams held firm, as did Nelson's discipline to avoid conceding an equalising kickable penalty. The elation of the Nelson team on the final whistle, mirrored by

2016 QUADRANGULAR TOURNAMENT is at Christ's College from 4 - 6 July, 2016. WCOBA Function on Tuesday, 5 July at the Classic Villa, Worcester Street kindly hosted by Peter Morrison (1970-1975).

the despair of Wellington fully demonstrated the significance of this victory. Christ's College beat Wanganui Collegiate 22-0 in the early

Email oldboys@wc.school.nz for more information or a friendly reminder closer to the time.

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Reunions: CLASS OF 1995



y good mate and colleague

generous contribution to cover

Jamie Crump hit me up

the food, all was set.

a few months ago and

suggested I look at organising

In the classic party style only

the Class of 1995 20 Years On

four people were in attendance

Reunion as he’d done for the

until 8.00pm whereupon we had

class of ’94. I’d missed the ten

a full house within 30 minutes

year reunion so was keen to

or so. It was great to see the

see the lads after 20 years and

vague recognition on the lads

thought I’d at least check in with

faces as they walked in the room,

Stephanie at WCOBA to see if

changing to hearty smiles and

anyone was organising it already.


When she let me know that

The night picked up from there

no one was, I thought why not

and was really rewarding for

and asked for some advice on

me personally seeing everyone

how to go about it. Stephanie

reconnect, in some cases for the

was amazing and sent me the

first time in 20 years!

roll of ‘95 to begin the task of contacting everyone, and along

I’d like to also say how sad we

with Jamie’s Facebook page from

all were to hear how class of ’95

the previous year for reference

Old Boy, Misiluni Moananu had

I picked a date and cracked on.

lost his battle with cancer and

A shout out to Julian Watt and

passed away only a few days

Bojan Cvetkovic for helping me to

after the event. He had accepted

contact everyone. This was much

the invite and we know he would


have been there if he could . Our thoughts are with his family.

It was great to see so many Old Boys living overseas sending in

Thanks again to Stephanie and

their messages about how they

the lads that helped make the

would love to have attended - it

Class of ’95 20 reunion a reality,

was good to see the spirit still

was a blast.


Euan Howden, Class of 1995

Saturday, 7 November at the

A big shout out to Euan for taking

Cambridge Hotel was the plan,

control and arranging the Reunion.

and with the support of Stephanie

Congratulations Euan!

on behalf of the WCOBA with a

Stephanie Kane.

1996 I

Class of

f you are interested in attending/arranging a Get-Together for the Class of 1996 like the 1993, '94 and '95 ones, drop me a line and we can get things in motion for 2016. We can contact fellow classmates through email and social media, plus help with the event itself - logistically and financially. It just needs someone from the cohort to get the ball rolling. Email Stephanie Kane at oldboys@wc.school.nz

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Class of 2015: Leavers' Lunch



he Year 13 students of 2015 had one last chance to gather and celebrate together at the annual Leavers’ Lunch, held this year in the Old Boys’ Gymnasium – the lack of function venues limiting

our options but were well fed by a sumptuous spit roast buffet prepared by Baxter’s Catering. It was a happy, relaxed afternoon, full of humour and memories as students prepared to go their separate ways. Deputy Head Prefects Adam Blackwell, James Hartshorn and Tom Schuyt MC’d the Lunch, with nominated students tailoring their special mentions of their days at Wellington College, the staff and the array of activities and events over the past five years for their fellow students.


ne of New Zealand top comedians and Old Boy, Steve Wrigley (1993-1997) was the guest speaker at this year’s Class of 2015 Leavers’ Lunch. Steve is a core cast member on the hit TV3

panel show 7Days and quite simply, a stand out comedy talent.

Guest speaker, Steve Wrigley, Year 13 Dean, Steve Lyster and Head Prefect, George Barton also each gave speeches, in which they

Steve credits Wellington College for producing five of New

congratulated the students on the fine young men they have become,

Zealand’s current top comedians: Dai Henwood, Nic Sampson and

and challenged them to go out into the world with purpose and self-

Joseph Moore - who are regular panellists alongside Steve on


7Days - plus Raybon Kan.

Headmaster, Roger Moses wished the students’ well for the future,

Steve won the Billy T James award in 2008 and was the first ever

assuring them the school had prepared them well for life beyond

comic to follow that up with back to back nominations for the

Wellington College. With a rousing rendition of Forty Years On,

2009/2010 Fred Dagg award. His live shows during the comedy

the Class of 2015 now become part of the 32,000 plus Old Boys of

festival are always a sellout, and his energetic and infectious

Wellington College.

humour sees Steve as a regular addition to comedy showcases on television. Steve’s speech to the students was honest and imaginative, his genuine love for making people laugh with personal anecdotes of his time at Wellington College and then beyond won the boys over and they certainly enjoyed his company. Steve now resides in Auckland and his infectious vigour has entertained audiences all over New Zealand and, indeed all over the world delivering humour with the gusto of a comic who loves his craft and the pleasure it brings to audiences and himself alike. The Lampstand | 2015


2015 Honours for Old Boys

The citations for each recipient are provided by Government House

 BAIN, JOHN, JP (1959-1963) MNZM: For services to the community and sport (QBH)

 HUNN, JOHN (1951-1955) ONZM: For services to business and philanthropy (NYH)

 MARSHALL, MR JOHN, QC (1960-1064) CNZM: For services to the law (QBH)




He has been closely involved in sports committees, raising funds for the North Auckland Rugby Union to successfully bring it into a sound financial position, and serving on the Whangarei Golf Club Committee. In the 1990s, he joined the Sport Northland Board, returning in 2011 and fundraising for a new Sport Northland base.

John has held senior executive roles in a range of significant New Zealand companies and is a Distinguished Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors.

ohn Bain has contributed to the Northland community for more than 35 years.

John was Whangaruru Rugby Coach for Māori Youth from 1992 to 1994. He joined the Whangarei St John Ambulance Area Committee in 1977 and has served as its Chairman since 1984. He helped raise funds to build a new ambulance station in the 1970s. His has been a member of the St John Ambulance Northern Regional Committee, the Northern Regional Trust Board, and in 2014 he was appointed a Member of Priory Chapter, National. John served for 25 years as the initial founder, Chairman and fundraiser for the rescue air ambulance charity Northland Emergency Services Trust, helping to get the emergency helicopter service up and running. Since 2003, John has been a member of Northland District Health Board and the Northern Regional Council, of which he was Deputy Chairman from 2000 to 2013. [John was overseas when the investitures took place]

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ohn Hunn has contributed to the community for more than 50 years.

He has been President and Chairman of Cricket Wellington, Chairman of Wellington Cricket Trustees, and member of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust. His support to charitable organisations has included a seven year stint as Chairman of the Samaritans Wellington Management Committee and Chairmanship of New Zealand NZ Lottery Board Aged Welfare Grants Board. He has lent financial and moral support to emerging artists, including through the NZ Opera and the Dame Malvina Major Foundations. In 2012, he established the charitable John and Margaret Hunn Education Trust to support and encourage tertiary students and graduates with grants to enable completion of post graduate courses and leadership development. John has been Chairman of Wellington Regional Enterprise Board and the NZ Committee of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, and has served on the NZ Business and Parliament Trust, the NZ Tourism Council, and Enterprise Trust NZ.

ohn Marshall was elected President of the New Zealand Law Society in 2006 and oversaw the implementation of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 in his term.

John previously served in the positions of Vice President and Treasurer and was Chair of the Governance Group for the Regulatory Review of Services Operational Improvement Programme and a member of the Services Delivery Group. He was the Society's representative on the South Pacific Lawyers Association, which he helped establish. John was a member of the Wellington District Law Society Council from 1995, a member of the Restructuring Committee and the Complaints Committee Convenor, and President in 2003. He was a member of the organising committee for the Presidents of Law Associations in Asia Summit for 2014. He was a member of the Arbitration Appeals Panel for the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ and Chair of the Appeals Council and Admission Appeals Tribunal of the NZ of Chartered Accountants. John has been Chairman of the Wellington College Foundation, a Trustee of the Todd Foundation, Convenor of the Book of Order and Judicial Committee of the national Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Kelburn Normal School Board of Trustees. [John's wife Mary accepted John's CNZM].

 MARTIN, BRUCE (1962-1965) MNZM: For services to tertiary education (QBH)


ruce Martin served as CEO of the Eastern institute of Technology (EIT) from 1991 to 2004 and was Deputy Chief Executive of Aoraki Polytechnic from 1988 to 1991. Bruce's leadership of EIT turned it into a flagship institute of technology with positive impacts on the local and regional economy. During his tenure, EIT trebled in size and developed a comprehensive range of programmes across disciplines and from certificate to degree and post-graduate level. He was instrumental in building positive relationships and partnerships both locally and nationally and worked to lower fees for Hawke's Bay school leavers through the provision of scholarships. He was instrumental in the development and construction of the Pettigrew Green Arena, situating it across from EIT to bring EIT and the community closer together. Since stepping down from EIT, Bruce has become a wellknown and respected education and management consultant, including chairing the Board of the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics Quality. He has been a Board member and at times Chair/President of a number of not-for-profit organisations nationally and in the Hawke's Bay region.

CNZM: Companion of the NZ Order of Merit MNZM: Member of the NZ Order of Merit NYH: New Year Honours ONZM: Officer of the NZ Order of Merit QSM: The Queen's Service Medal QBH: Queen's B'day Honours

2015 Honours

 PIRANI, MR IAN (1953) QSM: For services to conservation (QBH)

 WINGFIELD, MR BLAIR (1955-1959) MNZM: For services to health and sport (NYH)


an Pirani has contributed to conservation and the environment.

Ian is a former goat farmer who has given voluntary service to wetland preservation and other farm environment initiatives. Early in his farming career, he suggested to his employer to fence rather than drain a wetland. Later, he and his wife established the largest water fowl collection in Australasia and were the first people to privately breed whio in captivity. He joined the Wellington Acclimatisation Society as a councillor in 1964, serving until 1972 and was a Councillor on the National Acclimatisation for three years. In 1974 he was a co-founder of Ducks Unlimited, through which he and his wife initiated a Pateke breeding programme and nesting boxes for Grey Teal throughout New Zealand. He strongly advocates for the profitable live harvest of feral goats from indigenous forests for environmental reasons and for use as a meat export. Ian has served on a variety of environmental and farming boards including the Meat and Wool Board as a member of the Goat Advisory Group, on the Eastern Fish and Game Board, Bay of Plenty Goat Farmers Association, the Department of Conservation East Coast Board, and the National Trust of Balance Farm Environment Board.

 ROBERTS, MR IAN (1943) QSM: For services to the community and education (QBH)


an Roberts has been a member of the Lions Club of Kairanga for 37 years and served as President in 2004 and 2005. Ian has been the approved pyrotechnic leader for the Lions Club's fundraising fireworks displays since 1990. He has organised between ten and fifteen fireworks displays each year since, which have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for community causes. Manawatu displays have audiences in the many tens of thousands annually. His role has required in excess of 300 voluntary hours each year to safely plan and stage the various displays and to coordinate the teams who deliver them. His experience with pyrotechnics has included making recommendations for pyrotechnic displays with government agencies in the 1990s and has included recently involvements with the Environmental Protection Agency reviewing rules and regulations pertaining to both indoor and outdoor pyrotechnic displays. Ian has spent more than 30 years as a school principal and had more than ten years' experience as a New Zealand Educational Institute Counsellor and Industrial Advocate. After retiring as Principal of Terrace End School in Palmerston North, he served as Chairman of the school's 125th celebrations in 2009. Since retiring, Ian has had continuous involvement as a consultant to schools over the past 15 years.

 SWALLOW, MR PAUL (1980-1984) MNZM: For services to the State and the community (QBH)


aul Swallow worked with the Ministry of Economic Development from 2004 to 2012 and following the Canterbury Earthquakes in 2011, he volunteered to assist Business New Zealand in helping businesses recover from the quakes. Paul became Director of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust in 2012. He led a team of funding advisors to distribute nearly $100 million in donations within three years of the formation of the Trust. Having allocated the funds of the Trust, he moved on to become the Project Manager of the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct building project in 2014. He has continued to be involved voluntarily as Director of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust throughout 2014 until only a small amount of administration was required. Paul has volunteered for a number of organisations including the Helping Hands Foundation in Wellington, Youth for Christ in Lower Hutt, and in recent years, the Plimmerton Community Trust. Paul was a key person in the establishment of the Parachute Music Festival and was involved from 1989 to 1994.



lair Wingfield has contributed sporting and community services, particularly to leukaemia sufferers. Blair was diagnosed with myeloid leukaemia in 1981. His fight against this disease determined him to assist other leukaemia sufferers with a 'One Stop Shop' to support Blood Cancer patients and their families. In 1999 he became a Trustee of the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation (now Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation New Zealand) and was Chair of the Foundation for four years. He was a Trustee of the South Pacific Bone Marrow Transplant Trust which put transplant units into Auckland and Starship Hospitals. He has coordinated efforts to diagnose blood cancer research and raise funds for haematology treatment through events such as the '100 Hole Golf Marrowthon'. He was also instrumental in establishing the New Zealand Cord Blood Transplantation Appeal Trust. Blair has been involved for many years at Pakuranga and university sports clubs as a Referee and Coach of Rugby, Cricket and Soccer. He has also contributed to the community for the past 40 years as a Rotarian. Blair established the Wingfield Medal at St Kentigern College, to be awarded to the student who exhibits pluck, endurance or the capacity to triumph over difficulties.

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Here's to 'Mr JPL'



he Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Projects Centre Auditorium has been

dedicated in honour of Dr William Pickering (1923-1927). Dr Pickering was JPL’s longestserving director who led the Lab as it created America’s first successful satellite and sent the first spacecraft to Venus and Mars. [JPL is a federally funded research and development centre and NASA field centre located

institution for deep-space

what Pickering meant to this

in Pasadena, California. JPL is

exploration. Elachi noted there

organisation and the nation. Under

managed by the nearby California

was a lot of pressure on JPL

Pickering, JPL really became

Institute of Technology for NASA].

during Pickering’s tenure, due to

part of the fabric of the American

William is only one of a selected

the Cold War and President John

culture, part of the nation’s identity,

few that have appeared on the

F. Kennedy’s pledge to safely

said David Crouch of the NASA

cover of TIME Magazine twice.

send astronauts to the moon by

Management Office.

1969. At that time, we barely knew In a ceremony in July, past JPL

how to launch things, he said.

Leon Grice, consul general of New Zealand in Los Angeles, said

leaders, dignitaries, current employees and many retirees

Key successes under William

William Pickering remained very

packed the venue in Building

included Mariner 2’s successful

connected with his home country,

321 as it was formally named the

flyby of Venus in 1962 and

with a focus on education.

William H. Pickering Auditorium.

Mariner 4’s first close-up photos

His legacy shaped the JPL of

of Mars in 1965.

When Elachi first came here, he joked, William Pickering was one

today, said JPL Director Charles William retired in 1976. He died

step below God. But he added that

in 2004. It’s rare that a federally

one of William’s favourite honours

William Pickering joined JPL in

funded building is named for

came when JPLers reverently

1944, and ten years later was

a person, noted JPL Deputy

called him 'Mr. JPL.'

named Lab Director. When

Director Larry James. It’s a

the Soviet Union launched the

very special day for JPL. We are

William Pickering was pictured

Sputnik Satellite in October 1957,

honouring a tremendous leader

on the cover of Time magazine on

William quickly organised a team

who really made such a difference

8 March, 1963: William Pickering:

to design and build Explorer 1,

for science and exploration and

from Roxburgh Street to Venus,

America’s first satellite, launched

for the world. It’s testament to

and again on 23 July, 1965.


31 January, 1958. When NASA was created later that year, JPL became the agency’s only centre staffed and managed by an educational institution. Under William’s leadership, robotic missions to the moon, Venus and Mars cemented JPL’s reputation as the pre-eminent Right: William Pickering (left), James Van Allen and Wernher von Braun display a full-scale model of Explorer 1 at a news conference announcing the successful launch The Lampstand | 2015

July 23, 1965





ima Sopoaga caught the Wellington College careers officer by surprise during

his final year of school. Asked to outline his career plans, the

senior side and by 19 was in the

retiring from international rugby,

Lima has also been nominated for

youngster said confidently: To be

Wellington rep team.

and signing for Racing Metro,

the Investec Super Rugby Player

and Colin Slade leaving for Pau in

of the Year at the 2015 Steinlager

France next season.

New Zealand Rugby Awards

an All Black. But Jamie Joseph, who knew the

which will be held in December.

Lima had grounds for optimism.

Wellington rugby scene well,

He was in the NZ Secondary

understood Lima’s ability and

Just this month, Lima has re-

Schools’ team and had been in

in October 2010, signed him as

signed with New Zealand rugby

New Zealand Rugby general

the Wellington College 1st XV

Colin Slade's understudy for the

and the Highlanders until the end

manager of rugby Neil Sorensen

for three years. He'd captained


of the 2018 season.

said Lima's signing was ‘awesome

Lima helped the NZ U20 team

Lima is pleased to have locked in

Lima is a class act, and has

win its World Cup in Italy in 2011,

his future as he looks forward to a

shown in both the All Blacks

The first five-eighth fulfilled his

but his career has been stalled by

pre-season with the Highlanders

and Highlanders jerseys that he

career goal in the rugby cauldron

two serious injuries. However, his

as they try to defend their Super

has some fantastic skills, said

of Johannesburg's Ellis Park,

play has benefited through the

Rugby title. I'm so grateful for

Sorensen. It's exciting to think

when he guided the All Blacks to

influence of Highlanders Assistant

the opportunity to sign to the

that we're just scratching the

an exciting 27-20 win over South

Coach, Tony Brown.

Highlanders until 2018, he said.

surface of what this young man

I owe a lot to the coaching staff

can deliver.

news’ for Highlanders fans.

the side through a particularly successful season in 2009.

Africa in July. He showed his class in this

and the organisation for sticking

Lima is 24, and it's interesting to

year's Super Rugby final, when

by me and allowing me to develop

Meanwhile Joseph, is pleased

see how his game has changed

he outplayed the Hurricanes'

not only as a player but as a

to have secured the services of

since he left school. He ran

Beauden Barrett. Lima was a

person. I wouldn't be where I am

Sopoaga in the long-term. Lima

the ball more at school, when

decisive factor in the Highlanders

today without the great team

has worked really hard in the past

defences were not as tight, and

winning their first Super title.

culture, team-mates, coaches and

few seasons to develop his game,

medical staff. I'm looking forward

he has grown into a skilful first

to my future with the Club.

five and become an important

his place-kicking has become more consistent. Having said

Lima was unlucky to miss out

that, Wellington College rugby

on the All Blacks Rugby World

followers still talk about his

Cup squad of 31 this year. He

Lima has been a key player

What's more exciting is that I

brilliant kicking in Tauranga,

was a standout out performer

for Coach Jamie Joseph in his

don't think he has achieved his full

when he led the school to its only

for the Super Rugby Champions

time in charge of the southern

potential yet and is only going to

National U15 title.

and impressed in his test debut

franchise. He holds the season

get better.

in the All Blacks victory over the

record for points scored by a

Springboks at Ellis Park this year.

Highlander with 191 in 2015. He is

Growing up in the Hutt Valley

member of our team, said Joseph.

the second-ranked Highlander for

(apart from a year in Dunedin), he naturally wanted to play for

The talented up-and-comer is

most career points on 453 behind

the Hurricanes. He was quickly

seen as a vital player for the All

assistant coach Tony Brown.

into the Old Boys-University

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Wellington College Football has the largest student participation in history ith over 520 registered


night and lost 1-3 but at the

Football Old Boys have also

players and 34 teams,

NZSS Premier Nationals

made their mark on the field.

Football continues to grow

at Nelson the following

Daniel Carbonatto-Bowkett

at Wellington College and

month, they enjoyed the best

(2009-2013) and Angus Kilkolly

remains the school's largest

performance by a Wellington

(2013) were both members of

team sport. Eleven teams won

College 1st XI in a decade.

Wanderers SC which was a team from the extended New

competitions this year but the numbers of students not only

They were unbeaten in pool

Zealand U20 squad (Junior All

playing but also coaching and

play and eventually finished

Whites) which played in the NZ

refereeing Football has provided

fifth with just one loss, 0-1 to

National League. Daniel played

the real legacy for the code. .

Macleans College, but along

a number of matches for the

the way, had accounted for

Junior All Whites and for New

The 2015 Football 1st X1 coached

Football powerhouses Mount

Zealand A.

by Old Boy, James Webb (1995-

Albert Grammar School,

98), had a sound year. Their

Westlake Boys’ High School

Angus was a key player in an

striker, Christian Martin, the son of

and Auckland Grammar School.

epic Chatham Cup semi-final between his club team, Napier

Old Boy Russell Martin (1980-84) A happy James Webb, 1st XI Coach

was awarded the Golden Boot for

Overall, during the season,

scoring the most goals in the top

the 1st XI played 31 matches in

grade and they won the Champs

competitions and tournaments,

qualification and he was able

by a penalty shoot out with Angus

Cup for topping the points table

winning 22 with seven losses and

apply the latest international

converting his shot to help his

in the College Sport Wellington

two draws. They scored 126 goals

coaching strategies to his team

team win. On the other side was

Youth Premier Competition. They

with 27 against.

also retained the Wynton Rufer

City Rovers and Birkenhead United. The match was decided

2014 1st XI captain, Christian Gray James is one of a number of

(2012-2014). Other Old Boys have

Trophy, a challenge trophy which

For James Webb, it was a great

Old Boys making a significant

contributed as team coaches and

is at stake for all CSW home

return to a team he had played

contribution to Wellington College


games played by the holder.

for, as a student in 1998. James is

Football. A successful Football

currently a Football Development

Academy is in place under

The Wellington College 'Football

Winning the Champs Cup

Officer at Capital Football and has

Academy Coach, Andre Canton

Boys' past and present continue

automatically placed them in

coached extensively overseas

Buckley (2006-2010). The Sir Ron

to make their mark.

the final for the Trevor Rigby

and in New Zealand. The

Brierley Turf really proved its value

Cup against second placed

holder of the top New Zealand

this year with both the Academy

Hutt International Boys’ School.

coaching badge, he is currently

and 1st XI utilising it for early

Wellington College had a bad

undertaking a FIFA Confederation

morning, before school sessions.

Football honours board unveiled


ormer All White and 1980 Football 1st XI Captain, Dave Burgess (1977-1980) and Headmaster, Roger Moses, unveiled the Wellington College Football Honours Board on the weekend prior to the College’s 1st XI impressively defeating Kapiti College 15-1 on the Sir Ron Brierley Artificial Turf.

The Board honours the Wellington College Old Boys who represented New Zealand in FIFA ‘A’' Internationals, NZSS Reps and 1st XI Captains.

Left: Dave Burgess and the mother of Wellington College’s most capped All White, Simon Elliott, point out their names. Above: Football Old Boys and supporters check out the names on the Honours Board. The Lampstand | 2015



So much for retirement... s the white hulls of cruise


Stationed at key points across the

ships appear once again

city, a team of 90 ambassadors

from behind the headlands

rostered on throughout the

of Wellington harbour, Cruise

season guide visitors around the

Chip Ambassador Mike Pallin

city. A lot of the visitors just want to

is getting ready for tourists

catch a local bus and see what the

flooding into the capital.

city is really like.’

I’m passionate about Wellington,

The Ngaio resident says the

and it’s great to get out there and

capital’s cafe reputation has

show these people what our city

made itself known around the

has to offer.

world. A lot of them just want to get a decent coffee, because

ship volunteer ambassadors to

we live in New Zealand’s capital

The former Deputy Principal of

the coffee on the ship is so bad.

join the team. Mike says to be a

city and we’re only minutes away

Wellington College for over 20

Obviously, they have a huge range

successful ambassador, you need

from dozens of places to explore

years, Mike enjoys showing off

of choices.

to be a certain type of person.

and enjoy.

years to some of the 3000 visitors

Mike taught at Wellington

You need to be passionate about

This is why I joined the Wellington

disembarking off cruise ships.

College for 41 years, eventually

the city, knowledgeable about

Cruise Ambassador volunteer

working as International Director,

Wellington and enjoy talking to

programme when I retired.

As a cruise ambassador, we offer

which involved showing the best


Taking the cable car to the top

suggestions about how they might

of Wellington to international

want to spend their day. When

students studying at the College.

the city he has lived in for 50

there are two ships in, there can be

and strolling down through the Wellington is such an inspirational

Botanic Gardens and through the

city because we are spoilt for

historic Bolton Cemetery back

6000 people on the streets, so we

As visitor numbers increase,

choice for places to go and things

to Lambton Quay always does it

are there to make sure they can

Positively Wellington Tourism

to do. After living in Wellington for

for me.

find their way around.

is looking for 70 more cruise

50 years, I still pinch myself that

The Dominion Post

Marking the 70th anniversary of WWII’s end in the Pacific


ormer fighter pilot Leon ‘Pip’ Piper reckons a commemoration

marking 70 years since World War II ended in the Pacific may be his and many fellow veterans’ last. Flight Sergeant Piper, 91, of Plimmerton, was one of about a dozen veterans from throughout New Zealand who attended a service at Wellington’s Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to mark the 70th anniversary of the war’s end in the Pacific. During his three-month tour, the then 19-year-old flew as air support


hen Barry and Phyllis Tingey met on a blind date, they had no idea they would one day celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. However, this became a reality for

the couple who celebrated 60 years of marriage in October.

for Allied forces during the campaign on the Japanese-occupied island

The pair met on a blind date in 1951 after one of Barry’s

of Bougainville. ‘‘A lot of the veterans from the Pacific are gone, a lot of

friends organised for them to attend a ball together - and they

my mates have died and while it’s nice to remember, life goes on.’’

have been dancing together ever since.

Pip, BSc came from Whakatane High School to Wellington College in

Barry, an Old Boy and former Master of Wellington College

1955, replacing Bruce Cockburn. He left at the end of the following

suffered a stroke last year, which has curtailed his ballroom


dancing but still maintains an active interest in committee

The Dominion Post

matters as well as photography and their family. The Lampstand | 2015




hamber Music New Zealand

career, he leads the Armonico

earlier this year, celebrated

Consort's Orchestra in their varied

its 50th Jubilee and followed

programmes of mainly baroque

up on one of their first contest

repertoire, and in their popular

winners – our very own Bear Trio

and highly entertaining theatrical

– Miles Golding, Mark Jackson

productions such as Too Hot to

and Christopher Beckett, to see

Handel. He is married to mezzo-

where their music has taken

soprano Catherine Denley, with

them fifty years on.

three sons, all of whom are fine musicians.

The National Chamber Music NZ Final was held on 6 August,

Cellist, Mark Jackson's (1964-

1965. From over 300 entrants,

1967) playing career first led

ensembles from Auckland,

him to Australia where he was

New Plymouth, Palmerston

appointed Principal Cellist of the

North, Wellington, Nelson

newly-formed Australian Opera

and Christchurch played to

Orchestra and then Co-Principal

members of the visiting Vienna

of the Melbourne Symphony

Octet. Speaking through their


clarinettist, Professor Boskovsky, the Octet expressed pleasure at

After moving to London, he

the quality of the performances

became a member of the Royal

and awarded first prize to The

Philharmonic Orchestra and then

Bear Trio from Wellington, who

the Co-Principal Cellist of the

had impressed them by their

London Philharmonic Orchestra

musicianship, sense of style and

and appeared on many occasions

the skill with which each player

as guest cellist with the Melos

had maintained the balance of

Ensemble. In 1989, he accepted

his individual part. The finalists

the position of Professor of

What are your memories of

What's your stand-out memory?

received medals and a long-

Violoncello at the Conservatorio

preparing for the Contest?

One of the adjudicators, Alfred

playing record given by the Octet.

Regional do Algarve in Portugal.

Mostly we rehearsed with the

Boskovsky, clarinettist in the

He now lives back in the UK

grand piano in the spacious living

Vienna Octet, was as tall as his

teaching and playing the cello.

room at Chris Beckett's house in

Viennese accent was thick. All

Wadestown, but we had some

that I recall in his speech was

Where are they now? Before heading overseas, violinist Miles Golding (1963-1967) had

Christopher Beckett (1963-1967)

coaching from violin teacher Ken

his surprise and pleasure to

a brief spell in the original Split

pursued his piano studies in

Magill in a cramped little room in

discover the strength and love

Ends, before they became Split

France, where he was admitted

Firth House at Wellington College,

of music displayed by so many

Enz! However, as a classical

to the Conservatoire National

with a horrible upright piano. I can't

young musicians in such a remote

violinist he furthered his study

Superieur de Musique de Paris

remember how we rehearsed -

country and we were much more

in London with Eli Goren of the

and obtained two first prizes in

we were all so young and hadn't

remote in 1965, and that there was

Allegri Quartet and co-leader

piano and chamber music. As a

learnt how to listen critically, and

such a committed infrastructure

of the BBCSO, and Sascha

professional, he toured the USA,

so we were pretty dependent on

that made it possible.

Lasserson, pupil of Leopold Auer,

Canada and Australia with violinist

those with more experience to

and then embarked on a very

Regis Pasquier and passionate

address crucial technical and

How did you decide on your

successful free-lance career,

about theatre, he accompanied

musical issues. It was very funny

name Bear Trio?

performing with some of the top

the actor-cellist Maurice Baquet

that Wellington College, where

Silly thoughts around the fact

orchestras in London.

and the singer Anne Sylvestre for

music was suffered rather than

there were three of us· a big piano,

nearly thirty years. Christopher

appreciated at the time - sport and

a medium sized cello and a small

Miles became interested in

Beckett teaches at the Music

marching around in platoons and

violin. It was as mundane as that!'

period performance in the late

Conservatory of Sevres.

cleaning Bren guns were the most

(Goldilocks and the ...!)

1970s and worked with the

important extracurricular activities

Academy of Ancient Music,

Recently, violinist Miles Golding

- suddenly realised that they had

Are you still in touch with the

English Baroque Soloists, London

got in touch with CMNZ and the

three musical ambassadors! I am

other members of The Bear Trio?

Classical Players Orchestra

opportunity was taken to ask

thrilled to see that things have

Not for many years, but I renewed

of the Age of Enlightenment

him about his experience of the

improved: the level and breadth of

contact with Chris and Mark a few

and the English Concert. Still

Contest in its inaugural year.

musical activity there is astonishing.

years ago to ask if they fancied

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attending our ‘Forty Years On’

IN THE NEWS Reunion at Wellington College

all local talent. We've put on a few

(Class of 1967). Mark was unable

fundraising musical events over

to do so, but Chris was game. He

the years here, all involving young

lives on a houseboat on the Seine

musicians. It's hard work, but very

near Orly Airport. I went over with

enjoyable. It's a way of paying

my wife Catherine (a singer) and

back the debt I owe to those who

we rehearsed a few sonatas on

supported me and the other Bears

one of their grand pianos, while

and all those other young musicians

Catherine and Brigitte walked,

in Wellington fifty years ago.


talked, and sang and played too. Chris and I played at the school,

Recent events?

and performed two other recitals

Playing percussion in another

in Havelock North and at Waikato

production of the Flud de (I lent

University. Music still features

them my slung mugs and the wind

strongly there, because they know

machine I built, and played them!),

what a powerful beneficial force it

a recording of Purcell's Dido and

can be.

Aeneas, and performing three

If you were invited to go to your

Music that the ensembles enjoy with

of the best string quartets ever

perfect chamber music contest,

their hearts and minds and souls:

In 2013, Catherine and I, along with

written - late Haydn, late Mozart

what would you like to hear

their joy won't fail to touch other

a local drama teacher, produced

and early Beethoven. And I enjoy


hearts, and they will all be winners.

a Noye's Fludde in our town, using

listening to many kinds of music.

Myles (on violin) and Chris (on piano) perform at the Class of 1967’s Forty Years On Reunion in 2007



rendan Smyth (1964-1968),

for names and faces. He is also a

Head of Music & Radio for

big music fan who counts many

NZ On Air announced his

of New Zealand’s biggest pop

retirement after 26 years in the

music names as friends; NZ On


Air was involved with the likes of Bic Runga and Brooke Fraser,

As a civil servant and master of

Shihad, OMC, Scribe, Kimbra, Gin

government bureaucracy, he had

Wigmore; The Naked + Famous,

the responsibility for the small

the feelers, Opshop and many

packet distribution of $4.7M of

more before they became

taxpayer’s funds into the local

household names.

Brendan Smyth (left) with Mark De Jong after he was presented with the Industry Champion Award earlier this year.

music economy annually. Earlier this year, at the Music Thirty-something when he

Managers’ Forum Music Awards,

became the new NZ On Air’s

Brendan was given the ‘Industry

Radio Manager, he is now an

Champion’ Award for 2015.

impressively youthful 65-year-

Brendan’s contribution to New

old Kiwi music industry veteran

Zealand music is incomparable,

who is widely held in extremely

being responsible for all music

high regard, in the local

funding given by NZ On Air and

music community and also

helping to develop many of NZ


On Air’s initiatives that support all



his limited collector’s edition celebrates the architectural achievement of Bernard W Johns (1916-1918), an architect who influenced and changed the architectural landscape of Wellington and its region, for over half a century [see the 2014 Lampstand for full story].

artists in New Zealand including In 2011, Brendan was made a

NZ Music Month and the funding

Member of the NZ Order of Merit

scheme Making Tracks.

(MNZM) for Services to Music. Brendan is building a home Pedantic about accuracy, he is

to eventually retire to in

by any measure a musicologist,

Martinborough and will switch

has a degree in Philosophy and a

from being a bureaucrat to full-

deft sidestep, a couple of tattoos

time music fan.

and a disturbingly good memory

The book contains biographical information, photographs, designs, plans and the stories of those who commissioned works by Bernard Johns. For over five decades, he helped revolutionise the manner in which we all live. The book sells for $65 plus $7.50 (for postage) a total of $72.50. You can pay by internet banking, please deposit into: Kiwibank VA Innes-Jones: 38-9007-0659300-01 with your name in reference field and/or email thebachdoctorpress@ vodafone.co.nz for more information and orders. The Lampstand | 2015



French lessons learnt by NZ expats


ark Forgan (1993-1997) and

used to presenting one or two

Jamie Standen started their

ideas at a time. In that respect,

ad careers at Clemenger

the culture shock worked in both

BBDO Wellington, then six years


later moved to the opposite side of the world and became French,

So teams work differently in

at least a little bit. First stop was


Y&R Paris, then CLM BBDO Paris.

When we talk about a team presenting one or two ideas, it’s not

In 2012, the pair left with the

to say they’re lazy. It’s more that

ECDs, Jean-Francois Sacco and

they prefer to craft something up

Gilles Fichteberg, to help them

before presenting it, whereas we’re

and ex Publicis president Jean-

still quite comfortable showing

Patrick Chiquiar launch a new

squiggles on paper. The emphasis

agency, Rosapark Paris.

on craft is huge in France. If given the choice between something

Why did you both move to

beautiful with no idea, and a great


idea that looks a bit stink, many

We get asked this question almost

French creatives would be torn in

every day, but there’s still no clear

two. In New Zealand we used to

answer! We’d done about six years

present to the client concepts that

at Clemenger BBDO in Wellington

were drawn up by the art director –

and wanted to see a bit of the

does that still happen anywhere? It

world. London’s a pretty classic

certainly doesn’t here.

move, but we thought we’d go a few hundred kilometres further

Where are you working now?

at the agency. On top of that,

were scanned to a sound that

and see what France was like. We

After a stint at BBDO Paris working

the agency is in a district of Paris

represented the product. Milk

didn’t have a job lined up when we

mainly on Pepsi International, we

that is famous for craft, in terms

made a ‘mooo’, eggs made a

arrived. We just turned up with our

left with the executive creative

of things made by hand. On our

‘cluck’, tissues a sneeze, and so

portfolios under our arms, which

directors, Jean-Francois Sacco

street there are guys working with

on. But we are working on more

was pretty naïve in hindsight,

and Gilles Fichteberg, to help

brass, people making the plaster

and more international accounts,

but everything worked out in the

them and ex Publicis president

moulures that you use to jazz up

notably Thalys, the trans-

end - there are worse things than

Jean-Patrick Chiquiar launch a

your ceiling, and around the corner

European train network, and

spending the summer months

new agency, Rosapark Paris. To

there’s Hermès Atelier where

Brother International, who are

unemployed in Paris. Just as our

start a fresh agency was a huge

they’re stitching everything by

based in the UK.

savings were running out, we got

challenge, with all hands on the

hand. So the French have given us

a job at Y&R Paris. That was when

pump trying to win business and

craft, and in return we gave them

What was the agency’s first

they realised we didn’t speak

grow the agency. It’s our first gig

BBQ. One of our first acts was to

creative success?


as creative directors too, and after

install one on our agency deck,

We created human emoji for our

the initial year of pitching we had

we fire it up every Thursday night.

client Innocence in Danger, which

Was it a culture shock to be

to then get the creative reputation

Lamb chops are called côtelettes

turned out to be something people

working in a French agency?

up and visible. The Brother ‘Circus’

d’agneau in French, which makes

really wanted to see - or not see,

Day to day, for sure. People

TV commercial was our first

them sound flash as.

they’re pretty hideous. They were

smoking inside, creatives pitching

experience in the creative director

up to work at 11am, kissing

chair and it’s had a great response

Are your clients mostly French?

The ‘dog fat pants’ campaign was

everyone on the cheek when

in the international shows we’ve

The majority of them are. Our

in a similar category - a simple

you walked into a meeting -

entered so far.

biggest client is a French urban

image that people loved to see and

supermarket called Monoprix

share. A great image still seems

suits, clients, even the dudes. In

widely shared around the world.

terms of working in the creative

Is Rosapark more French, or

who have won a whole lot of

to be an easy, effective way to get

department, we just kept up the

internationally minded?

design and packaging awards for

someone’s attention, including

habits we’d learnt from

We really try to have the best of

their own label products. They’re

and especially online - the surfer is

Duster at Clemenger BDDO:

both worlds. As we said, one thing

always up for creative work. Last

scrolling at 100kph and you got to

generating lots of ideas as fast

we’ve learnt from the French is a

year, for example, we changed

stop them in their tracks!

as we could, which put a bit of

strong emphasis on craft, and this

the supermarket checkout ‘beep’

pressure on other teams who were

is something that’s really valued

when Monoprix branded products

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LOOKING RIGHT he Wellingtonian Newspaper


better place. He was a big pointer.

interviewed Wellington

He'd point at you and say, Your

businessman Tim Brown

job is X. That would most likely be

(1971-1975) about working for

totally different to your other roles.

Lloyd Morrison, Fringe Festival

You’d end up with lots of different

and being hit by a bus.

part-time functions that made a full-time role.

Are you Wellington born and bred?

As Wellington Airport Chairman,

Almost. I moved here from

what's your view of the runway

Christchurch when I was 12 and


went to Wellington College and

It would be a tremendously good

Victoria University. My parents

outcome for Wellington. I can't

moved on to Auckland, but I had a

think of anything else that would

What do you love about

unbelievable. It made me feel like

romantic attachment that kept me

have as big an impact. The


a very valued person. But I was

in Wellington, so I didn't go.

interesting part is that it's going

I don’t know anyone here who

very fortunate. I'm a naturally

to require ratepayer and taxpayer

doesn't give something back. I

inquisitive sort of person, so to

Did that pan out?

money. That creates a challenge,

was talking to the Phoenix owners

experience intensive care in the

Well, we're married and still live

because people are often

at the game on Sunday. For most

hospital was interesting in itself.

together and have three children,

suspicious about socialising

of them football isn't their first love,

So overall it was positive. You

so I think it was a good call!

cost, but privatising profit. How

such as Rob Morrison who is super

only have a few moments in your

that issue unfolds is going to be

keen on rugby.

life where things go really wrong. Often you learn more about

Was finance always your career

fascinating and the solution won't


be easy. It's something that could

So why did they get involved?

yourself and those around you in

I actually wanted to be a journalist.

stop the extension going ahead.

For Wellington. The Wellington City

those moments.

Council has also been fantastic

I did economics at Victoria. Out of the 13 in the class, twelve went

You are also involved with the

because it will embrace those

Do you still jaywalk?

to work for the Government and

Fringe Festival.

types of partnerships. Mountain·

My wife has become my crossing-

I worked in finance. I figured that

It's a great event. There's a

biking is a good example of that.

the· road policeman, so I’m not

all businesses require money, so

fascinating entrepreneurial aspect

They get funding for the tracks

admitting to anything! She was

if I learnt about finance I could

to it. The performers don't need

and other infrastructure, but do

more affected by it than me, so I

get a job at The Economist. But I

much, just help with how to sell

the work themselves through

don't risk it now and cross at the

immensely enjoyed it, so I stayed.

tickets or find a theatre and Fringe



gives them the template to do that. What do you enjoy about it?

There were about 1000 people

Do you mountain bike?

I'm quite a challenging sort of

involved last year, who were willing

Yes. It's one of the sports you

person and like pushing boundaries.

to have a punt and strut their stuff.

need to do with other people. I've

Finance is dominated by

Sometimes it’s truly terrible, but

recently joined a group of guys

traditional ways of doing things - it

other times you find the next Flight

who go riding most Saturday

worked yesterday so we will do

of the Conchords or (composer]

mornings. I've encountered all

the same thing today. I enjoy the

Gareth Farr.

these new tracks I didn't know existed, especially on Makara

challenge of trying to get people

French lessons learnt by NZ expats from page 44 Is it true what they say about long lunches in France? Unfortunately not! People in agencies here have as little time and as many briefs as

to look at and do things differently.

What's your favourite arts event?

Peak. There are tracks there where

I’ve been fortunate to work for

I love the opera. It’s so well done.

you can end up on the south coast.

people who have allowed me to

I admire it when people haven't

If you had your diving gear you

do that.

just said, Let's just turn up and

could just jump in and catch some

put on a show. We are little old

crayfish and five minutes later be

What was it like working for

New Zealand so it’s not going

back in the city. Where else can

Lloyd Morrison?

to be good anyway. I've seen La

you do that?

work during this time, there’s

He was a genuine visionary. What

Scala in Milan and in Wellington

was inspirational was that he really

and I thought it was way better in

In 2012, you were hit by a bus in


wanted to make the world a better

Wellington. What they produce is

Willis St. How do you view that

place, whether it was symbolic, like



trying to change the flag, or other

It was a life affirming moment. The

things about making Wellington a

support of the people I know was

people in agencies elsewhere. All the stuff about the holidays is true though - Paris in August is actually a ghost town, except for a few tourists. We prefer to no one in the office to disturb

So do you speak French yet? Si señor! Oh @#$%, hang on...

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Endless possibilities for these Oxford academics


n page 31, there is mention

10kg but it hasn't put me off. I am

of three Class of 2005

currently rowing with the Oxford

members who achieved

University Boat Club, trying to earn

considerable academic success

a seat in the Boat Race against

– winning scholarships to study

Cambridge on the Tideway. It'll be

at Oxford University. We caught

a tough slog through winter to try

up with the three of them to see

and make the crew but I'll give it

what they are up to.

my best shot.

Edward (Ed) Stace said, it’s

The Rugby World Cup has been a

amazing to think it's been ten

great opportunity to catch up with

years since I left Wellington

some of the guys who've come

College. The photo of the three

from back home and I am certainly

of us was taken at Zappis Bike

looking forward to a trip home

Shop and Café – oddly decorated

soon to catch up with everyone.

with NZ Triathlon and Cycling Kits

Oxford Scholars (L-R): Edward Stace, Max Harris and Peter Clark

left over from the 2012 London

Max Harris was elected as an

Peter said, my work has been

journals, and also spoke at a few

Olympics. The NZ team were

Examination Fellow at All Souls

on designing and making small

conferences during his Oxford

based in Oxford and made Zappis

College, Oxford in 2014. The prize

molecule inhibitors of some


their home base.

fellowship is one of the world’s

proteins implicated in cancer

most competitive and prestigious

and other diseases, towards

[I am sure we will see these three

I'm at Balliol College, just finishing

academic awards. Max, out of

boosting understanding about

in future Lampstands as their

year one of three, reading for a

Auckland University was selected

the proteins, and which hopefully

academic studies and career

DPhil in Musculoskeletal Sciences.

as a Judge’s Clerk for the Chief

leads towards new treatments for

paths develop. Editor].

Oxford has been fantastic and

Justice. He won a Rhodes

the diseases. I am starting a post-

the year has flown by with many

Scholarship to Oxford and with his

doctoral fellowship in Vancouver

adventures, conferences and trips.

2014 prize has had an incredible

in November, where I will be

The Balliol, Rhodes Scholar and

opportunity to pursue research in

doing similar work, but targeting

Oxford student communities are

any field he wished.

processes that are involved in

brilliant and I'm very lucky to be here.

both cancer and a number of The prize gives Max funding for

neurological diseases, including

up to seven years to do any kind

Alzheimers and Parkinsons.



Victoria University student has won an award for research into where the

I'm working as part of a team

of writing or research - and at the

to design a surgical implant to

moment, says Max, I’m working on

I have continued playing rugby

could be accommodated

improve tendon repair rates.

a book project on New Zealand

and powerlifting from my College

after a major natural disaster.

Instead of using different chemicals

politics. Before this I did Master's

and University days, but I wasn't

and molecules to influence cell

degrees in law and public policy.

able to play rugby in Oxford as my

Master of Architecture student

behaviour, we are modifying

When time permits, I play cricket

supervisor literally would not let me

Ben Allnatt's (2004-2008)

the surface architecture at the

(at a pretty low level), and social

out to play. I had to try alternative

thesis, Plan B Hive􀂑: An outpost

nano-scale to get cells to grow

Football and social Touch Rugby.

sports that had early training slots

in the Hinterland, won the

and function more favourably

I've also debated for Oxford and

- after a year of training, I am still a

Institution category of the

for tendon regeneration. It's a

done some work for homelessness

horrific archer. Instead, for the past

2014 International Architecture

fantastic team and the facilities


three years, I have actually become

Thesis Awards.

and equipment we have are really

New Zealand Government

a Cheerleader (apparently 13 years After completing a Bachelor of

of lifting locks in the line-out and

Inspired by the 2011

Biomedical Science and an MSc

five years of powerlifting are ideal

Christchurch earthquake,

I rowed for both the Balliol College

at Victoria University, Peter Clark

training for throwing girls up to

Ben’s thesis proposes an

and Oxford University Lightweight

won a Woolf Fisher Scholarship

five-metres in the air). I also ran the

alternative government

Rowing Club against Cambridge.

and went to Oxford to study for

College Bar for a year, and made

outpost could be established

(This isn't the big race in London

a DPhil (read PhD) in Organic

the most of the Oxford social circle.

on the outskirts of Wellington.

but that's the next goal). Sadly we

Chemistry. His final exams are on

lost our race by only four feet, after

as this magazine goes to print.

world leading.

six months training and dropping The Lampstand | 2015

The Wellingtonian Peter has had a few articles published in international science

IN THE NEWSThe latest Kiwi ingenuity from Alan GibbsIN THE NEWS


usinessman Alan Gibbs’

The Biski is a two-wheeled

(1953-1956) company [Gibbs

motorcycle powered by a two-

Amphibians] has unveiled

cylinder 40kW engine. It can

three new amphibious concepts

hustle along at 80km/h on land

– a side-by-side off road vehicle

and, once its wheels are tucked

(ORV) and two and three-wheel

into the aluminium hull, can

road legal motorcycles. Just

reach 60km/h on water. The

like all other Gibbs’ amphibians,

company says it can cope with a

the three new concepts can

rider weighing up to 120kg.


transition between water and land, in seconds retracting

The road-legal Triski gets one

their wheels and switching to

more wheel, a much more

jet propulsion at the touch of a

powerful engine and a slightly


bigger payload rating. Its turbocharged two-cylinder

The side-by-side Terraquad is

engine is rated at 100kW, good

160km/h Aquada sportscar of

developed two high speed

based on the earlier Quadski

enough for 135km/h on land. But

2003 and featured in previous

amphibious trucks called

platform and adds roof bars and

the three-wheeled design slows


Phibian and Humdinga.

a rear load deck. At 690kg it’s

it down on water, where its limit

heavier than the Quadski but

is 65km/h.


uses the same 104kW engine for

They can be seen on www. Gibbs Amphibians was founded


The Wellingtonian Digital Edition

by Alan and pioneers high-

a top speed of 80km/h on land

Pictured right with his Quadski,

speed amphibious vehicle

Read more on Gibbs Amphibians

and 65km/h on water.

Alan’s first vehicle was the

technologies. He has also

at www.gibbsamphibians.com

ymon McQuade (1992-


What excites you about the

1994) was appointed to the


Executive Director role with

It's constantly evolving. There's

New Zealand Specialty Coffee

always a new coffee or people

Association. In recent years,

getting involved who are

he has been heavily involved

passionate about coffee and

with many coffee competitions

about sharing coffee with other

including the AeroPress NZ

people, like I am.


Brewers Cup, Huhtamaki NZ Barista Champs as both judge and

What's your favourite way to

competitor, and the World Barista

make coffee?

Champs in 2012 based in Vienna.

Filtered, with no milk and unadulterated. From the farmer

The Wellingtonian Newspaper

to the roaster there's a lot of work

interviewed Aymon about coffee

done to create the characteristics

bean origins serving the rich and

in a coffee, so I want to taste them.

Yes. I grew up in Plimmerton and

got massive state housing blocks

have been living in Mt Cook for

on one side and some of the most

What's the best way to ruin a

three years. Before that I lived in

opulent pieces of real estate in the

coffee? By drinking tea!

Brooklyn, then Hataitai.

country on the other. The people

Usually three or four, mostly at

Do you judge tea drinkers, then?

Where did you train as a barista?

in the same community. I've been

home. If I go a few days without

No. I actually work for Bell Tea

On the job. I stayed at Parade Cafe

to the carnival a few times. It's

one I tend to get a headache.

and Coffee company two days a

about a year, then worked as a

such a wonderful melting pot of

week. I've worked there 5 1/2 years

barista in Sydney, and at a wine

cultures expressing themselves in

Has the coffee industry changed

as a lower North Island sales rep.

bar in Melbourne. After that I went

music, food and dance.

in New Zealand?

When I'm at the company's Gravity

to London. I started working in a

In the last few years a lot of

Coffee headquarters in Auckland,

pretty crummy bar and grill. Then

Did you serve any celebrities?

companies have employed coffee

I attend cupping events where

one of the staff started working at

The Club was mostly for arts

specialists, who have to ensure the

you can sample the new teas and

Electric House, a members' club in

people - anyone from actors to

quality of coffee. There's a growing

coffees. I enjoy trying new and

Notting Hill, and she poached me.

screenwriters to casting agents. I

number of roasters going directly

interesting things, whether its beer,

That was good fun.

saw Elle Macpherson, Kate Moss,

to the source of their coffee and

wine, food or coffee.

famous at Notting Hill. How many coffees do you drink a day?

associated with each mill around

having a direct relationship with the farmers.

Are you Wellington born and bred?

Sting and Mick Jagger, but I didn't What was Notting Hill like?

fawn over them. I just gave them a

I love how eccentric it is. You've

bit of Kiwi hospitality. The Lampstand | 2015



BACK on the road again for Adam


aving cycled from London

him in for a meal and a bed. This

to New Zealand from

great hospitality has continued.

2011 to 2013, Adam Glover

One night Adam was put up in

(1986-1989) has picked up

a hotel for free by a local radio

where he left off. Cycling out of

station. His most interesting host

Wellington in March this year, on

was when he spent a night with

what he says he expects will be

firemen in a local fire station in

another two-year adventure and


challenge. Cycling 40,000km from Wellington to Alaska to

It didn't take long for Adam’s

Argentina while fundraising

first snow encounter. While

for the New Zealand Asthma

crossing the last mountain pass

Foundation is the intention.

into Pittsburgh, Adam made the Pittsburgh Tribune after getting

When we caught up with Adam

caught in a blizzard. The local

in September, he had just passed

reporter couldn't believe his eyes

the 10,000km mark. His travels

when he saw a cyclist coming

so far have seen him cycle from

over the top of the pass while it

 Adam, alongside the Alaskan Pipeline.  Not even a chilly Arctic Ocean would stop Adam from taking a dip.  Clear skies in Montana ensured a smoother ride.

Wellington to Auckland, where

was snowing.

Adam has had to become very

The mud and rain were the worst

‘Bear Aware’. Especially while

part. Rather than drinking his

he then picked up a ride on a container ship that took him

Adam says his close call

camping out. His first real bear

water, he was having to use it to

across the Pacific, through the

hasn't been with traffic. It was

encounter came in the Yukon on

clean his bike, because the gears

Panama Canal and after 25 days,

in Montana where he was left

The Alaskan Highway. He had

were jamming up regularly. Snow

he arrived in Philadelphia on the

shaking and rather pale after

his trigger on his bear spray after

again found Adam as he crossed

West Coast of the USA.

accidentally coming face to face

been approached by a black bear

Antigun - the highest road pass

with a rattle snake.

on the road.

in Alaska. Despite the tough times

the end of the Dalton Highway,

Adam’s journey has created

In August, Adam made it to

landscape was out of this world

(the same road used in the TV

some interest which has led to a

Alaska and after reaching

and he said, he was travelling

programme Ice Road Truckers),

number of live radio interviews

Fairbanks, started the toughest

slow enough to see a hand full of

the most Northern public road in

and making some North

part of his trip so far, cycling

Caribou. More excitingly, Wolves,

Alaska and gateway to the Arctic

American papers and even radio

the 800km beside the Alaskan

Dall sheep, Muskoxen and lots of

Ocean at Prudhoe Bay.

news bulletins.

Pipeline on the 75% dirt

Grizzly Bears.

His first goal was to then reach

it was all worth it, said Adam. The

Dalton Highway all the way to In the States, Adam cycled out

Adam says he enjoyed crossing

through Pennsylvania, Ohio,

the States as it was like a history

Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin,

lesson as he constantly passed

The hills were steep and Adam

in the very chilly sea. Having

Minnesota, North Dakota and

places of notable historical

said he spent more time pushing

reached the Arctic Ocean, Adam


events such as Gettysburg and

his bike than ever before, fully

is now planning to head to the

the American Civil War.

laden with two weeks food. At

bottom of South America. This

one point, it was 400 km between

will see him pass through Mexico,

On his first day on the road,


To mark his arrival, Adam dipped his front wheel and then himself

Adam was invited in by some

Having crossed into Canada, his

services. After four days, Adam

Belize, Guatemala, Honduras,

locals and after dinner, learnt his

route north took him through

crossed the Arctic Circle.

Nicaragua, and Costa Rica

host was the Amish Mafia. The

British Columbia, Alberta and the

followed by Panama, Columbia,

second day, more locals invited


Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina over the next 18 months. You can find out more about Adam’s trip at adamglovercycling.com A link to his fundraising page for

 The Lampstand | 2015

Asthma can be found here as well.



n February this year, New

Although the decision closed

Zealand allrounder James

the chapter on playing for

Franklin (1994-1998)

NZ again I know I've been

signed a two-year deal with

incredibly fortunate to

Middlesex, a move that

have spent over a decade

has ended his international

being involved playing


international cricket, and


Talent spotting pays off

have had some of my James, a veteran of 179

greatest memories and

international appearances

experiences in cricket

for NZ, qualified as a non-

playing with the Silver Fern

overseas player courtesy of

on my cap.

Irish ancestry. Both parties have the option to extend

I'm delighted to have

the deal by another year if

secured James' services,

mutually agreed.

Middlesex's Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser


ugby fans can thank two

ultimately, contest the 2019 World

Old Boys, Chris Lendrum

Cup and at the same time, fending

(1994-1998) and Ben Castle

off those offers made by overseas

(also an England selector)

(1993-1997) for securing a

NZ in a Test just over two

said. At the end of the 2014

number of player contracts to

years ago. While he has not

season we sat down to

play professional rugby in New

Both have been at the forefront

played an ODI since June

analyse our shortcomings


of contracting the country's

2013, he was part of New

and felt that we needed to

Zealand's 30 Probables for

add quality, consistency

Head Prefect in 1998, Chris is

Rugby Teams, All Blacks Coaches

the World Cup squad. He

and nous to our squad.

New Zealand Rugby’s Player

and player agents. They remain

James will provide this. He

Services & Integrity Manager, and

confident the majority of New

permanently with his family

is fit, strong and motivated.

is responsible for managing the

Zealand’s influential young

and acknowledged the

He has a lot to offer and

employment of New Zealand’s

players will stay loyal to the

decision made has ended

continues to perform to a

professional players. He has led

black jersey. The attrition and

high level wherever he plays.

player contract negotiations for

movement offshore is a constant

the NZRU since 2010 and has

part of the game. It's an economy-

James last represented

has relocated to London

his international career.

clubs and league franchises.

elite, liaising with players, Super

He replaces Gareth Berg,

It will be a nice little

been recently joined in that role

to-scale issue and unfortunately

the allrounder whose

lifestyle change for the

by Ben as the Manager of Player

for everyone who is a fan of New

retirement through injury

whole family, to be based


Zealand rugby it's here to stay, said

last year left a gaping hole

in London for a couple of

in the Middlesex team.

years, James said.

Chris. The ongoing success of the Ben is a former professional rugby

All Blacks on the international

player. He began his career with

stage helps ensure that they

Having an Irish grandfather

the Bay of Plenty Steamers in

remain the most attractive

to be joining Middlesex for

has enabled James to sign

2002 and went on to represent the

proposition for young players to

the next few years, I want

for Middlesex as a local.

Chiefs and the Junior All Blacks.

aspire to.

to first take my cap off to

They will be the fifth county

Ben left offshore to continue his

While I'm very honoured

career in 2008 where he played

More recently, Chris has just

previously enjoyed

in Australia for the Western Force

returned from the Rugby World

enjoyable and

a decent stint at

and in France for Toulon. He later

Cup, having seen the efforts of the

memorable career


joined the Welsh regional team

team’s negotiation skills come to

and shorter

Newport Gwent Dragons. Ben

fruition. I would say the experience

ones at Essex,

retired from professional rugby in

there was a wonderful culmination

Glamorgan and


of four plus years of hard work

Wellington, for whom I've had a hugely

in New Zealand, James said. It's been an absolute privilege to play for

he's played for, having

for a large number of people


Wellington for over

As contract negotiators, Chris and

involved with the team. It was very

15 years.

Ben’s priorities are locking in the

rewarding to see the team deliver a

next generation of professional

result that is so meaningful to the

rugby players ready for the

rugby community and the country.

British and Irish Lions in 2017 and,

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Singing about Wellington


usician Andrew Laking

Why does Irish music appeal?

(1998-1992) talks to the

I like how it tells a story. It's a very

Wellingtonian Newspaper

organic music, and so is the music

about touring, bad Irish weather

scene in Ireland. They tend not to

and writing songs about

do music courses; they learn off


other people from a young age. It's passed down through generations

You lived in Ireland for ten years.

- there's history behind it.

Why did you move there? I met an Irish musician in

How did what you learned in

Wellington and when his visa

Ireland compare to your formal

ran out he said that Ireland was

music training?

quite a good spot for music, and

I was surrounded by music - totally

that maybe I should think about

absorbed by it. I wasn't studying it,

heading there. So I did. It was

but I was playing along in sessions

hotel in Amsterdam. Each day we'd

being disappointed by how mild

supposed to be for a year for a

and learnt a lot. More than

drive to a different place and the

the winter was. I was keen for a

change of scene and to see what

anything, I became very familiar

bus would back into the venue.

good solid winter. It can be pretty

it was like living in Europe, but I

with how it works and functions.

We'd perform and then get back on

miserable in winter in Ireland, but

the bus. There's really only two or

the communities have been built

three towns in Holland as I recall.

for it.

stayed for ten years. Your band, GrĂĄda, has toured Have you always been interested

extensively. In how many places

in Irish culture and music?

have you performed?

What was it like coming back to

Your latest project, The Empire

Yes, I studied at the

At least 1500 cities. We toured

New Zealand?

City, is a CD and book of

Conservatorium of Music [now

for ten years and used to tour

There's not as much music going

songs about Wellington. Why

New Zealand School of Music]

for months on end. One year we

on here as in Ireland. But overall


and started getting into folk music.

were on the road for 220 days.

there's a lot of creativity and music

When I moved back here I'd been

My brother lived in Scotland for a

We toured a lot in Europe and the

happening. New Zealand is a

immersed in the Irish folk scene

year and came back with lots of

United States. Also we toured in

small country though, and bands

for so long, singing songs about

interesting songs. I got to know

Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

have a shelf life. Small populations

Ireland. I turned towards writing

make it harder. There's only so

songs about where I was living. I

some people in Wellington who were involved in folk music and it

Does touring get boring?

many times people can go to

didn't set out to write the album,

evolved from there.

We toured the Netherlands once,

your concert. In Europe, we'd just

but I'd written a few songs about

and did about 30 shows. It's a tiny

pop over to Germany and the

Wellington and thought it would

country, so we stayed in the same

demographic multiplied.

be interesting to flesh it out and tell the whole story.

How does the weather compare? I remember getting back here and


The Empire City traces the history of Wellington, from the middle of the 19th Century till the present day. Stories are told through song, text, paintings and photographs and offer a creative insight into the history of life in the capital city. The book includes a CD with original songs by Andrew Laking, and features a number of exceptional guest artists including Bret McKenzie (1990-1994), Riki Gooch, Toby Laing (1989-1993), Norman Meehan and Justin Firefly. The songs are given context by historical notes and illuminated through a number of previously unseen archival photos, and over 20 new paintings by Bob Kerr. 2015 marks the 150th year since Wellington became the capital of New Zealand – a fitting time to release The Empire City. The Lampstand | 2015



ach year nearly 3000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in


One man’s account of diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer through low dose rate brachytherapy

New Zealand, and about 600 die annually. Despite these statistics, Blasted by Seeds is Tom McGrath’s story of his

diagnosis, the difficult process of selecting a treatment, first of its kind in the world to describe brachytherapy treatment and the anxiety of ‘making the right choice’.

from the patient perspective - shows that success can come out of Tom never suspected he had cancer, until a chance

adversity. blood test returned an atypical result. He soon found himself in a urologist’s surgery discussing the early

stages of the disease. Based on a personal diary and medical correspondence, Blasted by This book details the brachytherapy procedure Tom Seeds covers the period from 2007 when Tom underwent PSA tests underwent, and the long post-op period of

and a biopsy to establish theAextent the disease. He then had to medication and testing. centralof theme of story how he ‘gets on with life’ in several spite select athe form of istreatment from amongst options. of a potentially fatal disease.

Tom McGrath has had a varied career,

The story focuses oninspection, his choice low dose rate brachytherapy and including factory trade – unions, parliamentary research, and teaching. He is post-procedural challenges.


a contributing author to books on employment relations and human resource management, and recently taught issues in theDiploma narrative include coping New Zealand in Business courses at a private training institute.

Blasted by SeedS • Tom mcGrath

this new book Blasted by Seeds McGrath (1966-1970) – the experience with prostate cancerby —Tom the tests, biopsies,

with unpredicted discovery

of a potentially life-threatening disease, having to make decisions

Blasted by Seeds

Tom’s recreational interests include Latin

with long-term effect mountain based on limited American dancing, biking, and knowledge, and maintaining swimming. He is married to writer Julia Millen.

patience and determination until a point is reached where doctors can confidently advise success. Tom was born and educated in Wellington. After attending Wellington College then university, he embarked on a varied career, including secondary school teaching in the mid 1970s. Following this he worked as a factory inspector, and later as a union organiser and a

Tom McGrath

parliamentary research officer during the period of the 1984-1990 Labour Government. From 1988 to 2011, he was an academic staff member at a tertiary education institution and specialised in teaching employment relations and human resource management. He currently works part-time teaching New Zealand Diploma in Business courses at a private training institute. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Public Policy degree from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Diploma in

Blasted by Seeds by Tom McGrath One man’s account of diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer through low dose rate brachytherapy. RRP $35.00, ISBN 978-0-9922603-4-7 Soft cover, A5, 150 pages. First published June 2015 Writes Hill Press Ltd, PO Box 23 032, Wellington. www.writeshillpress.co.nz Please email purchase orders to lynn@writeshillpress.co.nz

Business Studies from Massey University. He has written chapters in books about management and human resource management, in the course of his academic work. His recreational interests include Latin dancing, mountain biking and swimming.

Bright young things: 30 aucklanders under 30 going places NZ HERALD

THE REPORTER: TVNZ reporter Chris Chang (20002004) joined the newsroom three years ago as an intern but quickly rose through the ranks, to make his way onto the company's flagship bulletin. From sports and weather to serious news reporting, Chris has proven he can turn his hand to anything. THE FUNNY GUY: Former yellow Power Ranger Nic Sampson (2000-2004) may be best recognised from his acting roles (most recently as DC Breen in The Brokenwood Mysteries) but his real talent lies in comedy. Selling out the Basement Theatre earlier this year with his show National Treasure, the Tom McGrath, with wife Julia.

comedy writer is also behind many of the jokes on Jono and Ben, Best Bits and Funny Girls. He also appears on 7Days. The Lampstand | 2015



Putting the ‘smarts’ where they are needed dam Davy (1973-1977) may


Over the past 25 years at

have a pretty good IQ but

BDO, Adam has looked after

he's first to admit he has the

mostly small to medium-sized

emotional intelligence of a brick.

businesses that can have up to

I have no emotional intelligence

$80m a year in turnover. They're

except enough to realise that,

owned by real people, and the

laughs the Managing Partner

biggest thing you can do for them

of Wellington accountancy firm

is get them to the stage where

BDO and head of BDO New

they can exit through succession

Zealand's Advisory.

planning. To see a client cut the

clearing houses, Databank, Adam

way backwards.

apron strings and get their nest

says one of the skills he picked

As for his IQ of 160, the clients

egg out of it, to see them succeed

up at school was more about

He studied for an accounting

who know him well describe him

while the business continues on is

footwork than figures. He says

degree while he worked at the

more as ‘densa’ rather than

the greatest part of all.

because he thought differently,

company that is now BDO but

at school it was all about survival.

failed five papers, simply because

high IQ society]. It's a fine line

As managing partner of BDO

You either got bullied or you had

he never finished the first chapter

- it doesn't indicate anything

Wellington, decision making

to run fast. Luckily I learned to

of any textbook. He says he got

rationally, it just means I'm

and problem solving are part of

run fast! Adam never studied

bored. So he wound up finishing

somebody who thinks differently.

everyday life. Adam says all his

accounting at school.

his degree extramurally, becoming

‘Mensa’ [the world's largest

a qualified chartered accountant

problem solving begins at the end. As a result, his clients are often

I don't start with the process. I start

I went to Victoria University not

on the receiving end of what he

with the outcome and work my way

knowing what I wanted to do, then

thinks is good but sometimes

back - I do the same with a maze

I got engaged and I had to get a

But knowledge still matters to

‘blunt’ advice. I don't sugar-coat

puzzle. Some people may fear that

job. I saw a notice on the board

him. The irony is, our motto at

anything. It's got to be real, the 'if

I'm a loose cannon because I've

for a tax consultant. I thought

Wellington College was Lumen

you don't do this then you'll be out

gone straight to the answer. I don't

everyone hates auditing so it had

Accipe Et Imperti, which means

of business in five years' time' type

do it consciously, I can't articulate

to be a goer and I'd done my own

receive the light and pass it on.

stuff. But my clients who know me

the inner why, but it's a principle I've

tax return before.

At the time I knew what it meant

and get me, appreciate that. And

applied throughout my working life,

those who don't just shouldn't work

and it works for me. So whenever

I remember my first day at work.

meaning, it's about having that

with me!

a client has a problem, I just pick it

The partner asked me to do

knowledge and passing it on to

up and solve it quickly, and it's that

journal entries and I said 'what's a

the people around you, and that's

Behind his bluntness and his

buzz of being able to help a client

journal’? But true to form, Adam

exactly what I'm doing.

self-confessed lack of emotion

that spins my wheels.

quickly found his feet, starting

that drives him, and it's as strong

Adam was recently named as

today as it was when her first

Xero's Most Valued Partner of the

entered the world of accounting

Year 2015. He knows his accolade

35 years ago. It's about helping

is to do with BDOs around the

the client achieve what they want

world following his lead on cloud

to do. It's not about bookkeeping.

accounting but he says the award

You're helping to solve people's

isn't about him.

problems, you've got their backs. Most of my clients are the owner of

I want the clients to get what

the business, as opposed to being

they deserve, so I want our BDO

a shareholder in a big business, so

partners to realise this is what the

it's real to them. I know their kids,

way of the future is, and then the

I know their families ... It's still all

clients to be better off for it, that's

about the financial relationship,

the true accolade.

but I take it personally because I want them to succeed, and I get

The son of a banker who was one

huge satisfaction from that.

of the five founding managers of the world's first overnight cheque

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literally but now I know its true

with the answer and working his

though, Adam says it is passion

with ‘five Ds’ to his name.

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he Wellington College Careers and Transition Department is keen to make contact with Old Boys who might be willing to give a lunchtime presentation (12.30pm to 1.30pm) to interested students about their career or business including: Small Business Owners and Retailers, Financial Planners, Accountants, Bankers and Share Brokers, Advertising and Marketing, Engineers, Architects and Designers, Hotel and Event Management, Property Developers, Foreign Exchange Dealers, Professional Sportsmen, State Services, Foreign Affairs, Journalism, Television, Radio, Media, Health Professionals: Doctors, Specialists, Dentists, Vets, Physiotherapists, Optometrists, Computers (using and maintaining/developing software/ web design), Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Joinery, Automotive, Forensics, Researchers, Food Service Industry: Chefs, Bakers, Butchers, Lawyers, Police, Fire and Rescue Services, Agriculture to name a few. Any further suggestions or inquiries, please contact: Ernie Rosenthal, (1957-1960). Wellington College Careers’ Adviser Tel: 04 802 2536 • Mob: 021 124 9439 Email: e.rosenthal@wc.school.nz



Honour bestowed on Wellington college’s proposed memorial hall architect he New Zealand Institute of


residential and commercial

them and the landscape, whether

Architects has conferred its

projects of all scales, first

urban, rural or natural, that

premier individual honour,

made a name for himself in the

surrounds them.

the Gold Medal for career

early 1990s with the significant

achievement, on Stuart Gardyne

conversion of Wellington

Stuart and his company

(1970-1974), a director of the

Public Library into City Gallery

'architecture+' were awarded

Wellington firm 'architecture+'.

Wellington. He would return to

the contract to design the new

the Gallery in 2006 to design a

Wellington College Memorial

The Gold Medal is the highest

distinctive extension. Clad in a

Hall and Performing Arts centre

level of professional recognition a

‘rusted’ metal skin, the extension

and are looking forward to the

New Zealand architect can attain.

respects the proportions of the

culmination of his design at the

For Stuart, it acknowledges an

original building while meeting the

proposed opening in 2017.

accomplished career during which

requirements of a modern public

he has achieved consistently high

art gallery. In the coming years,

standards for and with his clients.

Stuart will begin a third stage of work that will better integrate the

In awarding the Gold Medal,

building with Civic Square.

the Institute of Architects noted Stuart’s generosity – to

A born and bred Wellingtonian,

architecture as a profession as

Stuart through his architecture

well as the wider public realm.

has helped shape the city and its surrounds for close to four

Stuart has become an architectural leader as well as an excellent

decades. Significant projects include the Pataka-Porirua

All in a day’s work hen Chiefs Assistant Coach


equipment for the unit including

Andrew Strawbridge

a computer, syringe pumps,

travelled to Samoa as

an echo machine, airways equipment, a dialysis machine,

designer, and the profession he so

Museum of Arts and Culture,

Manu Samoa’s Technical

admirably represents has benefitted

Morrison’s Bush Cabin and

Adviser for their test against

a vital signs transport monitor,

Ponatahi House in the Wairarapa,

the All Blacks, he contracted a

and a portable oximeter.

the Hutt City administration

life-threatening eye infection

building, the acclaimed

and it was thanks to Old Boy,

David was formerly Principal

Conservation House and Spark

Dr David Galler (1968-1972)

Medical Advisor to the Minister

Central in the city and, on the

who saved his life. David has

of Health and Clinical Director

waterfront, the Te Wharewaka o

been on a sabbatical from

of Acute Care at Middlemore

Pōneke-Te Raukura.

Middlemore Hospital and has

Hospital. He then moved to

aspirations and his knowledge

been at Samoa’s Moto'otua

Samoa with his new passion

of commercial realities, his

Stuart grew up in a suburb

National Hospital, heading their

– advancing intensive care in

willingness to test a brief and his

populated with architecturally

Intensive Care Unit.

Samoa, working as a volunteer.

eagerness to challenge himself.

designed houses – Wilton, in

enormously from his collegiality, intelligence and integrity. He has become a place maker, and his city is profitting from his understanding of its people and its patterns, his sympathy for cultural

His expertise has made so

Wellington, and knew he wanted

Andrew’s family subsequently

much improvement in the

to be an architect from the time

set a Givealittle appeal for

emergency needs of the ICU.

architecture critic and

he started at Wellington College.

specific medical equipment

commentator, described Stuart

His first job out of Architecture

for the hospital's intensive care

He has worked well with

as a thoughtful and astute

School was with the architecture

unit, saying that by supporting

the nursing staff who have

firm Structon Group, where he

Dr Galler and his 'wonderful’

admitted to being exposed

quickly rose through the ranks to

ICU team it would

of Wellington. I’ve always found

become a director after just five

make it much easier to

Stuart to be an extremely generous


continue their amazing,

the emergency attention

compassionate work.

given to Manu Samoa, said

Tommy Honey, New Zealand

architect who has made a significant contribution to the city

person… his commitment to the city – to Wellington is extraordinary. I think the City Gallery is an example

established the practice

of him giving his architecture to the

'architecture+', where he

raised (around

continues to make a name

$64,000) will

for himself with buildings that

help to buy

respect the people who occupy


Stuart, whose work spans

experience especially with

National Health Services,

In the late 1980s, Stuart The money

people of Wellington.

to a whole new range of

Chief Executive Officer, Leota Laki Sio.

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he Wellingtonian Newspaper


At the start. The exciting work was

interviewed Radio New

when you were responsible for

Zealand's Spectrum

recording the symphony concert

presenter, Jack Perkins (1954-

at the Town Hall. But there was

1958) in March.

no news or spoken report. It was music and it had to be a

Was radio your first career choice?

specific kind so you didn’t ruffle

No. When I left Wellington College

the feathers of people straight

I was a trainee draughtsman in

out of bed having their breakfast.

the Ministry of Works. They built

Gradually I became dissatisfied

drains and roads. I was in the civil

working in the sound desk, so

design part, building big concrete

I went to Victoria University

structures. I was bloody awful at it.

and studied Political Science and Philosophy. I came back

So you left?

and ended up in the spoken

Yes. A friend of mine worked in


radio and knew I was a classical pianist. He suggested I could be

How did Spectrum start?

a music programmer for the New

In 1972, I helped Alwyn Owen set

reappeared somewhere on the

I've written a cricket book and I've

Zealand Broadcasting Service.

up the programme. He retired

other side. It had got a shock, gone

written a bit of poetry, too.

We called it record shuffling. It

in the mid-1990s but I'm still

away and sulked. Later on we

would've been one of the few

here. I’ve been able to travel all

found there were a whole lot more

Do you think about retirement?

places to be involved with music in

around the country and overseas.

birds on Stewart Island, but that

All the time, but I do very little

1959. I thought I'd give it a year and

It's essentially a human interest

was the most miserable 20 minutes

about it. I'm 75 in September. I only

I'm still here after 66 years.

programme, portraying life and

I ever encountered on Spectrum.

work five hours a day in the week and might make a recording in the

humans in New Zealand. I never What was it like working in radio

applied for a job after 1972. Before

How do you find your stories?

weekend. I don't travel as much as

in the 1950s?

that I was applying for radio jobs

Murder, blackmail and arm

I used to because three of us cover

It was like joining the priesthood.

every week.

twisting. No, not really. There's no

the country. I do the lower North

one source. I read newspapers and

Island. I can't keep going forever,

people send in ideas.

but am still on top of the game -

You were joining a club of people who were misfits in a way. Some

Any particularly memorable

were amazingly talented, but

stories from Spectrum?

they didn't fit in as bank tellers,

In 1974, I was doing a programme

Why have you stayed with

insurance agents or shopkeepers.

in Fiordland with Don Merton, a

Spectrum so long?

We followed up with Jack,

Some were a bit eccentric, but

leading activist in saving rare birds.

I felt I was contributing something

after this was published to get

good fun to be around. Radio

His team thought the last kakapo

valuable to the history of New

an update. Jack responds,

was something of a haven for

in the wild was in Sinbad Valley.

Zealand. It's not about hard news,

I’ve retired from RNZ since the

gay people. Somebody said to

They wanted to catch the bird

current affairs or controversy.

interview, completing 56 years

me, 'You're going to work in that

and transport it to Maud Island,

That's covered by Morning Report.

in radio and 43 with Spectrum. I

queer outfit! It wasn't something

which is pest-free. We found the

We're at the other end of the

was afraid that I would pine for

a straight teenage cricket player

bird, then Don suggested I feed it a

spectrum. We're about the oddball,

work after all those years but I’m

should do.

piece of cabbage. I pulled myself

the unusual, colourful people and

delighted to report that I don’t miss

up to the hide (a wooden structure

quirky personalities. We welcome

it one bit. I love sleeping in and

What did your parents think?

from which to view the bird). On

the person with strong opinions

doing little of great consequence, I

My father was a coal miner who

one side was a drop of about

and strong personalities.

recommend it.

came out from England in 1950,

3000 feet - frightening! As I put the

when I was 10. He had the typical

cabbage on top of the hide, the

Do you count yourself as an

Thinking back, it was a similar

attitude of many of his era. When

bird went for it, but bit my hand,


story when I gave up cricket after

l said I'd be playing around with

so I pulled it down. There was a

No, I'm a pretty average kind of

playing over 40 years, I had no

records, he said Lad, that's not

squawk and a flutter, then dead

person. I live in suburbia in Karori

trouble filling my weekends.

a proper job. In those days work

silence. I had visions of this last

and enjoy watching a bit of rugby

It’s strange how habit can prevent

had to be dangerous, dirty and

kakapo in the world splattered on

and cricket.

us embracing change. 'I’ve done

unpleasant. Otherwise it wasn't

the rocks below.

even though I'm sounding a bit old.

this many times before' seems You used to play cricket?

preferable to 'I’ll try something

What did you do?

That's right. I played senior cricket


Did you enjoy creating the

I sat there feeling utterly miserable

for 30 years, and was a medium


for 20 minutes. Then the bird

paced bowler. I still love cricket.

proper work.

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Hanging up his lab coat after 50 years


iecing together dozens of

he says ranged from the sublime

skeletons, helping to design

to the ridiculous.

and build the Coastal Ecology

Laboratory, rounding up 15,000

It was a very different era when

rogue bees - Alan Hoverd’s

Alan arrived at Victoria as a

(1962-1965) 50 years with

16-year-old in 1965. He walked

Victoria University could never

out of Wellington College

be described as ordinary.

straight into Victoria’s Zoology Department as the University’s

The University’s Coastal Ecology

first technical trainee.

Laboratory was practically Alan's second home, where he kept

From his second day, when he

marine specimens, maintained

found the laboratory’s human

equipment and conducted his

skeleton sitting in his chair

fish, rats and other animals for

The animal skeletons he has

own research.

wearing his lab coat, it was

class dissections.

worked on - sharks, orang-

apparent that this was no average

utans and rodents among them,

But after five decades he’s ready

working environment. The

As the ‘general dogsbody’, he also

are testament to some of his

to hang up his lab coat and

young Alan kept undergraduate

made coffee for the technicians’

many skills. Armed with surgical

farewell the university that gave

laboratories in top condition,

morning tea. This meant boiling

instruments and taxidermy books,

him many skills, experiences,

looked after the two tuatara and

water in the billy that rested on

Alan pieced skeletons together,

friends, memories and tasks that

in-house rodents and prepared

an asbestos mat over a Bunsen

bone by bone, for research and

burner. He always washed the

teaching. One time, an iguana

billy thoroughly beforehand, as

skeleton arrived in a shoe box from

it was likely he’d boiled items

Australia, in hundreds of pieces.

like cats’ heads in it earlier, while

Needless to say it was a challenge

It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home


estpac's new CEO, David

and previously headed up

preparing teaching specimens.

to get that accurate … and to this

McLean (1971-1973) was

the bank's New Zealand

Alan had always shown an artistic

day I have no idea if the vertebrae

drawn home from the

institutional, private and wealth

talent, and in an age where

are entirely in the right sequence.

management businesses.

publications relied on hand-drawn

bright lights of New York City by the allure of his ‘dream

images, his skills were soon put

As a founding member of the

job’ back in New Zealand.

While based in New York

to good use. He drew and painted

University’s civil defence team,

Unusually for the leader of an

heading up Westpac's

illustrations that were used as

he was involved in setting up a

Australian-owned bank, David

institutional Americas division,

teaching aids, and many others

flying fox for a training exercise

is a New Zealander.

he said he had kept close tabs

were published in local and

in 1979, which whizzed from the

on the bank's local operations

international books and journals.

Easterfield building rooftop to the

Since graduating from Victoria

and on New Zealand in

University, David started as a

general. When you're overseas,

Early in his career, Alan was

lawyer in private practice, then

you get together with other

afforded extra training opportunities

His ability to find unusual tasks

worked as in-house counsel at

Kiwis for a drink pretty regularly,

in glassblowing, metalwork and

has not waned in his later years.

a bank, before morphing into a

find all the bars that have the

histology, as well as time to study

In January this year, he was a

banker, specialising in the debt

rugby on TV, and stay in touch

at Wellington Polytechnic, and

key player in rounding up and

capital markets. So far, the

with the news, he said.

highlight has been his current

Rankine Brown building.

then London University College

relocating 15,000 bees that had

on a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship,

found a home in the walls of a University building.

role as CEO of Westpac New

Coming home was not a difficult

while working at the Central

Zealand. It is a big job, with

decision, said David. New York

Veterinary Centre in Surrey.

an organisation and people

was an amazing place to live. I

he knows well, and with

think it did change me in

Despite this, Alan feels he is now He rose through the ranks,

ready to step back from Victoria.

the potential to make

some ways. But there's

becoming a Technical Team

I’ll miss the students and my

a positive difference

nothing like coming

Leader who manages staff

colleagues and all the interesting

to the New Zealand

home to New Zealand,

servicing undergraduate teaching

and highly qualified individuals, but


even just arriving at

laboratories and coordinates the

I think 50 years is a good innings.

the airport. The light is

technical side of things, to keep

David has been with Westpac for 15 years,

brighter, the grass is greener.

things running smoothly. He has

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also been involved with a few

Victoria University

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Operatic opportunities on offer enor Jonathan Abernethy


felt I'd get into it and find out

(2000-2004), learned late

what area I wanted to jump into. I

last year that he had won the

thought there'd be another degree

Australian 2014 Opera Awards. He

down the line and I'd upskill in that

scored the A$4500 Armstrong-

area. Singing was always a bit

Martin Scholarship along with

of a passion and a hobby, never

the A$30,000 Youth Music

a serious career. I decided to go

Foundation of Australia Award.

down the IT line and see where I found myself.

It came with such a big shock, a good shock, he said. It's an

He graduated in early 2011 and

industry award, such a big sort

took a job, doing admin, a bit of

of thing, I thought, kind of right

web stuff, being a general intern,

up there. It's given me such a

and getting to grips with having to

confidence boost in that what I'm

do it every day.

doing is really right. It will open up more doors and help push me to

Intermittently, for love of it, he

the next level.

took singing lessons with local teacher Lesley Graham. It was

He will travel overseas and will

there that the classical thing

contemplate summer schools

started. It was still a hobby. I liked

in several countries, including

doing it but I wasn't doing it every

Germany and Italy. I'm trying to

day. It was the old sing-in-the-

splash. I was getting over the whole

In retrospect, his first year started

figure out what's best for me.

shower and turn up.

awesome experience of being in

quite small but in my mind it was

the Opera House and meeting

massive. They gently built things

people I'd only heard about.

up. There's always been help and

At the time of his win, Jonathan

In a ‘pretty casual’ way, in an early

had just finished singing the role

break from his first year in the

of Fenton in Opera Australia's

working world, he took himself

They included the show's

Melbourne season of Falstaff.

off, with Graham's blessing, to

artistic director, who came over

Such a great production, he said.

the NZ Singing School in Napier,

and said, 'just wondering when

His mum and dad - a Wellington

Fenton is the real deal.

a residential school held every

you can start'. He could hardly

interventional cardiologist -

two years and with Dame Kiri

believe what he was hearing,

travelled to Melbourne to see

Jonathan has travelled a long

Te Kanawa - who later met

but a year later he was living in

him perform as Fenton alongside

way, musically, from primary

and helped him - as one of the

Sydney and in Opera Australia's

Warwick Fyfe as Falstaff. His

years in the St Mark's Church


Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist

parents, he says, are stoked" by


his far-from-IT turn of career.

School Choir and teenage years

support - and being thrown in the deep end would have been horrific.

at Wellington College. There, as

We decided on the singing school

he puts it: I had a sort of turbulent

rather than the Whanganui Opera

As soon as they made the offer I

Singing, he says has been

relationship with the Music

School, which might have been

thought they're not going to ask

amazing as a hobby, but it's even

Department. I'd get caught up with

too much, and especially with my

twice. It's a good time to do it.

better now. I just love it. I was

rowing and wouldn't be around. I

attitude. It was great fun. Most

I'm young, I can come back to IT;

missing out a lot when it was just

always treated the musical thing

of the singing I'd done in New

that stuff doesn't change. I was,

a hobby.

as a hobby. I wanted to keep

Zealand was at the singing school.

like, 'this is a good time and an incredible opportunity'. I just have

"Opera Australia has been

a subject I might not enjoy any

There were prizes. He won an

to go as hard as I can for as long

phenomenal. Now, with the

more. If I felt like doing it today, I'd

Opera Australia award that

as I can and get as far as I can.

award, I've got the opportunity

do it today. I was an irritant in the

allowed him to travel to Sydney

music department.

and watch a rehearsal in the

In his two years with Opera

a really high standard, step back

Sydney Opera House. It was

Australia, he has played Don

and take stock of what areas I can

Dutifully, at the end of his school

pretty exciting, my first time in

Ottavio in Oz Opera's Don

improve on and know how I want

career, he put his love of music

the Opera House. On the last day

Giovanni, Ruiz in Il Trovatore,

to go forward as a singer."

on the back-burner and settled

the company called me up and

Normanno in Lucia di

down at Victoria University to

asked if they could hear me sing.

Lammermoor and been a soloist

finish a BCom ready for an IT

I thought I might get on the radio

in Opera Australia's Greatest Hits

career. I liked computers and

but I wouldn't make much of a

at the Sydney Opera House.

music as something I enjoyed, not

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to go away and focus on getting

The Dominion Post

It's all about yachting




eoff Stagg’s (1961-1965)

set his sights on distance racing

driving man. Wrote Blake,

Russell Bowler. Not too long

resumé includes wins in

in a bigger yacht. The keel yacht

'Staggy’ was an automatic choice

after the Ceramco New Zealand

the Sydney Hobart race

dream became an obsession!

(for one of two watch captains),

adventure, Geoff packed his

who would be responsible for

bags and headed to Annapolis,

(three times), the Kings Cup in Spain, Japan Cup, One Ton

In 1974, a short film was made –

the performance of the boat, 24

Maryland, USA to join the Farr

Cup in Belgium, Kenwood

The Hum – on the sailing legend

hours of every day because of his

Yacht Design organisation. He

Cup in Hawaii, line honours in

and his yacht Whispers. Directed

nature, ability and track record.

rapidly became President of Farr

The Fastnet and many more

by Tony Williams and written by

He was one of New Zealand’s

International, the sales arm of

including watch captain in the

Martyn Sanderson, the doco was

best known skippers in his own

Farr Yacht Design for 23 years.

late Sir Peter Blake’s Whitbread

a paean to the lure of sailing,

right, with boats such as the

Round the World racer Ceramco.

focusing on Geoff’s colourful

Spencer designs Whispers II and

In mid-2005, Geoff purchased Farr International, changing

Geoff grew up in Eastbourne.

the name to Stagg Yachts Inc.,

The Stagg family home was just

running the class management

a short sprint from the Muritai

of the Farr 40, Mumm 30 and

Yacht Club and where the young

Farr 395 programmes. Stagg

Geoff began to make a name

Yachts also run the sales and

for himself as a young man in a

marketing of the Farr Yacht

hurry. He raced to win and took

Design boat products Mumm

no prisoners. Fair, but tough!

30, Farr 36, Farr 395 and Farr 40 and the boat brokerage and

After progressing through the very junior classes, Geoff found success in New Zealand and

ABOVE: The Glory Days - Geoff Stagg drives Ceramco with the rest of his watch back in the Members Stand. BELOW: Geoff (2015).

project management services for which the company has become famous.

Australia in the Cherub Class, a hard chine, 12 foot plywood

Geoff told us recently, that his

dinghy, a class originally

time is still spent managing the

designed by the then rapidly

F40 Class as well as running

emerging Auckland designer

top regattas for the owners - in

John Spencer who, throughout

particular, the Rolex 40 World

the 1960s and ‘70s promoted


hard chine, plywood yacht He reckons he is up for one more

design and construction.

One Design project (body willing) and still has a number of ideas to

Geoff raced his yacht Whispers,

put forward.

at a time when the Cherub

personality, and his veteran

Whispers of Wellington and then

Class was at its peak and was

ocean-racing crew, as they took

the Farr design Granny Apple.

attracting many of the top young

on the Wellington to

He’d won the 1973 Auckland

I still manage to visit New

sailors in New Zealand. It was

Kapiti Island and down to the

– Suva race in Whispers II. He

Zealand, at least one a year, said

a fine training ground for the

Sounds race. Fortunately for the

might have a bit of trouble fitting

Geoff. It's such a great country

young sailor from the eastern

film they delivered on reputation.

in under me, but I was sure that

and the recent All Blacks victory

bays of Wellington.

Dolphins, Strait squalls,

could be overcome.

received fantastic international and prime-time coverage - all

streaking, ciggies, and some This was all happening during

fierce 70s moustaches were all in

Peter Blake was correct. Geoff

the late 1960s, about the same

a weekend’s sailing.

Stagg was all he had hoped he

time that Chris Bouzaid took

good publicity for our country.

would be as a watch captain and

It’s been quite a journey all

exceptional helmsman.

the way from Wellington, New

New Zealand sailing skills to

In the book, Blake's Odyssey

Heligoland and demonstrated

by Peter Blake and Alan Sefton

to the world in general that

(about the round the world race

Geoff’s ability to set a boat

United States of America for the

Kiwis can sail! Geoff was typical

with Ceramco New Zealand),

up for racing, as well as his

wavy-haired lad who left a very

of many young New Zealand

Geoff, (who was then 33) was

helming and winning attitude to

full chapter of sailing history in

yachtsmen who were inspired

described by Peter Blake as a

anything he undertook, caught

New Zealand.

by Bouzaid’s success and he too,

proven performer and a hard-

the attention of Bruce Farr and

Zealand to Annapolis in the

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ith over 30 years of martial

those less fortunate. This year

arts training, Kyoshi Tony

alone, $15,000 was donated to

Gaeta (1981-1985) has

the Wellington Children’s Hospital

become one of New Zealand’s

with whom South Wellington

leading exponents and teachers

Seido Karate now has a long term

in Seido Karate. Having trained


under Grandmaster Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura (the founder

Seido Karate not only offers a

of Seido Karate) numerous times

balance of fighting techniques

over the years, Kyoshi Tony has

along with a confidence building

brought a wealth of knowledge

mindset but also complements

and ability to his dojo and its

any other sports in which


students might be involved.

Having trained in Seido Karate

Kyoshi Tony has passed on his

while also studying at Wellington

teaching skills to many over the

College made Tony [pictured

years from current All Blacks and

right] a prime example of how

Hurricane players to top football,

Seido Karate would help shape

hockey, and netball players to

student’s future health and well-

even Joe Ulberg (seven-time

being for the better.

Mr New Zealand bodybuilding champion). Kyoshi Tony has also

Kyoshi Tony started his training in

spent time providing his skills

1982 and obtained his Shodan (1st

with the Indonesian Army (in

Dan black belt) in July 1989.

Indonesia) along with overseas and local private security

Since leaving College, Kyoshi


Tony spent close to 15 years overseas as a professional

The Wellington College

musician, giving him the

programme falls under the South

opportunity to continue his

Wellington Seido Karate dojo. All

journey in the martial arts

students who start the college

while touring. South East Asia

programme will be allowed to

(Indonesia, Malaysia, China,

train at the main dojo free of

Singapore, Thailand, Korea, and

charge. The dojo is located at

Japan) and the Middle East (The

469 Adelaide Rd, Berhampore.

Kingdom of Bahrain, Abu Dhabi

Visit www.southwellingtonseido.

and Dubai) became a familiar

co.nz for more information. Tony

home over the years.

also runs lunchtime classes for Wellington College students and

Kyoshi Tony Gaeta was promoted

the classes are well attended.

to a 5th Dan in the World Seido Organisation in July 2010.

Just recently, South Wellington Seido Karate took out one of the

Although Kyoshi has won many

top awards at the Wellington

tournaments both overseas and

Airport Community awards

throughout New Zealand, he

which were hosted by the Mayor.

feels his biggest achievement

They were selected from over

in the martial arts apart from

600 nominations and took

opening his own school, has

out the 'Highly Commended'

been and continues to be the

award for Sports and Leisure for

donations given through fund

outstanding contribution to the

raising efforts which his dojo has


done over the last nine years, with close to $100,000 given away to The Lampstand | 2015



ew Zealand–born, Malta-based video game designer and writer Pippin Barr (1992-1996) has created an ongoing series of lo-fi, quirky,

web-based games, which comment on the art world’s intriguing, often absurd insularity. With his latest piece, The Stolen Art Gallery, Pippin investigates the idea of the museum. Except instead of preserving images of art that is no longer publicly available owing to thieves, his virtual museum only displays empty walls, with wall text suggesting what’s missing. It’s a sly commentary not only on the nature of museums as centres of art preservation but the impact of digital technology and the internet on art’s accessibility. The empty museum holds its own lessons. Why is this indie developer so invested in the art world? Pippin started out young. My parents are contemporary art collectors in New Zealand, so my childhood was one in which artists were constantly staying with us, or around for dinner, or installing work, he says. I’m fascinated and engaged by art, and have ended up, somewhat helplessly, making it myself in my own way. Since 2013, Pippin has taught game design, experience design, prototyping, and criticism at the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta.



PUTTING HIMSELF IN ANOTHER PADDOCK passion for science over 34


vegetable and animal tissue to

years has seen scientist Peter

satisfy the demands of the MAF

Lorentz (1964-1968) continue

Agricultural Compounds Unit for

seamlessly as his industry has

product registration. Customers

moved from a ‘practitioner's art

included the likes of Bayer,

to a factory’.

Monsanto, Nufarm, Rhom and Hass and Ciba Geigy. It also did

He's not being negative about that

fats and oil analysis for major

change - he's a self- proclaimed

shareholder NZ Portside Storage.

‘techie’ at heart who loves his

It was a tough start and the

‘toys’ (while still adhering to the

company made a loss for the first

six-digit seriousness of the value

few years, but one short stretch of

of his company's equipment).

seasonal work in 1985 turned the

There's nothing better than taking

business around.

possession of a new toy that is capable of so much more than its

The northern hemisphere market,

the majority shareholder. In

That scale of work has allowed us

predecessors, he says.

which was mainly the US, put a nil

1989, Peter sold his shares to

to invest heavily in state-of-the-

chlorpyriphos residue requirement

Ravensdown, which began a

art equipment, automation and

We have had a local automation

on kiwifruit. We were the only

joint-venture with AgResearch.

mature IT systems.

company design us a prototype

people set up at the time to do the

The following decade was a rapid

for folding filter papers. It sounds

work. The NZ Kiwifruit Authority

growth phase for the company

Since 2003, ARL has been a fully

simple but that's us dipping our

(as it was then) didn't have the

with total annual revenue

owned subsidiary of Ravensdown

toes in the water of automation.

infrastructure to separate the

increasing from less than half

and more recently (2014) it has

We've asked the same company

fruit destined for America so we

a million dollars to $1.8 million.

become a business unit within

to explore options for automating

tested every orchard's fruit. It was

Once we had momentum, things

the cooperative - stepping away

our soil preparation, because

a frantic five or six weeks work but

started to fall into place. Through

from its historic ties with pesticide

this part of our operation is very

it was hugely profitable and turned

the early 90s our workload and

residue work and also the food

ergonomically unfriendly for our

us around. It meant we could buy

profitability continued to increase

and beverage sector, and into

staff. Technology makes everything

a couple of new pieces of scientific

dramatically. We had outgrown

a seamless high throughput

we do so much quicker and

equipment to plug a couple

our Lawn Road premises and

analytical system.

easier and yet we've gone from

of holes and from then on the

financing a shift to here [Awatoto]

employing just three people in

business just picked up steam.

was a no brainer. We were doing

It has been very satisfying setting

8500 soil tests at Lawn Road out

up methodology and taking

of a potential 36,000 to 40,000.

advantage of new business

1981 to 33 permanent staff in 2014. Scanning technology will be next,

There was steady food and

but I'll be watching that from the

beverage work from Hawke's


Bay companies such as Wattie's

When Rodney Green took over as

opportunities that made us grow.

and Grower Canneries (McCain's)

Ravensdown's CEO he asked me

After 34 years, Peter says he's

Peter retires from full-time

as well as a growing number of

to do a five-year strategic plan and

putting himself in another paddock

employment at the end of

wineries. That work was more

I incorporated all of Ravensdown's

by reinventing himself as an

November after working for

aligned to ARL than the work

soils into the mix. The economies

agrology consultant, providing

Analytical Research Laboratories

from NZ Portside Storage which

of scale of incorporating all

nutrient budgets and farm

(ARL) in Napier for 34 years.

was not a good fit with the overall

Ravensdown's soil work allowed

nutrient management plans.

He was one of three founding


expansion to a greenfields site and a purpose- built facility. The

But with a bach in Mahia and

It didn't have a very good fit with

capital expenditure brief was for

a love of fly fishing, hunting,

His official job titles have ranged

the business and we weren't

under a million dollars. Pretty

painting, woodwork and cycling,

from Senior Analyst (1981-1989),

making a lot of money from it.

much $999,999 later this building

he says he doesn't want to be time

General Manager (1989-2000),

The business had been heading

was conceived. We went ahead

poor anymore.

Business Development and

down a more agricultural pathway

and haven't looked back. We

Technical Manager (2000-

and after some due diligence,

became the biggest soil lab in the

2003) to Technical Director

East Coast Fertiliser became the


(2003-November 2014).

majority shareholder.

In the early days, ARL analysed

Shortly after that (after a

at Awatoto in 1999. We'll be doing

agricultural residues in fruit,

merger) Ravensdown became

about 70,000 soil tests this year.

principals and shareholders.


The new laboratory was opened

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What makes Wellingtonians laugh?


omedian Raybon Kan (1980-

they didn't expect it to be hot, so

1984) is Wellingtonian to the

there was no air conditioning. It

core, but that doesn't mean

was so unpleasant I wouldn't even

he doesn't have a few issues

think about it romantically.

with the place. How would you describe your He is an alumnus of St Mark's


Church School, Wellington

I was into debating at Wellington

College, and Victoria University,

College, so my thing has always

and his first job was at The

been disagreeing with stuff.

Dominion, as it then was. He has

Looking for something that's wrong

been named best comedian

with a system and dwelling on it.

twice in both North & South and

It's not necessarily a constructive

Metro magazines. He has toured

approach, but it's how I'm wired:

Europe, Canada, and Australia

the glass-half-empty approach.

multiple times, but was back in Wellington recently to provide

What is wrong with NZ systems?

laughs to his audience.

Take, for example, everyone starting work at the same time.

Where is your favourite city to

That's the whole reason there's


traffic. The cars are all lemmings.

Montreal, because it is a comedy

They are just doing it because

Back: Michael Heron, George Laking, Mr Martin Vaughan

city and the people there know

someone else is doing it, even

Front: Andrew Howman, Anatoly Frusin, Raybon Kan

how to look after comedians. I am

though the result is the opposite

always treated very special there,

of getting anywhere. Think how

What would you change about

treasures right next to the water,

like an upstairs person.

smooth everything would be if


on a fault line!

Senior Premier A Debating Team 1984

we all just started at different

My first thought was Chinese

And your least favourite?

times. And why do we do it? Just

food. But no, the weather is just

What makes a Wellingtonian

By contrast, I have been treated

because. I really think no-one gets

unforgivable. The solution to

audience laugh?

like a downstairs person every

more than three hours' work done

Wellington would be a dome – a

The Wellington I experience is a

time I have been to the Edinburgh

a day anyway. After the coffee,

perspex dome with occasional

very progressive, good-hearted,

Festival Fringe. Last time I was

after reading the paper, after all

openings for planes. Then

conscientious, liberal, educated

there, everything went wrong. My

the wandering around, that's all

Wellington would be habitable,

population. To get Wellingtonians

venue fell over and suddenly all

anyone is really doing. So people

lush, and the trees would be

to laugh at something cruel can be

my publicity was wrong, and I

could just fit that in. I think a lot of

straight. I also think it's weird with

hard. It always takes a few steps.

got foot problems because of the

it is attendance and being there to

Te Papa that you would have

cobblestones. It was so hot, but

meet people.

a storehouse of irreplaceable


ld Boys’ University (OBU) is one of New Zealand’s largest senior rugby clubs.

Jubilee cup ‘comes home’

The Dominion Post

Dave ‘Trapper’ Loveridge, dave. loveridge@rugbyroad.co.nz and get your 2016 rugby in motion now.

With first class facilities including our artificial training surface at Boyd-Wilson Park, expert

OBU survived a dramatic Marist

coaching and the best social

St Pats comeback before winning

spirit in Wellington rugby, there is

a tense Wellington Club final

something for everyone keen on

30-27 at Porirua Park. The win

enjoying their rugby. WCOBRFC

ended a Jubilee Cup drought

was founded in 1897 and teamed

that stretched back to 1966 when

up with VUWRFC in 1991, creating

University lifted the Trophy, and

a strong, vibrant, club rugby

Premier Reserve Champions and


has eleven Old Boys in its Premier

OBU is the current Premier and The Lampstand | 2015

four NZ U20 team players in 2015.

erased the heartbreak of the merged club's only other finals

team with many more involved

To find out more, email the Club

appearance in 2002 when they

with the Club. We also boasted

Rugby Development Officer,

lost to MSP.



Artistic director wins award


ew Zealand dancer,

bringing his latest aerial

Haka group; and when he was six he trained

choreographer and

theatre production, Tiki

in classical ballet. At 18, he went on to study at

artistic director,

Taane Mahuta, to live

the NZ School of Dance and during that time


he trained both in ballet and contemporary

Tanemahuta Gray (1988-


1992) was the winner of the AMP People’s Choice

Tiki Taane Mahuta,


follows his first aerial

He says a highlight of his dancing career

production, Māui - One

was when he auditioned to be a part of the

Around 32,000 New

Man Against the Gods,

Argentine theatrical troupe, De La Guarda,

Zealanders voted

which was showcased in

which is one of the world’s best aerial theatre

during the three-

Christchurch in 2006.

companies. Tanemahuta was selected as one of the 14 performers from 1800 applicants,

week voting application on Facebook with 2,200 applicants applying and the top five

The show is a blend of strong narratives, a

and he performed in the London season of

applicants competing for the $10,000 prize

fusion of Māori martial arts, contemporary

the shows.

and scholarship title.

dance, hip-hop, aerial theatre and soundtracks from Tiki Taane’s album, Past,

He spent five years working with De La Guarda

This year, the public were behind Tanemahuta

Present, Future and In The World of Light. In Tiki

on four different continents and he says it was

and his vision for Tiki Taane Mahuta. I think

Taane Mahuta.

there that he learnt the necessary skills of aerial theatre. Tanemahuta currently lives in

it gives confidence just to know that the community felt that it was a really worthwhile

Tanemahuta is a seasoned arts performer,

Waikanae with his wife, Yumiko Olliver-Gray

social wellbeing kaupapa.

dancing for 36 years. From the age of four, he

and their three tamariki.

and his siblings were immersed in kapa haka This brings Tanemahuta a step closer to

and they belonged to the Ngāti Pōneke Kapa

Wellington poet's tribute to netball greats


Sandra Edge, you stole

atching netball on the small

my mother away

kitchen television with his mother

with each neat pass

is a stand-out memory of Mark

after dinner.

Pirie's (1987-1991) childhood. After the success of his cricket and

The poem by Bill Sutton was sent to The

rugby poetry collections, Mark has gone

Wellingtonian as a reply to Mark's poem

back to his roots with a collection of

about Maria Tutaia, published the week

netball poems, titled 12 Netball Poems.


Sports-mad, Mark has many hats. He

Though sports poetry might sound

works as a poet, writer, literary critic,

strange to some, Mark said it was a way

publisher, anthologist and editor. I used

to entertain people and acknowledge

to watch netball with my mum a lot. She

the hard work of sports people.

was really into sport, so I got the sports

Mark wanted to celebrate the game and paint

bug from her as well as my grandfather, Mark

a portrait of some players with his collection.

The poetry is a way of bringing out small attributes of the game that people might not

said. Netball was a good sport to write poems about

have seen before in that context.

His grandfather, Tommy Lawn, played rugby

because the movement of the game was like

Hopefully they think it's an interesting way of

for Sydenham Football Club and Technical

a dance, he said. Netball is like ballet in that

seeing something.

Old Boys in Christchurch and College Rifles in

there's a lot of balance involved and a lot of


skill with the athletes moving around the court.

Mark is working on a full-length biography on

It's a hard game to play and I tried to bring that

his grandfather, Tommy Lawn, telling the story

out in the poems.

of his rugby and business career.

about Irene van Dyk written by Bill Sutton that

His poem about former Silver Fern Sandra

12 Netball Poems is available from

was published in The Wellingtonian.

Edge stands out to Mark because he talks


The netball poetry collection features twelve poems, eleven written by Mark, and a poem

about his mother watching the game: The Lampstand | 2015



organ-ised playing

Living the dream


erram Hill (2006-2009) wrote to us from the USA, espousing the opportunities

and experiences for young New Zealanders contemplating living there. I was attending Auckland University (Bachelor of Health Studies) and managed to qualify for a Study Programme abroad


4-year-old Thomas Gaynor

under Douglas Mews. He is

(2008-2009) from Wellington

currently pursuing his Doctorate

has won first prize in a

of Musical Arts under David

prestigious International Organ

Higgs at the Eastman School of

Competition in Germany.

Music in Rochester, New York.

The third Bach Liszt Organ

He is the winner of the Sydney

competition was held in Erfurt,

International Organ Competition

Weimar over twelve days

and the Fort Wayne National

in October. Fifteen young

Organ Playing Competition,

competitors from around the

second prize winner of the

world were reduced to four

Miami International Organ

finalists throughout three

Competition, and a prize winner


at the St Albans international Organ Competition.

Over the course of the competition, competitors

Thomas’s playing has been

played on six historically

heard in recitals throughout

significant organs before a panel

Australasia and the USA. Recent

of internationally renowned

engagements include the


Kennedy Centre, Washington DC; St. Thomas Church, Fifth

Organs included the instrument

Avenue, New York; and the

in the famous Bachkirche in

Auckland Town Hall. Thomas

Arnstadt where JS Bach served

is currently Assistant Director

as organist for five years. To

of Music at Christ Episcopal

conclude the competition,

Church in Pittsford, New York.

Thomas gave a Laureate recital

His studies have been

in both Weimar and Erfurt.

generously supported by many scholarships, most recently

First Prize is 12,000 Euro

the Kiwi Music Scholarship,

($19,700 NZ), which Thomas will

Dame Malvina Arts Excellence

use to support his study in the

Award, and Creative NZ. There


is also a trust that manages contributions from some 60

Thomas completed his

supporters to provide financial

undergraduate study at the

help for his studies.

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– ending up at the University

was pretty difficult to find any

of California, Irvine - a great

suitable work. The majority of

school located in Orange County,

antipodeans come over here just

California. I lived off-campus on

on a visa to experience living and

Newport Beach and spent the

working abroad but don't tend

majority of the year playing for

to work in professional or career

the UCI rugby team – an amazing

jobs. For the first six months all

experience. The team really

I could find was working at a

became the focal point of my

health food store.

free time, which included training almost every day, lots of social

However, things fell into place

events, and even holidays to lake

and I was fortunate to secure

houses and even a trip to Las

a great job with a tech startup

Vegas. It was like I was living in a

company called RFSpot, Inc. We


work on indoor mapping and other radio frequency-related

One way to describe the

services using robotics. Thanks to

standard of rugby in America is

a bit of networking with a fellow

'developing'. Even though some

Touch Rugby team member I met

of the oldest university clubs

the previous year, he ended up

in America are rugby clubs,

employing me into his company.

the majority of players are not

In due course, I am hoping that

brought up playing rugby or

the company will sponsor me for

throwing a ball around like New

a long-term visa.

Zealanders are. Consequently, the natural flair and ease of play

I can certainly recommend

is hard to find here and players

the opportunity for fellow and

almost have to 'force' how they

younger alumni to investigate

play, if that makes sense.

the opportunity to take up further study and/or work

I returned to New Zealand

abroad after graduating in New

and completed a one-

Zealand. This is one of the

year Postgraduate Study

best experiences I have had

(Postgraduate Diploma, Public

to date. The opportunity has

Health, graduating with Merit)

opened up many doors for me,

then headed back to California

and notwithstanding, including

to work. All New Zealand

playing for the USA in the Touch

and Australian graduates of

Rugby World Cup earlier this year

Universities can spend a year

in Australia.

working in the United States in the year immediately following graduation, which is what I am doing at the moment. Initially it



aul Hunt (2004-2008) has been elected as the 2015 President of the Otago University Students’ Association. His previous role

with OUSA was their Financial Officer. He has


His kick at the Olympic Stadium four minutes from time, meant victory was out of England's reach and the series would go down to the final test in Wigan at the time of going to print.

Best foot forward for long arm of law

served on the executives of both the Otago University Debating Society and the Society of Otago Law Students. Paul completed his LLB/BA(Hons) degree in 2014. Paul’s responsibilities include making the important decisions that govern OUSA as well as the Executive. His primary focus is toward the bigger picture as far as OUSA and university students are concerned – involving issues like media inquiries, dealing with national issues that confront students, being the Student Representative on the University Council and similar committees, and setting the direction of OUSA for the year. The President serves an important leadership role in chairing meetings, meeting with important stakeholders (Police, DCC, University, Fire Department, etc.), and deciding what areas to focus on each year.


ellington police are welcoming a world taekwondo gold medallist to the ranks, but he plans to keep his high kicks to himself when it comes to catching criminals.

The President’s position is the only full-time post on the Executive and as a result tend to be the first point of contact for any issues that arise.

Constable Richard Lavin (1997-2001) was among the 76 recruits who graduated from the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua

NZ selection makes up for nrl loss


earlier this year, and has joined the Wellington police.

he pain of losing such a

The 31-year-old was working at the Wellington City Council in

dramatic ARL grand final is

the building consents department when he had a career-change

something Jordan Kahu (2006-

epiphany. He said was inspired by footage of the emergency

2007) is struggling to overcome.

response to Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 super-storm that ripped through the north-eastern United States.

As a rookie selection, Jordan Kahu was thankful that the tour

I had been watching it on YouTube - the facade fell off a building and

to England with the New Zealand

all these police officers, fire engines and ambulances came flowing in

League Team (the Kiwis) helped

and I thought it would be kind of cool to be in that job.

him move on from the Broncos' heart-breaking loss in the NRL grand final.

Richard has competed in the Korean martial art form taekwondo at national and international level, as part of national, Oceania,

Jordan played on the wing in that dramatic 17-16 defeat to the

and Asian tournaments. He has been studying the martial art for

Cowboys a few weeks ago and he said it's something he may never

18 years and first began competing at a national level while at

move on from. However, he feels getting to play footy again might

Wellington College.

help. It's probably going to haunt me for the rest of my life, he said. He is currently ranked a fourth dan black belt - the highest title is Jordan played on the wing or at centre for the Broncos this season,

ninth dan - and said he would continue his training, which was on

featuring in 22 games and scoring nine tries and has been lined up as

the backburner while he was at the Police College.

Justin Hodges' replacement on the right edge. He attended the 2005, 2007 and 2009 World Championships, Jordan, who had two serious knee injuries in 2011 and 2012 says

and was awarded a Gold Medal in 2009 in the special techniques

physically he's feeling fine and good to go.

category - using jumping and flying techniques to break boards with different parts of his body.

Field goals don't come around often for Jordan Kahu, but when they do they're usually of significance. In the second test against England,

But his first task with Wellington police will be staffing the booze

he kicked a field goal to confirm the Kiwis' win over England and the

buses. He did not think his superiors would be expecting him to

24-year-old said the last one he did was when he was a youngster.

use his martial-arts skills in the course of his duties: Only in extreme

I think the last one I took was at the end of College, Jordan said.

situations, but not really - they have their own techniques they taught us.

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Time to hang up his boots


Dion was born in California to a Samoan mother and American father, but moved with his mother to Wellington at the age of seven

ynnum Manly Seagulls Captain and two-time premiership

eventually attending Wellington College before returning to the US to

forward, Tim Natusch (2000-2004) announced his retirement

play College basketball. He came back to New Zealand in 2011 as a

with the elimination final against the Easts ­Tigers his last game,

Breakers development player and Wellington Saint.

hanging up his boots at the end of the Intrust Super Cup season. He had a lacklustre 2012 season with the Southland Sharks, played for Hawke's Bay in 2013, before returning to the Saints a year later with mixed results. It wasn't until this year that he made his biggest step up in play, averaging a career-best 14.5 points per game on 53 per cent shooting as the Saints made the NBL final. That form has seen ANBL clubs courting his services even before he was named on Saturday in the Tall Blacks squad to tour Europe. Dion said this year had been a turning point in his career. I'll be 26 next year, so I'm starting to creep up into my prime years and this is a pivotal point of my career where I can really propel myself and play at a really high level. I'm making those steps and being a part of this campaign The 29-year-old joined the Seagulls in 2010 and played a significant

means you're playing with the elite of New Zealand basketball.

role in the Club’s back-to-back premierships in 2011 and 2012. He captained the side for the past two years, leading them to the finals

Dion’s hard work paid off, being snapped up by the Sydney Kings to

each season and a preliminary final in 2014.

complete their roster for the upcoming Australian NBL (ANBL) season.

But the prop has decided to step away from playing due to work

How a Wellington criminal lawyer became a reality star

commitments. It was a pretty hard decision to make, Tim said. I’ve been involved heavily in sport since I was five and played football professionally since I was 17. It was something I was sort of tossing and turning over for the past couple of months but I just think I couldn’t commit to playing. I’m one of those players that if I was late for training or whatever, I feel bad so I just can’t do it. The 184cm, 107kg enforcer was born in Papua New Guinea but grew up in Wellington, attending Wellington College and playing for the 1st XV. Alongside his career at the Seagulls, Tim played three NRL games for the Newcastle Knights in 2009.

Solid NBL season capped off with NZ selection


ion Prewster (2004-2006) is finally reaching his potential. Touted as one of New Zealand's brightest


ellington criminal lawyer Patrick Rosevear (20011-2005) took time out three years ago to go travelling in China, and to study Mandarin. But after appearing on a Chinese TV dating show, and

basketball talents during his teenage

translating a Flight Of The Conchords song on national television, he

years, the 25-year-old's career had

found himself cast in a travel show with a film crew of 120.

stagnated over the past few seasons. Now the former Wellington College and Victoria University student But a strong season with the Wellington

is hoping to use his unexpected celebrity to make a show promoting

Saints in the National Basketball League

New Zealand tourism to Chinese tourists. It's quite a novel life over here,

(NBL) has earned the 1.95-metre

he said. I guess I'm sort of used to it now, but it was quite strange to see

swingman selection for the Tall Blacks

myself on television at first.

for the first time and has Australian NBL teams calling. Patrick moved to Shanghai after visiting on a whim in 2012, falling in I had a feeling I was going to get a [Tall Blacks] trial but I didn't know,

love with the city, and deciding he wanted to learn Mandarin. I had that

in terms of selection, where I fitted in the picture," he said. "So I guess

instinct like so many other New Zealanders that I needed to get into the

this is a surprise but then again I had the opportunity to be successful

world and challenge myself and learn about other people, so I went to

individually and in a team this year, so that has some kind of merit

Shanghai for a short holiday and sort of fell in love with the city.

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IN THE NEWS Happy to be home

He immersed himself in the culture, living with Chinese flatmates and taking two-hour Mandarin lessons seven days a week. His break in TV came after he returned to China after doing a short stint at an Auckland law firm that works with many Chinese clients. His



roud and exhausted after winning rugby's holy grail, Dane Coles (2004) is happy to

be back home.

Auckland boss suggested he go on the Chinese dating show Fei Cheng Wu Rao, known in English as If You Are the One, which has up to 50

He said it was ‘a great honour’ to

million viewers an episode.

represent his country at a world I didn't go on it to find a girlfriend ... It's powerful in terms of marketing

cup, and it felt like a dream when

effects, so we decided we'd try and go on and market our law firm in

he was out on the field after the

China, I thought it would be funny and silly.


Despite being ‘very nervous’ about his Chinese language skills on the

The Hooker with the fastest feet

show, he regaled the girls with a guitar song and Chinese conversation,

played a key role in New Zealand's history making defence of the

and ended up winning a date. From there he was asked to be on a chat

Webb Ellis Cup in England. He started in all but one game and

panel of foreigners, where he busted out a Chinese translation of the

was a crucial part of the All Black's near perfect lineout, as well as

Flight of the Conchords song Jenny, about a case of mistaken identity,

proving dangerous with ball in hand.

on national television. After celebrating their victory, the team flew back to New Zealand That led him to be shoulder-tapped for a government-funded travel

to front three victory parades in three cities. We had a bit of a

show that took foreigners all around China and filmed their reactions,

celebration as well and we hadn't had much sleep before those

which he has just completed. It has given him the idea of doing

parades. But seeing everyone's reaction actually got us through

something similar with Chinese tourists in New Zealand.

I reckon. Seeing what it means to other people, it was awesome. Especially the Wellington one, just to see the turnout there was pretty humbling.

I'd love to do a travel show so we can introduce New Zealand to Chinese people in Chinese language. New Zealand and China have so much more to offer each other outside of trade. I hope more New Zealanders

The feeling of being a world champion was still sinking in. When

get over here and get more involved with China. I feel like there is so

you're over there you don't really think about it too much, you just get

much more to gain than going somewhere comfortable like London.

on with doing the job. But to have a few days to reflect, it was pretty

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special to be there with an All Black team over the world cup, and to get the job done was just awesome.

Steps to success


With a history making world cup title to his name, the big question is what now? Going into Hurricanes season, hopefully we can be

orn in Invercargill, ballet dancer,

successful there.

Harry Skinner (2001-2002) trained under Paula Hunt in

Wellington and at the Australian Ballet School. He performed in the Australian Ballet’s productions of Don Quixote and Destiny. He joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2008 and his early roles included Peter’s Shadow in Peter Pan (2009) and Fritz in The Nutcracker (2010).

Victoria university’s sportsman of the year


hree Old Boys were part of the 56 Victoria University students honoured for excellence in the sporting arena at the 2015 Wellington Blues Awards.

Presented in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA),

2011 saw him feature in Verdi Variations and The Sleeping Beauty.

the Blues Awards are the highest sporting

Favourite roles in 2012 included 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini

accolade the University can give to students

and Balanchine’s Who Cares? and he caught critics’ eyes in Giselle at

who have brought credit to the institution

the end of 2012, with Theatreview reporting that ‘Maree White and

through their sporting achievements or contribution to sport.

Harry Skinner establish wonderful characters during the female and male ensembles.’ Recent roles include Mr Fezziwig in A Christmas

Science and commerce student James Blackwell (2008-2013) was

Carol (2014), Lorenzo in Don Quixote, Johan Kobborg’s Salute and

named the 2015 Victoria Sportsperson of the Year. In the past year,

Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a role which he performed at

James has represented New Zealand in the U20 Rugby team which

the world première in August 2015. Harry is studying extramurally

won the Junior Rugby World Cup in Italy and the Oceania U20 Rugby

for a degree in political science at Massey University.

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Also honoured were Liam Albery (2013) for Swimming, Felix Boyce (2009-2013) for Fencing, Oliver Logan (2010-2012) for Hockey, Tristan O’Neale (2007-2011) for Underwater Hockey and Brook Walker (20082012) for Rowing. James also won the Al Keown Memorial Cup, awarded to the best performed player in the 2015 Wellington Rugby Academy at the Wellington Rugby Union Awards. Former 1st XV team-mate, Northern United and Wellington Lions hooker Leni Apisai (2013), who collected James’s award last year, won the Most Promising Player of the Year Award at the awards. Leni made eight starts and one off the bench for the Lions this year

Pure Food founders Maia Royal, Sam Bridgewater and George Bridgewater aim to make food parcels tasty as well as nutritious.

and impressed with his high work-rate, abrasive play and developing

He was ill, and he needed quality nutrition but he was resorting to eating

ball playing skills. With a big future ahead of him, Leni is still available

scrambled eggs every night. He really needed a wide and varied diet,

for the New Zealand U20s in 2016.

said Sam, a former manager at Lloyds Banking Group.

Fencer out to make a point

Adds George: It was a big shock to our mum as she was thrust into a


caregiver role . . . She was spending up to 30 minutes extra just trying to

t the recent Commonwealth

prepare the meals for him, which often weren’t great. We thought, there

Fencing Junior and Cadet

has to be a solution, but, unfortunately, when we needed it the most,

Championships held in Cape

there was nothing available.

Town the team had the best results of any Junior Commonwealth event

Consultations with health services clinicians and aged care industry

NZ has attended.

representatives revealed that the family’s experiences were not unique. There are tens of thousands of New Zealanders affected by eating

Victoria University Blues recipient,

difficulties including stroke patients, people suffering from serious

Felix Boyce (2009-2013), the recipient

illnesses and a growing number of elderly, Sam said.

of three Bronze Medals, had a spectacular result, the best any

The Auckland-based firm’s meals come in flavours such as roast lamb

individual NZ fencer has had at a Commonwealth Junior event.

ragu, fish pie and roast chicken - designed to be like normal food, only blended and easily heated. The pouch meals were developed over an

Felix, seeded 19 after poules, placed 3rd= in Men’s Foil going out in a

18-month period, in part at the Food Innovation Network’s Food Bowl

hard fought semi-final against Kamal Minott (ENG) losing 15-9 . He then

facility near Auckland Airport.

got on the piste in the Men’s Epee and aced his poule, seeding third and reaching the semi-final to face Tomas Curran Jones (ENG) going

Pretty early in the piece we figured out it isn’t as easy as blending the

down in a close 15-12 defeat. Thirdly, as one of the anchors of the Men’s

meal, Sam said. One of the key things for us to ensure was that the

Foil Team, Felix helped the team effort to secure the Bronze Medal.

consistency was really safe. We had to ensure there were no lumps -

Smooth food operators


he rowing course on Lake Karapiro and the corporate finance sector are worlds away from the aged care industry.

But the plight of a sick family member pushed Olympic rowing Bronze medallist George Bridgewater (1996-2000) and his brother Sam (19982002) to launch a venture beyond their traditional skill-sets. The brothers and their business partner Maia Royal have founded the Pure Food Co, an enterprise producing fresh, preservative-free, soft and blended meals for people who have issues swallowing and eating. The idea is close to the Bridgewaters’ hearts - the pair had a frustrating experience watching their stepfather struggle with blended food during a serious illness.

which can be a choking hazard - and that there was no water splitting out from food. So we consulted with dietitians and speech language therapists who are specialists in swallowing difficulties. Creating nutritious, yet tasty food is an area of particular interest to George, who is currently in training for the 2016 Rio Games after a long break from rowing. As an athlete, I know how important good food is to helping people strive, but it has to taste great too - as much as I try to see food only as fuel, he said. The Pure Food Co sells direct through its online store, couriering its meals to their customers’ homes. As many of its clients are unable to drive, the business has put its energy into developing quick dispatch and delivery processes, rather than finding retail stockists. We were out there trialling it with people in their homes and they kept wanting more and more. It seemed pretty unfair to show something as an option and then say: ‘Sorry; it’s only a sample’.

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Cutting edge research earns honour

The Pure Food Co is also in talks with aged care facilities about supplying multi-serve portions direct. Allan Sargeant, chief executive of Ambridge Rose Manor private hospital in east Auckland, is considering ordering from the Pure Food Co. Around 40 per cent of his residents are on soft diets. There was a gap in the market that these guys are ready to exploit, and it’s a good thing from my point of view, Sargeant said. A lot of our residents come to us at an end-of-life stage and they need some nutrition to keep them healthy. But blending food is really difficult, we have problems with lumps and you can never accurately tell what their calorie or protein intake is. The extensive development and trial period has been financially taxing on The Pure Food Co. In the early stages, received around $20,000 of “lifeblood” funding from Callaghan Innovation. The new business has fielded inquiries from customers in Australia and the United States, but it is concentrating on the New Zealand market for the time being. Although Sam and Maia run the day-to-day operations while George, who is based in Cambridge, focuses on his training, the athlete’s


he 2014 cohort of the Mechanical Engineering Honours programme

at Canterbury University’s Mechanical Engineering Department, held their graduation ceremony in April. Last year, as part of the final year programme, they completed cutting-edge research and development projects, sponsored by some of New Zealand’s most interesting companies. Among the Wellington College Class of 2014 was Tom Green (2006-2010). Tom’s research and development project involved analysing porous materials and fluid dynamics, using computer modelling and laboratory experiments. This work was part of an international

competitive spirit is pushing the company forward. George is great because he wants the very best, and that’s helped a lot with driving the

collaboration with the Technical University of Hamburg.

development, Sam said.

The University of Canterbury congratulated Tom for his outstanding

Rugby world cup - our OLD BOYS who played a part IN IT

research contributions, as well as for his hard work during the challenging four-year Mechanical Engineering Honours programme.

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Otago student part of winning team


n Otago University Business School team tasted

global success early in the year at the 26th Scotiabank International Business Case Competition hosted by Ivey

Business School at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

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Near-death experience inspiration


even years after New Zealander

taken to hospital where scans confirmed a broken back. He was not paralysed, though he still suffers pain and upper body mobility has been impaired.

Mark Major (2000-2004), fell down a 9m-deep hole in Beijing

Rather than wallow in pity, Mark decided he would profit from his

and broke his back, he has turned

accident, and through his start-up company Broken Back Games

his near-death experience into a

produced a game.

tongue-in-cheek mobile game called, Plummet Free Fall, which has

In making the game, Mark wanted to inspire others to not

this month became the No 1 free

only overcome the twists of fate but also to realise their own

game in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

entrepreneurial ambitions.

Plummet Free Fall is now officially the favourite app in Belarus,

It is not hard in today’s world to build something like this, Mark said. All

bettering Facebook, Whatsapp, VK and Twitter.

you need is inspiration, vision and tenacity.

Mark explained his accident: I was interning in Beijing [in 2007]. One

Mark, an avid gamer, modelled his game on the successes of titles

night, I was walking to my local 7-Eleven and all of a sudden I found

such as Flappy Bird and Temple Run, with their sole objective of

myself free falling. About 7 metres down I crashed through a plank, which

achieving high scores. Plummet lets users assume a cartoon version

slowed me down. I believe to this day that the plank saved my life.

of Mark as he 'plummets' down an endless shaft, tilting the phone left and right to avoid obstacles and continue falling.

He was eventually hoisted out by firefighters and passersby, and

NZ Edge

Thanks, old boys


wish to thank the WCOBA for sponsoring me for a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity aboard the

Spirit of Adventure. Not only did this trip allow me to complete my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, it has also enabled me to see and experience things I never thought I would be able to do. I will admit, I’m not the best at leading, but I often found myself taking control of certain activities. For example, with our morning ritual of waking up at 6.00am, running around the ship, warming up on deck then finally swimming. I found myself in a unique position where I took control of the whole ship, and led a warm up routine. This was no ordinary routine

The whole idea of being on a large

as on the ship I was nick-named

vessel for ten days with nobody I

Panda. I ended up embracing this to create a Panda-themed warm

knew was something I never saw

up. Not only did this help break the ice, it also cheered up the people

myself doing. However it became one of the most enjoyable parts of

creating a sense of enjoyment for something usually frowned upon in

the voyage. I made many friends from all over the country with whom I

the early hours of the morning.

still actively communicate via social media.

I will always remember the numerous activities which I experienced

The whole trip was something never to forget, and I am left with

with my watch (Port B) - the most memorable being the ability to

incredible memories and friendships. I challenged my limits in areas

sail around in lugers which are small single sail boats. These boats

such as public speaking, leadership and physically trying new things. In

required co-operation from my whole watch, and after a few minutes

fact, I enjoyed it so much, that I look forward to going back as a leading

on our own we were able to sail around the glassy waters surrounding

hand to help aid the new trainees on board and make a journey for

the ship.

them to never forget. Logan Wiffen (Y13)

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or a brief period in the 1900s, New Zealander Joseph Joel Hammond (1899) gave a small Australian suburb in Melbourne a significant place in the annals of aviation history.

Hammond, a young man with a passion for flying machines, came to the then rural Altona in 1911 with his Bristol Boxkite biplane, as the base for a series of thrilling airborne endeavours. In his first feat, in February 1911, Hammond took off from Altona, and landed in Geelong 55 minutes later. In doing so, he completed the first town-to-town flight in Australia. Three days later, the 20-year-old adventurer, described in a newspaper article at the time as a tall, clean-shaven, athletic-looking man, with fearless eyes, undertook the first powered passenger flight in Australia, taking his ever-obliging wife on a 12-minute journey in the skies above Melbourne – three years after the Wright brothers completed the same feat. Originally a farmer before the flying bug took hold, Hammond kept his biplane 'under a tent' in Pier St and legend has it his

promotional tour in Indianapolis, September 1918. No family ever came

first flight was delayed after the plane hit a cow during takeoff.

forward to collect his remains, which in a compassionate gesture were interred in the family plot of local businessman and co-founder of the

Joseph Joel 'Joe' Hammond was born in New Zealand in 1886 and flew

Indianapolis Speedway, Carl Fisher. It seems a sad but fitting grave for

with the RFC in WWI. Sadly this remarkable, yet often forgotten, New

this pioneer and adventurer.

Zealand aviator was killed when his plane crashed during a war bonds The Lampstand | 2015



Class of 1931 Bade, David Laurence (Laurie) 1912-2014 of Kapiti Wellington College 1927-1929 WWII RNZAF, AFC Class of 1932 Wood, Robert McGregor (Bob) 1914-2015 of NSW, Australia Wellington College 1928-1930 WWII, Major, POW Class of 1935 McArthur, James William (Jim) 1918-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1931-1935 WWII RNZAF Class of 1936 Barber, Ian Alfred Bloomfield 1916-2015 of Kapiti Wellington College 1932-1934 WWII 2NZEF Coad, Allan Oliver 1919-2015 of Kapiti Wellington College 1932-1936 Class of 1937 Schirner-Bade, Lincoln Alfred 1920-2014 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1933-1935 Nees, Hugh 1920-2015 of Kapiti Wellington College 1933-1935 Parker, Keith Frederick 1920-2015 of Marlborough Wellington College 1933-1936 WWII Class of 1938 Mears, Ronald Ashton 1920-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1934-1936 Class of 1939 Bourne, Peter Edward 1922-2015 of Canterbury Wellington College 1935-1937 Craig, Lewis Thorne 1922-2015 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1935-1938 WWII S/LT, RNZN Crocket, Alexander McIntyre 1920-2014 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1937-1938 McCabe, Eric Desmond OBE 1922-2015 of Kapiti Wellington College 1935-1938 OBE (Military), WWII Sqn Leader RNZAF, Co#2 Squad Class of 1940 Alcorn, Armer Morris 1923-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1936-1940 Gray, David Randolph Chapman 1921-2014 of Wellington Wellington College 1936-1938 Healy, Eric Stanley 1923-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1936-1938 Luke, George MacDonald 1922-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1936-1939 Styles, Maxwell Roy 1922-2015 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1936-1937 W/O Class II, NZ Army The Lampstand | 2015

It is with deep regret that we record the passing of the following Old Boys and Staff. The Wellington College community extends their sympathy to their families. ď § = A full obituary is included on the following pages. Class of 1941 Bond, Stanley Frank 1923-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1937-1939 WWII Sgt. 20 Armoured Reg. NZEF Brown, Eric Hamblett 1923-2014 of Wellington Wellington College 1937-1938 Coulter, William Thomas (Bill) 1923-2012 of Horowhenua Wellington College 1937-1941 Evison, Henry Charles (Harry) 1924-2014 of Canterbury Wellington College 1937-1938 Heraud, Clifford Brian, QSM 1923-2015 of Waikato Wellington College 1937-1940 WWII Sime, William (Bill) Hutchison 1922-2015 of VIC, Australia Wellington College 1937-1938 Class of 1942 Barber, Richard Trevor 1925-2015 of Canterbury Wellington College 1938-1941 Firth House, 1st XI Cricket, 1st XV Matheson, Ian 1924-2015 of Waikato Wellington College 1938 McRobie, Bruce Marshall 1924-2014 of Auckland Wellington College 1938-1941 WWII RNZN Pinel, Ian Francis 1924-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1939-1941 WWII RNZN Stratton, Alfred Edward (Ted) 1925-2015 of Taihape Wellington College 1938-1941 WWII RNZAF Sutton-Smith, Brian [Professor] 1924 -2015 of Vermont, USA Wellington College 1938-1940 Thornton, Royd Hale 1925-2015 of Nelson Wellington College 1938-1942 Class of 1943 Dasent, Wilfred Effingham (Bunt) 1926-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1939-1941 Jenkins, Bruce Grove 1926-2015 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1939-1942 MacDonald, Malcolm Charles PhD, BA, MCom 1927-2014 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1939-1943 Patterson, Alexander Whitelaw 1925-2015 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1939-1943 1st XV 1943 Streeter, Geoffrey Rowland 1925-2015 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1939-1943 Class of 1944 Barr, Roy Oliver 1924-2015 of Horowhenua Wellington College 1940-1941 Doreen, Henri Laurance 1926-2015 of Horowhenua Wellington College 1940-1943

Gair, George Frederick CMG QSO 1926-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1940-1941 Gilchrist, Peter James Hayes 1927-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1940-1944 Hastings, Harold Edward 1927-2015 of Manawatu Wellington College 1940 WWII NZEF, J Force Josephson, Peter Andrew 1926-2014 of Auckland Wellington College 1940-1943 1st XV 1942 WWII 16th Field Regiment Kernohan, Ronald Cameron 1926-2014 of Northland Wellington College 1940-1942 Class of 1945 Aburn, Gerald Stephen 1929-2014 of Kapiti Wellington College 1941-1945 1st XI Hockey Craig, John David 1927-2015 of Kapiti Wellington College 1940-1945 Prefect 1944, Head Prefect 1945 Murray, Colin Bruce 1948-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1941-1942 Class of 1946 Gapes, Donald Charles 1928-2014 of Auckland Wellington College 1942-1946 Howe, John Clinton 1928-2014 of Wellington Wellington College 1942-1944 Pope, Rangi Herbert 1928-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1942-1946 1st XV 1946 Sherring, Erle John 1928-2015 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1942-1946 Young, Brian Oliver 1930-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1942-1946 Class of 1947 Cryer, Austin Hugh 1930-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1943-1947 1st XI Hockey Milburn, Philip Hastwell 1930-2014 of Canterbury Wellington College 1943-1947 Rich, John Charles 1919-2014 of Waikato Wellington College 1945 Tierney, Peter Edward 1930-2014 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1943-1947 1st XV 1947 Weston, Murray Geddis 1929-2015 of Calgary, Canada Wellington College 1943-1946 Class of 1948 Bruce, Allan William 1930-2015 of Queensland Wellington College 1944-1947 Dutton, Gilbert Walter 1930-2014 of Auckland Wellington College 1944-1946

Ede, John Bernard, OBE 1931-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1944-1948 Fyfe, Peter McCoy 1931-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1944-1948 Griffiths, John Alexander 1930-2014 of Waikato Wellington College 1946-1947 1st XV 1947 Hammington, Colin Milton 1930-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1944-1946 Hunt, Warren Alfred, AE, JP, BE(Hons) 1931-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1944-1948 WWII Group Captain, RNZAF Macnab, Robert Lawrence (Bob) 1930-2014 of Wanganui Wellington College 1944-1947 Slater, William (Bill) McCarthy 1931-2015 of Toronto, Canada Wellington College 1944-1948 Townsley, Graeme Clifford 1931-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1944-1946 Class of 1949 Eastwood, Harry Roy 1931-2015 of Manawatu Wellington College 1945-1947 Jobson, Peter Joseph 1932-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1945-1949 1st XV 1949 Palmer, Arnold Edwin 1931-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1945-1946 Class of 1950 Beaglehole, Timothy Holmes 1933-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1946-1950 Prefect 1950 Burrell, Ian William 1932-2014 of Nelson Wellington College 1946-1950 Day, Nicholas Arthur (Nick) 1933-2015 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1946-1947 Johnson, Joseph Frederick MNZM 1932-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1946-1950 Magner, Robert 1930-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1946-1947 Shepherd, John Leslie 1932-2015 of Taupo Wellington College 1946-1947 Young, William Graeme 1933-2014 of Auckland Wellington College 1946-1948 Class of 1951 Clare, Barry Charles Ronald 1934-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1947-1952 Drysdale, Keith Woodward 1933-2015 of Kapiti Wellington College 1947-1950 Stuart, Alistair McGregor 1933-2015 of Wairarapa Wellington College

If you find we have missed a death and/or an obituary, please let us know and feel free to submit any recollections you may have. Turner, Terence Stephen 1933-2014 of Auckland Wellington College 1947-1950 Firth House Wilson, Ian Thomas 1933-2015 of Kapiti Wellington College 1947 Class of 1952 Hill, Cyril Allan 1933-2015 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1948 Korea: Sgt 16th Field Regiment Lockhart, Simon Grant, QC 1934-2015 of Auckland Wellington College: 1949-1952 Prefect/Firth House Prefect, 1st XV 1951-52 Poynter, James Benjamin Roberts 1934-2015 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1948-1951 Class of 1953 Craig, Peter Earle 1934-2015 of Horowhenua Wellington College 1949-1952 Dunn, Murray Lawrence MPS 1934-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1949-1953 Prefect 1954 NZ Table Tennis Rep Marple, David Rex 1934-2015 of Poverty Bay Wellington College 1949-1952 Reynolds, Richard Allen 1936-2014 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1949-1953 Watchman, Keith John 1934-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1949-1952 Firth House Class of 1954 Davies, Cuthbert Malcolm 1935-2015 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1950-1953 Hoare, Graham Owen 1937-2014 of Auckland Wellington College 1950-1952 Firth House MacLeod, Kenneth Donald 1936-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1950-1952 Class of 1955 Amoore, Ian Norman 1939-2014 of Auckland Wellington College 1951-1954 Arthurs, Terrence (Terry) 1938-2015 of Wairarapa Wellington College 1951-1954 RNZN Commander Henare, David Wynyard (Maui) 1937-2014 of Wellington Wellington College 1951-1954 1st XI Football Oliver, Kenneth Charles 1937-2015 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1951-1953 RNZAF/RAF Thomas, David Clemens 1937-3015 of Wellington Wellington College 1951-1955

Class of 1956 Beyer, Colin Andrew 1931-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1952-1955 Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland Bryant, Leonard James 1939-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1952-1954 Gault, Thomas Munro KNZM, QC, Right Hon. 1938-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1952-1955 Class of 1957 Hughes, Trevor William 1938-2014 of Wanganui Wellington College 1953-1954 Class of 1958 Allan, James Alexander (Jim) 1940-2015 of Kapiti Wellington College 1954-1957 Dudfield, Harry William 1939-2015 of NSW, Australia Wellington College 1954-1957 Ellison, Ross Garner 1941-2015 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1954-1956 Kearsley, Michael Joseph 1939-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1954-1956 Mahon, Peter Stewart 1940-2014 of Auckland Wellington College 1954-1958 Prefect, 1st XV 1958 Tukaroa, Taura Atua O Te Maka 1939-2105 of Horowhenua Wellington College 1954-1957 Uttley, Ian Neill 1941-2015 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1954-1959 1st XV 1958-1959, HP 1959, All Black 1963 Wilson, Robert Alexander John (Bob) 1941-2014 of Wairarapa Wellington College 1956-1957 Class of 1959 Baker, Edric Sargisson (Dr) 1941-2015 of Bangladesh Wellington College 1955-1959 Wylie, Graeme Dallas (Squid) 1939-2015 of Kapiti Wellington College 1955-1956 Class of 1960 McGregor, Peter Stewart 1942-2014 of NSW, Australia Wellington College 1956-1959 Wilson, Keith Stuart 1943-2014 of Wellington Wellington College 1956-1960 Class of 1961 Hudson, Alan Robert 1943-2014 of Auckland Wellington College 1957-1958 Class of 1962 Atkins, Francis John 1944-2015 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1958-1961 Firth House

Bell, John Culford 1945-2015 of Wairarapa Wellington College 1958-1962 Halley, Douglas Jock 1944-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1958-1962 1st XV 1961-1962, Prefect MacLeod, Peter Murray 1944-2015 of Canterbury Wellington College 1958-1959 Class of 1963 Jaynes, John Charles 1945-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1959-1960 Wilton, John Robert 1945-2015 of Queensland Wellington College 1959-1963 Class of 1964 Brabin, Lloyd Graham 1946-2015 of Canterbury Wellington College 1960-1963 Horsley, John Mervyn 1946-2015 of NSW, Australia Wellington College 1960-1964 Marshall, John Livingston CNZM 1946-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1960-1964 Head Prefect 1964 Perry, Geoffrey Huntley Gordon 1947-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1960-1964 Class of 1965 August, Graham Allen 1947-2015 of Horowhenua Wellington College 1961-1962 Class of 1966 Faye, Daniel Guthrie 1948-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1962 Hough, Colin John (Huffy) 1948-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1962-1965 Morrison, Bruce Arnott (Chips) 1948-2015 of Hawke's Bay Wellington College 1962-1966 Firth House Prefect. 1st XV Class of 1967 Spackman, William Rodney 1949-2015 of Otago Wellington College 1963-1966 Class of 1970 King, Alexander Stuart (Sandy) 1952-2015 of Hong Kong Wellington College 1966-1970 Class of 1971 Conway, Peter Lindsay 1953-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1970-1971 Class of 1973 Elmes, Gary James 1956-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1969-1971 Class of 1975 Walter, Erin John 1958-2015 of Kapiti Wellington College 1971-1975



Class of 1977 Hennessy, Sean Patrick 1959-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1973 Meek, Stephen Eric 1960-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1973-1975 Class of 1978 Drakeford, Mark Peter 1960-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1974-1978 Jenkins, Christopher Edward 1960-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1974-1978 Class of 1982 Coldham, Geoffrey James MB, ChB, FRACS 1964-2015 of Auckland Wellington College 1978-1982 Deputy Head Prefect 1st XI Hockey & 1st XI Cricket Class of 1983 Launder, Timothy Ian 1966-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1979-1983 Class of 1986 Pearce, Matthew John Webster 1968-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1982-1986 Class of 1988 Salesa, John Teve Utufiti 1971-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1984-1989 Class of 1994 Moananu, Misiluni 1977-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1990-1995 1st XV 1994/95, Prefect 1994/95 Class of 1998 Atack, Samuel Alexander 1980-2015 of Wellington Wellington College 1998 Staff Buchanan, Hugh Duncan Wellington College 1979-1982 Craig, John David Wellington College 1957-1958 and 1962-1968 Greenlees, William Francis Wellington College 1964-1965 Hunter, Roger Herbert Ingram Wellington College 1958-1959 MacGillivray, Ian Wellington College 1969-1972 Murphy, David James (Dave) Wellington College 1987-2000 Thomas, Graham Edwin Wellington College 1964-1978 Obituaries and tributes have been compiled by classmates; while others originate from published obituaries. Where possible, an obituary's authorship or source of previous publication is noted. If you wish to add an obituary or tribute to someone deceased, please contact oldboys@ wc.school.nz The Lampstand | 2015



IAN AMOORE Wellington College: 1951-1954


an Amoore was born and educated in Wellington, although his family had links with Taranaki. He moved to Australia for vet training then went into the Vet Service, in Helensville in 1970. Ian and his wife Jan had three sons. The family moved to Ohirangi in 1980 and Ian set up in private practice. He worked with the deer industry locally, nationally and internationally in a practical and advisory role, travelling as far afield as Malaysia, Indonesia and Canada. Ian was involved in community affairs. He had been Assistant District Commissioner of Scouts, before moving to Helensville. In Helensville, he belonged to the Presbyterian Church, the Lions Club and the Historical Society. He also served on the Borough Council. Ian was a dedicated Lion, holding various offices, including President in 1971-72, and was later presented with a prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Ian played a key role in the Historical Society, in the transfer of the Museum to the River Reserve. Ian served as President from 2002-07. Ian and Jan moved to Green Bay in 2010, but remained as interested members. Gardening was a passion for both Jan and Ian, and they built a beautiful and productive garden and orchard at Ohirangi. Fishing and boating were also major recreations for the family and their friends. LAURIE BADE Wellington College: 1927-1929 The 2013 Lampstand featured Laurie Bade who earlier that year, celebrated his 100th birthday. Just five days short of his 102nd birthday, Laurie passed away. The following are excerpts from that story.


hen Laurie Bade celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends in January 2013, he must have remembered the dramatic moments in March, 1945 when he cheated death. Flight Lieutenant Bade, who joined the RNZAF as a mature pilot, spent many hours flying Douglas transport aircraft between New Zealand and the Solomon Islands and was also a flight instructor at Whenuapai, training the later echelons of young pilots for combat The Lampstand | 2015

in the final stages of WWII. On the day in question, for some reason unresolved even by a Board of Inquiry, the C-47 Douglas Dakota NZ3501 was in collision mid-air with a Ventura NZ4518, shearing off half the port wing, about 14 feet of it. Laurie managed to bring the crippled plane and all its five crewmen safely back, landing at Whenuapai in Auckland. The pilot of the Ventura unfortunately perished with his plane but he had kept it aloft long enough for all his crew to parachute to safety.

EDRIC BAKER Wellington College: 1955-1959 The 2012 Lampstand featured a story on Dr Edric Baker – New Zealand’s own Mother Theresa. Sadly, in September this year, Edric passed away.


dric Baker was an inspirational New Zealand medical doctor who worked in an isolated rural area in northern Bangladesh for 35 years.

Laurie was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1945. The citation reads 'Flight Lieutenant Bade] is an outstanding captain of transport aircraft who had a sound reputation as an extremely steady, devoted and reliable pilot'. But that was before the accident, Laurie remarked.

His vision of ‘health care for the poor by the poor’ led him to set up of the Kailakuri Health Centre. The centre provided care for the poor free of charge, regardless of creed or race. His colleagues and friends at the Kailakuri Health Care Project in Bangladesh provided the following obituary.

Of the three boys and three girls in the Bade family, all but one survived into their 90s. Laurie had three children, Ian (1955-1959), Keith and Catherine and five grand-children and two great-grand-children.

As Edric slipped away from us, he was surrounded by people he loved and who loved him. Over the last few days he had been having a rough time with breathing but none of us here expected his passing so soon.

Laurie (we believe at his death) was the oldest member of the Wellington College Old Boys’ Association. When he attended Wellington College, he proved himself on the sports field as a ‘good all-round athlete’, said Laurie’s nephew, Roger Booth (1958-1962), Deputy Mayor of Kapiti Coast District Council. Asked what he thought contributed to making him a centenarian, Laurie replied old age.

Late last year, he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, an incurable illness. Right up until the last hour he was giving orders and making phone calls. That was just like Dr Bai (Dr Brother). The word ‘retire’ was not in his vocabulary. Within half an hour of his passing, his room became full of caring people who he had helped over the years. As we started to make calls around, not only Bangladesh but the world, the news spread and more and more people filled our compound and telephoned promising to be on the next bus to come and pay their respects.

Laurie was born in Berhampore, went to Berhampore then Island Bay schools - from the latter gaining a matriculation to Wellington College which he attended from 1927-1929. He then went to work for Hope Gibbons (bicycle importers) in Taranaki Street until early 1940 when he went into the RNZAF. Laurie returned to Hope Gibbons after the war, then shortly shifted to MacDuffs (later to become Woolworths) before setting up his own importing/wholesale business in the early 1950s which he ran until he was about 80. Laurie was a representative sportsman, representing Wellington in Athletics, Hockey and Harriers. He also played representative Rugby and Basketball in the Airforce. Laurie and his wife built a house in Tawa in 1949 and lived there until a few years ago, Mrs Bade passed away in 1996.

It is hard to explain how he was loved and respected. Local Mandi women sang songs, people read from the Koran, others wept, and others stood silently keeping a vigil. Up until his burial, he was still surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. People came from all over Bangladesh. Some arrived in the night and most refused beds offered to them for rest but preferred to tell stories of their time with Edric late into the night. Even in death, he managed to bring different communities and cultures together. Christian, Muslim, Hindu, rich, poor, Bangladeshi and Badashees (foreigner) all who worked side by side to fulfil his final wishes. By the evening, he was laid out on a table in our waiting room. Hundreds of people came to give their goodbyes and show their

appreciation. By the morning, many visitors and staff had not slept but no one minded and work began early. By 10.00am, the whole compound was full of people. He was laid in his coffin and carried to the church (which doubles as a school) beside our Hospital. As the service was progressing, hundreds waited outside and then followed his casket back to his house. He had made it clear to the staff he wanted to be buried out the back of his house underneath his veranda. As Edric was being laid to rest, two lines of people formed surrounding his house and extended all the way out to the road. Slowly everybody gave their final farewells and each person sprinkled earth over his grave. At the end of the day, the staff were happy that they were able to fulfil two out of three of Edric’s final wishes. His first wish was to take his last breath at Kailakuri. His second wish was that he be buried here at the Kailakuri Health Care Centre. His third wish was that the hospital continue to stay open and operational long into the future. His last wish will never be completed without the help of you. May Dr Edric Baker rest in peace and rise in glory. From all of us here at Kailakuri. TREVOR BARBER Wellington College:1938-1941


revor Barber, the New Zealand batsman who played one Test match at the Basin Reserve in 1956, died in Christchurch at the age of 90. Trevor had been New Zealand's oldest living test cricketer. The oldest now is his former Wellington team-mate and the man who captained Trevor in his only Test match, the 87-year-old John Reid. A dashing batsman who liked playing his shots, Trevor was called up for the third Test against West Indies in 1956 when Bert Sutcliffe was unavailable due to ill-health. West Indies batted first and Trevor had the distinction of catching out Garry Sobers while fielding at gully, in what was the first wicket of the match. It was going past and I threw my hands up - I was a bit of a show-off, Trevor told ESPNcricinfo. John Reid was bowling and he said that's a nice way to start your career. However, with the bat he was

Obituaries unable to have a great enough impact to retain his place in the side, and was out to Sonny Ramadhin in both innings, for 12 and then 5. Trevor's attacking approach to batting would perhaps have suited the modern game, but against West Indies it brought his downfall in both innings of his Test match.

After his playing career ended, Trevor worked with the Shell Oil Company and was responsible for its sponsorship of sporting events including the New Zealand Golf Open and the domestic cricket competition, which became known as the Shell Trophy. It continued a lifelong love he had for cricket.

TIMOTHY BEAGLEHOLE Wellington College: 1946-1950

Today I might have got away with it, Trevor said. But I went for sweeps to the leg side off short balls in both innings. My understanding as a Captain and also as a batsman was that the first thing you'd do when you go out there is dominate the bowlers. Don't let the bowlers get on top of you. Get behind the line of flight, bat straight, and when they bowl one off the wicket, give it a go. I did that and I got bloody caught at square leg.

I still follow it with interest, Trevor said earlier in 2015. It's just amazing how much the game has changed from my time. We only played Test cricket and Plunket Shield. Now there's T20 and 50-over, it's bash and slash. It might have suited me. When you see blokes like McCullum and Williamson doing so well, it's marvellous.

His connection to Victoria University was long and deep; it began as a young student, continued through his academic career, and finished with a spell as Chancellor, a figurehead of the institution.

Fellow Old Boy, Trevor MacKay (1954-1957) also offered his memories of Trevor.

His best-known work was perhaps his 2006 biography of his father, John Cawte Beaglehole (1914-1917), entitled A life of JC Beaglehole: New Zealand Scholar. The elder Beaglehole was lauded internationally for his work on the journals and life of Captain Cook; father and son spent six years as colleagues in Victoria's History Department.

Trevor was 30 at the time of his Test appearance, and was Captain of Wellington in the Plunket Shield competition. His first-class career began in 1945-46 and finished in 1959-60, but it brought him only one century, and 2002 runs at an average of 23.01. Contemporary reports describe him as ‘a swashbuckler’ who, especially early in his career, was more concerned with the joy of batsmanship than playing long innings. Trevor captained Wellington to the Plunket Shield title in 1956-57 and also led Central Districts later in his career. A part-time wicket-keeper who enjoyed assessing a batsman's weaknesses, Trevor said captaincy was one of the parts of the game he found most satisfying. It's lovely to have some control of the game, and also the players, he said. I used to have quite a number of discussions with the players before we'd go out and play. I'd say this player has a weakness here, I want you Bob Blair to bowl on a length just outside his leg stumps, and I reckon we can get him. I always remember on one occasion down at Dunedin, I said to John Reid, who was bowling to Sutcliffe, I said 'I think he's got a weakness on the leg glance, I'm going to field at leg gully and you bowl down leg'. We got him for a duck! It's those little things that bring satisfaction. Born in Otaki in 1925, Trevor was raised on a dairy farm and learnt the game from his father. At Wellington College, Trevor was a boarder in Firth House, and was a Prefect in his final year. His 1941 1st XI Cricket statistics saw him produce 269 runs. His highest score was 56 n.o. His average run-rate was 19 from 15 innings. Over winter, Trevor also played rugby and was a member of the 1st XV in his final year.

A recent issue of The Lampstand brought back pleasant memories of a talented sportsman and popular leader who has since passed on. Trevor also appeared as a member of the tennis team at the College, emphasising his all-round qualities as a sportsman. He was also a rugby player. Trevor Barber was ‘Mr Barber’ when I met him as a new neighbour in Ngaio. He was a kindly man, happy to discuss and to develop my interest in cricket. He played cricket in our backyard, took me to Plunket Shield games and, on a memorable day at Eden Park, while I was on holiday, introduced me to the Wellington team before the start of play in a Shield Match, by which time I was an undistinguished student at the College. Mr Barber excelled in both innings in that match in the course of a strong batting season and that double could have put him in line for national selection.


im Beaglehole was an historian, university administrator and scion of a famous New Zealand family of scholars.

He made a particular mark on Victoria with his intensive efforts to develop its art collection.

Tim was born on the banks of the Hutt River, into a happy home with a small vegetable plot and limited means. With the country deep in depression, his father flirted with communist ideas – and joked to a friend that Timothy Norman Lenin Marx John Sebastian for the boy's name, he told a friend. In fact, he was named 'Timothy Holmes'. Shortly afterwards, the Beagleholes moved to Messines Rd, Karori, a house that would become the family's enduring centre of gravity. After JC Beaglehole died in 1971, Tim and his wife Helen moved in and lived there decades longer. It remains the family home.

Trevor played some matchwinning hands as a Wellington and Wellington College Old Boys’ Skipper. He scored 250-plus in one club innings and there was a gamechanging second innings of 86 not out against a strong Hutt Valley side, when that team had players such as John Reid and Bob Blair.

As a boy, Tim was much influenced by this environment – with its piles of books and Bach preludes in the mornings, its Japanese prints lining the walls, and the generous hospitality his parents showered upon a revolving cast of visitors. He took up all of these strands in his own life.

Trevor’s qualities as a leader meant that, when he transferred to Napier with the oil company, he also led Central Districts in first class cricket, in which he was also an effective close fieldsman and, if required, able to keep wickets.

After attending Karori Normal School and Wellington College, Tim followed his father into studying history at Victoria, graduating with a BA in 1965 and an MA two years later. He then went to Cambridge University, where he wrote his doctorate on Thomas Munro, a British governor in colonial India. (Published as a book in 1966, and reissued by Cambridge University Press in 2010, it remains a classic work in Indian history).

In his last first class innings, against an Otago attack led by Frank Cameron, Trevor signed off in typical fashion. He opened the batting and his 50 included 10 fours and a six.


Back at Victoria from 1960, he taught Indian and New Zealand history, and later, when his father died, saw his near-finished Cook biography through to publication. JC Beaglehole was not the only other academic in the family; Tim's uncle Ernest (1920-1923) was the first Professor of Psychology in New Zealand and his cousin David (19511954) a Physics Professor at Victoria. In 1964, Tim took a role as warden at Weir House, where he was charged with sorting out the allmale student hall after a string of drunken incidents. (The tabloid Truth had described the hostel as a den of iniquity, a hotbed of squalor, vandalism, drunkenness and naked women in the showers. Rather than taking a disciplinarian approach, friend David Mackay remembers, Tim let the students do what they liked 'as long as they were reasonably civilised about it'. The problems settled down. Around the same time, he met his future wife Helen, after befriending her brother at the hostel. She is the woman I'm going to marry, he told a friend. He was 33 and she was 19. While he enjoyed teaching, he published two books and many journal articles during his scholarly career, Tim left an equal mark on Victoria in other ways. The university's significant art holdings owe more to him than to anyone else. He helped grow a modest staff-funded arrangement into a major collection. His eye for paintings led him to such works as Colin McCahon's monumental Gate III, well-known to any student at Victoria's Kelburn campus. Tim’s colleagues and family remember him wandering the university with hammer in hand, or perched on precarious angles, rehanging the paintings. And he was passionate in the collection's defence. In 1997, when Education Minister Wyatt Creech suggested that Victoria sell it, Tim responded that he would hate to think the Minister is a philistine or barbarian, but that's what his comment suggests. Tim's other major contribution at Victoria was to the university's administration. Beginning in the 1980s, he had something of a crisis of confidence about the finer distinctions of grading student work, his wife Helen recalls. Instead, he took on a sequence of management roles. As well as chairing the History Department, he was a Dean of the Arts Faculty and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Victoria. He believed deeply in the university The Lampstand | 2015



and had a talent for running things: for moving meetings along, and listening to a wide range of people. He was made an Emeritus Professor in 1995 after his retirement - but he was more proud of the lifetime membership granted to him by Victoria's Student Association. More recently, the University named a new courtyard after him. Even in his final role as University Chancellor, he saw something of the students; the job meant passing fee increases, which often attracted rowdy protests. Tim regretted the hikes but saw no other option, with government funding tight. Every year the university council is caught in an intolerable position, he said in 2006. Tim held other public roles too. He was chairman of the Historic Places Trust from 1990 to 1996, and earlier served on the boards of the National Art Gallery and Volunteer Service Abroad. More recently, he was a member of the Press Council, which rules on complaints about the print media. Privately, Tim had many passions. He was a physical man who loved sailing the family yacht Cape Resolution, and once built a dinghy by hand in his backyard. He was a fine runner in his youth and a keen tramper. He was just as much a bon vivant too - a lover of wine, fine food and lively dinner parties. Some of his Christmas dinners featured as many as ten courses, each with a matching wine. He leaned Left politically, and took pleasure in putting a Labour Party placard up on Messines Road, not one of the most liberal of streets, as his wife Helen notes. And he made sure to stuff two of any leaflet he was delivering into the nearby letterbox of Finance Minister, Hon. Bill English. Tim spent much of his retirement on two books about his father – the 2006 biography, which was published to acclaim and nominated for the New Zealand Book Awards, and a follow-up compilation of JC Beaglehole's letters. He called his father's work on Cook one of the great achievements of twentieth-century historical scholarship, praised his extraordinary capacity for concentration, and recalled his own straightforward, if slightly remote, relationship with him. The younger Beaglehole had the same passion for detail, whether in getting the grammar of a sentence The Lampstand | 2015

right or working a piece of wood. He loved people and gossip. He read trashy books as well as intellectual works. (His daughter recalled him poring over Andrew Morton's biography of Princess Diana). His family describe him as a devoted husband and father who approached life with tolerance, good humour and gusto. The Dominion Post JOHN BELL Wellington College: 1958-1962


ohn Bell was born in Wellington in 1945 and attended Wadestown Primary School, then Wellington College where he achieved UE in 1961 and University Bursary in 1962. Excelling in Mathematics, he won an Edward Espy Martin Prize for Mathematics and a Stanley Hutchen Prize for Sixth Form Science and for Additional Mathematics in 1961. After an Engineering Intermediate year at Victoria University, John attended Canterbury University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with First Class Honours in 1966, and, after a remarkably short period of about two and a half years, a PhD. His PhD thesis was on the post-elastic analysis of thin concrete shells (curved, often in two directions, and used as a roof) with allowance for cracking. This required John to develop what was in those days very sophisticated software on very large computers. John then joined IBM as a Marketing Representative in Dunedin and was subsequently promoted to roles in Wellington and then to Auckland as Auckland Branch Manager. John left IBM in the early 1980s, and, after a brief period, helped with the development and use of technology in corporate and financial controls of consulting engineers BECA, John took a position as Managing Director of Fujitsu NZ Ltd. He had become an intelligent and respected business manager who maintained a considerate and friendly approach to everyone at all times. John joined Telecom (NZ) Ltd in 1996 as General Manager Business Development, reporting directly to Chief Executive Roderick Deane. He led a small team of business development specialists who evaluated the expansion into business activities

beyond the scope of traditional telecommunications, including tackling the Australian market and increasing the skill sets of Telecom through strategic acquisitions and partnerships with IT and media providers. The objective was to create shareholder value at a time when the convergence of telecommunications, information technology and the entertainment sectors was becoming apparent. During this period Telecom was growing its internet business through Xtra which and entered the cable TV business for a short time with First Media. John was deeply involved in the acquisition of AAPT in Australia, the winning of a contract with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to manage its telecommunication and IT needs, the acquisition of a shareholding in EDS NZ Ltd and the formation of the partnership to build and own the Southern Cross Cable. John was also involved in the management of a number of noncore businesses such as Telecom Directories and Pacific Star based in Brisbane. John married Robyn Fox in 1967 and their two children Jimmy and Pamela now live in Wellington with their spouses and young families. Jimmy followed his father’s footsteps to Wellington College, attending there from 1988 to 1992. John and Robyn developed a love of skiing while at Canterbury University, joining the University Ski Club and making great use of the facilities through their undergraduate and graduate years. Once old enough, the rest of the family caught the ski bug and the Bells maximised their time at their ski house in Rangataua (Ohakune) and subsequently in NZ summers at northern hemisphere ski resorts including Solitude and Brighton in Salt Lake City, Utah. When snowboarding was introduced to the country, they were early adopters. Pamela went on to represent NZ in snowboarding at a Giant Slalom at the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998. In the 1990s, John bought a block of land in Martinborough, and in his spare time he developed a vineyard, enjoying working in the weekends and in any other 'spare' time. The love of this lifestyle grew and before long John and his second wife, Kaye McAulay, whom he married in 1996, had developed an organic and biodynamic vineyard producing their own label quality wines, 'Vynfields' As in his business life, John applied his intellect to the challenge, in this case the research

and development of organic wine, contributing greatly to the organic foods national body, BioGro, and the bio-dynamic equivalent, Demeter, as well as to the wine community in Martinborough. John’s executive and governance skills were in demand in the Wairarapa, where he was appointed Chairman of Destination Wairarapa, which he restructured, improved governance and put on a stronger financial footing. As Chairman of The Wairarapa Winegrowers, he brought improved governance to the organisation as well. John retired from Telecom in 2002 and worked full-time in the vineyard and winery, travelling internationally at first to establish the brand as a reliable quality wine. The Vynfields platters and wine sales became a famous quality experience in Martinborough with John and Kaye as excellent hosts. John always enjoyed a broad intellectual interest and studied diverse subjects such as philosophy, Japanese culture, Buddhism and other religions, classical guitar music, chamber music and Bob Dylan. He attended the Class of ‘1962 50 Years On Reunion at the College in 2012. Unfortunately after John had battled cancer for some years, his condition deteriorated and he and Kaye sold the vineyard in 2013 and moved into the township of Martinborough. John was always one of nature’s gentlemen - from his school days through his illustrious business career and as an active participant in Martinborough’s wine community. A glass or two of quality pinot would be a fitting tribute in remembrance! Written by Ian Fraser (1959-1962), with help from John’s family and friends COLIN BEYER Wellington College: 1952-1955


olin Beyer was a prominent lawyer who was a senior partner then consultant with Simpson Grierson in Wellington. He was a businessman with many governance positions. Colin was born in New Zealand in 1938 to Danish parents, Knud and Carla Beyer. His father worked on the wharves in Wellington and his mother worked for the Agriculture Department. Together with his older brother Trevor [1950-1953] and his sister Olga, they lived in Island Bay.

Obituaries Both brothers attended Wellington College. As Trevor recently said, Colin and he weren't just brothers, they were also the best of friends.

Colin leaves behind his wife Faith. He had four children and four step children [from three marriages], four of whom are College alumni.

Colin went on to Victoria University of Wellington. He graduated with LL.B. and was admitted to the bar in 1962. He was one of the first legal graduates to establish his own practice, rather than join a large firm – his early clients included fellow Old Boy, Sir Ron Brierley and Sir Robert Jones. Colin was also an inaugural director with Brierley Investments Limited when Sir Ron established his company.

ALLAN BRUCE Wellington College: 1944-1947

As Colin’s practice expanded, the company became Beyer Christie and Co and in due course, merged with Simpson Grierson. His specialities were corporate law and mining law and with his wise counsel and sage advice, he was fondly known as the patriarch of the company. Colin also had considerable governance experience. He was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors in 2006. He was Chairman of the Accident Compensation Corporation, Government Property Services Ltd., Capital Properties New Zealand Ltd, Tower Ltd and Summit Resources Ltd, and a director of Capital Power Ltd and TrustPower Ltd. He was also a ministerial appointee on the Wellington Area Health Board and the Wellington Polytechnic Board. Colin was also Chairman of the Tower Corporation from 1990 until his resignation in 2003. He was appointed to the Securities Commission in February 2001 for a four-year term. In early 2005, he was reappointed for a second fiveyear term by the then Commerce Minister, Pete Hodgson and retired in 2010. In the 1970s, while living in Camborne, Colin spent some time on the Porirua City Council first as an independent and later as a Labour Party representative. He was also the Campaign Manager for Margaret Shields when she ran for the Kapiti electorate in the early 1980s. During his time as a Porirua City Councillor, he was widely respected for his sound judgement and a broad knowledge and understanding of the complex range of issues the City was dealing with and was a champion of those less fortunate. He was the Honorary ConsulGeneral of Finland from 1993 and by 2006, the Dean of the Consular Corps in Wellington.


ormer Chief Fire Officer [South Auckland] Allan Bruce and his wife Anne passed away following a road accident at Palmview on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in March 2015. Allan and Anne lived in retirement at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Alan joined the Wellington Fire Brigade, New Zealand, in 1947, before joining the London Fire Brigade in 1954. In 1957 he returned to New Zealand to take up the role of Senior Instructor at the National Fire Training School. He then shifted to Auckland, rising to become Auckland Region Fire Force Commander in 1977. In 1982 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer/Chief Fire Officer of South Australia's Metropolitan Fire Services until retiring from active service in 1989. His 2009 book Into The Line of Fire is regarded as the textbook of New Zealand Fire Brigades history between the tumultuous years of 1947 to 2009. Alan was also one of NZs first global sporting exports - as a pioneering basketballer. He was a founding member and Captain of the international squad formed in the 1950s, [now known as the Tall Blacks]. He played from 1949-1953 and captained the team in 1957 and 1958; retiring in 1959. Allan also played for the English Basketball team in 1954 - 1956. He played 16 internationals which included the 1955 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary and was the Captain in 1956. Allan spent several weeks in New Zealand last year visiting old basketball friends as part of his research for a book he was writing about the early years of the 'Tall Blacks'. He was a much respected man in the basketball and fire service community and will be dearly missed. GEOFFREY COLDHAM Wellington College: 1978-1982


eoff Coldham was born in Western Samoa, the youngest child of Richard and Mary Coldham. Geoff

attended Ngaio Primary School, Raroa Intermediate and Wellington College where he was Deputy Head Prefect in his final year. He enjoyed school and particularly sport which included Athletics, Badminton and Golf but also saw his selection into the College Hockey 1st XI as a 3rd former and the Cricket 1st XI. He later represented Auckland and played Hockey for the NZ University Team in Australia. His school years at Wellington College set the foundation for a successful and rewarding medical career. Geoff achieved excellence as an all-rounder in his academic and sporting pursuits and his name can be seen on the Honours Board at the College. Geoff was always keen to recognise the College for giving him a great start in life and thus contributed to the College’s Annual Giving programme. After leaving Wellington College, Geoff commenced a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at the University of Auckland before being accepted into Auckland Medical School. Geoff completed his house surgeon years in Hamilton and Auckland before being accepted into the orthopaedic training scheme in 1993. Spinal surgery was Geoff’s passion and he was well suited to this. Along with his enthusiasm, organisational skills, attention to detail, and sharp intellect, combined with the coordination and great hands one would expect from a skilled sportsman meant he was truly the complete surgeon. He spent the last 25 years at Middlemore Hospital, 15 of those as a very dedicated surgeon, developing highly specialised skills in spinal surgery. Geoff was a leader not just by example but also by being very inclusive, engendering great loyalty and becoming a vital part of everyone’s life. He was a keen member of the NZ Orthopaedic Association Education Committee and was heavily involved in the selection and nurturing of younger surgical talent. Geoff was a foundation member of the NZ Spine Society, filling the roles of Secretary and President. He is recognised internationally as a skilled and experienced surgeon in complex spinal surgery and has bridged the world’s geographical distances, successfully bringing the international spinal community closer. He was responsible for creating the inaugural joint meeting of the NZ, Australian and Canadian spine societies. Geoff achieved much in a life that was too short. He will be remembered for his practical,


enthusiastic, empathetic and committed approach on so many fronts. Geoff is survived by his wife Diana and children Hunter and Madison. He touched the lives of so many and will be fondly remembered by all. Scott Arrell (1978-1982) PETER CONWAY Wellington College: 1970-1971


eter Conway, who died in June after a 14-month battle with a serious depressive illness, said he was soft on people, hard on issues and that is how he led his life. During a lifetime devoted to workers' rights, the Labour movement and such organisations as Young Christian Students, Youthline, Beneficiaries Union, Nicaragua Must Survive, Oxfam and UnionAid, he was at the coalface of many major battles. He protested against the Vietnam War and the 1981 Springbok tour. He was a member of the Clothing Workers Union, the Distribution Workers Federation (later the Northern Distribution Union) and, from 1999, the Council of Trade Unions (CTU). Unlike some unionists, he remained on relatively good terms with those he was negotiating with. His calm, common sense logic and gentle manner, plus his intellectual ability (he gained an MA in Economics in 1999), made him a formidable opponent. Peter had three years at Christchurch Boys' High School, and then attended Wellington College, where he was a Prefect. Soon after leaving College, he met Liz Riddiford, daughter of Dan Riddiford, a Cabinet Minister in the Holyoake National Government. It was an interesting mix, the left-wing young man with strong convictions (wearing an Amnesty bracelet engraved with 'Free all Viet Cong prisoners') and the conservative Catholic family. Peter was an unusual mixture. He had a lifelong love of music, being an accomplished guitarist, but with a special affinity for the mandolin. He belonged to several bands at different times, including traditional folk group Jade, Red Gumboot and union band Not The Day Job. In his earlier days, Peter's bands played at prisons, on demonstrations The Lampstand | 2015



and marches, and at folk festivals, appeared on television and produced their own albums. Besides his music, Peter closely followed sport. Because Peter's father was in the Forest Service (and ended his career as Director-General of Forestry), the family made several moves around New Zealand. He spent his first ten years in Auckland, and then there were periods in Kaingaroa Village near Murupara, Christchurch and Wellington. At his funeral, Peter's sister, Linda, told a story about when Peter was about eleven and they were living in Kaingaroa. He and some mates were walking along a quiet road one day when a chauffeured car carrying Cabinet Minister Duncan McIntyre beeped at them as it tried to pass. The boys offered a less than friendly hand signal in response. When young Peter got home, he found McIntyre in his sitting room. His father introduced Peter to the Cabinet Minister. McIntyre responded: I believe we have already met. Peter was already well qualified, after having completed a BCom at Victoria University in the early 1970s, when he decided to expand his horizons. He spent eight months working at Todd Motors as a 'door fixer' and later had a six-month stint working on a farm in southern Hawke's Bay. His first union job was as an organiser (and then Assistant Secretary) of the South Island Clothing Workers Union, where he worked for six years. Then he and Liz did some overseas travelling. While in Britain, he landed a job at the Hounslow Trade Union Support Centre and became busy organising support for miners and their families. He and Liz were involved in huge marches against Margaret Thatcher's policies, including the dismantling of the Greater London Council and apartheid. Back in New Zealand he worked for the Northern Distribution Union. Andrew Little, now Labour Party leader but previously Secretary of the Engineers Union, recalled him as an excellent union advocate. Peter was very firm in his convictions, but was personable, Little said. It was telling that at his funeral [National Party Deputy Leader] Bill The Lampstand | 2015

English attended and another very senior National Party MP would also have been there but for a schedule conflict. His political opponents might not have agreed with him, but they listened to him and knew he was a fine person. English described Peter as a strong advocate for the people who depended on him. His advocacy was all the more influential because he didn't allow disagreement to undermine the respect and warmth he always showed. Despite our many disagreements, in his illness and death, I lost a valued friend. Along the same lines, Phil O'Reilly, the Chief Executive of Business New Zealand, said Peter was a constructive advocate in employment relations and highly respected by all who worked with him. Peter rose to national attention when he joined the CTU as its economist. In 2008, he was persuaded to take on the onerous role of CTU secretary. It was a tough time – the National Government was in power and Peter often found himself battling strong political forces. Did his job wear him down and lead to the depression that enveloped him? No-one could say for sure, but those close to him felt it took a toll. In an interview with The Wellingtonian in 2009, he was asked if he had ever thought of using his qualifications to go after a highpaying job in the commercial world. I'm not anti-business, he said, but it's not where I want to devote my energy. With me, the union element of the job comes first. That's my passion. At various times, he was a Director of the Yellow Bus Company, which provided Auckland Bus services, and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, but he was always clear about where his loyalties lay. Long-time friend Owen Harvey said Peter's over-developed sense of duty and pride in and commitment to maintaining the highest standards had accumulated into a weight of responsibility that no human being could sustain. He was, said Harvey, a natural introvert, a sensitive musician who had steeled himself to meet all these responsibilities for decades, to never let anyone down. He was slowly worn down and his reserves of resilience dissipated. Peter and Liz were friends and then husband and wife for more than four decades. They had three children, Maddy, Sean [2002-2006] and Rosa.

Peter had no previous experience of depression before it struck, and those close to him knew the terrible battle he waged. He told Liz it was the hardest struggle of his life. There was general understanding and sympathy at his funeral in June. The 800 who attended included politicians from across the spectrum, musicians, journalists and business leaders. The turnout was a tribute to the sort of person Peter was and how he touched people in so many parts of society.

and they practised a lot. We first met in 1953 when we were playing in the NZ Junior Tennis Championships in Hamilton and we decided to play together the following season. That did not happen because Murray was selected for the NZ Table Tennis team to play in the World Championships in London. In 1961, he played in the World Championships in Beijing. This was the first time that China opened up to the outside world. The term ‘ping pong’ diplomacy was coined there.

The Dominion Post HARRY DUDFIELD Wellington College: 1954-1957


arry attended Brooklyn School prior to starting at Wellington College in 1954. He was a dedicated rugby player and was selected for the 1st XV in 1957, playing in the first five matches as a lock until injury side-lined him for much of the remainder of the season. A highlight for Harry was attending a reunion of the 1957 team in 2007. Harry excelled in Art and on leaving College, he became a commercial artist. In 1966, Harry and his wife Ruth moved to Sydney and Harry worked in various advertising agencies until his retirement. Prior to moving to Sydney, Harry was a Scout Leader in Brooklyn and Ruth a Guide Leader in Johnsonville. Harry continued his interest in Scouting in Sydney and became the Willoughby District Commissioner for over 20 years. Harry was always a keen rugby supporter and followed the Super 15 and NZ Provincial competitions with great interest. He had a most likeable personality and will be sadly missed by his wife, his three children and three grandchildren as well as his many friends both here in New Zealand and Australia. Bob Slade and Bruce Heather (1954-1958) MURRAY DUNN Wellington College: 1949-1953


urray was an outstanding Table Tennis, Tennis and Squash player and excelled in all three sports.

Murray’s father played an important part in his sporting development. He began teaching him ball skills from when he was about seven,

In 1967, he played in the World Championships in Stockholm where he reached the round of 32. This was the best ever performance by a New Zealand player. Murray was NZ Table Tennis Champion in 1960, 61, 62, and 63. He was inducted into the New Zealand Table Tennis Hall of Fame. Murray also went to Australia as a member of the NZ Junior Tennis team. While there he played Table Tennis against Lew Hoad. He represented Wellington at Tennis on many occasions and was ranked in the top ten tennis players in New Zealand. Murray was a member of the International Lawn Tennis Club of NZ. We played and travelled together to Paris, London, Birmingham, Dublin and Prague. In Prague, Murray was pick pocketed twice in two days. Jeannette who was there said that it happened because he and Jane looked so distinguished and prosperous! A very juicy target for the pick pockets. Murray very ably represented the NZ International Club several times at the AGM of the world body held during Wimbledon. He loved being at Wimbledon in the International Box. In 1957, Murray played in the semifinals of the doubles in the NZ Championships at Stanley Street, Auckland. He and his partner, Bon Howe won, 31-29, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. The match lasted six and a half hours, there were three changes of umpires and 12 sets of balls were used. When it was 20 all, one of Murray’s Table Tennis mates called out from the stand, This is not table tennis you are playing Murray. It was the longest set ever played in NZ, and the second longest ever played internationally at that time. Much later in life he took up Golf. He loved the game, the environment and the company. And he wished that he had started earlier.

Obituaries Some of his happiest times were when eight of us played Tennis, Golf and Bowls over two days at Graham Vivian’s property at Simpsons Beach. He loved the camaraderie and the competitive thrust of those games. I played doubles with Murray at noon at Remuera every Tuesday and Thursday for many, many years. He was a great partner with a big forehand and he never gave up. He really enjoyed the banter in the dressing rooms before and after the games. He often had a strong point of view on topical issues, usually fairly right wing. He had a great sense of humour and he laughed a lot. As a former pharmacist, Murray was remembered with respect for his innovation. He was one of the ten founding directors of Life Pharmacy in New Zealand. Murray first started as a pharmacist in Pakuranga in 1965, then moved to Manukau in 1970. At that time, Manukau was an underdeveloped area and very different to what it is today. He was the first person to bring Clinique to the country and the second to introduce Estee Lauder. Murray helped form Life Pharmacy in 1995. The company listed on the NZX in 2005 and merged with Pharmacybrands in 2009, creating the company now known as Green Cross Health. Des Shaw ROSS ELLISON Wellington College: 1954-1956


oss Ellison began at Wellington College in 1954. He came from Khandallah Primary School where he had excelled as a young Tennis player. In 1954, he won the College U14 Tennis Championship and the following year teamed up with his friend Rodney Callender (1954-1958) to win the U16 Doubles title. At this stage he was Number 6 in the Wellington Secondary School rankings. A people person, Ross had the happy knack of getting on with other folk from all walks of life and from all ages. He had a keen sense of humour as many of his old classmates will remember. He left Wellington College at the end of 1956 to join his uncle at Garner's Department Store in Palmerston North. He began at the bottom, sweeping the floor and learning product and people skills, the start of a long and successful

career until his retirement in 1990. During his time in Palmerston North, he continued with competitive teams and took up golf, a sport that his parents had excelled while living in Wellington. He belonged to the Hokowhitu Club and played off a 3 handicap.

students to work at whatever level they were capable of. This idea was at odds with those of Clarence Beeby who, as Director of Education, introduced the system of 'age classification' whereby pupils are classed according to age regardless of ability or achievement.

In the early 1960s, Ross met his wife Helen who was nursing at Palmerston North Hospital. He also became an active member of Jaycees and Lions before he was transferred to Takapuna. By now, Garners had become Smith & Brown. He was appointed Marketing Manager and his family settled on the North Shore. Fishing, duck shooting and gardening became his new hobbies as well as family duties with his two sons.

In 1937, Harry’s family moved to Wellington and he attended Wellington College. In 1939, when WWII began, Harry enlisted as a deck cadet on the liner Niagara, but it was sunk in 1940 before he was due to embark. He then enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He trained in radar, and was with 10 Servicing Unit, north of New Guinea when the war ended with the Japanese surrender in August 1945. A week later, an air crew Harry had flown with were killed on a test flight when their plane (a Ventura) crashed into Seeadler Harbour.

When Ross retired in 1990, he and Helen moved down to a lifestyle block in Te Puna, north of Tauranga. A tennis court was quickly refurbished with astro turf. His retirement programme was drawn up: Tuesday Golf, Wednesday Tennis, Thursday Golf and Friday more Tennis. Then in 1992, Ross came out of retirement to become Executive Director of COMTOOL then AET (Auto Electrical,) based in Tauranga but with responsibilities nationwide for bulk buying, advertising, conferences etc. until he fully retired in 2008. Ross was known as the life and soul of any gathering but there was also a special calmness and quiet presence about him. He recently faced the challenges of ill health but never complained. There was a huge crowd at his funeral at Tauranga Park. He is survived by his wife Helen, his sons Phil and Richard and their families. Ross also has a twin sister Prue who is living in Tauranga and older sister Sue of Paraparaumu. Bruce Heather (1954-1958) HARRY EVISON Wellington College: 1937-1938


arry Evison was born in 1924 at Beckenham, Christchurch, the third son of Sidney Harry, a London-born newspaper publisher, and Beatrice (née Foster), a Lytteltonborn school teacher. From his parents, Harry gained an abiding interest in music, history and writing, and learned racial tolerance. He started school at Beckenham, but at the age of ten, moved to West Christchurch District High School where the Headmaster, LF de Berry, believed in getting

In October 1945, at Jacquinot Bay, New Britain, Harry helped to organise the first successful RNZAF airmen’s strike. This was not a ‘beer strike’ as stated by Bryan Cox in his Pacific Scrapbook (1997). It was a strike for fresh vegetables, in protest against the diet of Spam and dehydrated vegetables that airmen at Jacquinot were being fed two months after the war’s end. In 1946, Harry enrolled at Wellington Teachers’ College, where he was active in drama and student publications. Influenced by the war and by his reading of history, Harry was now a Marxist, a point of view he maintained for the rest of his life. While at Teachers College, Harry studied part-time at Victoria University and was active in student politics. He was elected Secretary of the Socialist Club, Chief Guide of the Tramping Club, and Secretary of the Students’ Association. In 1949, he was prominent in Wellington as an opponent of the Fraser Labour government’s compulsory military training scheme. Harry disagreed with the Communist Party theory (derived from Engels) that ranked human societies in terms of their technological development, with hunter-gatherer societies lowest in the scale as 'savages'. Harry regarded social cooperation as a better yardstick of human progress than technical achievement. He also disagreed with the idea of 'intellectuals' as a distinct 'class'. Socalled 'intellectuals', he said, should try using a pick and shovel alongside workmen skilled at the job, and they would find that manual work also needs intelligence. In 1950, while completing his MA


papers at Canterbury University College, Harry was elected Chairman of the CUC Socialist Club. In 1952, while teaching at Cromwell, Harry completed his MA from Otago University with his thesis on Canterbury Ngai Tahu, the first Marxist study of the effects of colonialism on New Zealand Māori. The prevailing theory then was 'Culture Clash', which sees history in terms of 'superior' cultures replacing 'inferior' ones. This was promoted by Professor Ivan Sutherland of CUC in his book The Māori Situation (1935), and by Sutherland’s student, Roger Duff, in his 1943 MA thesis on Canterbury Māori. They argued that Māori had collapsed psychologically during European colonisation because they could not cope with civilisation. Harry’s thesis showed that the Māori collapse was economic, not psychological. Canterbury Māori coped well with early European contact and 'collapsed' only when the colonial authorities deprived them of their economic resources. Harry said that for 35 years no one took any notice of his thesis. Harry taught in country schools from 1951 to 1959, chiefly at Cromwell and Reefton. These he regarded as his best teaching years. There were no people unemployed, no rich or poor, and all students received the same opportunities. During this time he met his wife Hillary, and their three children were born. In 1960, Harry transferred to Christchurch as Head of History at Linwood High School, where he also directed stage productions. In 1964, he joined the secondary department of Christchurch Teachers’ College as Senior Lecturer in History and Social Studies. He ran refresher courses for history teachers, and initiated the first college courses in drama and mountain recreation. As Canterbury President of the PostPrimary Teachers Association, he campaigned for better funding for District High Schools. In the 1960s, Harry served on the committee of the NZ Monthly Review, and on the Canterbury Mountain Safety Committee. From 1967 to 1972 he was honorary warden of the Alpine Club’s Aspiring Hut in the West Matukituki, where he spent summer vacations with his family. He said he made more new friends in six weeks at Aspiring Hut than during the rest of the year in town. For many years, Harry and his family lived at Sumner above the Whitewash Head cliff. As an honorary wildlife ranger, he campaigned for better protection The Lampstand | 2015



for the spectacular spotted shag colony there. He wrote environmental submissions on the subject to the City Council, but with little success. He was dismayed when later on the colony virtually collapsed. As a Principal Lecturer at Christchurch Teachers’ College, Harry advocated school-based training for graduate trainees as an alternative to the collegebased system. He believed that ideas about teaching could best be gained in the classroom, with practical teaching experience preceding college lectures. His scheme provided for exchanges of staff between teachers’ colleges and schools. To vindicate this idea he took leave from the College in 1973 and taught for a year as Head of English at Queen’s High School in Dunedin, the first college lecturer to make such a move. His scheme was supported by secondary schools and by trainees who volunteered for it. But the Education Department failed to authorise a trial of schoolbased training, and Harry resigned from the College. In Dunedin in 1973, Harry was elected to the Dunedin City Council Committee for Recreation and Sport. This led to his appointment in 1975 as Activities Officer at the University of Otago. There he persuaded the Students’ Association (OUSA) to spend its’ building fund on a new, purposebuilt multi-storeyed building with facilities for student clubs and societies, and function as a community centre. Harry wrote the architectural brief for the building, and in 1980 it opened as the OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre with himself as Manager. This was the era of 'user pays', but Harry instead successfully ran the Centre on the principle 'user cleans up'. When he retired in 1983, the OUSA made him a life member and named the Centre’s main lounge after him. Between 1975 and 1984, Harry lectured in Dunedin for the Diploma in Recreation and Sport and wrote a teachers’ correspondence course in outdoor recreation for the Education Department. He also represented Otago University on the Otago Mountain Safety Committee. In Dunedin he was President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and of the United Nations Association, and helped establish an Otago Council for Civil Liberties. In 1977, with Hone Tuwhare, Harry organised a campaign against the Muldoon government’s SIS Amendment Bill, culminating in a protest march and The Lampstand | 2015

rally in the Octagon of more than 2,000 people. In 1981, Harry helped Larry Ross launch the Nuclear Free New Zealand campaign, and afterwards joined its Committee. In 1977, with Professors Alan Mark and John Child, he organised a campaign to establish a Scenic Reserve at Trotters Gorge in North Otago. His Trotters Gorge Field Guide was published in 1978, and the Trotters Gorge Scenic Reserve was gazetted in 1979. He enjoyed tramping in the Otago ranges, and in 1982 with his wife Hillary, he submitted a Protected Natural Area proposal for the Rock and Pillar summit ridge. In 1983, Harry left Otago University to concentrate on writing, and he edited the New Zealand Monthly Review for two years. In 1986, to support a Ngai Tahu claim to the high country Crown lease lands, he wrote a 72-page booklet, Ngai Tahu Land Rights And The Crown Pastoral Leases In The South Island Of New Zealand. At a Christchurch public meeting on the claim, the Canterbury high country farmers’ Chairman, said to Harry: Mao wrote the ‘Little Red Book’, and now you’ve written the ‘Little Brown Book'. From 1987 to 1990, Harry assisted Ngai Tahu with their historic Waitangi Tribunal Claim. His evidence to the Tribunal reiterated his 1952 thesis argument that Ngai Tahu’s impoverishment and dispersal had been caused by the Crown’s appropriation of their land. Harry thought the high country farmers’ reaction to his Little Brown Book influenced the National government to settle the Ngai Tahu claim favourably, while leaving the high country leases untouched. Harry welcomed Ngai Tahu’s huge claim settlement, but regretted the corporate business structure that was set up to administer it. Harry strongly supported Dr WB Sutch’s (1920-1923) views on economic independence for New Zealand. He was disgusted when the Lange government signed the country into the so-called global 'free market' system, with its extremes of wealth and poverty, erosion of public services, and relentless plundering of natural resources for private profit. Harry regarded 'free market' politicians as traitors for destroying the social services that had been built up by preceding generations. In 1989, Harry received the Queen’s Service Medal for public services. In 1994, he was awarded the New Zealand Book Award for Non-Fiction for his book Te Wai Pounamu, The Greenstone Island, and in 1996, he received the

honorary degree Doctor of Letters from the University of Canterbury. In later years, Harry suffered from two debilitating kinds of cancer but he read the proofs of his 2006 book The Ngai Tahu Deeds while in a hospital emergency ward. In 2010, he published his book New Zealand Racism In The Making: The Life & Times of Walter Mantell. Harry is survived by his wife Hillary and their three adult children. GEORGE GAIR Wellington College: 1940-1941


he death at 88 years of British New Zealand Business Association patron, Hon. George Gair brings to a very definable end a political era.

In successive National governments, he served as Minister of Health and Minister of Social Welfare. He also served as Minister of Housing, Minister of Energy, Minister of Transport, and Minister of Railways. He was also National's Deputy Leader. His long tenure in Parliament was characterised by his adherence to a liberal-conservative line and one which sought to eschew the politics of personality. He was emphatic that the issues facing the country should take precedence over the inevitable and distracting hurly-burly of party politics and personalities. In the late 1970s, George opposed measures by his own party to restrict abortion, which was a divisive part of a Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Bill. A royal commission recommended a panel be established to approve any abortion, but George objected, saying that would intimidate already-distressed women, and a compromise position was eventually reached. He saw too the divisive nature of Parliament's periodic focus on moral issues which he similarly saw as dangerous distractions from the crucial issues of the day which then as now tended to be of an economic nature. He served a term as New Zealand's High Commissioner in London and the always suave yet sincere face that he presented to officials in London did much to enhance the trading relationship with the EU bloc as a whole. George was born in Dunedin. He subsequently attended Wellington College from 1940-1941, then Victoria and Auckland Universities. It was then that he embarked upon

a career as a journalist, followed by a tour in the then quite new vocation of public relations. Much impressed by the National Party's Keith Holyoake, it was now that he set his sights on entering Parliament, briefly serving on Holyoake's staff. He entered Parliament in his own right in 1966, representing the North Shore, an electorate which in one capacity or other he was to serve diligently for the rest of his life. He became Deputy Leader of the National Party under Jim Bolger. After retiring from Parliament, George was appointed New Zealand's High Commissioner in London from 1991 to 1994 and then served one term as North Shore city Mayor from 1995 to 1998. George campaigned with local residents for 20 years - from 1967 to 1987, to open a hospital on the North Shore. He became the first patient to have a major operation at the hospital after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. George became Patron of the British New Zealand Business Association following his role as High Commissioner in London 1991-1994. It was an office he took on with his customary blend of energy, diligence, and enthusiasm, making a point of attending the association's major meetings and events, volunteering as required his finely-honed and well-seasoned opinions and judgement on the issues of the day. He retained a youthful vigour and curiosity until the end of his days. Prime Minister John Key acknowledged the passing of George. I am saddened to learn of George Gair’s passing, Mr Key said. George made a significant contribution to the National Party, to Parliament and to the community. He was well-known for his competent and well-mannered approach and was highly regarded by his colleagues. George was a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for his dedication to public services and was a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. He decided to further his study in 2006 after being encouraged by a former political colleague, AUT Professor Marilyn Waring. He was accepted in mid-2007, but his study had to be postponed while he had heart surgery. He graduated in 2010

Obituaries with a master's degree. Married to his wife, Fay, for 64 years, they had three children, five grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. THOMAS GAULT Wellington College: 1952-1955


ir Thomas Gault died in Auckland in May 2015 aged 76. His contribution to New Zealand’s legal system was significant. A successful career as a prominent legal practitioner with expertise in commercial and competition law and intellectual property was followed by nearly two decades as a highly respected member of the judiciary. This culminated in his appointment as one of the establishment members of the Supreme Court.

Year’s Honours, for services as a judge of the Court of Appeal. Legal historian Peter Spiller says Sir Thomas was respected as a scrupulous and independent-minded judge. He showed a fine analytical mind keen to discern the logic of the submissions presented to him. His logical insight enabled him to see artificialities and contradictions in argument and to cut through at times extensive argument to the precise issues at stake, he writes in New Zealand Court of Appeal 1958 to 1996: A History (Brookers Ltd, Wellington, 2002, page 189). Dr Spiller says that in the hearing of cases Sir Thomas was a courteous judge, open to persuasion. However, he was not averse to speaking his mind on matters of which he disapproved in the conduct of litigants and counsel.

Sir Thomas was born in Wellington in 1938. His parents were Thomas Gordon and Evelyn Jane (nee Paulmeir) Gault. His father was a mechanical engineer and Tom, as he was known, had three older siblings. His father died when Tom was aged two.

Sir Thomas believed that a judge was expected to bring to any decision a full understanding of the relevant law and its practical application distilled from adversarial presentation, a degree of detachment, a logical approach, and reasoning with intellectual honesty, Dr Spiller says (at page 190).

He attended Paraparaumu Primary School and Wellington College before going to Victoria University in 1956 to study law. While at university, he worked as a clerk at the Land Transfer Office. Sir Thomas was active in student affairs and sports, particularly golf.

In 2003, Sir Thomas was one of the judges appointed to the newlyestablished Supreme Court. The court began sitting in 2004 and he was a member of the court until his retirement in 2006, although he continued to sit occasionally as a temporary Judge.

Graduating LLB in 1961, Sir Thomas was admitted to the bar in 1962. He continued to study, and completed an LLM in 1963. That year he also sat and passed his exams to become a registered Patent Attorney. He joined the intellectual property firm AJ Park & Son in 1961, becoming a partner shortly after. His work at the firm gave him a strong background in competition and commercial law as well as intellectual property.

His expertise and standing in the field of commercial law was recognised with his role as Consulting Editor of the legal text Gault on Commercial Law (published by Thomson Reuters).

He married Barbara Stewart in 1963 and the couple had one son. Sir Thomas went into practice as a sole barrister in 1981 and he was appointed Queen’s Counsel on 14 June 1984. His judicial career began in December 1987 when he was appointed a Judge of the High Court. In February 1991, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal and he became President in 2002, succeeding Sir Ivor Richardson. He was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2001 New

Outside the law, Sir Thomas was known for his love of golf. He won the New Zealand Universities Championship in 1958 and was awarded Golf Blues by Victoria University and the University of New Zealand. From 1987 to 1996 he was President of the New Zealand Golf Association. Sir Thomas joined The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1994 and became the first New Zealander to be Club Captain in September 2005 for the 20052006 year. A member of the Royal Auckland Golf Club, he was made a Life Member of New Zealand Golf. Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson says he was saddened by the death of Sir Thomas. Sir Thomas was one of the great leaders of the New Zealand legal profession. He was a distinguished member of the

judiciary and a highly respected practitioner, particularly in the areas of intellectual property and competition law, Mr Finlayson says. One can look back at the life and career of Sir Thomas and see that his contribution to this country in a number of fields was outstanding. On behalf of the Government, I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Barbara, his son Ian and other members of his family. New Zealand Law Society CLIFF HERAUD Wellington College: 1937-1940


he Coromandel farewelled Kauri 2000 founder Cliff Heraud in early November at a special ceremony in Kuaotunu.

Cliff died after a short illness and was remembered as one of the Coromandel's champions of conservation. He was 92-years-old. In 1999, Cliff set the goal of planting 2000 trees to greet the new millennium and to replenish the peninsulas kauri population destroyed by the saw milling industry. Sixteen years later, his vision has resulted in the planting of over 45,000 kauri trees throughout the Coromandel Peninsula from below Waihi to Waikawau Bay and from Kauri Point to Cathedral Cove on the East Coast. Cliff was born in 1923, in Palmerston North, but grew up in Eastbourne, Wellington, where he went to Wellington College. During WWII, he was conscripted initially into the NZ Army then went to Devonport in England where he did an officers course. He served as a sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy, on a minesweeper, in the Mediterranean for 18 months until the war ended. On his return back home, Cliff trained as an Accountant, worked for ICI and had several business interests before he left city life in 1957 to become a farmer. He worked on two farms in the Central Plateau before purchasing a farm in Waimiha in the King Country through the WWII rehabilitation scheme. In 1952, he married Julie Hutchison of Petone, Wellington. In 1983, at the age of 60, Cliff retired from farming and bought their property in Kuaotunu. His son


Richard said his father understood that all work depended on the quality of the social relations of those he collaborated with. I think he will be remembered as somebody who, along with Vivienne McLean, established the building blocks for the ongoing development of Kauri 2000, he said. Furthermore, I think he should be recognised for advocating for the development of the educational aspect of this project, said Richard. Ultimately my father thought in the long term. He was someone who saw the majesty of the kauri. In 2004, Cliff was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for Community Service by Governor General Dame Silvia Cartwright. NZ Herald COLIN HOUGH Wellington College: 1962-1965


very well-known and dearly loved Old Boy, Colin Hough passed away recently. He died instantly after falling off the platform into the path of a northbound freight train at Paraparaumu Station. ‘Houghie’ was certainly a character, a very popular, charming, gregarious and generous Wellingtonian, an instantly recognisable man about town who cut a very fashionable and unmistakeable figure on his constant walks across his beloved city. He was always ready to lend a hand and give support, encouragement and advice to all he came across, regardless of their background and circumstances. He gave his time and resources to others constantly, unreservedly, generously and completely, never with any expectation of receiving anything in return. To him it was all about giving. He never forgot anybody once he had made their acquaintance and had the utmost respect, tolerance and understanding for all those he encountered. Colin was a Northland boy and attended Primary School in that suburb. He was at College from 1962 - 1965 and was one of the top scholars in his year. A very sensitive soul, it is probable that much of the general, quite macho ethos that prevailed in school in those days did not sit very well with him. Significantly though there were present at his funeral, a number of high profile and successful Old Boys of his era, many very like Houghie, individual souls, colourful characters who have largely carved The Lampstand | 2015



their own way in life. Houghie, keen to leave school after his lower sixth form year, became one of the youngest students at Victoria University, and one of the first to take the new BCA degree. I was a year ahead of Houghie at school, certainly very aware of him as a charismatic character and a bit different, but did not know him that well. I was a boarder. He was a day boy. That also set us apart, the way things were in those days. Doing the same degree though and in the same year at Victoria we became very firm friends. His intelligence, outlook and demeanour and especially his grace and non judgemental attitude towards everybody, made a very serious impression on me. We shared a passion for riding surfboards. ‘The Corner’ at Lyall Bay was our second home but we also travelled more extensively looking for waves. Houghie was a very diligent student, studied much more seriously than me, and when he was engrossed in the Library and the waves were running, he would very generously and without question loan me his car, a great little Morris Minor convertible, so I could head out to the bay and chase the waves. Houghie completed his degree a year before me. He was just about 20 years old but was the top graduating BCA student in this year, 1968. We went our separate ways after university, but always stayed in touch. In the early 1970s, we saw quite a bit of one another in London when he was one of those larger than life characters, driving buses for Continental Camping Tours and in his inimitable style entertaining Kiwis and Aussies on their OE and travelling through Europe. Colin had qualified as an accountant, but he wasn’t a typical practitioner. I don’t believe he ever worked in public practice. As an independent, with significant and often lateral insight into matters of finance, he was always in demand to work on various projects. He gave advice to many serious figures in the financial world, at various times was himself a significant investor in Wellington property, was involved, on the finance side, with Saatchi and Saatchi. Prominent in the movie world, he was accountant for a number of major New Zealand productions. At one time he operated a movie theatre in Otaki.

investor in NZ and Australian shares. He was a great believer in gold as the ultimate currency. Again we shared interests and enjoyed many long discussions of the potential of this or that industry or particular stock; as well as speculating about when it would be that gold would again have its day in the sun. History, current affairs, religion, other philosophical matters; Houghie’s views were always enlightening, intelligent and informed. We dined regularly together, in one if his Oriental Bay apartments, sometimes nearby aboard my sailboat in Chaffers Marina. With Houghie though there was always something in the background I couldn’t quite put my finger on. He drank a lot from his early 20s, acknowledged this as a problem later in life, and with typical strength gave alcohol away completely. There must have still been dark places for him though. He suffered from depression but managed a variety of successes in spite of this. A few years ago, after an attempted suicide, he became paraplegic. He continued to battle this serious setback, and all his demons, with a huge strength, determined to get fit and active again, but then that black dog, depression, returned. This time he managed to take his life ....... a huge loss for us all, and a huge gap now in the lives of all those close to him. Rest in peace, dear man, it was a huge pleasure and honour to know you and have you as a friend, a major influence in my life and truly a soul brother. At Colin’s funeral in Raumati, the church was full, not a seat, nor a dry eye in the place. He received a great send off. The huge regard he was held in by his family and friends from all walks of life was there for all to see. A great and loving man has left us and there is a place in all our hearts that is now empty. Houghie, dear man, God bless as he would always say, we hope your dear soul is now at rest.

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While at College, he also learned to fly. He was a fine trumpet and cornet player both in the Orchestra and in the Cadet Bugle Band in which he was bugle sergeant. The Wellingtonian of 1948 records in its musical notes, that the College’s public concert held in the Wellington Town Hall featured Handel’s Messiah including the inspiring aria, the Trumpet Shall Sound, a difficult trumpet solo which was played excellently by W.A. Hunt. At his funeral service, Warren’s son Brett recalled that Dad would take his trumpet and cornet to any function he knew there would be a jazz band playing and join in a few songs. Looking back, Warren was already exhibiting those characteristic of orderliness and attention to detail which were to lead him to a top position in industry. After leaving College, he became a student at Victoria University and at the School of Engineering at Canterbury College, graduating with B.E [Mech]. At Canterbury University, he played rugby in the senior grade as a loose forward, and participated in athletics and boxing. After graduation, Warren joined the RNZAF and had the distinction of graduating not only with his ‘wings’ but also the ‘Sword of Honour’ from his training class. He decided against a career in the RNZAF and in the 1950s, joined General Motors in Trentham. It was not long before his management potential was recognised and the company sent him to Chicago for three years for management training. Retuning home, he married Pat, settling in Silverstream where he built his first home and where their three children, Michelle and the twins Anna and Brett were born.

John Wedde (1961-1965) WARREN HUNT Wellington College 1944-1948


arren Hunt was born in Auckland, the family later moving to Wellington, where Warren was educated at Kilbirnie School and Wellington College from

1944-48. The stock market was a serious interest and he was an active

immaculately dressed school boys, hair in place, socks at regulation height and neatly pressed shirt and shorts. He was one of the few senior boys who rode a motorcycle to school, it too, immaculate with an engine which purred in tune with Warren’s perfect maintenance.

Warren was always one of the more

It was time for a move in the 1960s. Warren saw and applied for a new position, with operation research and work study, at NZ Forest Products Limited, based at the Head Office at Penrose. Computerisation was developing and Warren had a key role in introducing this new technology into the company's centres of operation including pulp and paper at Kinleith, board manufacture at Whakatane, paper bags at Penrose and fine papers at Mataura.

With time, Warren moved from a technical role into management, first at Penrose Industries, then at Kinleith and finally at Head Office as Managing Director in the early 1980s. This was a period of volatility in New Zealand Industry with take overs and mergers, some friendly, some hostile. Warren barely had time to reorganise the company into five divisions, forestry, pulp and paper, sawmilling, merchant supplies and technical, before the crash of 1987 occurred and the overseas predators swooped on the Company. The outcome was that Warren took early retirement in the late 1950s, and was appointed to the Boards of a number of Companies and took up his other passion, flying. He was often a guest speaker at the RNZAF’s Whenuapai Base and was deeply involved in establishing the Air Force Museum at Wigram, becoming a member of the Museum’s Trust Board. For his support of the RNZAF, Warren was promoted to Group Captain [Hon.], an honour in which he took great pride. His other retirement passion was boating with a Vindex 375, 42 footer, he sailed around the inner and outer Auckland harbour with family and friends. Appropriately he named the Vindex, Mustang, after the plane in which he earned his wings. As Brett said, He allowed us children to take Mustang out, but just as he did, we had to sit and pass the Coast guard boatmasters,16 week course plus a three hour exam which we all did with flying colours. Dad was a good and knowledgeable fisherman and over the years of cruising had many good fishing and scallop ‘spots’. Warren was appointed to many committees and Councils including being Chairman, National Productivity Council, Chairman, Alpine Task force Hillary Commission, Chairman, Management Services Council of NZ, Member Experts Committee on pulp and paper [FAO, UN], Member, Naval Advisory Board and RNZN Dockyard Facilities Management Project Steering Committee Member, Fisher Gallery Board, and Member of the Salvation Army Board. He was also a Justice of the Peace. His wife Patricia died in 1991. He was survived by three children Michele, Anna and Brett until his death this year. Bill Glass (1944-1948)

Obituaries BRUCE JENKINS Wellington College 1939-1942


ruce Jenkins was born in 1926 in Auckland while his parents were living there temporarily, his father having been transferred from the Wellington to the Auckland branch of the Valuation Department. They returned when Bruce was just six months old and he began his life-long residency in our beautiful capital city. His early schooling was at Northland Primary School, but his education became disrupted when his mother was diagnosed with TB when he was six. In Bruce’s own words from his memoirs Mother was confined to bed and isolated in her bedroom. It was considered that children were at great risk of being infected if they were near anyone with TB so we were not allowed to enter her room. We could talk to her from the doorway and we could see her, usually sitting up in bed by the big dormer window but that was the closest we were allowed to be with her. She was subsequently admitted to Otaki Sanatorium and the little family of Bruce, his two sisters and their Dad was split up and lived separately over the next few years, but remained in regular contact. During this time Bruce attended Te Aro and Island Bay Schools. His memoirs describe a happy life at Island Bay, living with his grandparents and sisters. He did well at school and made many friends who also went to Wellington College. But sadly Bruce’s mother died in 1937 when he was only eleven years old. At Island Bay School, Bruce showed an interest and capability in Chemistry and the sciences. He had what he called 'a laboratory' in the basement of his grandparents’ home in Waikato Street, where various experiments were carried out with test tubes and chemicals he bought with his pocket money. In 1939, his college years began, which he enjoyed and made some lifelong friends. He was placed in 'B' forms and managed most subjects without difficulty, doing quite well in English and French. But he admitted to struggling with Latin and was pleased he could drop it in the fifth form. Many decades later, on his first visit to France, he was able to recall enough schoolboy French to purchase tickets at railway stations! But Science was his best subject

and he managed to come top of the class in Magnetism and Electricity in the end of term exam in the 5th form. He passed the School Certificate and University Entrance exams and (because he had taken Trigonometry as a UE subject), he qualified for the Engineering Preliminary Certificate. During his college years, he became keen on outdoor activities such as Tramping and CrossCountry running. Harriers became his winter sport and in 1941, he joined the Scottish Harrier and AA Club (special dispensation had to be obtained from Wellington College for participation in this heretical non-rugby activity!). Bruce was a lifelong enthusiastic member of Scottish Harriers, running on every Saturday during the season for years in a row without fail. He won many races, ran many marathons, and was a stalwart supporter of the Club in every possible way, including the holding of high office for several years. At his memorial service in Wellington I was struck by the number of people who told me your father introduced me to running with Scottish. In 1943, Bruce joined Collier & Beale Ltd, a radio and engineering company, at that time heavily involved in making military radio and other electronic equipment. His secondary school qualifications earned him a place in the prestigious Special Apparatus Department rather than the assembly lines in the main factory. The Special Apparatus Department worked on semisecret, mostly one-off gear, for the NZ Government, the US Army and Navy and for the RAF in England. Collier & Beale gave him the chance of taking unpaid time off work to attend university, so he enrolled at Victoria University as a BSc student taking Mathematics and Physics. The hassle of getting to and from lectures and then making up the time at work on Saturdays was hard enough, but war commitments meant that they worked a lot of overtime and his studies began to suffer. To make matters worse, fellow employees were studying for the Trade Exams, a qualification much more aligned with Bruce’s work and it seemed he might be left behind if he didn't sit these exams. So he gritted his teeth, left University, sat the Trade Exams over the next three or four years and became qualified in the Electrical Trade and in Radio and Electronics.

Bruce’s father, John William Jenkins attended Wellington College from 1912-1913 as did his four sons John (1966-1969), Alan (1964-1968), Graham (1966-1970) and David (12968-1972). I (John), had the pleasure of having some of Dad’s teachers as my own, including Mr (Bernie) Paetz for French and Mr (Inky) Dighton for Latin. Bruce married Elisabeth Baucke at Ward Memorial Church, Northland, in 1947. They set up home in Chamberlain Road, Karori, and raised their family of four boys there. He started business at 236 Karori Road, Karori as a radio and electrical shop. The enterprise was duly registered as Jenkins Electronics Ltd in 1956. When TV came to New Zealand in the 1960s, the sale, installation and repair of television sets became an important part of the shop’s activities. Bernie Paetz was a Karori resident and one of Bruce’s regular customers. Other customers included ships in the harbour having problems with their radar equipment. The ships varied in size from fishing trawlers to American warships. Bruce became an active member of the Karori Businessmen’s Association and was connected with many of their charitable activities. I believe he was involved with a campaign to raise funds for the building of the hall at Karori School. After retiring from the radio/TV business he became a tutor at the Technical Correspondence Institute (the predecessor of the Open Polytechnic). Bruce and Elisabeth spent their married life of nearly 65 years together resident at Chamberlain Road. Over that time, they subdivided their land and built two more houses there. Elisabeth had a stroke in 2013 and spent some time in a nursing home before she died in July of that year. Bruce gradually became unwell after she died and eventually wanted to move into a retirement home. He spent Christmas 2014 at Malvina Major in Khandallah, but shortly afterwards moved to Tauranga. He died peacefully at Tauranga Hospital in 2015, and his funeral was held in Tauranga after which he was cremated, according to his wishes. His ashes were taken to Wellington where there was a memorial service a few days later. Both services were well attended, notably the Wellington one where a number of harriers were present.


Bruce is survived by his four sons John, Alan, Graham and David; his ten grandchildren and twelve greatgrandchildren. John Jenkins (1966-1969) PETER JOBSON Wellington College: 1945-1949 Barry Jobson, Peter’s youngest brother spoke on behalf of the 'cousins', and the Wellington Branch of the Jobson family about Peter’s early life in Wellington at Peter’s Funeral in February.


he family originally lived with our maternal grandparents - the Newmans, in Willis Street in Wellington, so you can certainly call us Wellingtonians. All three brothers and our sister Mary went to St Mark’s Church School by the Basin Reserve. In 1952, we moved to Linden, Tawa and it was during that time that Peter and Wendy were married in Old St Paul’s in Wellington. My earliest memory of Peter was at Wanganui in 1949. Peter was in the Wellington College 1st XV as the hooker, and he played in the Quadrangular Tournament held at Wanganui Collegiate that year. As a family we stayed at the Aramoho Camping ground. After Wellington College, Peter worked for ICI (NZ) Ltd on the Terrace in Wellington. He did his Accountancy and BCom at Victoria University simultaneously - fulltime accounting study was virtually unheard of in those days. As it turned out all three boys became qualified Accountants. Peter got me a job during the school holidays as the office boy at ICI, so technically that was my first job. Eventually, the three Jobson brothers used to get a bit of cheek over their career choices, as we had the three vices covered. Peter as an Accountant at ICI worked with drugs, Ken as an accountant, at WD&HO Wills, worked in cigarettes, and I, the younger accountant worked for Lion Breweries! So we covered drugs, cigarettes and beer! In the 1940s in Wellington, our maternal grandparents Joe and Mary Newman had a bach at Plimmerton on the coast where we spent just about every weekend during the summer. And about 400m from the bach was the Plimmerton Boating Club where many of the friends and relatives including the Jobsons, Newmans, The Lampstand | 2015



Dodsons and Caseys sailed. Peter originally started in P Class sailing P.53 Dondu, and then into the Z Class Z4 Torment skippering at various times with our other siblings Mary, Casey or Ken as crew. He also represented the Club at the Cornwell Cup National Z or Takapuna Class Championship. I recall Peter was allowed to drive the family Vauxhall through to Auckland when under-age. He must have been about 15. The Desert Road and main highway were unsealed then so it was a dusty trip through the central North Island. We were driving through to the Z Class Championships at the Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland. He was a mature boy and well able to carry the responsibility. During the period of Compulsory Military Training, commonly called CMT, Pete was in the Scottish Regiment in Wellington - along with many of our cousins. He was awarded the Scott-Gillanders trophy for outstanding services as an officer. We had a wonderful photo at home of him swimming in the crater lake at Mt Ruapehu, where they did their manoeuvres from the Waiouru Military Camp in the early 1950s. As a teenager, I did a lot of baby sitting for Chris and Amanda. I was allowed to drive the family car from Linden to Upper Hutt and stay with Wendy and Peter for the weekend. After Peter and Wendy moved to Auckland, Zena and I had some wonderful family holidays here, and our own three offspring speak very highly of Uncle Peter. He was a wonderful Uncle to our kids, taking them fishing or out in his fizz boat or doing whatever what uncles do. I love that word ‘avuncular’ as it conjures up visions of a kindly uncle, which Peter was. Peter was a modest, intelligent, good, familyorientated kindly man who will be sadly missed. Go well brother. We express deepest sympathy to Wendy, Chris Amanda and their families. Finally, we three brothers all belonged to St Andrew Masonic Lodge in Wellington, as did our father, Fred Jobson and our maternal grandfather, Joseph Newman. I was honoured to present Peter with his 50 year badge ten years ago. Barry Jobson (1953-1957)

ALEXANDER KING Wellington College: 1966-1970


wish to reflect on the remarkable life and qualities of Alexander King, ‐adoring husband of Linda, immensely proud father of Richard, caring brother of Douglas, Richard, Andrew, Malcolm and Margaret, loving son of Margaret and Alexander, loyal friend and mentor of too many to mention, and a fearless lawyer for all he represented. His was a life of great intellectual purpose, intense curiosity and legal principle. It was a life of wickedly brilliant good humour, natural charisma and raucous laughter. It was a life of powerful love and reliability for his devoted wife, Linda, and their son, Richard. It was a life of resilience, strength and courage, exemplified to the very end in his fierce, but uncomplaining, battle against brain cancer. Alexander was born in Wellington, in November, 1952. Thankfully for Alexander, an avid follower of politics, this was a most auspicious month and year – a republican, Dwight D. Eisenhower, had just been re-elected United States President. Through the 1950s, picture an enthusiastic and endlessly entertaining child who combined emotional intelligence, extroversion and his high IQ to be both jester and genius at Boulcott Primary School in Lower Hutt. He attended Boulcott Primary School for nine years, then Wellington College. He went on to study law at Victoria University. A bitingly funny mimic and prankster, his spontaneous stand ‐up comedy routines regularly had fellow students in stitches. In law, Alexander’s strengths lined up perfectly. He was a captivating narrator of stories, a compelling performer, a forensic crossexaminer, and a relentless fighter. He charmed and won over jurors. He boldly challenged incompetent and stuffy judges. He clinically dissected sloppy witnesses. He ran rings around plodding prosecutors. He plotted trial strategy like a grandmaster plots an intricate chess championship. His clients were exceptionally fortunate. In the words of one of his heroes, Winston Churchill, Alexander King would never give up. To sharpen his skills and test

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himself against the best, Alexander became a barrister first in London. He took on the best and defeated them. In 1986, a decade after being admitted to practice law, good fate and adventurism lured him to Hong Kong.

Alexander remained as my King for the next 25 years,’ says Linda. He touched the lives of so many who came in contact with him. In sickness or in health, he retained his sense of humour, kindness and mischievousness at all times.

Alexander belonged in Hong Kong. It was fast, exciting, unaffected by political correctness, intellectually stimulating and unpredictable. It was Alexander to a tee.

Farewell, Alexander, you made our lives better. We wish yours had been longer. You are deeply missed and never forgotten. Hedley Thomas, Close friend

He had found his true home on this island in the South China Sea with its British traditions and rule of law, and its Chinese ownership, pragmatic entrepreneurialism, and cultural fascinations. He hoped it would be a lifelong home. Over the next three decades as Alexander became embedded in Hong Kong, he soared as a lawyer. He took on the best and worst of cases, representing the good, the bad and the ugly, and gave all the benefit of his persuasive advocacy. He had a musical anthem for every important occasion - Sink the Bismarck and I Won’t Back Down were his favourites before he would go to court. He became known as ‘One Song King’ for his rendition of Pang Yau (Friends of Mine), and he never failed to bring the house down when he sang it. He crossed social and cultural barriers effortlessly with his words and songs. The widely-read but down‐toearth Kiwi with a biting wit and a contagious charm attracted many friends from all walks of life and culture. And he was always true to himself. Did he really just say that? some would ask after one of his typically provocative statements. The mischief and contrariness at the core of his personality saw him setting off small explosives in many conversations and settings Alexander revelled in the shock and awe, the intellectual joust, and the intensity of a great debate. Linda would marvel at his ability to be laughing and bonding with someone whom he had just infuriated. Even those who would vehemently disagree with him were won over by his chutzpah and easy charm. When he first saw Linda, his life partner, he asked her: What is your name?. What’s yours? she replied. Alexander The King!’ he said smiling, a glint in his eye. Linda knew (and he suspected) that he was a king and he would always be a king - to her, to young Richard, Alexander Stuart King, and to many, many more who knew him.


y youngest brother Alexander King better known certainly to those who knew him at Wellington College as 'Sandy', died in Hong Kong in February of complications of a brain tumour first diagnosed in October, 2011. In March, two wonderful services were held in Hong Kong for his family and friends and in July, another memorial service was organised in Auckland for those who couldn’t make it to Hong Kong. Now four months later it’s hard to believe he’s no longer with us although his spirit and memory will last forever. The day he was born, was a big disappointment for our father. I’m told that there was a huge expectation that his fifth child was finally going to be the long awaited daughter. It was not to be. Our father’s disappointment didn’t last long. He must have sensed there was something special about his fifth son because he named him after himself and the two of them went on to form what was probably the closest father-son bond in the family.

If you ever wondered where Sandy’s slightly right of centre political views came from, you only have to imagine the influence of many hours of political tutelage that the youngest son received from his father. Our childhood experiences growing up in the Hutt Valley were happy ones. Our mother spared nothing of herself to ensure that we were able to take advantage of everything life had to offer, and our father worked long hours to support it. However amongst the boys in the family, when it came to doing the chores, there was a definite hierarchy. The older one told the next one down what to do, and strict obedience was expected. This worked very well until Sandy came of age to do his share and to take his turn in the chain of command albeit at the bottom. It became evident very early on that this was not to his liking, and he refused to

Obituaries take orders from anyone except his parents. Not even physical or mental encouragement made any difference. It was stubborn defiance of the highest order but a wonderful character trait exhibited at a very early age that he carried with him until the day he died. He was many things to many people. Intelligent, interesting, irreverent, quick-witted, provocative, funny and entertaining and always loyal to his family and friends. Alexander did start at Firth House but didn’t last long. The legacy of bad behaviour created by his older brothers meant that there was a posse of masters waiting to extract their revenge on him. He went back home and commuted as a day boy for the last three years. He was also only at Wellington College for four years, electing to go to university rather than run into trouble in his fifth year at school. He loved to stir the pot or as one friend said, stir every pot he came across. He took great pleasure in winding people up, and that could be friend or foe. If he didn’t like your opinion, he was happy to give you his, with the expectation you would quickly see the error of your ways. However, there were two things in his life that were sacrosanct to what he considered important. One was his marriage and family and the other was the practice of law in Hong Kong which he held in the highest regard. In Hong Kong law circles, the feeling of deep respect was mutual. His colleagues I spoke to, including the Chief Justice and the Director of Public Prosecutions told me that he operated in the highest echelons of criminal defence advocacy. Away from his work, he was just fun to be around and it all came from a sharp intelligence that he used to full capacity in his professional and personal life. Of all his gifts, the one I envied the most was the magical ability he had to insert himself into any gathering and within a very short time have the crowd big or small totally engaged in what he was offering. It didn’t matter where it was or who they were. They didn’t even have to speak English; Sandy could get them going. It was an extraordinary gift. He would have made a fantastic TV talk show host. I would like to finish by thanking Sandy’s friends, and members of our family who were so supportive throughout his illness. It is huge comfort to know that he was loved, admired and respected by so many

people outside his family circle. To my sister-in-law Linda and nephew Richard, once again my profound thanks for making his family life so wonderful and for the courageous way you nursed him through this cruel disease. To my brother Sandy, I can only reiterate what I said in Hong Kong. The courage and dignity with which you faced your illness is something I will never forget. I only hope when it’s my turn to go, I can face it with the same incredible bravery you showed. And as Hedley Thomas, his Australian friend concluded in his wonderful eulogy, You are deeply missed and never forgotten.

Under Tim's leadership, Weta Workshop established its range of film collectibles. Weta co-founder and co-director Sir Richard Taylor says Tim had all the right attributes for the job, a good business head, corporate nous but most importantly, a high 'geek' factor. Tim came from a corporate background, but on meeting him that first time we realised he had the most critical talent for the job - the geek factor. Tim was a terrifically positive influence. It was impossible not to get swept up in his absolute enthusiasm and love for everything 'geek'. It was a wonderful thing to see. He really hit it off with the guys on the [Weta Workshop] floor who would spend the evenings model-making and watching Thunderbirds. He just really got it. He was like a big kid.

Richard King (1960-1964) TIM LAUNDER Wellington College: 1979-1983


im Launder, General Manager of World of WearableArt had a head for business and a heart for all things geeky.

The 'gentle giant' managed to marry the two talents in his last two positions at Weta Workshop and World of WearableArt. WOW founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff described Tim, who became General Manager in 2014, as a fair, humble and honest man. He would question everything. What he had to say would firstly be very well considered and his viewpoint would always be what was best for the business and never about what was personally best for him. He was all about the goal of achieving the very best for WOW commercially and creatively. He was passionate about driving to be the very best we could be. That's his legacy and one we will all treasure. Tim empowered his staff and gave them the confidence to take control of each of their areas, she says. Tim brought the best out in people. He had an infectious, witty sense of humour. Many a long board meeting was had when we were focused on the task when Tim would say something in his unassuming manner and have us all lose focus for a moment and laugh. A true gentleman, a gentle giant, we will all miss him. Tim had come to WOW from Weta Workshop where he was General Manager of Weta Limited for six years. He headed the consumer products company, which handled the tourism and visits of fans to the workshop from around the world.

Tim was a huge advocate for film fans and enthusiasts. He had a clever business head and an acute ability to think like a fan, Sir Richard says. Fans can spot a faker from a mile off but Tim was someone of such sincerity. He embraced the fans and all they stood for. He had a deft touch about him and made everyone feel like their fandom was very much appreciated. He had a willingness to embrace anyone and everyone in the process of creating a unique and wonderful thing carrying that out of the workplace and into the fan space. Tim was tall in stature, Sir Richard says. Because of that you would think he would have a dominating presence but he was a gentle and quiet individual. He was always cheerful and gentlemanly. He sacrificed a lot to do the job, moving to Wellington to work through the week and returning to his family in Auckland in the weekends. Tim was born in Malacca, Malaysia. His father was in the New Zealand Army and Tim, along with his three siblings, was raised in both Malaysia and New Zealand. His sister Biddy Sutherland said he was a keen sportsman with a particular interest in cricket, which he played at a senior level. After leaving Wellington College in 1983, he graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration and began his 20-year corporate career with the then Dairy Board as a junior employee shipping thousands of tonnes of cheese to America from an office in Wellington. He went on to sell milk products to diverse customers in Japan, Taiwan, Latin America and the Middle East for Fonterra before he went back to his creative side working for Weta.


Tim, who is survived by two teenage children and parents who live in Wellington, was a close friend of the Lord of the Rings fan site TheOneRing.net. In a post following his death to skin cancer, one member paid tribute to the friend of Middle-Earth. Sailing into the West and hopefully pain free. The collecting world lost a good friend tonight but the world lost a great guy. The Dominion Posy SIMON LOCKHART Wellington College: 1949-1952


imon Lockhart, QC and Retired District Court Judge passed away in early November.

Simon was admitted to the Bar in 1959 and he was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1982. He was a former Vice President and Council Member of the NZ Law Society. He also served as a Member and Deputy Chairman of the NZLS's Disciplinary Tribunal. He was a former President and Council Member of the Auckland District Law Society as well as Chairman of the ADLS's Legal Aid Assignment Committee. Simon retired as a District Court Judge in January 2007 after a distinguished ten-year career on the Bench, in both civil and criminal jurisdictions. He was a former partner in the Auckland law firm Jackson-Russell, and then a Barrister. We hope to include a full Obituary in next year’s issue. IAN MacGILLIVRAY Wellington College: 1969-1972


was a colleague of Ian at Wellington College in the 1960s and very quickly gained a lot of respect for his Science knowledge and his unique classroom control. Several of us had been appointed as first year teachers in 1964, and so we had a lot to learn about handling adolescents and about the subjects we were directed to teach. That's where Ian came in: as an older more experienced teacher he was so generous with his knowledge, but never dogmatic about what to do with it. One characteristic which we all picked up was his passion for the subject of Chemistry, and also his sharp wit. His laugh was unmistakable. I was lucky enough to encounter him again after I had spent two years overseas. From Wellington College, Ian had been appointed Head of Chemistry at Wainuiomata College, where he quickly gained a reputation as a superb Science The Lampstand | 2015



and Chemistry teacher. By this time I had come to know all his family: wife Audrey, and daughters Margot and Anne, for which he was a doting and proud father. Ian also had other passions; Soccer and Classical Music. He had a sizeable collection of classical music which he listened to often. One day he said to me that he was envious because I had a vast ocean of classical music yet to discover, whereas he had pretty much heard it all. If one had been out with Ian there was always an invitation to drop into his place to hear some new version of a Brandenburg Concerto, or some such, but also to have a 'wee dram' (nearly always Glenfiddich). It was after one or two of these that he would talk about his home country of Scotland, an enthusiasm I shared since I had recently toured much of the country. Ian was a very memorable character and I feel privileged to have known him. Ernie Barrington, Colleague JOHN MARSHALL Wellington College: 1960-1964


ohn Marshall was a stand-up Wellingtonian with a brilliant legal mind and spent his life battling for truth and fairness.

He was a cricket fan, perennial Wellington College Old Boy, a selfless friend, and a loving family man with a strong commitment to his faith. He grew up the son of Sir John Marshall, better known as Jack Marshall, who went on to become Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1972. Despite being the Prime Minister's son, friends remember him as the person who treated every person the same, no matter who they were. John went to Wellington College as a teenager, where he quickly amassed a large and loyal group of friends. Veteran broadcaster Keith Quinn sat next to Marshall for five years at school, thanks to the proximity of their surnames. John was fun, funny, very popular and loyal, Keith said. In 1964, John was elected Head Prefect for the school, and decades later his class still considered him their 'leader'. We had a Reunion in 2004, and John was automatically the Chairman of the committee, the leader at the function. We still The Lampstand | 2015

regarded him as our head lad all the way through. John was about as close to a perfect person as a human gets, Keith said. He was probably the most decent person I've known in my life. John was also quite the cricket fan. He was a strong batsman at school and played at a senior level for some years before retiring his love for the game to the grandstand.

who understood the profession and who was able to explain the reasons for the changes and to guide the profession through them was needed. John Marshall was that man, New Zealand Law Society President Chris Moore explained.

Keith still recalls himself and John 'bragging endlessly' about the big batting stand they made as a pair opening the batting for the Wellington College 1964 team.

His concern at the high rate of stress and depressive illness in the legal profession also led him to establish the Law Society's Practising Well initiative. Throughout his career he gave much to the community and he was a firm advocate for pro bono work by lawyers, saying it was the most satisfying work a lawyer could do, Moore said.

John loved his wife Mary deeply, and their relationship was a pleasure to watch, friends said. She remembers clearly when they met at a party at his sister's flat in Wellington in April, 1975.

John was also a significant contributor to the national life of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand. He was a religious man, but never pushed his beliefs on others, son John said.

They married in 1977, and while they didn't make it to their 40th wedding anniversary, they celebrated 40 days from the day they met this year. He was just the most wonderful husband and an extraordinary human being, right through it's been wonderful, Mary said.

He recalled travelling to Norway with his father and meandering around the hillside terraces of Bergen, where John complained to his dad that all tourist attractions were religious sites. John replied: Johnny, you may not be a Christian; but you're a good Christian.

The way he lived the last eleven months of his life, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, was a joy, Mary said. From the word go he didn't waver for one moment. He always said he had a wonderful life, he loved his life, and that was such a gift to all of us, she said.

As a father, John didn't mind what his children did, as long as it was meaningful, his son said. Dad wanted to give us the freedom to discover what we believed in, to engage in our own spiritual journey, to be authentic to ourselves...To treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.

Mary and their three children, John, Annabel and Clementine, and his granddaughter Rose, called him an exceptionally warm, loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather. John was a highly regarded litigator whose services to law were recognised this year when he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He was former President of the New Zealand Law Society, and in his five-year tenure as Chief Commissioner of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, John led such prominent New Zealand cases as the Carterton balloon disaster and the Easy Rider fishing boat tragedy. He's a tremendous loss for the legal profession and he was just a very good man, Law Society Executive Director Christine Grice said. John led New Zealand's legal profession through major reforms of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act. The change in the way legal services were regulated was radical. Someone

Knox Church Dunedin minister Kerry Enright said John was an asset to the church. He was conciliatory and gentle in his style, and his professionalism and wisdom together with his warmth and convivial humanity echoed the churches values and helped people respond in difficult circumstances. Wellington College Headmaster Roger Moses first met John in his role on the Wellington College Board of Trustees, when John appointed him to the Headmaster role 20 years ago. The Head Prefect in 1964, he went on to sit on the Board of Trustees and be Chairman of the Wellington College Foundation. John was integrity personified, Roger said. He treated everybody with incredible dignity and respect, no matter who that person was. He grew up in an environment where he knew a lot of important people, but to meet John, he treated everybody with absolute equality. The Dominion Post

MISILUNI MOANANU Wellington College: 1990-1995 The following article was published on Club Rugby in 2012 - when Misiluni (Luni) Moananu became the third brother in his family to play 200 Premier club rugby matches for the Poneke FC.


ollowing a short battle with bowel cancer, Luni Moananu has passed away. As recently as four months ago he was playing Jubilee Cup rugby, where he packed down for the Wellington Axemen at tighthead prop against beaten finalists and long-time rivals Marist St Pat's. Luni had many big battles against MSP through the years, including in several Jubilee Cup finals. His greatest success against them was in the 2003 final at Westpac Stadium. A significant milestone for Luni was his 200th Premier match for the Club. After a stint as Poneke's Rugby Development Officer, he transferred to the Axemen to play for in 2015. He started in seven matches for the Axemen, helping them reach the Jubilee Cup for the first time in 20 years. At the end of May he played against Poneke. Family and friends, the Poneke FC, his old school Wellington College and members of the greater Wellington rugby community are greatly saddened by his loss. It's said that once you join Poneke you become part of a family; you don't just play, you belong! The Moananu brothers epitomise all of this. Oldest Moananu brother Fili played at centre for Poneke for a few seasons in the late 1990s, middle brother Fa'atoto first played Premier rugby against MSP in 1994, while the younger twins, Luni and Misapalauni ‘P' made their Premier dĂŠbuts in 1997. Between them they've amassed upwards of 700 Premier caps in almost two decades of service to the Club. The Moananu brothers, out of Wellington College, have variously played representative rugby for four different provinces. Toto played for the Lions in 1995, 1997 and 1998 and Luni in 1998. All have also played for the Wellington Bs. Both P (2002-2004) and Luni (2002) played for the HorowhenuaKapiti NPC side, while Luni also had a season with Marlborough. In one of his first games for the Lions, Luni propped against Kevin Barrett, father of Hurricane and All Black, Beauden Barrett. His performance in that game played

Obituaries some part in Luni spending a season Taranaki with games for the Taranaki Development XV before he returned to Poneke. The brothers have each spent time overseas with Luni playing in Hong Kong, and P spending the 2001/02 Northern season playing in Scotland. P also joined up with Toto for a short stint in Cambridge in England. Luni also toured the UK and Canada with the NZ Youth team in the late nineties, along with fellow Old Boy, Poneke and Lions player, Evan Belford. His selection for the NZ touring side followed consecutive trials for the NZ U19s and the NZ Colts, and previous representative honours with the Wellington Secondary Schools, Wellington U19s and the Wellington Colts. We hope to include a full obituary provided by the family in next year’s issue. COLIN MURRAY Wellington College 1941-1942


olin was born in Hokitika in 1926 to Eoin and Elva Murray. He was a proud New Zealander and dedicated his adult life to serving his country primarily as a Trade Commissioner promoting and building trade relationships between New Zealand and other major countries. He attended Wellington College from 1941-1942. Colin was with the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo from 1947-1953, and then Osaka from 1963-1970. He was instrumental with Expo 70 and putting New Zealand on the map hosting dignitaries from around the world including the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan. His heart was always in Japan and this is where he met a young Japanese girl, Bessie (who happened to work at the Australian Embassy) and they were married in 1966. He was posted to the High Commission in Hong Kong (19721975), Embassy in Manila (19751978) and finally the Embassy in Moscow (1981-1985). Colin is survived by his devoted wife and best friend Bessie, his daughter and three grandchildren. Colin leaves behind a legion of close friends around the world who will remember him for his integrity, cheeky sense of humour and just 'getting the job done'. NZ Herald

HUGH NEES Wellington College 1933-1935


ugh Nees and his wife Jean were married for 67 years and couldn't bear to live a day apart.

Both died in their sleep of natural causes, after telling family they didn't want to live without each other. Despite doctors' predictions that Joan would die before Hugh, he was the first to go, at 10.20am on Tuesday morning. Joan let go just two hours later, at 12.30pm. Both had been in declining health, and spent the last three months of their lives sharing a double room at Eldon Lodge, in Paraparaumu. The couple were rarely apart. They first met in the Hutt Valley in the 1940s. Hugh was a Baptist minister and the couple lived in Dunedin, Levin, Gisborne, Tawa, Taumarunui and Papua New Guinea, working closely together in churches in these places. They always followed the activities of their children and grandchildren with great interest. Not only did they share a common purpose, they had a strong personal love for each other, a close relationship. It was based on a strong faith in God, and a belief that marriage was a lifelong commitment. The couple were keen gardeners, and both played golf in their younger days before taking up bowls together at their retirement village later in life. The Dominion Post JOHN SHERRING Wellington College: 1942-1946


ohn Sherring was born in his Grandmother’s Nursing Home in Newtown in June 1928, the son of Harold Sherring, an Old Boy of Wellington College (1917-18) and Catherine (nee Cronin). He was the oldest of their four children – brother, Stephen attended 1956-1960. Growing up in Paraparaumu where his parents settled in 1931, he attended Paraparaumu School and in 1942 as a third former, joined eight other boys who entered Firth House that year. Being such a small group of boys, they became a very close knit group and maintained a firm friendship throughout their lives. Unfortunately with John’s passing, only two members of that group now remain, Clive Westbury

and Merv Crocker. In 1946 as a member of 6A, John was both a School and House Prefect. On leaving Wellington College, John went to Canterbury University where he studied for his Bachelor of Engineering degree. While there he joined up with another Old Boy, John Hunt, who was Head Prefect in 1945 and they both boarded in the same hostel for a time at University. In 1950, John took a year off from completing his degree to get some more funding behind him and during that year returned home and worked at Paraparaumu Airport which at the time was the airport for Wellington. On returning to Christchurch, John continued his involvement in student life as Secretary of the Students’ Association and associated student activities and completed his Engineering degree. For his service he was made a Life Member of the Students’ Association. He was involved in assisting with the organisation the annual University Sports Tournaments and he part in Smallbore Rifle Shooting as well as refereeing Rugby. He also served in the Army Territorials as an engineer, putting some of his technical skills into practice. Perhaps John’s most unusual distinction was the presentation to him of a NZ University Drinking Blue during his time at Canterbury, something perhaps his parents may not have approved. After qualifying, John joined the Christchurch Drainage Board as an Engineer and it was here he developed his interest in water reticulation and sewage systems. In 1955, he married Marion Scott from Waverley and they settled in Christchurch. He had met Marion some years previously when she visited the family in Paraparaumu on school holidays from New Plymouth Girls’ High School where she and John’s sister, Helen, were students. John and Marion shifted to Tauranga in 1958 and he joined the staff of the then Tauranga County Council as the Water and Drainage Engineer. Over the years, John was involved in the design and construction of the irrigation and water reticulation systems which were being put in place in the County and particularly around the Te Puke area to assist the Kiwifruit industry. The development of the coastal farmland between Mt Maunganui and Te Puke into what is now the Papamoa residential area also occupied much of his time and interest. Another responsibility


with the Council, was for the Parks and Reserves in the area. In the summer, many a Sunday drive with his family was to see the locals enjoying the parks and also to check on those residents who were breaking the water usage restrictions. John retired from the County as Deputy County Engineer in 1988. He joined IPENZ in 1952 and was bestowed Life Membership of the Institution in 2008 for services to the engineering profession. Following on from his initial interest while at university, John was very active in both Small-bore and Full-bore Rifle Shooting and for a number of years made the annual trip to Trentham for the Ballinger Belt Competition. However, it was in Small-bore shooting that he particularly was involved as a participant and as an administrator. He represented New Zealand both as a competitor and as an administrator and had trips to Russia, USA and Mexico. John was Manager of the New Zealand shooting team at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990 and was particularly thrilled when Stephen Pederson got the first Gold Medal of the Games. He represented Waikato and Tauranga for many years and was a life member of both the Waikato Small-bore Rifle Association and the Tauranga Small-bore Rifle Club. In later years he took enormous pleasure in coaching college students the finer points of shooting and particularly the safety issues involved. John and Marion, after shifting to Tauranga, had two children, Beth and Geoffrey. Unfortunately Geoffrey needed to attend a special school for those with disabilities and both John and Marion became heavily involved particularly in raising funds for the IHC Homes. John was devoted to Geoffrey and spent many hours reading to him, taking him on rail trips and to orchestral concerts all things which Geoffrey enjoyed. He also took a keen interest in Beth’s netball and tennis in her younger days and more recently watching his grandsons’ representative cricket and granddaughter’s badminton successes. John loved music and had eclectic tastes ranging from classical to Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera and Broadway shows. He had a love of books and reading and he passed on this love to his grandsons who are now both lawyers. John took a keen interest in Wellington College after leaving in 1946. His brother Stephen was a Firth House boarder from 19561960 so he was always interested in The Lampstand | 2015



the changes which had taken place since his time there. He, along with a number of other Old Boys from the war years, was always proud of the fact they were also ‘Old Boys’ of Wellington East Girls’ College. This arose because for a time the Army took over the College buildings during the war and a number of the boys were shifted up to Wellington East for their classes. One of his fellow 'Group of Nine’ , Merv Crocker, referred to this event at John’s service and recounted that in recent years, a number of the Old Boys had been invited to attend a jubilee reunion at Wellington East. In more recent times, John was the Secretary of the Tauranga Branch of the Old Boys’ Association. He also took a keen interest in the College Archives, presenting a number of items which he had accumulated from his and his father’s time at College including Cadet uniform pieces, a slide rule, a trouser press, Firth House crockery and other sundry items. John was pre-deceased by Marion in March 2013 and with his health also in decline with dementia, John was in care for three years prior to his passing in July 2015. Beth Derby and Stephen Sherring WILLIAM SIME Wellington College: 1937-1938


ill Sime, who was Principal of Taita (now Avalon) Intermediate from 1977 to 1985 died recently in Australia. He is remembered as someone who made a significant contribution to the culture of the school and was popular with both staff and students. He grew up in Wellington during the Depression. After leaving Wellington College, his first job was delivering telegrams for the Post Office. In 1939, he delivered the telegram to the German Ambassador informing him that New Zealand was at war with Germany. Bill served in the Royal New Zealand Navy from 1941 to 1946 and was in Singapore when it fell to the Japanese. In 1946, he met and married Jean, a marriage which lasted 69 years. Post war, he trained at Christchurch Teachers’ College. Later he took the family to Fiji where he taught. In 1962, he began teaching at Taita Intermediate with his wife. The development of progressive ideas in education was always important to Bill and during his time at Taita, he abolished corporal punishment and introduced a whanau system The Lampstand | 2015

of class groupings. Bill will always be remembered as someone who made a big contribution to the school. The Hutt News WILLIAM SLATER Wellington College: 1944-1948


ill Slater studied at Wellington College, Canterbury University, and completed postgraduate studies in Paris (France).

Over the years, Bill enjoyed a wonderful career in the field of civil engineering, specialising in pre-stressed concrete. His expertise in the field was well-known and he was able to be part of the many exciting projects including: the Benmore high pressure penstocks (still a world record), CN Tower, Habitat (’67), Olympic Stadium Montreal, Confederation Bridge, Hydro Building (Toronto) and many others. Bill’s other passions in life were sport and travelling. In spite of his stature, Bill played rugby, was a fierce and ranked competitive Squash and Tennis player and represented the NZ Universities in Hockey against the Australian Olympic team. Bill enjoyed mountaineering and trekking in New Zealand, England, France and visited over 40 countries during his travels. Bill was pre-deceased by two wives and leaves his fiancée and partner Sonia Banquier. He was a father to two children; three step-children; grandfather to 13. Bill also leaves his brother Dennis and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Stuart Slater (1960) BRIAN SUTTON-SMITH Wellington College: 1938-1940


rian Sutton-Smith, a developmental psychologist whose work, was prolific, scholarly and precedentsetting, died in March White River Junction, Vermont, USA. He was 90. His death, at a nursing home, was from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Brian was one of the first people to bring the study of play into the academic arena, and for more than half a century he was considered the field’s foremost scholar. He was the author of a spate of books, including Toys as Culture (1986) and The Ambiguity of Play (1997); a consultant to toy makers and

children’s television programmes; and a regular presence in the news media, which quoted him on subjects including the inclination of modern-day schools to abolish both school recess as well as helicopter parents. A resident most recently of Sarasota, Florida, Brian was at his death, an Emeritus Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He also had a foot planted in folklore and as a result, cast a wide scholarly net, taking in jokes, riddles, stories and street games as well as toys, board games, organised sports, computer gaming and even daydreaming. Although play has existed since the dawn of mankind, scholars long disdained it as a fit subject for inquiry. But as Brian’s work from the 1950s onward showed, there is much to be learned about the human condition from studying play’s cultural wellsprings, developmental trajectory, psychological import and myriad variations. Games are rites of passage, he told The Toronto Star in 1991. The player performs a task, gains acceptance of his comrades and experiences success. It’s playing out an analogy of life. Though Brian’s work was concerned in particular with the spontaneous play of children, it also examined the larger forces that underpinned play of all kinds - what a child’s make-believe, a mother’s crossword puzzles and a father’s endless rounds of golf might have in common, as he wrote in a 2008 article. Throughout his career, he sought to answer a set of fundamental questions: What is play? Why do human beings engage in it? What psychological, cognitive and cultural functions does it serve? The answer, he concluded after six decades of study, was one that befit his quicksilver quarry: No single definition could contain it. Something about the nature of play itself frustrates fixed meaning, Brian wrote in 2008. Just as some scholars spend their lives consumed by the metaphysics of literature or history or philosophy or theology - you name it, came to spend mine in search of the metaphysics of play. Brian Sutton-Smith was born, without a hyphen to his name, in Wellington, in 1924. His father, Ernest James Smith, was Wellington’s Chief Postmaster. Because there were several Brian Smiths in his neighbourhood, Brian was known from an early age by his full name; as an adult he reinforced its solidity by adding the hyphen.

As a youth, he studied education at Wellington College. (Mindful even then of the human hunger for play, he chose the school because it gave students Wednesday afternoons off for sports). He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Victoria University, followed by a master’s in educational psychology. In the late 1940s he taught at a Wellington primary school. Travelling to the United States as a Fulbright scholar in 1952, he studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked elsewhere with the psychologists Bruno Bettelheim and Fritz Redl. Returning home, he completed a 900-page dissertation on the play of New Zealand children and received a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of New Zealand in 1954. In 1956, Brian moved permanently to the United States. He taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Columbia University Teachers' College before joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1977. His years as a schoolteacher also gave rise to three novels for young people, written for his students and rooted in his own rough-andtumble childhood. As he realised, few works of fiction reflected the experiences of New Zealand’s children, who were weaned on a literary diet of British imports, many with a lingering Victorian flavour. In the late 1940s, when Brian’s novels first appeared in serialised form, they caused a furore among New Zealand parents, educators and public officials. At issue was their generous use of slang and vivid depictions of street life. (Children adored the books, published in full as Our Street, Smitty Does a Bunk and The Cobbers). The major effect the fuss had on me, perhaps, Brian wrote in 2008, was that I came to spend the rest of my scholarly life defensively. He was called on to defend himself again in the mid-1970s, when a federal judge enjoined the sale of Child Psychology, a 1973 textbook offered by Prentice-Hall. The book had been written by a team of ghostwriters, with Brian as its named author, a practice not unknown among textbook publishers of the period. In a case that received significant coverage in the news media, Harper & Row, which had published a competing textbook, Child Development and Personality (written by Paul Henry Mussen,

Obituaries John Janeway Conger and Jerome Kagan and first issued in 1956), contended that some 400 passages in Brian’s book closely resembled parts of theirs. While court documents indicate that Brian was uninvolved in writing his book’s first draft — and that he had warned his publisher against following the Harper & Row book too closely. The court held that Child Psychology infringed on the earlier book’s copyright and permanently barred its sale. Brian’s wife, the former Shirley L. Hicks, died in 2002; a son, Mark, died in 2013. Besides his daughter Emily, his survivors include his companion, Deborah Thurber; three other daughters, Katherine Moyer, Leslie Sutton-Smith and Mary Sutton-Smith; and ten grandchildren. His other books include Child’s Play (1971, with R. E. Herron), The Study of Games (1971, with Elliott M. Avedon) and How to Play With Your Children (and When Not To), a parenting guide written with his wife, published in 1974. GRAHAM THOMAS Wellington College: 1964-1978


raham Thomas or ‘GT’ as he was known by us here at Hastings Boys’ High School, began his teaching at Wellington College in 1964. His bright mathematical mind and ability was quickly noticed and he was promoted to Assistant Head and later Head of Mathematics by 1973. It was in 1979 that he was appointed as Deputy Headmaster of Hastings Boys’ High School and on the retirement of Frank Christ, was appointed Headmaster in 1984. During his 18 years as Headmaster, besides leading the school, Graham lectured in regional and national Mathematics, was seconded to the Ministry and Inspectorate advising Boards on financial planning and budgeting and was awarded a prestigious Wolf Fisher Scholarship in 1990. Besides the multitude of Headmaster responsibilities, he coached rugby for over 26 years including 1st XV and representative level. Graham oversaw the introduction of Tomorrow Schools in 1989 with the introduction of a Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the establishment of the NZ Super 8 group of schools.

On his retirement in 2002, Robin Nairn, Chairman of the Board 1993-1996 wrote describing the retiring Headmaster: Graham Thomas who with professionalism, skill, commitment, vision and strong leadership led Hastings Boys’ High School, students, staff and trustees from strength to strength to the position that the school continues to enjoy in the community. The dictionary definition of the word 'dedication' could well be used to describe the service this person gave devotion to purpose, single minded loyalty. He has made an important and greatly appreciated contribution to the life of a great school. When I arrived in July 2002, it was clearly evident those words were true as the school, its students, staff and facilities showed that the school had been well lead for a very long time.

was also a very good organiser and this ability stood him in good stead when he was appointed to head the boarding establishment at Firth House, which often posed lots of challenges. By this time he had married Margaret and they had a son, Craig. Graham handled his role at Firth House with great equanimity, coping with student unrest about the quality of food at the House to students sneaking out in the weekends to join parties held by day boys. But he was always loyal to the fierce spirit that was a characteristic of Firth House. Graham was also a generous and supportive colleague, giving his expertise freely.

I quickly realised that Graham possessed a fine set of financial and mathematical skills. He became my Financial Adviser. He analysed SUE reports and assisted in my annual returns.

In 1973, Graham's leadership was recognised and he became Head of Mathematics at Wellington College. It was no surprise to his colleagues and friends that Graham was eventually appointed Deputy Principal of Hastings Boys’ High School in 1979, and from there he became Headmaster of the school (1984-2002). He distinguished himself in that role and left the school with a strong reputation.

When the débâcle of Novopay hit New Zealand schools, Graham was in his element. He analysed the multitude of pay errors, faxing through the solution by 9.00am Monday. There was good reason why he was number one top left hand corner on my school telephone special dial.

I have happy memories of the 1960s years with Graham, both at Wellington College and the many social functions out of it, including a camping and fishing trip to Spirits Bay in Northland, c 1966, with one of my brothers. Yes, we caught fish from the rocks. There was virtually no one else present!

As Headmaster, I welcomed and enjoyed Graham’s involvement in school and only saw it as rewarding for me, the school and Graham. In the 14 years of Hastings Boys’ High School, no Headmaster has contributed more to the fabric of Hastings Boys’ High school. I thank you GT for always being the Headmaster until the end.

Great memories.

Ka Hinga Te Totara Or te Wao Nui a Tane Rob Sturch, Headmaster Hastings Boys’ High School Graham was a first year teacher at Wellington College in 1964 having studied Mathematics at Victoria University. He had an early view of what teaching was like because his father was a Primary School Headmaster in Taranaki. Graham was a very keen teacher and soon gained a reputation as someone who could teach Mathematics to lower stream third formers as well as those seeking to pass University Entrance. He also took a lot of interest in sport, especially Rugby, where he became a successful coach. He

Ernie Barrington, Colleague IAN UTTLEY Wellington College: 1954-1959


ead Prefect in 1959, Ian Uttley and his wife Christine [Tink] died together tragically in September when returning from their holiday home in Taupo - their vehicle went off the side of State Highway 5 near Te Pohue, colliding with a logging truck. The couple were farewelled at the Napier War Memorial Centre. It was standing room only as hundreds turned out to remember a couple who touched many lives. Ian was a widely-recognised New Zealand rugby player. A centre three-quarter, Ian represented Wellington, Auckland, and Hawke's Bay at a provincial level. He was also an All Black in 1963. He was All Black 634. Ian and Tink met by chance on a beach. Ian, the ‘fastest kid in school’, was athletically throwing a rugby


ball around with friends while Tink couldn't really pass the ball at all. When Tink went to work at Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong, Ian missed her 'sufficiently enough' to realise that there was more to life than rugby. They married in Gisborne in 1965 - the same year Ian scored the only try in Wellington's victory over South Africa. He played two matches at centre for the All Blacks in Auckland against England in May 1963. He was known as the ‘grey ghost’ because he could glide effortlessly through the opposition's line. Friends said Ian was a modest rugby player and believed he played his best football in the provinces. The couple recently celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary. Their grandchildren gave them cards to celebrate the occasion. These were read at the funeral. They described them as the most cheerful grandparents in the whole wide world who were always supporting them from the side-line. In 1960, Ian was awarded a Shell Scholarship which enabled him to complete a Mathematics and Science degree at Victoria University. Naturally he played rugby for his university and the combined New Zealand University teams that faced international opponents in those days. In late 1962, having completed his degree, Ian joined Shell in the Finance Department, specifically to join the computer implementation team charged with conversion from manual to mechanised accounting before the IBM 14-01 computer, Shell New Zealand's first, was introduced in 1964. In 1968, Ian was appointed Training Manager and in 1971 moved to London on assignment to the Natural Gas business. On his return to New Zealand, he was appointed Marketing Manager for Kent Heating in Auckland and in the late 1970s returned to Wellington to Shell Petroleum Mining, first as Administration Manager and then EP Joint Venture Manager. This was followed in the early 1980s as Planning Manager for Shell Oil New Zealand Limited. In 1988 Ian and Christine moved to London where Ian undertook an HR assignment, and joined an active Shell New Zealand expatriate community. Ian's last position, back in Wellington, was his appointment as Director Management Services in late 1993. This was a busy time for him, managing a diverse portfolio of responsibilities including Planning, Human Resources, Corporate Relations, Quality, Safety The Lampstand | 2015



and Environment, Administration Services and some other management initiatives. In 1998 Ian decided to take early retirement and in July left the company after 36 years’ service. He and Christine moved to Napier where their retirement project was to become perfect parents and grandparents - in which they were spectacularly successful. The All Black’s Player Statistics site (courtesy of Old Boys’ University RFC), quotes Ian as Only 10st 9lb (67kg) and 5' 8" (1.73m) he had a deceptive gliding run which, combined with moving in or out to take a pass, enabled him to make many openings. After a term on the Club Committee (1962-64) he coached the 1st XV from 1975-78 and was the Club's representative on the NZ Universities Rugby Football Council until the end of 1986. He was an Auckland Colts selector 1974. Ian played for Wellington 1961-65 and 1968, Auckland 1966, Bay of Plenty 1967, in NZ trials 1963, 1965 and 1967, NZU 1963 and 1965. The overall calibre of the Club's teams had started to decline before he took over. Ian had a quiet, thoughtful approach to the game and to his role as a coach. Educated at Wellington College (1st XV 1959) and Head Prefect (1959), he came of a rugby family. His grandfather George played for Otago 1901 and North Otago 190311 while father Kenneth represented Otago 1932, 34, NZ Universities 1933 and played cricket for Otago, Wellington and the South Island. He won the Redpath Cup in 1938 as top batsman and was coach of the Jubilee Cup winning Victoria University rugby teams in 1950's. Blair Wingfield (1955-1959), lifelong friend, team mate at College and University, Shell Oil colleague and Best Man at Ian and Tink’s wedding recalls when they both played their first game for the 1st XV on the bottom field. It was against the much vaunted unbeaten championship leaders Varsity 3rd 1st team with Sam Rolleston on the wing and Mick Williment at Fullback. In that same year Mick, straight out of 3rd grade, went onto play in the Wellington Senior Rep team. Well we won the match with Ian scoring the first try in the Headmaster's House corner and the late Peter Mahon kicking a drop goal from a ‘mark’ from a 25 drop out. It was always exciting to watch Ian slide into a gap with his markers thinking that they could turn and catch him. It never happened, he was just too quick, The Lampstand | 2015

with either Ian scoring the try or his outsides getting the touchdown. As a first-five-eight in the 1st XV, Ian had rapid acceleration from a standing start and this often enabled him to glide past opposition players. What a thrill it was when Ian became an All Black and again when he scored the try for Wellington against the '65 Boks. Ian's sister Sue was married to the late Keith Sturrock (1956-1060) another outstanding WCOB. BOB WOOD Wellington College: 1928-1930


obin (Bob1) Wood was an Old Boy who typified an impressive generation of New Zealand WW II veterans, whose resilience, optimism and enduring humour somehow set them apart. He died in February 2015, aged 100, in Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales north coast. In his long and active life, Bob gave much back to the community after the hardship of war. He helped establish and maintain a 19th Battalion Memorial on the Cashmere Hills in Christchurch, with friends, such as Charles Upham,VC and bar. In Sydney where he lived for many years, he was involved in the early days of Birthright, the support organisation for war widows and families and maintained close links with fellow veterans, including the famous Wellington-born Resistance fighter Nancy Wake. Bob was a long standing member of the New Zealand Sub-branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW) in Sydney and as President, often led the WW II veterans’ contingent to Martin Place on ANZAC Day. He was involved with plans to commemorate in bronze, a Kiwi soldier at one end of Sydney’s ANZAC Bridge, dedicated in 2008. Bob Wood was one of the ‘first in - last out’ of WW II, having joined the Special Force in Wellington in September 1939. He embarked for Egypt with what became the 19th Battalion in the first echelon leaving in January 1940 and was commissioned in 1941. He saw action in the desert campaigns, until his capture after fierce fighting at Ruweisat Ridge in July 1942. His fellow Prisoners of War included ‘Tiny’ Armour, whose father was Headmaster in Bob’s day and several other Old Boys in Campo PG 47 Modena, Italy, among them my father. When confusion reigned in the camp after the Armistice was

signed and options given to leave or stay, Bob and two friends made a space in the roof of their barracks by climbing up a pipe and began leaving food and water in a bid to escape.

funeral, Phil Wood remembered his father as honest, forthright, funny, hard-working and generous. As a keen fly fisherman, he taught his boys the value of patience. Be a stayer, not a sprinter.

As the final batch of POWs was being transferred to other camps in Germany, Bob and a Christchurch friend, Hugh Flower remained for two days in the roof in extreme heat, with brief forays out. Finding that the wire was cut on the wall at the rear of their hut, and expecting a bullet at any time, they disappeared into the night, on a journey south of about 600km and three months through central Italy, across the Apennines as winter loomed.

Bob Wood had joined the AMP in Wellington from College in 1931 aged 16½, ‘in a new suit and with a touch of Brilliantine’. Managerial positions followed in Wangaratta, Victoria, then Melbourne, Christchurch, Sydney and as Chief Manager, UK until Bob retired from Head Office, Sydney in 1978. His memoirs were recorded in an in-house journal, Keep in Touch, with what a former colleague, John Lewis, called his inimitable wit, style and grace.

Friendly Italians sometimes sheltered and fed them and they stayed in barns, often with livestock, and in caves. They cautiously avoided towns and at times encountered other POWs on the move. Finally British commandos met them on an ice-covered ridge and escorted them to a base occupied by a New Zealand unit near Palombaro, in Abruzzo. Bob by now weighed 7 stone (44kg) and being deemed unfit for further service, was sent home to New Zealand via Egypt in December 1943. Bob Wood was one of the few escaped prisoners to return to active service after some months on furlough. He returned to Italy for the remainder of the war as Company Commander, promoted to the rank of Major with the 22nd Battalion Armoured Brigade. In 1945, he joined the POW Repatriation Unit in Margate, Kent and married his English fiancée Lyn in London. Lyn had herself survived an intrepid journey by vehicle overland from England to India via Afghanistan in the 1930s, with her then husband and another couple. Both men died of cholera in India. Bob and Lyn returned to Wellington and had two sons, Errol and Phil, now both living in Bellingen, New South Wales.

Bob remained a proud Kiwi and told Lewis after his move to Sawtell, NSW that on a good day, he could see New Zealand. And on a very good day, he could see the All Blacks giving the Aussies another beating. In August 2013, the New Zealand Veterans in NSW (WW II, Korea and Vietnam) celebrated at the Sydney Maori Anglican Fellowship Church of Te Wairua Tapu, Redfern. Frank Harlow from Taranaki (on Crete when the Germans dropped 6,000 paratroopers on Allied positions) had turned 100 the day before and Bob 99, the day after. Both were bestowed with a korowai, (feathered cloak) and a birthday cake. The occasion also marked the 75th anniversary of the New Zealand Sub-Branch of the RSL (NSW). Bob’s 100th birthday was suitably celebrated in Sawtell last August with a large gathering of family and friends. He was interviewed for the Saturday programme on Radio New Zealand National by Kim Hill on 30 June 2012. When she signed off she said, And that was Bob Wood, 97 going on 98. Bob added: And still dangerous! Rosanne Robertson, Family Friend

Delivering the eulogy at Bob’s



ompiling the Wellington College Old Boys list of casualties has been an interesting and lengthy exercise, cross referencing against the list produced for the 1919 Wellingtonian and subsequently for the Tablets at the back of our Memorial Hall.

With thanks to Google, the Auckland Museum Cenotaph and the NZ War Graves Project, together with the British, Canadian and Australian WWI Sites, I have endeavoured to record the most accurate information below, while at the same time, I have also discovered a number of errors that have been in place for almost 100 years. The 1919 Wellingtonian and Tablets state that 222 Old Boys

died but in fact that number also includes three staff members who never actually attended the College as students. There are also at least two Old Boys never recorded on the Tablets [that we know of] and have subsequently been added. On the other hand, there are three Old Boys recorded as ‘Missing, presumed dead’ but in fact were Prisoners of War and either escaped or survived their ordeal. There are also inaccuracies where one brother(s) has been recorded as deceased when it was actually his brother(s). There are other minor inaccuracies such as misspelt names, initials and these are a lot easier to amend. From the list of casualties, I have managed to locate 167 photos. Many were held by the

College but again using the afore-mentioned websites, I have been able to locate quite a few more. The quality isn’t the best (as depicted on the cover of the Lampstand) but at least our collection has grown. There still will be inaccuaricies. Please let me know if you have any information to add or amend. The full spreadsheet of our WWI Casualties is on the WCOBA website [www.wc.school.nz/ wcoba]. The list also records where the Old Boy is buried and any other related information. There are a number of heroic stories on our Old Boys on the Cenotaph and War Graves Sites, and how they met their demise – very sad reading indeed. .


ABBOTT, Victor Stephen Henry (Harry) Second Lieutenant with the Royal Flying Corps Died aged 23 on 15/09/16 in the Air over England


ABERCROMBIE, Clarence Gordon Corporal with the NZ Mounted Rifles Died aged 25 on 09/01/17 in Egypt Killed in Action



ADAMS, Robert Sefton Captain with the Royal Field Artillery BWM, VM Died aged 29 on 15/10/17 in Belgium Killed in Action

BARDEN, Herbert (Henry) William Private with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 22 on 21/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action



ADKIN, Gilbert Denton Private with the Canterbury Infantry BWM, VM Died aged 26 on 10/09/18 at France Died of Wounds

BARNETT, Lewen Maughan Private with the Auckland Infantry Died aged 21 on 25/04/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action

ALEXANDER, James Frederick Corporal with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 33 on 4/11/18 at Le Quesnoy, France Killed in Action


ALLEN, Frederick Arthur Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 30 on 02/10/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


ANDREW, Keith James Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 20 on 09/09/18 at Sea Died of Disease

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ARMSTRONG, Edward Rippon Trooper with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 23 on 09/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action ARMSTRONG, Purvis Ford Lieutenant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 25 on 06/04/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action ASTON, Eardley Howard Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 21 on 21/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action BADDELEY, Herman Stuart Lieutenant with the Auckland Infantry Died aged 23 on 25/04/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action BALCOMBE-BROWN, William Edward Lieutenant with the Royal Field Artillery Died aged 22 on 29/06/15 at Belgium Killed in Action BANKS, Frank Lieutenant with the Royal Flying Corps Died aged 29 on 22/01/19 at Ohio, USA Test Pilot @ Wright Field Test Centre

BANKS, Henry (Harry) Dunbar Lieutenant with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 37 on 04/11/18 at Le Quesnoy, France Killed in Action




Notes relating to the list below: Brown is Balcombe-Brown. Bogle was a staff member. Goulding was a staff member. It was Clarence Hickson who died not Claude. Ongley was a staff member. It was St John Tolhurst who died not Arthur, [Arthur actually died at school after a rugby injury]. Lowell Yerex, I can’t find a record of him attending Wellington College. He was listed as missing, presumed dead but in fact escaped at German POW Camp and went on to become a famous aviator establishing Transportes Aéreos Centro Americanos Airline Company. Lowell’s two brothers attended the College, and while they both fought, they also survived. Stephanie Kane WCOBA Executive Officer

BROCKETT, Archibald Geoffrey Second Lieutenant with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 24 on 15/06/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action BROWN, Cyril Ivan Lieutenant with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 25 on 13/12/17 in England Died of Wounds


BRUCE, William Burrell Rifleman with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 24 on 07/06/17 at Belgium Killed in Action

BEATTIE, Percival Moore Second Lieutenant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 30 on 04/11/18 at Le Quesnoy, France Killed in Action

BRYANT, Lawrence Noel Private with the NZ Machine Gun Corps Died aged 22 on 10/10/18 at Le Cateau, France Killed in Action

BEAUCHAMP, Leslie Heron Second Lieutenant with the South Lancashire Reg. Died aged 21 on 06/10/15 in France Died of Wounds

BRYANT, Wilfred Hector Private with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 20 on 09/02/18 at France Killed in Action

BEE, James Private with the Australian Expeditionary Force DCM [Crossed], BWM, VM Died aged 26 on 31/08/18 at St Quentin, France Died of Wounds


BEECHEY, Frederick James Lieutenant with the Otago Infantry Died aged 34 on 25/07/18 at France Killed in Action


BELL, William Henry Dillon Captain with the King Edwards' Horses 33 on 31/07/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action


BENNETT, John Dale Private with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 23 on 04/10/18 at Le Cateau, France Killed in Action


BERNARD, Victor Raymond Second Lieutenant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 27 on 04/11/18 at Le Quesnoy, France Killed in Action


BRIDGE, Lance Private with the Otago Infantry Died aged 27 on 13/08/15 at Sea near Gallipoli Died of wounds, on HMHS Dongola


BRISCO, Wastel Trooper with the Auckland Mounted Rifles Died aged 27 on 19/05/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


BURNETT, Noel Fletcher Private with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 26 on 13/12/15 at Sea near Gallipoli Died of Wounds


CALLENDER, George Wilfred (Wiff) Captain with the Worcester Regiment Died aged 27 on 25/01/17 at Mesopotamia Killed in Action


CAMERON, Norman Donald Lieutenant with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 21 on 30/05/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


CARROLL, Tuahae Corporal with the NZ Maori Contingent Died aged 28 on 10/12/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


CARRUTHERS, Walter Second Lieutenant with the Wellington Infantry Military Medal [+Bar]

Died aged 24 on 29/09/18 at Havrincourt, France Killed in Action CASEY, Martin Thomas Private with the Auckland Infantry Died aged 22 on 03/11/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


CASTLE, Arthur Penfold Lieutenant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 25 on 15/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action

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CHILDS, Harold (Harry) Phillips James Private with the Otago Infantry BWM, VM Died aged 22 on 27/07/15 at Sea near Gallipoli Died of Sickness


CHRISTIE, Rupert James Sapper with the NZ Engineers BWM, VM Died aged 22 on 28/03/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action


ELLIS, Sydney Robert Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 22 on 08/08/15 at Gallipoli Died of Wounds


GRACE, John (Jack) Leybourne Trooper with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 19 on 30/05/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action

ELLIS, William Henry Lance Corporal with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 23 on 14/07/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


GRACE, Thomas (Hami) Marshall Percy Lieutenant with the Wellington Infantry BWM, VM with Oak Leaf

Died aged 25 on 08/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


CIMINO, Francis Athol Private with the Wellington Infantry 22 on 08/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


EWING, John Campbell Lindsay Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 22 on 24/08/18 at Bapaume, France Killed in Action



CLACHAN, William James Captain with the 1st King's African Rifles Died aged 26 on 06/01/18 at Sea, Luambala, Africa Killed in Action


FALDER, George Victor Wakefield Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 22 on 27/07/15 at Malta, Med Sea Died of Disease

GRAY, Clark Maxwell Second Lieutenant with Australian Expeditionary Force Died aged 19 on 19/07/16 at Fromelles, France Killed in Action


CLARK, Ian Compton Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 24 on 16/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


FEAR, Francis John Herbert Corporal with the NZ Engineers DCM 30 on 20/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action

GREATBATCH, Edwin Percy Second Lieutenant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 25 on 20/10/16 at France Died of Wounds



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COBBE, Ernest Second Lieutenant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 30 on 12/10/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action

FERNANDEZ, Cyril Jack Rifleman with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 17 on 16/09/16 at France Died of Wounds

COLE, Robert Holmes Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 21 on 29/09/18 at Havrincourt, France Killed in Action

FIFE, Douglas Alexander Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 33 on 22/06/17 at Belgium Killed in Action

COMESKEY, James Gerald Corporal with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 23 on 29/07/18 at France Accidental


COMRIE, James Morrison Rifleman with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 21 on 21/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


CORRIE, Frank Reginald Corporal with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 24 on 09/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


CRESWELL, Benjamin Private with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 27 on 17/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


CROUCH, Foster Brooke Lieutenant, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Died aged 36 on 23/03/18 at France Killed in Action


CURTIS, Kenneth Oscar Lance Sergeant with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 21 on 11/08/16 at London Died of Wounds


DANKS, William Driver with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 32 on 21/10/16 at Somme, France Died of Wounds


DAVIES, Fred Rifleman with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 21 on 15/09/15 at Somme, France Killed in Action



DAWSON, Thomas Howard Lieutenant with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 24 on 11/06/18 at France Accidental by Gas



DEMPSEY, Sidney William Sergeant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 37 on 07/06/17 at Belgium Died of Wounds



DODD, Ernest Henry Lance Sergeant with the NZ Rifle Brigade BWM, VM Died aged 38 on 11/09/18 at Havrincourt, France Killed in Action

FITZGERALD, Roy James Lieutenant with the Royal British Flying Corps MC Died aged 27 on 01/07/18 at France Killed in aerial combat, over Morlancourt

DOUGHTY, William Trenton Second Lieutenant with the NZ Engineers Died aged 28 on 31/07/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action



DUMBELL, Horace Cunliffe Private with the Auckland Infantry Died aged 21 on 23/06/17 at Belgium Killed in Action



EARP, William Edward Corporal with the Otago Infantry Died aged 22 on 02/05/15 at Walker's Ridge, Gallipoli Killed in Action



Died aged 24 on 04/10/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action HARRIS, Roy Captain with the NZ Medical Corps Died aged 23 on 05/10/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action


HAYES, James Noel Corporal with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 24 on 26/09/16 at Flers, Somme Killed in Action


HECKLER, William Henry Lance Corporal with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 31 on 25/07/18 at France Died of Wounds HELEY, Kenneth Holist Corporal with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 22 on 12/09/18 at Havrincourt, France Killed in Action

FREEMAN, Herbert George Private with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 20 on 15/09/16 at France Died of Wounds

HEYWOOD, Ian Martin Corporal with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 21 on 20/12/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action

FREYBERG, Oscar Sub Lieutenant with the Royal Naval Brigade Died aged 34 on 04/06/15 at Gallipoli Died of Wounds FREYBERG, Paul Milton Rifleman with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 32 on 18/06/17 at Ypres, Belgium Died of Wounds GALE, John (Jack) Frederick Estcourt Trooper with the East African Mounted Rifles 23 on 28/01/15 at Tanzania Killed in Action GALLIE, Oscar Eugene Captain with the Royal Field Artillery Companion (DSO) AWMM, Citation for MC Died aged 28 on 07/12/17 on Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action GALVIN, Fergus Kendrick Sergeant with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 25 on 16/07/17 at Belgium Died of Wounds GIBB, Douglas Keir Driver with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 26 on 10/03/17 at New Zealand Died of Disease

GILLIES, Hugh Oswald Private with the Auckland Mounted Rifles Died aged 32 on 15/09/16 at France Died of Wounds GOODBEHERE, Frederick (Jeff) Walter Brian Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 28 on 06/10/16 at France Killed in Action GOWER, Leslie Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery BWM, VM Died aged 21 on 26/07/15 at Sea Died of Wounds

HARLE, Douglas Allan Second Lieutenant with the Wellington Infantry BWM, VM

FLAVELL, Carleton Corporal with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 21 on 09/06/17 at Belgium Killed in Action

GIBBONS, Huon Pulsford Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 20 on 06/09/18 at Sea Died of Disease


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FINDLAY, Ian Culcutt Lieutenant with the York and Lancaster Regiment Died aged 18 on 10/08/15 at Flanders Died of Wounds

HALL, George Foden Rooking Second Lieutenant with the Royal Engineers BWM, VM Died aged 28 on 28/06/17 at France Killed in Action

HICKSON, Clarence Hyndman Private with the Wellington Infantry 24 on 30/09/18 at Havrincourt, France Killed in Action


HIGGIE, Colin Leslie Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 21 on 02/04/18 at France Died of Wounds


HIGGINSON, Thomas Cecil Lieutenant with the Grenadier Guards Died aged 24 on 15/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


HINDMARSH, Herbert Trooper with the Otago Mounted Rifles BWM, VM ANZAC Comm Medallion

Died aged 22 on 27/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


HOGBEN, George McLachlan Lance Sergeant with the Wellington Infantry 29 on 08/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


HOGBEN, Herbert McLachlan Private with the Canterbury Infantry 29 on 27/03/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action


HOLMES, Walter Anderson Sergeant with the Wellington Infantry MM Died aged 22 on 03/10/16 at France Died of Wounds


HOPKIRK, William Spottiswood Second Lieutenant with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 23 on 01/06/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action HORNE, William John Lieutenant with the Australian Expeditionary Force Died aged 42 on 18/09/18 at France Killed in Action


HOWDEN, Peter Second Lieutenant with the NZ Machine Gun Corps Died aged 33 on 21/10/17 at France Died of Wounds


LESLIE, Norman James Trooper with the Otago Mounted Rifles Died aged 18 on 27/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


HOWIE, James Leslie Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 25 on 01/09/18 at Havrincourt, France Killed in Action


HUME, Arthur Grenville Major with the Auckland Infantry Died aged 42 on 08/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action

LEVY, Edward (Ted) Sergeant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 27 on 12/10/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action



LEYS, James Robert Ruxton Captain with the Otago Infantry MC Died aged 22 on 17/04/18 at France Died of Wounds

HUTTON, David Corporal with the NZ Engineers Died aged 26 on 29/09/18 at France Died of Wounds



MILLER, George Charles Stewart Lieutenant with the Australian Field Artillery Brg Died aged 25 on 04/03/17 at France Died of Wounds


MURRAY, Lincoln Bishop Driver with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 20 on 13/04/18 at France Died of Wounds NAPIER, Norman Campbell Private with the Otago Infantry Died aged 22 on 09/04/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action

LOMAX, Charles Mark Private with Australian Expeditionary Force BWM, VM Died aged 30 on 04/10/17 at Passchendaele, Ypres Killed in Action


NEWMAN, Reuben McCarthy Lieutenant, Indian Army Reserve of Officers Died aged 24 on 23/11/18 at India Died of Disease


JAMESON, Ian Douglas Lance Corporal with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 21 on 08/05/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action




JENKINS, Frank Malvyn Private with the Otago Infantry Died aged 20 on 09/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action

LORENZEN, Wilfred Edwin Private with the Auckland Infantry Died aged 22 on 08/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action

NEWTON, Ramsay Alexander Trooper with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 21 on 09/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action




JENKINSON, Horace Edward Sergeant with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 25 on 18/10/17 at Belgium Died of Wounds

LYON, Eric Corporal with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 29 on 29/09/18 at Havrincourt, France Killed in Action

NICOL, Robert Kenneth Captain with the Imperial Forces MC, BWM, VM Died aged 23 on 05/08/18 at Persia Killed in Action



JENNINGS, William Henry Private with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 23 on 21/09/16 at France Died of Wounds

MacDOUGALL, Allan Captain with the Royal Fusiliers Died aged 30 on 04/08/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action

NORRIS, Edward Ainslie Gunner with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 31 on 18/08/16 at England Died of Wounds


JICKELL, Hugh Nelson Lieutenant with the Auckland Infantry Died aged 26 on 19/10/17 at Belgium Died of Wounds




JOHNSTON, Cameron Gordon Second Lieutenant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 23 on 07/06/17 at Belgium Killed in Action

MACHU, Norman Joseph Private with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 25 on 15/10/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action

PARSONS, Forrest Gale Second Lieutenant with the Royal Flying Corps Died aged 34 on 26/10/16 at France Killed in Action




JORDAN, Noel Luttrell Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 20 on 02/10/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action

MacMORRAN, James Captain with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 29 on 30/08/18 at Bapaume, France Killed in Action

PARSONS, Sydney Herbert Private with the NZ Machine Gun Corps Died aged 21 on 04/08/17 at Belgium Died of Wounds



KANE, Francis William Rifleman with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 27 on 12/10/17 at Ypres Killed in Action

MAGUIRE, John (Jack) Edward Casbery Surgeon Captain with the Royal Army Medical Corps Died aged 34 on 01/09/18 at England Died of Sickness

PATERSON, George Robert Driver with the British Expeditionary Forces Died aged 22 on 08/05/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action



KEASBERRY, John Compton Private with the NZ Engineers Died aged 21 on 28/04/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action

MAKEHAM, Charles Edgar Second Lieutenant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 24 on 12/09/18 at Havrincourt, France Killed in Action

PEARCE, Nathaniel (Niel) Arthur Lieutenant with the Grenadier Guards Died aged 21 on 25/11/17 at France Killed in Action




KELLY, Eric Lindsay Private with the Otago Infantry Died aged 25 on 26/08/18 at France Died of Wounds

MALLARD, John Frederick Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 22 on 27/09/16 at France Died of Wounds

PETERSEN, Harold Maximillian Lieutenant with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 33 on 04/10/17 at Belgium Died of Wounds


MANOY, Reginald Lewis Sergeant with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 24 on 16/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


PLIMMER, Isaac Harold Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 35 on 09/10/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action

MACE, Guy George Lance Corporal with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 32 on 29/03/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action

KIELY, Robert Dale Corporal with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 29 on 29/03/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action


ORR, James Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 25 on 29/07/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action

MARCHANT, John Allman Acting Sergeant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 44 on 15/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action

POLLEN, Norman Essex Private with the NZ Medical Corps Died aged 23 on 03/12/17 at New Zealand Died of Disease

KING, Cyril Vernon Private with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 20 on 03/07/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action



KIRK, Edward Richmond Gunner with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 23 on 21/07/15 at Sea Died of Sickness

MASON, Richard Burnside Trooper with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 23 on 10/08/16 at Egypt Died of Wounds

POWELL, Wilmot Frederick Trooper with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 24 on 09/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action




LE CREN, Hubert Ernest Second Lieutenant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 27 on 26/08/18 at Bapaume, France Killed in Action

McARTHUR, Charles Trooper with the NZ Camel Corps Died aged 22 on 27/11/17 at Palestine Died of Wounds

POWLEY, Alfred James Captain with the Wellington Infantry MC, BWM, VM Died aged 30 on 20/09/16 at Somme, France Died of Wounds



LEARY, Ernest Richard Second Lieutenant with York and Lancaster Reg. Died aged 21 on 23/07/16 at France Died of Wounds

McCOLL, Alexander Baston Captain with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 24 on 02/07/16 at Armentieres, France Killed in Action



LEES, John Edward Leonard Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 27 on 31/08/18 at Bapaume, France Killed in Action

McINNES, Horace Alexander Private with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 20 on 01/10/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action

PURDY, Robert Gleadow Major with the NZ Rifle Brigade MC, Croix de Guerre Died aged 26 on 28/03/18 at Colincamps, France Killed in Action



LEGG, Bertram Willoughby Sergeant with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 26 on 15/07/16 at Sea Died of Disease

McKEE, Frederick George Second Lieutenant with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 24 on 20/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action

QUICK, William Bunyon Austin Private with the Wellington Infantry 31 on 10/12/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


MILLAIS, Geoffrey Guille Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 19 on 05/10/16 at France Killed in Action


RADCLIFFE, Julian Vernon Sergeant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 33 on 25/05/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


PRYDE, Alexander Private with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 34 on 10/04/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action

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The numbered photos on the front cover of this magazine link with with the numbers in this list of Wellington College causalities in WWI. Sadly, we have not been able to locate a photo of every individual


RAWNSLEY, Brian Duret Corporal with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 24 on 20/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


SOLOMON, Hubert Philip Second Lieutenant with the Royal Flying Corps Died aged 34 on 20/10/17 in England Killed in Action



RICHARDSON, William Robert Sergeant with the Auckland Mounted Rifles Died aged 31 on 05/12/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


SPROTT, Maurice William Campbell Captain with the Imperial Forces MC Died aged 34 on 21/03/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action

VIAL, Grahame George Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 22 on 25/09/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action



RITCHIE, Vincent Theodore Second Lieutenant with Australian Expeditionary Died aged 22 on 12/10/17 at Belgium Killed in Action


ST GEORGE, Eric Varnham Rifleman with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 19 on 09/09/15 at Wellington Accidental Death in Camp

WAKEFIELD, Oliver Second Lieutenant with the Household Cavalry Died aged 40 on 12/10/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action


ROBERTS, John Victor Bombardier with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 21 on 27/08/18 at France Died of Wounds


STAPLES, Edward Stock Driver with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 23 on 04/12/18 at England Died of Disease



ROBINSON, Roy George Lance Corporal with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 26 on 30/03/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action

STAPLETON, Henry Leighton Private with the Otago Infantry Died aged 22 on 26/07/18 at France Died of Wounds

WALTER, John Bruno Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps Died aged 21 on 23/10/15 with HT Marquette, Lost at Sea in Aegean Sea



RONALDSON, Brian Corporal with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 21 on 27/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


STILL, Charles Haselden Sergeant with the NZ Rifle Brigade MM Died aged 26 on 28/09/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action

WARD, Roland Leslie Private with the Otago Infantry Died aged 24 on 16/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action



RUSSELL, George Burton Escott Corporal with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 23 on 15/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action


STRACK, Karl Justus Second Lieutenant with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 23 on 04/10/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action

WARDROP, Charles Lawrence Captain with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 29 on 12/10/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action



RUTHERFURD, Thomas Wyville Leonard Captain with the Wellington Infantry MC, BWM, VM Died aged 28 on 19/10/18 at Mesopotamia Died of Sickness


STRANG, John Donald Kay Captain with the NZ Engineers MID Died aged 22 on 15/09/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action

WATSON, Alfred Godfrey Corporal with Australian Expeditionary Force Died aged 28 on 27/04/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action



SALMOND, William Guthrie Captain with the Wellington Infantry BWM, VM Died aged 26 on 09/07/18 at France Killed in Action


STUART, Alfred Meliss Lance Corporal with Lord Liverpool's Own Reg. Died aged 46 on 16/09/16 at France Died of Wounds

WEBB, Arthur Llewellyn Private with the Otago Infantry Died aged 20 on 28/09/16 at France Died of Wounds


SCALES, Cecil Hastings Jack Lance Corporal with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 25 on 30/05/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


STUBBS, Eric Guy Lieutenant with the NZ Machine Gun Corps Died aged 26 on 03/10/18 at France Died of Wounds

WALMSLEY, Guy Harold Private with the Canadian Infantry Died aged 32 on 03/06/18 at France Killed in Action

WEBB, Earl James Corporal with the NZ Expeditionary Forces Died aged 22 on 04/05/18 at France Killed in Action WILLIAMS, Cecil Ernest Lance Corporal with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 26 on 22/08/18 at France Died of Wounds

SCALES, George Arthur Maynard Sapper with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 22 on 18/12/15 at England Died of Sickness

SUTHERLAND, William Robert Rifleman with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 30 on 12/10/17 at Ypres, Belgium Killed in Action



SEDDON, Richard John Spotswood Captain with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 37 on 21/08/18 at Bapaume, France Killed in Action

TANNER, Charles Cyril Pontin Captain with the Royal Garrison Artillery Died aged 26 on 05/10/18 at Baghdad, Iraq Died of Sickness

WILLIS, Cecil Nicholson Sergeant with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 33 on 07/12/17 at Belgium Died of Wounds



SHORT, Leslie Howard Private with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 19 on 08/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


TATTLE, Philip Gardner Lance Corporal with the Wellington Infantry Died aged 26 on 29/04/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action

WILTSHIRE, George Private with the Royal Berkshire Regiment Died aged 20 on 23/07/16 at France Killed in Action



SHRIMPTON, Norman Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 22 on 12/04/18 at Somme, France Killed in Action


TOLHURST, St John Alexander Molesworth Captain with the NZ Medical Corps Died aged 36 on 08/05/18 at France Killed in Action

WINDER, Holloway Elliott Lieutenant with the Auckland Mounted Rifles Died aged 28 on 08/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action


SMITH, Alexander Rifleman with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 21 on 25/05/18 at France Killed in Action


TUCKEY, Richard Septimus Warrant Officer with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 39 at 10/06/18 at France Died of Wounds

WRIGGLESWORTH, Alfred Gunn Lieutenant with British Expeditionary Forces Died aged 23 on 06/09/14 at Somme, France Killed in Action



SMITH, John Black Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 23 on 06/10/16 at France Died of Wounds


TURNER, John Lancelot Harcourt Captain with the NZ Field Artillery MC Died aged 25 on 14/07/16 at Somme, France Killed in Action

WRIGHT, Reginald Clarke Private with the Wellington Infantry 38 on 21/08/15 at Gallipoli Died of Wounds


SMITH, Leonard Second Lieutenant with the NZ Field Artillery MC Died aged 24 on 13/06/17 at Belgium Died of Wounds


TURNOR, Percy Edward Trooper with the Wellington Mounted Rifles Died aged 25 on 27/08/15 at Gallipoli Killed in Action



SMITH, Sidney O'Carrol Lieutenant with the Royal Rifle Brigade Died aged 25 on 25/08/16 at France Killed in Action

TYER, William Edward Rifleman with the NZ Rifle Brigade Died aged 37 on 31/08/18 at Bapaume, France Killed in Action

WYATT, Herbert Digby Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 19 on 15/06/17 at Belgium Died of Wounds


SMITH, William Henry Private with the Canterbury Infantry Died aged 24 on 05/09/18 at France Died of Wounds

VALLANCE, Lancelot Brentwood Private Died aged 33 on 12/10/16 at Masterton Accidental Death in Camp

YEATS, Douglas Duncan Mearns Lance Corporal with the Auckland Infantry Died aged 26 on 22/10/16 at France Died of Wounds

WYATT, Gordon Charles Gunner with the NZ Field Artillery Died aged 22 on 30/11/18 at France Died of Disease

The named crosses, set in the gardens at the start of the school drive leading up to ANZAC Day, represented Old Boys killed at Gallipoli in 1915 and as well as those killed on the Western Front in 1916.

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