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The annual magazine of the Wellington College Old Boys’ Association | Issue 26 | November, 2016

Save the Date!

Thursday, 19 October - Sunday, 22 October 2017


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Greetings fellow Old Boys and friends of Wellington College. Our 150th Celebrations is now just 12 months away. A large number of schoolmates are well along in the planning their attendance at this monumental event. It is going to be truly special. Don't miss it! For the past two or so years, we have been focused on the 150th Reunion programme and we believe the programme encompasses a wide range of events for everyone. As we progress towards October, 2017, there will be further happenings added to the line-up including the sports and arts components. We expect to have a record turnout for these celebrations so I ask you now, to please mark your calendars and register [on-line, or with the enclosed registration form or by telephone] to secure your place. Be sure to also check our reunion website, and/ or Facebook to keep up-to-date on the programme and to see the register of those who plan to attend. [www. wc.school.nz]. Most importantly, however, our 150th Celebrations will be an extraordinary chance for each of us to re-connect with old friends and staff, some of whom we have not seen since we left school. It is also a great opportunity to come together and celebrate just what a great school Wellington College is.

Dear friends I hope you can join me next October as we celebrate 150 years of excellence in boys’ education; 150 years of proud traditions sitting easily with being at the cutting edge of learning; 150 years of timeless core values and a sense of community; 150 years of pride and passion for Wellington College and all that it represents. While the Old Boy events take place mainly off-site, it gives me great pleasure and pride to invite you to also to take a tour of the College and enjoy a plethora of extracurricular activities showcasing our significant development at their best. Whether you left quite recently, five years ago or even seventy years ago plus, you’ll find that buildings have come and gone but our heart and soul traditions remain in place. I look forward to your company at our 2017 Celebrations and, as always, remain grateful for your continued and ongoing support as we move towards this most important year of celebration. Kind regards Roger Moses ONZM Headmaster

See you next October!

Hello Old Boys and Friends

All the best,

The recognition of 150 years of Wellington College provides an opportunity for Old Boys, former staff and the current school community to mark this special occasion with a range of events, functions and activities - put together by a fabulous steering committee.

Matt Beattie, WCOBA President

all 150th enquiries should be directed to oldboys@wc.school.nz or tel. 04 802 2537

Our aim has to been to create a programme which not only highlights the important historical record of Wellington College but also allows us to showcase a very vibrant school in the 21st century. Along with all the committee members, I look forward to the year ahead as we countdown to the celebrations. Stephanie Kane, WCOBA Executive Officer and 150th Celebrations Convenor


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HOME SWEET SECOND HOME FIRTH HOUSE DINNER Thursday, 19 October You are invited to the WCOBA Golf Tournament at Shandon Golf Course Thursday, 19 October.

Shed 6 @ TSB Arena Drinks @ 6.00pm • Dinner from 7.00pm

Tee Off from 12.30pm. Followed by refreshments and prizes in the 19th. Up to win is the WCOBA H. A. Heron Golf Trophy.


BYO Clubs.

cheers & beers TO 150 YEARS FRIDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2017

TSB Arena • 6.00pm - 10.00pm

A Salute to Wellington College

Gala Dinner Saturday, 21 October 2017 TSB Arena • 7.00pm



Join us as we reflect on our history and look forward to our future. A three-course seated dinner accompanied by local wines and a night of entertainment, reminiscing and special guest speakers.


Hotel Information

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Registration and Informations packs will be mailed to all Old Boys in February, 2017 [and will also be on our website and Facebook]. In the meantime, we suggest those living out of town start considering accommodation and travel options. Make sure you put the dates in your diary and consider what parts of the programme you will register for. We also ask you to encourage fellow classmates and relatives to attend. Accommodation Guideline Please note that also taking place the same weekend as the 150th Celebrations is the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, and those playing and watching will also be seeking accommodation so we recommend you secure your accommodation sooner than later. Please note all prices are priced per night and are inclusive of GST. Block bookings have been made at each of the following hotels. Rooms will be allocated on a first-in basis until 1 August, 2017 as long as there are rooms available. After that date all unallocated rooms will be released and no guarantee can be made that rooms will still be available. • Group Codes: It is important that you quote the group codes [WC150] to the hotel to ensure you get the Wellington College Reunion rate. • Bookings: A valid credit card and expiry date will be required at the time of booking. This is held on file to confirm your reservations Every hotel has its own cancellation policy. Please check with your chosen hotel at the time of booking. • Cancellations: This is needed seven days prior to the confirmed arrival date. Any cancellation of rooms made after this time, will result in a cancellation fee of the full accommodation costs per room, payable directly by the guest who cancels. • No Shows: For any guest who does not arrive on the specified date as booked, the hotel will charge for the full accommodation payable by the guest who cancels. • Hotel Information: • Rydges Hotel Rate: $219.00 single or twin room excluding breakfast. Address: 75 Featherston Street, Wellington Website: www.rydges.com Location: 5 minutes walk to the TSB Arena. Check In / Check Out: 2.00pm / 11.00 am Email address for reservations: reservations_wellington@evt.com Phone number for reservations: 04 499 8686 Group rate code: ‘Wellington College Reunion’ or S-WCR1017 • Ibis Wellington Rate: $175.00 single or twin room excluding breakfast Address: 153 Featherston Street, Wellington Location: 5 minutes walk to the TSB Arena Check In / Check Out: 2.00pm / 11.00 am • Novotel Wellington Rate: $205.00 single or twin room excluding breakfast Address: 133 The Terrace, Wellington Location: 10 minutes walk to TSB Arena Check In / Check Out: 2.00pm / 11.00 am

• Grand Mercure Wellington Apartments Rate: $199.00 single or twin room excluding breakfast Address: 130 Victoria Street, Wellington Location: 10 minutes walk to TSB Arena Check In / Check Out: 2.00pm / 11.00 am • Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman Rate: $159.00 single or twin room excluding breakfast Address: 169 Willis Street, Wellington Location: 10 minutes walk to TSB Arena Check In / Check Out: 2.00pm / 11.00 am • Mercure Wellington Rate: $165.00 single or twin room excluding breakfast Address: 345 The Terrace, Wellington Location: 20 minutes walk to TSB Arena (10 minute cab ride) Check In / Check Out: 2.00pm / 11.00 am • West Plaza Hotel Rate: $155.00 single or twin room excluding breakfast Address: 110 Wakefield Street, Wellington Location: 10 minutes walk to TSB Arena Check In / Check Out: 2.00pm / 11.00 am Email address for reservations: reservations@bayplaza.co.nz Phone number for reservations: 04 4731440 (0800731444 within NZ only) Group rate code: WC150 • Bay Plaza Hotel Rate: $145.00 single or twin room excluding breakfast Address: 40 – 44 Oriental Parade, Wellington Location: 20 minutes walk to TSB Arena (5 minute cab ride) Check In / Check Out: 2.00pm / 11.00 am Email address for reservations: reservations@bayplaza.co.nz Phone number for reservations: 04 3857799 (0800857799 within NZ only) Group rate code: WC150 • Amora Hotel Rate from: $210.00 single or twin room excluding breakfast (various categories available) Address: 170 Wakefield Street, Wellington Location: 10 minutes walk to TSB Arena Check In / Check Out: 2.00pm / 11.00 am Email address for reservations: confadmin@wellington.amorahotels.com Phone number for reservations: 04 473 3900 (Dial 1) Group rate code: CELEB150 • James Cook Hotel Rate from: $150.00 single or twin room excluding breakfast (various categories available) Address: 147 The Terrace, Wellington Location: 10 minutes walk to TSB Arena Check In / Check Out: 2.00pm / 11.00 am Email address for reservations: groups@jamescookhotel.co.nz Phone number for reservations: 04 495 0279 Group rate code: WC150

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Old Boys and staff can look forward to a ‘long’ weekend of celebrations from Thursday, 19 October through to Sunday, 22 October 2017 [also known as Labour Weekend]. Although some of the weekend is structured, we hope you will also find plenty of time to relax, catch up with old friends and colleagues and simply enjoy being back at your old school. Make sure you remind friends, fellow classmates and relatives of the dates and encourage them to attend.






Class of 1977 40 Years’ On Reunion Lunch

Shandon Golf Club


WCOBA Golf Tournament [Limited to 144 players]

TSB Arena: Shed 6


Firth House Drinks and Dinner [Former Boarders and Staff]

TSB Arena


Full School Assembly with Dignitaries, the current school, staff, Old Boys and friends of the College totalling 5000.

TSB Promenade


Morning Tea

TSB: Shed 6


Decade Photos: 1930 - 1969

Venue TBA

12.30pm-2.30pm Luncheon for former staff and current long-serving staff

Wellington College


Food Trucks with an array of refreshments for all appetites

Wellington College

Noon - 4.00pm

Tours of the College

Wellington College

Noon - 4.00pm

Archives and Memorabilia Display @ The Old Boys’ Gym.

TSB: Shed 6


Decade Photos: 1970-2016

TSB Arena


Cheers & Beers to 150 Years Welcome Function [Old Boys and Staff]

Thursday, 19 October Venue TBA

Friday, 20 October

Saturday, 21 October Wellington College

Sunday, 22 October

10.00am-4.00pm A Showcase of Sport and Cultural Programme/Games

Wellington College

10.00am-4.00pm Food Trucks with an array of refreshments for all appetites

Wellington College

Noon - 4.00pm

Tours of the College

Wellington College

Noon - 4.00pm

Archives and Memorabilia Display @ The Old Boys’ Gym.

TSB Arena


A Salute to Wellington College Gala Dinner [Old Boys and Staff]

TBA based on numbers


Church Service and Tribute to our Fallen

Venue TBA


Class of 1967 50 Years’ On Reunion Lunch

Wellington College

Noon - 4.00pm

Archives and Memorabilia Display @ The Old Boys’ Gym. TSB Arena [prev. Queens Wharf Event Centre]

The TSB Bank Arena is located on the Wellington Waterfront. Venue TBA will be determined and advised once we have confirmation of numbers registered for these events. On-site activities are based at Wellington College.

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Two Thousand At College Reunion Cocktail Party THE Wellington College Memorial Hall was floodlit last night for the College's Centennial Cocktail Party attended by approximately 2000 old boys, their wives, and the parents of present students. Inside it was an animated scene of gaiety. The stage and foyer were decorated with flowers, potted plants and shrubs. Many old friends met for the first time for many years – some for the first time since their school days. Old Boys of nearly every decade since the school’s inception were present. They came from as far afield as the United States, Singapore, Australia and most parts of New Zealand. The hosts and hostesses were the President of the Old Boys’ Association (Mr S J Bishop) and Mrs Bishop, the Chairman of Board of Governors (Mr T M Watson) and Mrs Watson, and the Headmaster (Mr S H Hill) and Mrs Hill.

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and Mrs R St J Beere. Welcoming the guests, Mr Bishop said that it was fitting, that guests should be gathered in what had been for over 40 years the very heart of the school - the Old Boys’ Memorial Hall erected from the contributions of perhaps some of the guests, but largely, from their predecessors.

In the official party were the Mayor (Sir Francis Kitts) and Lady Kitts, the President of the St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Association (Dr P Skinner) and From Overseas Mr Bishop extended a special Mrs Skinner, Mr M Kennedy, welcome to the Old Boys Old Patrick’s St representing from overseas and to eight Boys’ Rugby Club and Mrs who started at the College of Kennedy, the Headmistress in the 1890s. They were Mr (Miss College Girls' n Wellingto W J Gaudin, Colonel Beere, B Fraser), the Headmaster of Mr A Odlin, Sir John Ilott, Mackay) N Rongotai College (Mr TE and Mrs Mackay, the Chairman Sir Matthew Oram, Mr Mr H and Mason Mr Seddon, of the Secondary Schools' aite. Rounthw ) Connolly P M Council (Mr and Mrs Connolly and the In the evening, many guests Rector of St Patrick's College returned to the school for a of t Presiden the Minto), (Father in the Wellington College Old Boys' production of Salad Days Social Theatre College the Waller) L D Football Club (Mr and Mrs Waller, Sir John and Hall, presented by the present by Lady llott, Sir Matthew and Lady College boys and produced Leach. G Mr master, Mason, R G H Hon Oram, the and Mrs Mason, and Colonel


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It is with much pleasure that I am able to report that the Jubilee celebrations over the Easter weekend were a tremendous success. The event saw over 1600 Old Boys attend the various functions and among the many highlights of the weekend, the most satisfying to the organising committee was the very positive feedback that was received from those attending. Many school friendships were reestablished and the functions were enjoyed by all. Highlights: • The Cocktail Party was attended by Her Excellency The Governor General, Dame Catherine Tizard, The Minister of Education, The Hon. Dr Lockwood Smith, and the Mayor of Wellington Sir James and Lady Belich. • The Dinner was linked by conference calls to Sir Ron Brierley (Australia), Sir Paul Reeves (New York), Dr William Pickering (California), Hon George Gair (London) and Lord Grey (Naunton UK). • Oldest Old Boy (Mr Jack Rawnsley born 1898) lit the Jubilee Candle at the College Assembly. • Three generations of the Wellings Family cut the Jubilee Cake at the College Assembly • The new College Old Boys’ University Rugby Club hosted a very successful sports day. • The Jubilee Ball was a great affair with two bands and a superb supper. • The Thanksgiving Easter Service saw the College Hall packed with Old Boys and


other members of the Wellington College Family who came together to celebrate the foundation of the School. The Easter Candle was lit by Orm Dormer (1918). • Over 800 Old Boys crammed into the Sports Centre for the Reunion Assembly on Saturday. • The Reunion Luncheon on Sunday was fully booked with over 500 people attending the special gathering of Firth House, Staff, Sports Teams etc. The Firth House Boarders attended the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the presence of John Craig and Graeme Thomas (Ex Housemasters), Seddon Hill (Past Headmaster) and Harvey Rees-Thomas (Present Headmaster). • The Jubilee Concert Band played to a full house and was enjoyed by all 600 who attended. • The outstanding historical display put together by the College Archivist, Mrs Paddianne Neely. It is the hope of the committee that the spirit that was evident at the celebrations, continues in the years ahead. It will be the duty of this group of Old Boys to keep you informed and in contact with the College and its activities. I extend to all Old Boys my best wishes and thanks for your continued support of the School. Peter Kemp, Chairman Jubilee Organising Committee


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WELLINGTON COLLEGE OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION TheNew Lampstand 2016 PO Box 16073, Wellington, Zealand| 6242 Telephone: + 64 4 802 2537 • Email: oldboys@wc.school.nz

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The Lampstand is published annually for alumni and friends of Wellington College. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association or the College.

To ensure you are kept up to date with all the exciting and informative alumni and school news and events, please ensure your contact details are correct - especially your email address, so we can keep you informed. Communication via email helps keep our postage and printing costs to a minimum and of course is instantaneous.

"Did you know that the Lampstand is supported only by donations from our Readers, not by ads?"

Old Boys can keep in touch with current College News through our website - www.wc.school. nz OR the follow through to the WCOBA link OR through our Facebook Pages - Wellington College AND Wellington College Old Boys.

By joining the WCOBA in taking out a Life Membership Subscription, you can help us to print the Lampstand, fund Old Boys' events, as well as support the end of year College Prize-Giving Awards, buildings, activities and the Archives.

 Acknowledgements: Proofreading by Gil Roper (1959-1961). Archive material supplied by 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 encourage you to be involved. The WCOBA is about staying in touch with those who share that common experience and connection. The WCOBA maintains a database of all students who have attended Wellington College currently just over 32,000.

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. All you need to do is email us: oldboys@ wc.school.nz

We’re not asking for much, but if you could spare $5.00, your support will ensure that the Lampstand carries on in its current hard-copy and posted format so our readers can continue to enjoy the news of our fellow old boys, staff and the College. Thank you to those Old Boys who generously supported us in 2015.

The Collegian is emailed so if you wish to keep up to date, please email us to be added to the circulation list.

Stephanie Kane, Editor WCOBA Executive Officer and Wellington College Communications Manager Tel: 04 802 2537 • s.kane@wc.school.nz

Your Executive




Immediate Past President



Old Boys and former staff are invited to subscribe to the College’s complimentary quarterly Collegian Newsletter. Each issue contains an abundance of news from the College - academic, cultural, sporting, plus success stories achieved by our students and staff.

Life Membership: $150.00 (Includes a Life Membership Certificate and Lapel Pin).

• Matthew Beattie

Class of 1972

matthew.beattie@insteplimited.com • Brian Smythe

Class of 1958

smythelson@clear.net.nz Treasurer • Bob Slade

Class of 1958

bob@slade.co.nz Have you accomplished something noteworthy, been recognised for your accomplishments, been appointed to a new role in an organisation, won an award, given a noteworthy performance, started a new business, represented yourself internationally, nationally or locally or done something interesting, exciting, or remarkable? If so, please share your news and photos with our readers. Get in touch as soon as you can with your news.

Executive Officer • Stephanie Kane

1998 oldboys@wc.school.nz Centennial Trust Chairman • Matthew Beattie Class of 1972 matthew.beattie@insteplimited.com Executive Committee Members • Robert Anderson, Deputy Principal r.anderson@wc.school.nz Class of 1973 • Roger Moses, Headmaster 1996 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 rosental@clear.net.nz • Scott Tingey Class of 1978 zl2tpd@gmail.com

2016 Annual General Meeting

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President’s Report Wellington College’s Old Boys’ Association (WCOBA) has always been committed to supporting the development of Wellington College since the Association was established in 1891, and will continue to extend its full back up in the future. Each member of WCOBA has a role to play in keeping our association vibrant and growing – we treasure every single input from you to the WCOBA to accomplish this together. Our executive members need you and are depending on you for ideas, guidance and participation. Let us do our very best to keep our spirit thriving and feel free to throw your hat in the ring should you wish to join our Executive! The School has served the community well over the last 149 years by nurturing successive generations of students who have gone on to make a contribution to society in a plethora of ways and means. In the coming years and beyond, I have every expectation that it will continue to do so. As President of the WCOBA, in addition to continuing the excellent support initiated and continued throughout the years to Wellington College, my everyday focus is strengthening the bonding of our alumni network. This continues to be a work in progress and with the 150th celebrations in October next year, we can only become stronger. There are many ways for alumni to contribute and give back to our School by showing appreciation and playing your part in the continued success of Wellington College and the WCOBA. Wherever you are, at whatever stage of life you are, there is something here for you. The WCOBA Executive Committee and I encourage you to visit our website and Facebook Page as one of the ways to engage with the Association, fellow Old Boys and maintain your personal

connection to Wellington College. While the WCOB encourages Old Boys to network and remember the good old days, it also important to keep the pride and the passion for Wellington College where we learnt about life and what it means to be part of something that is greater than ourselves. To be part of the Wellington College ‘family’ is something all Old Boys can value. We encourage you to attend and support Old Boys’ functions and more so, attend our celebrations next year where we commemorate 150 years of educating young men of Wellington. I wish to thank Rob Anderson for stepping in as Acting President last year in my absence. Both he and Headmaster, Roger Moses attended a number of Old Boy events around the country as well as hosting two decade reunions. They certainly enjoy meeting Old Boys and are proud to share the schools’ current successes and highlights with guests. Rob also had the privilege of conferring the status of Honourable Old Boy to former President and current Treasurer Bob Slade at the Horowhenua Lunch. Bob was presented with a gold WCOBA Lapel pin and certificate to acknowledge his status. I also give special thanks to Stephanie Kane, our WCOBA Executive Officer and the College’s Communications Manager, for organising all the abovementioned events and at the same time, producing our annual and much anticipated Lampstand magazine. Stephanie does a magnificent job keeping Old Boys up-to-date on forthcoming events and reunions and keeping us informed of Old Boys in the news. I know she and her team have a great blueprint for our 150th celebrations with a programme planned for all ages, budgets and interests. Remember, keep Thursday, 19 to Sunday 22 October 2017 free in your diary. It will be a

great occasion. [The Programme for the Celebrations are included in this year’s Lampstand and on our website]. Thank you to those Old Boys who have financially supported the Association. The interest in digitising all the old Wellingtonians has been much appreciated and they are now, albeit slowly, being loaded onto our website as they are and processed. Donations to the printing and posting of the

Lampstand and the Association as a whole have also been valued. My thanks to fellow members of our Executive, your support is much appreciated. I would also like to thank all Old Boys for your continued support, participation and contributions in making the WCOBA one that other schools wish to emulate. Matthew Beattie, President 21 September, 2016


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 each year, covering activities of Old Boys and other relevant information.

Maintain a computerised database, giving details of all Old Boys and 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.

JOIN OUR Contact Matt Beattie, WCOBA President matthew.beattie@insteplimited.com



WELLINGTON COLLEGE FOUNDATION & ADVANCEMENT Lampstand 2016 PO Box 16073, Wellington,The New Zealand |6242 Telephone: + 64 4 802 7698 • Email: advancement@wc.school.nz

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We are delighted to introduce our new Advancement Manager, Charles (Charlie) Gallagher. Charlie is an Old Boy of Wellington College and in his final year [2006], was Deputy Head Prefect. With a passion for sport, Charlie was in the 1st XI Cricket for four years [Captain in his last year] and also played for the 1st XV for two years. After completing his BCom at Otago University, Charlie spent time overseas, working and travelling before returning to Wellington in 2012 when he took up a position as a Broker in the Financial Markets. Charlie is very passionate about helping Wellington College in its mission to provide exemplary facilities and support for our students and staff in raising the necessary dollars so that Stage Two of the new Hall can be completed. He is ably supported by Advancement Officer, Glenda Schmitt and works in conjunction with the WCOBA Executive Officer. If you would like to know more about how you may be able to support Wellington College through the Foundation in the areas of sponsorship, donations or by leaving a bequest, please get in touch with Charlie.




























































































































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We are now looking for the final piece of funding for this Hall. To date, the College Community has raised $8.45m mainly through the Wellington College Foundation, which allows Stage One to start. Stage Two has now become the focus of the current funding campaign, and this requires a further $1m to be fully completed. Stage Two includes a Mezzanine Floor which brings the students into the Hall as one for the first time in over 50 years. This is a significant step and one of the reasons this venture was first started.













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It is also with great satisfaction I can inform you that Stage One of the College’s Memorial Hall and Performing Arts Centre now underway. The College Community will be fully aware that that this project has been an ongoing process for a number of years. To finally see the construction underway is fantastic and means we are a step closer to achieving our end result.











I have been in my current role as the Advancement Manager for near on three months now and it has been a wonderful opportunity to return to a place which holds many special memories for me. It has also been a real pleasure to meet fellow Old Boys and talk through ways to help us achieve the final piece of funding required to build our College Memorial Hall and Performing Arts Centre.












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The Memorial Window opportunity, along with naming right options for both the Mezzanine Floor and the Performing Arts Stage we believe, will allow us to reach our financial goal within the required time-frame of August 2017. I am fortunate to be involved in the capacity I am and get behind what is quite literally the most pivotal part of Wellington College’s make up in terms of facilities. A College Hall is a significant place in any school but especially here at Wellington College. We are able to achieve consistent success across a number of different avenues in sport, the arts and in particular academically. Wellington College recognises that and showcases its success accordingly on a regular basis, namely at assemblies. A whole school assembly for the first time in 50 years in our new Hall will be a special event. • Connection I feel very strongly about keeping our Old Boys connected to Wellington College. This is different for everyone and will vary from person to person. My feeling is that our Old Boys have so much to offer the College and I would love to see this connection utilised. For some, this might be getting a group of friends together to watch the 1st XV play, for others it might be

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coming along to their cohort reunion. I enjoyed the opportunity recently to meet the Class of 1976 when they returned for their reunion and reconnected with one another again – some for the first time since they left 40 years ago. I thought the occasion was very special and I know they had a great weekend rekindling old friendships, telling stories and of course hearing about the College today and the significant progress since 1976. With the 150th Celebrations next year there has never been a better time to reconnect to what is going on here. • Your support There are a number of ways to help support our projects at the College. I have touched on the Wellington College Memorial Window and the various structures which have the opportunity to be named inside the Hall. Another option for your Business or Company is hosting a billboard around the Sir Ron Brierley Artificial Turf – a facility used by Wellington College during the day and by night, the turf is used by over 20 different community groups. This is an amazing facility which is well used and a great place to show your support to the College and get awareness and advertising


for your company. There are different sizes and time-frames available depending on your requirements and I am always open to discussing these with you. All proceeds go towards the new College Hall. The Endowment Fund is an investment aimed at generating an annual income to be used towards providing financial support for students who are less fortunate, to assist the Headmaster attract, reward and retain quality teaching staff. If you are interested in following the Hall Construction as it happens - there are photos on our website – www.wc.school.nz. Your support to Wellington College enables us to further our major projects and build into the future of Wellington College. As Old Boys of Wellington College, you'll always have a place to ‘Be’. Be connected, be informed, be involved, be a donor, but most importantly, be proud to be part of the Wellington College community. Charlie Gallagher, Advancement Manager c.gallagher@wc.school.nz Telephone: 027 426 0377


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150th Celebrations


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES It is with great anticipation that we look forward to hosting Wellington College’s 150 Celebrations. This is a unique opportunity to present your company, product or business to a large cross-section of Wellington College alumni, the current school community and local dignitaries celebrating this significant milestone. As an event or gift sponsor, you will be able to showcase your products and services, and network with members of the Wellington College community and receive long-term recognition with your association to the celebrations. We are confident that any contribution you make to this occasion will be an investment. This is one of the big highlights of both Wellington College and the City of Wellington - the last being in 1992 when we celebrated 125 years. We are committing our full resources to ensuring we reach our maximum audience of 2000 attendees. This is the perfect opportunity for you to come alongside and showcase what your business is all about. It is our intention to make the weekend of celebrations inclusive and not exclusive.

We offer a number of sponsorship options designed to meet your goals. The benefits include:        

Recognition as an event sponsor Logo placement on all promotional materials and event handouts Company logo on Wellington College’ website with click-through capability Prime exhibit space at the events Special recognition as sponsor, and distribution of your marketing materials Event passes Year-long advertising in all 150th-related material [media, digital and printed] Year-long advertising in all Wellington College communications To find out more about the opportunities available, please contact Charlie Gallagher, Wellington College Advancement Manager Email: c.gallagher@wc.school.nz or Telephone: 027 426 0377


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Wellington College Foundation Update The Wellington College Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1989 . The Trust Deed sets out the objectives and aims of the Foundation which include: • To provide facilities and buildings for use by both the teachers and students at Wellington College for the betterment of education at the College. The Foundation works closely with the Advancement Office holding the funds raised from the College community and investing them through a Building Fund and an Endowment Fund. We are very grateful for the support we have received from Old Boys and parents. With the Memorial Hall and Performing Arts Centre now underway,

monies will be drawn down from the Building Fund to finance the project. All new funds raised through the work of the Advancement Office will pass through the Foundation to enable receipts to be issued for charitable donation purposes. The Foundation will also be looking at other ways it can assist in completing the new hall. The Foundation is excited that the years of planning and fund-raising are coming to fruition with the commencement of the Memorial Hall and Performing Arts Centre. It is an honour to be associated with such a fantastic project. Alan Langford Chairman, Wellington College Foundation Email: alan.langfordnz@gmail.com

Uncovering the past "We’ve all got them. Those things from our past that we just can’t bear to throw away. Years later, we find them at the bottom of a cupboard and the memories come flooding back" Thankfully, the hoarder’s philosophy that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure is something that the Wellington College Archives lives by. As a result, the College now has an incredible archives, all properly catalogued and recorded. If you have visited the Wellington College Archives, you will have seen just a fraction of the extensive collection we’ve got. From text books, magazines and uniforms to furniture, newsletters and an enormous collection of photographs. The Archives contain objects from our first days right up to the present. We are always looking to add to our collection, so please let us know if there is anything you would like to donate. If it brings back a happy memory of your time at Wellington College then chances are it will stir the memories of your fellow classmates. Everything we get builds up a wonderfully detailed picture of how things have changed over the years. If you would like to come and see the Archives, please contact Paddianne Neely on 04 382 9411 or at archives@wc.school.nz You might even be able to help us put names to faces.

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 Wellington College’s Dux for 2015, James Hartshorn won one of nine $10,000 Premier Scholarship awards as well as the Top Scholar (in Physical Education) and this was presented to him at a function hosted by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. John Key and the Minister of Education, Hon. Hekia Parata at Parliament Buildings. The NZ Scholarship exams are the highest qualification available for New Zealand college students and James with the Minister are taken at the end of each year. of Education at the Successful students are considered Parliamentary Function. to be in the top 3% of each subject. Monetary prizes are awarded from $500 for passing one exam to $10,000 a year for three years for the top students in the country.

 Seven years ago the Wellington College 1st XV hoisted a Sopoaga onto their shoulders to celebrate a Wellington Premier 1 title win at Porirua Park. They did it again in August, with Lima Sopoaga replaced in the moment by his younger brother Toka. The team was highly successful and went through the Wellington Premier 1 season unbeaten. Both boys captained their team to victory, although Toka had it much harder than as his All Black big brother's team won the 2009 title with a 43-7 win over St Patrick's, Silverstream where the title in 2016 went down to the wire.

James’ brilliant success included Outstanding Scholarships in English, Geography, Physical Education and Statistics and Scholarships in Biology, History and Physics. He was also the Top Subject Scholar in Physical Education. A keen cricketer, James was a member of our 1st XI, the senior cricketer of the year and represented Wellington at U17 and U19 level. He was Head of Arts and Culture, Deputy Head Prefect and a Premier A debater. James was also the recipient of the College Mothers’ Award for all-round excellence in arts and sport in 2015. James is presently studying Law, Politics, History and English at Otago University.

It took a last-minute penalty to fullback Reece Plumtree to push Wellington to the win. They already had the title wrapped up before the kick, knowing a draw was good enough for them to claim the trophy as top qualifiers. They never gave Town a sniff of their tryline, with solid defence and a heap of breakdown turnovers helping snuff out any promising attacks. It was the 1st XV’s first title in three years, the longest the school had gone without a title since a drought between 1999 and 2002. The following weekend, the team faced Napier Boys’ High School in the semi-final of the Hurricanes Regional Competition. Both sides utilised the perfect conditions to run in five tries each, in what was a thrilling advertisement for college rugby. The final score of 39-31 to Wellington College was testament to the tenacious Napier side, after they fought back from a 25-7 deficit midway through the first half. An early second-half try to Napier closed the gap to 25-24, but Wellington wing Connor Fuli crossed twice in the last 15 minutes to settle the Wellington supporters’ nerves. However, a week later, the 1st XV’s luck came to an end at the hands of a very good Hastings Boys’ High School with a 40-14 score. Hastings (who didn’t lose a game all season) then went on to the Top Four Competition and lost the closefought final to Mount Albert Grammar School. Congratulations to Y12 student, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, who was selected for the NZ Schools’ Barbarians Team.

 At this year's Maadi in Twizel, Wellington College came away with a Gold in the U17 Coxed Quad and a Bronze in the U18 Coxed Quad. Both medals were won by the same crew of [Above L-R: Harry Beasley, Connor Moore, Andrew Loveard, Fergus Murray and coxed by Club Captain, Liam Stevens]. The same crew won Gold in the U16 quad in 2015.

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 School trips these days go a little further than over the Rimutaka Hill or across Cook Strait. This year, around thirty Physics students travelled to the Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando, Florida for two weeks to participate in the NASA Robotics and Astronaut training camps, placing the students in a real world of science problem-solving environment. The students built, programmed and then tested their robots on a simulated Martian surface. Our young scientists experienced the training programme undertaken by astronauts. A highlight for the students was meeting former astronaut, John Bartoe, who had actually lived on the space station! Other highlights included an in-depth history of the space programme, seeing the first rocket/missile that took Alan Shepard into space, the space shuttle Atlantis and then viewing the new generation of rockets that are capable of reusing their launch system by landing them back on barges in the sea.

 Wellington College retained the McEvedy Shield, romping to their 50th win in the traditional athletics meet. Their score of 221.5 was a whopping 62 points ahead of St Patrick's (Town) on 160.5, with Silverstream third on 112 and Rongotai College well off the pace with just 56. Wellington College Captain Liam Webb said it was incredible to have led the school to their 50th title. It's a special milestone, as we all knew that we were on 49 wins and it would be special to get 50. There were a lot of emotions with this atmosphere, it's so great to win the shield. The crowd does so much for us and it's such a great event which just gives you that buzz. It's an awesome feeling to lift that shield and hear the crowd roar. You get all the emotions going through you. It was Wellington College's second-straight win after Town had won it the previous three years before that. Their big margin of victory this year was a far cry from the eleven they won by in exciting fashion in 2015 and was the biggest margin since their 81-point triumph in 2004.

 Callum Parker, runner-up to the Dux for 2015 was awarded the Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship, which will allow him to study Economics at Gonville and Caius College. The scholarship pays about $72,000 a year for three or four years towards tuition and a living allowance for a student who has already shown academic promise and is committed to returning to New Zealand after study and using their new skills to benefit the country. Callum was awarded an Outstanding NZ Scholarship award, and has been studying Economics and Finance at Auckland University, before he heads to Cambridge. At Cambridge, Callum will study a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and is interested in continuing on to a Masters in Finance and Economics. He planned to come home in the future to be a leader in business, consulting on sustainable business practices such as income equality and education. His success caps off another great year for the boys of Wellington College. The Dux of the school was Wellington's top student and 79 boys gained a total of 165 NZ Scholarships in the top NZQA exams eclipsing the 2014 total. Since 2008, Wellington College has ranked as the school with the highest number of scholarships gained in the country overall, since the inception of the current NZ Scholarship examination.


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Lumen Accipe Et Emperti Receive The Light And Pass It On

Congratulations  After almost 50 years in Education, Wellington College's Careers’ Adviser (and passionate Old Boy [Class of 1961]), Ernie Rosenthal retired in June, after 18 years in the job at the College. A farewell function was held for Ernie with many anecdotes told of Ernie's career which included teaching across a range of academic subjects before taking up the Careers and Transition portfolio.

to HoD Music, Katie Macfarlane and Sports Academy Director (and 1st XV Coach), Lincoln Rawles on the arrival in August, of their son George (and a little brother for sister Laura). We look forward to seeing whether George develops into a front row prop or finalist in ‘The Voice’. Best wishes to you all.

A number of Old Boys owe their success to Ernie - assisting them with their career path over the past 18 years. As Ernie himself said: I like to help young people by giving them a chance to explore their options and plan their journey. While Ernie may not be a regular face at the College these days, he has no plans to ‘slow down’. He has just returned from Israel and has a number of plans in the pipeline. Pictured Above (L-R); Dawn Hall, [Gateway Manager}, Ernie Rosenthal, Fran Forrest [Transition] and Roger Moses [Headmaster].

 The Premier B Debating team (Michael O’Brien, Sam Walker, Nick Webster and Will Sims) pictured above with National List MP from the Hutt Valley made its way very successfully and unbeaten through to the finals of this very competitive grade. They met HIBS in the finals. The team was affirming that the New Zealand government should prioritise addressing present day inequality, over (and to the exclusion of) compensating Maori for historical injustices. The grand final was held in Parliament, in the Beehive Theatrette. The team debated very well, as they have done all year, but was beaten at this final stage by a strong HIBS team.

 The Hockey 1st XI won the Premier 1 final against Wairarapa College. The final score was 2-1 after extra time. They went on to play in the Nationals in Wellington in good form and but for some dubious refereeing would have made top 4. Having said that, a sixth place finish was an excellent result for a sport which consistently places at the top level nationally.

 The Football 1st XI were runners up in the CSW Premiership Competition. They took out the Championship Trophy for winning the league but were beaten by HIBS 1-0 in the final. Going onto the NZSS Champs in Papamoa, they were decimated by a gastro virus but battled well to qualify from the Group stage to make the Top 8. However, they ran out of steam, finishing in eighth place but with their heads held high.

 Wellington College was invited to take part in the WWI commemorations at Pukeahu Park in September to talk about their involvement with the Shared Histories Project and their visit to France last year. Alexander Sinclair, Campbell Garrett, Conor Occleshaw, Filip Pavkovic, Eduard Bradley and Sam Dearsly spoke about their experiences and then a short video was screened of their trip. During question time, members of the public noted how proud they were to find Wellington College students keeping tradition alive and leaving records of their visit on WWI graves of our fallen Old Boys in France.

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 The exceptional 2015 NZ Scholarship results have eclipsed the those gained in 2014, with a total of 165. This means that Wellington College leads the overall number of scholarships gained by schools in New Zealand – an outstanding attainment. This is the second highest number ever gained by our school, with 179 being the supreme number in 2013. James Hartshorn, our Dux in 2015, was named as a Premier Scholar – making him one of the top nine students in the country. James was also the top subject award winner in Physical Education. Six other students – Sebastian On, Callum Parker, Logan Wu, Charles Cox, Thomas Boyd and Nitay Ben-Shachar were all named as Outstanding Scholars, which means that they were in the next group of 60 students in the country.

 Congratulations to long-serving Maths teacher, Rob Corliss, coach extrication! His Under 55A XV played Silverstream in the CSW Rugby final and they won 58-19. Co-coach is Joe McDonald (Class of 1992). Over the season, the U55s went through unbeaten, scoring 611 points and conceded 48 in the ten competition games this year. They won the Dave Scott Cup. [Dave Scott was a former Headmaster of Upper Hutt College]. Rob has coached rugby since he first started at Wellington College back in the 1970s and many an Old Boy will remember him on the sidelines.

 A Celebrity Debate held in April, was an entertaining evening for those who attended. The Parents’ Association together with the Advancement Office, pulled together a great celebrity team and support from the wider school community.

As in 2013, to have just over 10% of the best 60 students coming from Wellington College is a very worthy outcome. These students each receive $5000 a year towards their tertiary studies. Overall, eighty different students from Wellington College won at least one scholarship and this is the highest number ever for the College in a year. Scholarships were gained in Accounting, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Design, Drama, Economics, English, Geography, German, History, Latin, Media Studies, Music, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Statistics and Technology. Outstanding scholarships were secured in Accounting, Calculus, Classical Studies, Drama, Earth and Space Science, English, Geography, Media Studies, Physical Education, Physics and Statistics. Overall, since 2008, Wellington College has ranked as the school with the highest number of scholarships gained in the country. These NZ Scholarship results place Wellington College at the peak of academic success in what is a significant and demanding examination for secondary school students in the country. This superior attainment over several years is a testament to the untiring dedication of staff and the work undertaken by senior students in their ongoing pursuit of academic excellence in their secondary education.

The evening began with an auction of goods and mystery envelopes. There was spirited bidding and expressions of delight by parents and families who attended. Funds raised will go towards the Hall project. The celebrity team of Old Boy and comedian Raybon Kan, playwright, actor and also an Old Boy, Arthur Meek and City Councillor, photographer and Wellington College parent, Simon Woolf was set the task of affirming the moot That life is too easy for young people. Facing this formidable team were three of our Premier B and Senior Certificate debaters, the Premier A boys being unavailable due to a competition debate. The boys certainly rose to the occasion. With a great deal of rebuttal and banter between the two teams, the debate came down to being excellent entertainment and a goodhearted reflection of the ethos of Wellington College. Deputy Principal, Robert Anderson was a most entertaining Chairman and his decision to decide the winner by the enthusiasm of the cheers of the audience, conveniently declared the debate a draw.

 The real highlight of the annual International Students’ Association Week is the Food Festival and this year’s was no exception. The stalls featured a real diversity of food prepared and sold by the ISA. There were over 14 different cultures represented, all assisted by language teachers and the ISA members. Thanks to our College community, there were no leftovers that day! The International Week was a huge success, raising over $1300 and definitely celebrated the diversity within the College community.

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2016 FOUNDATION AWARDS for SPORT and the ARTS The Wellington College Foundation Black and Gold Awards, held at Te Papa this year, was a night of real celebration of Sport and The Arts. Te Haeata Awatea opened the evening and set the tone. Thanks to all the performers who helped make it a great evening including the Pasifika Group, The Chorale, The Barbershop Chorus and The Jazz Band. MC's Tim Rutherford and Hansaka Ranaweera held the evening together well and Old Boy, George Bridgewater (Class of 2000) inspired his audience, speaking about his Olympic rowing experiences. A highlight

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Harry Russon and Craig Pollock • Senior Arts Award


Sione Helu • Senior Sportsman of the Year [Basketball]


The Pasifika Group • Arts Group of the Year


1st XV • Sports Team of the Year


Mark Tinkle • Staff Contribution to Sport


George Bridgewater • Guest Speaker


The Sopoaga Family (L-R): Lima, Lene, Vaseti and Tupo.

of the evening was a presentation to the Sopoaga family on the occasion of the last of the four brothers, Toka, coming to the end of his College and 1st XV years following in the footsteps of Lima (Class of 2009) and who had just flown in from the South Africa Test, Tupou (Class of 2010) and Zek (Class of 2012). Another Old Boy also received a presentation on the evening. Congratulations to Mark Tinkle (Class of 2004) who was awarded the prize for Staff Contribution to Sport. Aside from teaching Physical Education and Technology, Mark also is one of the coaches the Athletics team.

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Our Newest Old Boys: Class of 2016

Above: Ann Courtney-O’Connor, Ashad Langdana, Tom Snaddon and Darryl Courtney-O’Connor. Left: The Class of 2016 on their last day.

Five years of hard work and dedication to education boiled down to a two-hour Leavers’ Lunch for the Class of 2016. While these young men are starting a new and exciting adventure in their lives, the Lunch was a time to reminisce over the past five years with some great speeches and recollections related to fellow students. Guest speaker was Darryl Courtney-O’Connor (1962-1967) who was visiting the College with his wife Ann to interview candidates for a prestigious two-year scholarship at his International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS), a leading business management college located in Manly. Darryl first awarded this scholarship in 2005 and since then, 12 students have been the recipients.

This year, Darryl and Ann presented joint scholarships to both Ashad Langdana and Tom Snaddon. Closing formalities included a few words of wisdom from Head Prefect, Seb On, Y13 Dean, Peter Maitland and Headmaster, Roger Moses followed by a rousing rendition of Forty Years On. A big thanks also to MC’s Gus McPherson, Harry Russon and Efrain Villabolos-Santana. We now welcome the 300 plus members of the Class of 2016 to the WCOB Brotherhood.

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In the 2015 Lampstand, we featured the opening of the College’s new Barrista Training School as part of our BreWCafe Shop. Both staff and students continue to enjoy their daily Havana caffeine (and Hot Chocolate) fix and sales are shooting through the roof. This year, with the demolition of the Hall and Atrium, the Canteen moved to its new stateof-the-art premises and the fresh new look and new service areas have been well received by the students. A big shout out to Hurricane representatives Regge Goodes (Class of 2009) and Leni Apisai (Class of 2013) who took time out from training to visit the College, coinciding when the new Canteen opened. In a instant, they pulled their sleeves up and volunteered to ‘work for free’ during interval

The Careers’ 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. • Small Business owners and Retailers • Financial Planners and Accountants • Bankers and Share Brokers • Advertising and Marketing • Engineers, Architects and Designers • Hotel and Event Management • Property Developers and Entrepreneurs • Foreign Exchange Dealers or Exporters • Successful Sports People • State Services and Foreign Affairs • Businesses with foreign dealings • Creative writing, Journalism • Television, Radio, Media • Computers and software/web design • Trades: Building, Electrical, Plumbing • Trades: Joinery, Automotive • Health Professionals/Specialists • Dentists, Vets, Physiotherapists • Sciences: incl Forensics, Researchers • Food Service Industry • Lawyers • Police, Fire and Rescue Services • Agriculture Any further suggestions or inquiries, please contact: Tia Greenstreet, Careers’ Adviser, Wellington College Telephone: 04 802 2536 t.greenstreet@wc.school.nz


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Shield of Dreams Every year, on the first Tuesday of March, four Wellington colleges compete in athletics for the McEvedy Shield. It's the most important sports date on their calendar. It's also one of the most spirited and special sporting events anywhere in New Zealand. Mike White witnessed the 94th McEvedy Shield and tells the story of battles, brotherhood, teen dreams - and a day in the lives of these young men. MIKE WHITE IS A NORTH & SOUTH SENIOR WRITER . PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE WHITE.

Wellington College students sing, chant and roar in support of their athletes. The cheering continues without pause for more than five hours. "OKAY BOYS, quieten down. Take your bags off," says Leigh Lidstone, head of physed and athletics coach at Welling­ton's St Patrick's College. "Stand up and tuck yourselves in," he continues, weary at endless entreaties about neatness. Lidstone's own shirt is hardly a model, half stuffed into his shorts, but the 60 kids in the classroom slowly obey and oblige him. They're the St Pat's track and field team, the kids who've made it through elimina­tions to be in the top two in their age and event for the school. They're a fidgeting mix of dweebs and heavyweights, all hair product and Roman sandals, and suffused insecu­ rities. Tomorrow, they'll join boys from brother school St Pat's Silverstream, Rongotai College and Wellington College in front of 4000 spectators to compete for the McEvedy Shield, a rivalry that's run for nearly a century and has

evolved into an extraordinary pageant of youthful machismo and school pride. "To win a McEvedy, guys," begins Lidstone in earnest, "all the stars in the universe have to be lined up - it's that hard. To win a McEvedy, you have to perform to the best you can be - it has to be a personal best tomorrow. "Guys, I will feel it, I'll know if we're going to win it. I'll know it if I see someone dying to get up from fifth to a fourth. I laugh sometimes when peo­ple say, 'Oh, I was unlucky.' Well, guys, top sportspeople make their own luck. And last year we let ourselves down.'' Last year, St Pat's were gunning for an extraordinary fourth title in a row. They had the strength, on paper, and were coming off a record-winning margin in 2014. But things went askew in the lead­up: one star broke his leg playing sevens, another gashed his foot the weekend before McEvedy. In the

end, Lidstone had five former champs sitting injured in the stands. Things went wrong on the day, too. Boys had peaked too early, some dropped their head after a couple of duff throws or jumps, and they lost to Wellington College by just 11 points. "We let it get away from us, to be honest with you," remembers Lidstone. "No question about it. And that's the sad thing, because we knew we had a real chance. But maybe it was a case of Wellington College wanting it more.” Lidstone knows all about wanting to win the McEvedy. St Pat’s had won the shield the year Lidstone joined the school in 1998. For the next 10 years, with Lidstone in charge, they didn’t win it again. That was a hell of a drought for the school and a hell of a time for Lidstone. People began murmuring, then they started speaking out, and a few fronted Lidstone,

suggesting he wasn’t up to the job. In the end, Lidstone offered his resignation to the school’s rector. It wasn’t anything to do with commit­ment or effort - he was out there during lunchtimes, after school and at week­ends with the athletes, driving them on and up and further. “I can remember my daughter ringing up one Saturday morning saying, ‘Dad, you said you were only going to be two hours; and I’d been down at the track from nine to 12.30, with the babysitter at home.” The rector didn’t accept his resignation and Lidstone changed his approach - called in others to help and to spread the coaching load. In 2008, St Pat’s fi­nally won back the shield. “When you lose, you walk round the track pretty lonely and empty. I can re­member in 2008 walking round that track and I was feeling pretty empty - but it was a different sort of empty, just drained, holy heck,

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The Lampstand | 2016 but it was an amaz­ing feeling.” Since then, Lidstone and St Pat’s won the shield four more times. The loss in 2015 hurt everyone, and this year they dubbed their campaign “The Resurrection”. But Lidstone admits they are up against it. They are weak in the junior grades, particularly the middle distance events, and are going in as underdogs to Wellington College. “We know that. But we’ve still got the belief, there’s no question about it. If everything goes our way and everyone does their best, collectively it will come together for us.” At 55, Lidstone hasn’t got an illustri­ous athletics career to draw on, though his mother was a New Zealand 60-yards sprint champ. “My brothers were fast, my sons are fast, but you could beat me.” He reckons the fast­ twitch genes triple-jumped him. He’s got four children, including six­and eight-yearold boys, and a full roster at school, yet for two months before McEvedy he’s squeezed in five extra training sessions a week. “Why do I do it? The philosophy is that if you can help a young guy to do his best, it’s a high­light. I don’t want to be on a New Zealand coaching panel, I want to do my best for my college and these young guys that come to St Pat’s. To be honest, if our team captain holds up that shield, that would be an incredible highlight for me.” That team captain is Siosaia Paese, a top rugby player who is also a talented sprinter and jumper. As the St Pat’s ath­ letes prepare to go to a final assembly where they’ll be hailed by the rest of the school and perform a charged haka from the stage, Paese rises and congratulates them all for making the team. “Be pumped, be excited about it. But just remember - be humble. Gracious if we lose, humble in victory tomorrow. Just keep that in mind. Say your prayers before you go to bed.” WINNING THE McEvedy Shield is a sporting pinnacle for any of the colleg­es but perhaps has more significance for St Pat’s. Patrick McEvedy, a prom­inent doctor and St Pat’s old boy, do­nated the shield in 1922. McEvedy had played for the British Lions rugby team, been chairman of New Zealand’s Rugby Union and Boxing Council and sought to

encourage sport and sports­ manship among college students. “If McEvedy came back and looked at where it is now, he’d be amazed at what it’s turned into,” says Lidstone. “It’s re­ally important to our school, and his name’s mentioned all the time at assem­bly and what his values mean to us.” What the shield has become is the larg­est annual athletics event in New Zealand, five hours of relentless competition , cheered and chanted from the stands and embankments of Newtown Park by each school’s pupils, staff and old boys. It’s manic and raucous; chaos cordoned by watchful teachers and repeated reminders of the need for decorum. But it’s bigger than just the day or the race - it’s a platform for school rivalry, an arena of teenage tribalism. And some­times, things spill over. There have been graffiti attacks, food fights, damage to buses, exuberant public haka, chants that slid beyond decency. Wellington College has sometimes banned its students from attending, due to their behaviour. This year, there was a major spray-painting attack on Wellington College a week before the event, with whoever did it signing off “SPC” - St Pat’s College. Then someone tagged St Pat’s in reprisal, leav­ing their own mark, “WC”. In an effort to calm things, each school’s principals and head students visited the other colleges and pledged to act responsibly. But beyond the as­semblies and solemn undertakings, kids seethed and tensions grew. On social media, bravado and bullshit flew. It had become more than a game. As one Wellington College pupil wrote, “This means war.” WAR BEGAN PUNCTUALLY at 9.30am with the under-14 boys 3000m. True to Lidstone’s predictions, Wellington College filled three of the first four spots, diminutive winner Felix Williamson able to grin and raise his arm as he skipped to the finishing line. But St Pat’s hit back in the field events, Zion Trigger-Faitele smashing the McEvedy under-14 shot put record in beating second place by four metres, then following that with victory in the discus. After the first round of events, St Pat’s had nudged to a narrow lead. But the fiercest battles, and


Above: Wellington College students arrive at the stadium after marching 4km from their school. Below: A Wellington College student drums in support of his team.

Above: Wellington College students react as one of their runners falls during the hurdles. Below: Jock Ryder, 82, who competed in the 1950 McEvedy high jump, with 2016 high jump winner Isaac Miller-Jose.


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The McEvedy Shield has been battled for since 1922, by a range of Wellington colleges, but for the past 35 years has been contested by: ST PATRICK'S COLLEGE Also known as ‘Town’, with a roll of just over 800, and the oldest Catholic boys' school in New Zealand. Students are nicknamed Dooleys in a nod to its Irish-Catholic origins. ST PATRICK'S SILVERSTREAM Town's brother school in Upper Hutt, with a roll of 720. RONGOTAI COLLEGE A state school in south Wellington, with a roll of 650. WELLINGTON COLLEGE Located near the Basin Reserve, dating back to 1867, and with a roll of around 1600. Other schools have sought to join the annual competition, including Scots College, a private school which opted out after 1980, whose pupils again this year petitioned to take part. Each school enters two athletes in each event (three for the 3000m). There are four grades - Ul4, Ul5, Ul6 and open. The winner gains four points, second place gets three, third gets two and fourth place gets one point. There are no heats - every race is the final. Wellington College has won the shield 50 times, St Pat's Town 20, St Pat's Silverstream 14 and Rongotai Seven.

the ones that make McEvedy unique, were tak­ing place off the track, with nearly all the four colleges’ pupils having con­verged on the park. St Pat’s boys had arrived first in a wave of blue blazers, the “Dooley boys” hanging their banners on the perimeter fence and taking up position on the bank beside the grandstand. Rongotai students filled half the stand and St Pat’s Silverstream boys bussed in and settled on the bank. And then came Wellington College - “Coll”’, “Dub-Cee”, the boys school of choice for the capital, the one that if you’re in its zone, your borer-kissed bungalow goes up by $100k. As per tradition, they’d marched the 4km from school en masse, a black ‘’WC Hoorah!” banner at the front, boys making “W” signs with their fingers. The chanting was shrill and constant. “If I should die before I get old,’’ yelled the leader, the refrain echoed by the 1000-strong contingent, “wrap me up in black and gold.” It was all done to the cadence of Marines on drill, the lyrics adapted, but the energy overwhelming. “I don’t need no teenage queen, just my boots and a field that’s green.” Teachers and police cars kept them in reasonable order, but they over­whelmed the suburbs they passed through, they overwhelmed the park as they entered, they overwhelmed the grandstand as they filled its eastern end, all grey shorts and shirts and die-for­myschool spirit. “See this emblem on my chest,’’ they chorused, “everybody knows Dub-Cee’s the best.” They swayed in unison, there were choreographed moves as the sprints started, there was a dose of Dooley­bashing, and a curious and fevered homage to SpongeBob SquarePants. Beside them, Rongotai answered the challenge. “Who stole our chants? Coll’ stole our chants.” The intensity of the St Pat’s boys lifted and they whipped their ties in the air, crying, “We’re from St Pat’s, mighty, mighty St Pat’s... we bleed blue,” taunt­ing opponents to “get down and boogie with the blue and white Dooleys”. The chants had been practised for weeks at lunchtime meetings, and now the boys barely paused. It was a pulsing cacophony. It boomed past the sur­rounding pohutukawa and pine trees, it drowned out the late-summer cicadas, it spread

The Lampstand | 2016 over Wellington’s southern suburbs like a squall sulking along the horizon. It was mad and magnificent. “They mightn‘t remember their maths lessons, but they’ll remember this,” bellowed St Pat’s rector Neal Swindells in the din. “And it’s got this whole traditional Wellington history, where all the 40-year-old accountants are having coffee arguing about who should win, because they’re all old boys of one school or another.’’ By lunchtime, Wellington College had taken the lead from St Pat’s. When the St Pat’s team met that morning, Lidstone had predicted this would happen, that they’d have to chase down Wellington College in the afternoon, claw back points in the 400m and hurdles races. Father Matt Crawford had read from St Paul: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith...’’ He’d then led a prayer and, heads bowed, the boys intoned, “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee...” Lidstone reiterated they’d win by accumulating thirds and fourths, by everyone snatching every point avail­able. Even as those points slipped away and Wellington College pulled ahead, Lidstone remained positive. “You’ve got to absorb it. What we’ve got, I’m delighted with. It’s not easy to win.” His Wellington College counterpart, Chris Wells, paced the track’s edge anxiously, one eye on a thrilling four­way finish in the senior boys 3000m, the other on his charge in the discus. “Oh, it’s five hours of nerves, but it’s five hours of excitement. It’s a great event - best event in the country.” His Principal, Roger Moses, sidled over to check on progress. It was Moses’ 21st McEvedy and he still loved the intensity of competition. “Look, it’s the best and worst of a boys’ school. It’s fantastic - the enthusiasm is brilliant. But sometimes the shenanigans leading up to it test you. It’s more than an athletics event, it’s a celebration of school pride.” And really, did it matter who won? Moses paused for a moment. “Oh yes. Of course it matters,” he said, bursting into the brilliant laughter of a man who knew his school was well in the lead.

HURDLES. IT HAS to be the cruellest event. Ironically, the McEvedy Shield itself features three hurdlers at its heart, frozen mid-leap, graceful in sil­ver. But there’s a mere millimetre be­tween effortless floating and ungainly catastrophe. And it all happened in the home straight, in front of the baying grandstand . At the blast of the starter’s gun, the under-14 boys raced from their blocks, roared along by the crowd. The Wellington College lad in lane one cleared from the field, cleared the pe­nultimate hurdle - then catapulted into the final obstacle. The rest of the runners swept past him, his dreams of being a champion, just metres ahead, having vanished with a single misstep. Every kid who comes to McEvedy has dreams. Why not? What’s sport with­out being able to glimpse glory, how­ever improbable? For St Pat’s sprinter Yasheek Rosario, it wasn’t improbable. One of the coun­try’s fastest college athletes, he’d been run down in the last metres of the 200m, banging his fist into the track as he collapsed over the line - but still came into the 100m as favourite. A splitsecond before the starter’s gun fired, Rosario bolted. He immediately knew what he’d done, knew there were no second chances and he’d be disqualified, and tore off his singlet in agonised frustration. Inconsolable, he pushed aside teammates who sought to comfort him and had to be led outside the sta­dium to settle. Nobody had anything but sympathy for him - these things mean everything. When the race restarted, St Pat’s cap­tain Paese gave consolation to Rosario’s distress, winning by six-100ths of a second. But it was never going to be enough. As the afternoon continued, Wellington College went further and further into the lead. At first 30 points, then 40, then 60. “Look at the scoreboard;’ clap-clap, clap­clap-clap, “Look at the scoreboard,” their supporters chanted from the stand. In the day’s final event, Paese an­chored St Pat’s senior 4xl00m relay team to victory and, as had been the case throughout competition, imme­diately turned to congratulate the other finishers. That crosscollege spirit had been distilled

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“It’s an awesome feeling to lift that shield and hear the crowd roar - you get all the emotions going through you”. Liam Webb, McEvedy Captain

guys”, handled themselves whatever happened. After everything in the lead-up, the tagging and slagging, he felt they had a lot to make up to the community. He’d have been proud of the short­stuff who left the park just after him, a St Pat’s boy with shirt tucked in, greet­he encountered with, “Congratulations, congratulations on your winnings.” Some of these boys will end up in high places, some will end up in courts, others may die young in tragedies. Some will

flare for brief moments, oth­ers will spend lifetimes in suburban anonymity. But for one day, this was something special and good they were involved in and shared. The last boys meandered out, a mix of the delirious and disconsolate. For the first time since early morning, you could hear the cicadas.

Our thanks to North & South for kindly allowing this story to be reproduced.

BEST OF BOYHOOD in the under-15 hurdles when a Rongotai runner tripped on the third-to-last hurdle. He got up, clam­bered over it and the remaining two hurdles, and finished 30 seconds after the winner. But waiting for him, to shake his hand and commiserate, were all the other runners. That’s the McEvedy. A day of hugs and heartbreak and heroes. AND HISTORY. That modest oak shield has been clasped in countless sweaty teenage hands over nearly a century. Wellington College captain Liam Webb was the latest to hoist it in victory, raising it with his left wrist still in plaster from a hurdles calamity a month before. His teammates piled on top of him, his school mates in the stand hoorahed in jubilation , and everyone grabbed selfies. Then the haka, each team challenging the others and then turning to their supporters who responded likewise. As a finale, it eclipsed “rousing” - it was emotional and immense. The

athletes mingled , the stand emptied, vol­unteers swept up rubbish, and a few boys hung around the caterer’s van hoping for leftovers. Paese shrugged off any regret. “Nah, I’m proud. As long as the boys did their best, that’s pretty much what we ask. Hard out. Yeah, I’m proud .” There was rugby to focus on now, with first XV trials on Thursday. Leigh Lidstone denied disappoint­ment, too. “No, no, not at all. We gave it everything but they just had too much depth, too much talent in certain areas and we couldn’t do it.” He glanced at the points board and did a quick, uncomfortable calculation of the gap. “Two-twenty, what’s that - sixty - yeah, that’s too much to make up. Deserved winners, to be honest.” Lidstone left the stadium, a pair of fluorescent track shoes in one hand, the other on Paese’s shoulder. He’d have loved to have won, of course. But more important was how the boys, these “young Marist

North & South Letters to the Editor: June, 2016 My warmest congratulations to Mike White on his inspirational feature story on the McEvedy Shield (Shield of Dreams, May). It is, quite simply, the finest piece of writing that I have seen in 21 years as a Headmaster, capturing so poignantly the quintessence of what a boys' school is all about. McEvedy Shield day is a unique event. It is both loved and dreaded by the four principals who hope for the best but anticipate the worst! The weeks leading up to the event create an uneasy juxtaposition of conflicting emotions. Will the school spirit exhibited by the boys enhance the reputation of the college, or will untrammelled youthful enthusiasm prove to be an unmitigated disaster? Such outcomes, year by year, are almost impossible to predict despite earnest imprecations and dire threats. McEvedy 2016, however, proved to be a superb occasion, in which the joy and fun of being a young man, proud of his school, was on display for all to see. Mike White's insightful account provides us with a wonderful memory of a great day. ROGER MOSES, HEADMASTER, WELLINGTON COLLEGE


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Masters at War Although he never left New Zealand during WWI, when the war was finally over, the Headmaster J P Firth must have felt like he too had served at the front. Like many of the returning soldiers, Firth was forever changed by the War. It all had seemed so different in August 1914, when war had been declared, a conflict that people confidently predicted would be over by Christmas. Typical of the mood of the time, Firth exhorted all Old Boys to do their duty to God, King, Country and no doubt school and join up. He then put it to the school that the money that would normally be spent on prizes for the end of year prize-giving, be donated instead to the Belgian Refugee fund. This was enthusiastically endorsed by the majority of the school, most of whom knew they had little or no chance of receiving a prize. As the war progressed, a procession of Old Boys, resplendent in their new uniforms would visit Firth on their final leave prior to embarkation to say farewell. These were special moments for Firth, moments of pride mixed with foreboding apprehension. Firth then struck on the idea of having a post card produced. At the end of each day, Firth would retire to his study and write card after card to the Old Boys serving at the front. He kept the contents light; how the rugby teams were getting on, news of staff, especially those who had also joined up and the state of the grounds. These postcards were hugely appreciated. No completed card survived. Rather than keep them, soldiers would pin them up in their dugouts or billets in the hope that fellow Old Boys would be attracted

by the familiar handwriting and read them. The correspondence went both ways. Old Boys regularly wrote to Firth. He would read out extracts of letters at Assembly. Others were published in the Wellingtonians. Others were of a personal nature. In the College Archives is a letter written to Mr Firth. It simply says, Dear Mr Firth. I’m off to the front tomorrow. I enclose my watch for safekeeping until my return. There is an unstated message here, which is if I don’t return, please pass my watch on to my family to remember me by. As the war progressed, Firth wrote letters of an altogether different nature - sympathy letters to the families of those Old Boys killed in action. Each death in action of an Old Boy would have been keenly felt by Mr Firth. As his Headmastership had begun in 1892, all 1643 Old Boys who joined up would have passed through the school during his tenure. With a school roll of about 400 during these years, he most likely would have known most of them. Mr and Mrs Firth didn’t have any children of their own. In a very real sense, the students were like their family. Each death of a student hit Firth hard; it would have rekindled a host of memories; a playground conversation, a try

in a rugby game, runs scored in a cricket fixture, a performance in the school play, the visit to his office during the final leave. On our history trip last year, we visited a grave in the Flanders countryside of a young man, an Old Boy who had been killed at Passchendaele and the great, great uncle of one of the students with us. The current student told us that among the family treasures was a letter written to the family by Firth. Mr Firth would have written 223

such letters during the war. As the death toll of those killed in action mounted, Firth struck on the idea of building a permanent memorial dedicated to them, in the form of a school hall. The hall would include the names of all those who served inscribed on marble, the names of all those killed on a brass plaque and the centrepiece of the hall would be a magnificent stained-glass window heralding a new dawn - one with no more conflict.


The Lampstand | 2016 Firth spent much of the next eight years selling his idea and raising funds for the Memorial Hall. It was completed and opened by the Governor General in 1928. At the opening, Firth was too emotional to speak and his wife read his prepared speech. He died soon after. There is little doubt that the war took a toll on Firth. At the end of 1918, his 6 foot 5 inch frame was looking decidedly frail, his beard had turned pure white and his hands had begun to noticeably tremble. On the day that war ended, a teacher noticed Firth standing by himself at the top of the Terraces. From there you could hear the church bells heralding the victory and you could hear the crowds of people in town celebrating. The teacher thought that this is not a time that a person should be by themselves. As he approached Firth he saw something that no-one had ever witnessed in before in all of Firth’s 26 years at the College. Tears were streaming down his face. Firth could well have been thinking about all those fine young men who had passed through the gates of Wellington College but would not be returning to their families and perhaps those who were returning but would be forever scarred either physically or mentally by their experiences. In the Old Testament there is a story about King David the King of Israel who finds out that his son Absolom has been killed in battle. These could well have been Firth’s sentiments. [Then the King was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said thus: “O my son Absolom - my son, my son Absolom - if only I had died in your place”.] Following his retirement, Firth was invited to chair the committee deciding on the type of memorial for Wellingtonians killed in war and the location of such a memorial. The result was the Cenotaph. There was controversy as many felt that a memorial should be something practical such as a Memorial

Cenotaph Memorial in 1932, Lambton Quay and Bowen Street.

Library or Memorial Swimming Baths. The location of the Memorial also generated debate. Firth insisted that the Memorial should be in a place where day-by-day as many as possible citizens of Wellington would pass by. It should also be in the shadow of Parliament as a continual reminder to each generation of MPs of loss in war. Despite Firth’s failing health his will prevailed and the Cenotaph was constructed at the bottom of Bowen Street and a stone’s throw from Parliament. Thousands of Wellingtonians walk, drive or bus past it every day and on ANZAC Day it is the focus of Wellington’s commemorations. WWI cast a long shadow - there were few, if any New Zealand communities who were not affected by the death of sons and daughters, brothers or sisters, grandchildren, neighbours, team mates, work mates, or students. Wellington College was one such community and that is why 100 years after the event, we continue to remember them and pray that history does not repeat itself. Robert Anderson, Deputy Principal, Class of 1973

Wellington College Wellington, NZ 6.XI.17 My dear Alex Very warm thanks for your letter telling me the sad news of your brother’s death we had already seen the account in the papers; but I was grateful to you for thinking of writing to me. The horrid business does not seem near its end; but the end must come before long. My wife and all here join in expressions of deepest sympathy with you all. Yours sincerely J.P. Firth Mr Alex Sutherland Karemoa, Hautotara

Alexander Sutherland Wellington College: 1897-1900 Private WWI William Robert Sutherland Wellington College: 1901-1902 Rifleman with NZ Rifle Brigade Killed in Action, aged 30 on 12 October, 1917 at Ypres, Belgium.


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‘a goodly heritage, proud traditions, cherished memories’ An exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery ‘The Māori Portraits’ by Gottried Lindauer opened a few weeks ago. One guest of honour was Mrs Wene McMillin, niece of Old Boy Hāmi Grace (19041908). Wene was overcome when she viewed the portrait of her grandmother Te Kahui Te Heu Heu, aged only 23 and later to become the mother of Hāmi Grace and his brothers William and Richard. It was Wene McMillin who so kindly

Physical Education Class 1930 on the main field with the Cricket Pavilion, Firth House and the East School in the back ground.

insisted it be cremated with him.

Wene McMillin, left with Archivist, Paddianne Neely

gifted Hāmi’s beautifully written WWI diary, medals, memorial medal and small cigarette tin to Wellington College. These precious articles are housed in the College Archives. I had the great pleasure of meeting Wene again in Taupo in October, the day after the exhibition and hearing about her experience. She kindly gave me a photograph of Hāmi and his brothers. The Old Boys’ University Rugby Football Club have also gifted more items for the Grace Collection. The wooden Lee Enfield rifle so splendidly carved by Dr Takirirangi Smith was received last year. Now a mounted and polished half artillery shell dedicated to Hāmi Grace and a framed acknowledgement to all the generous people who commissioned and presented this worthy project have been added. Another special gift, the Tom

Paul family clock, a beautifully decorated ornate chiming mantel clock c. 1929, now graces the front entrance to the Archives and greets all visitors. Miss Violet Dunn, fiancé of Tom Paul (1931-1935) gave the clock to Maxine and Ron Smyth. Violet did not marry when Tom was killed during WWII. She gave the College a substantial sum of money - $1,500,000, towards the rebuilding of the College Assembly Hall as well as a scholarship in Tom Paul’s name. The Smyth family, in downsizing their home this year felt the clock should be given to the College to join the other valued items. Janet Wills, daughter of Jack Hallewell (1928-1932) has donated a stunningly sharp 1930 image of a Physical Education class in action, along with Jack’s neatly written science exercise book. She mentioned that she was unable to donate his 1st XV cap as Jack

This story reminds me of another Old Boy, Orm Dormer (1919-1920). Orm proposed to his future wife but had no money to purchase an engagement ring. So, he promised her one and gave her his most precious possession, his 1st XV cap. Years later, his good wife received

her ring! Orm’s son, Michael Dormer, now owns the cap and is the owner of the Willows Cricket Club in Loburn North Canterbury, where the Wellington College 1st XI Cricket team visit and play every second year. Rachael Hadlow, the 92 year old grandmother of Caroline Abbott

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

Please send your stories College Life; Students, Staff, Old Boys, Trophies, Photographs Prizes, Form Classes Uniforms Caps, Ties, Blazers, Boaters Sports Gear Jerseys, Caps, Boots Medals Dux, Badges, Awards, War Medals Book Prizes Academic Awards Art Work Paintings, Sketches Books By Old Boy Authors Music Recordings by Old Boys Reports Academic, Certificates Papers Governing Boards, Headmasters, Parents’ Assoc. Correspondence 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: archives@wc.school.nz Open most Mondays and Wednesdays.

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The Lampstand | 2016 (a College parent) and former wife of Old Boy Charles Roy Bush, asked her granddaughter to give 22 Bronze, Silver and Gold medals she had kept for many years to the College. Caroline passed over this amazing collection. The medals had been awarded to the three brothers Bruce Bush (19361937), Noel Bush (1928-1932) and Rachael’s former husband Roy Bush (1932-1935) - all exceptional athletes at College. Sadly, Noel died of an asthma attack aged 20. Bruce died in WWII as a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm. Roy was a Squadron Leader in the Battle of Britain. He flew with Douglas Bader and is featured in the books Reach for the Sky and a Class of Few. He was awarded the D.F.C. While at College, Roy was a member of the 1st XI Cricket for three years. He held the cup for the best performance in school matches. He played in the 1st XV, was runner up for the Senior Swimming Championship and was a crack athlete. As a junior in 1932, he won the Knox Gilmer Cup for long-distance running and breaking the ½ mile and 1 mile records that had stood since 1903 held by Brian Goodbehere. Regrettably Roy was killed in a plane crash in the Ruahine Ranges in 1948.

A Selmer clarinet and attachments in a velvet lined case along with musical scores have been donated by Barry Brooks (1946-1950). The NZ Secondary Schools’ 2012 Rugby jerseys of Etimone Sului and Vince Sakasia along with William Helu’s 2011 Tongan World Cup Rugby jerseys now feature in the Museum Collection, providing modern day items of interest.

Ted continues to organise the Newspaper Collection. He has drawn up the College Timeline and is happy to contribute in any way he can. I am exceedingly grateful to Ted and these good people. Happy Festive Season. Warmest wishes. Paddianne W. Neely College Archivist, 2016


WELLINGTON COLLEGE ARCHIVES Tel: 04 382 9411 (W) 04 386 2072 (H) or Email: archives@ wc.school.nz Open most Mondays and Wednesdays. Please phone first, to make sure I’m there.

The visual history of Wellington College has not been forgotten either. So far this year, 84 new images have joined the vast collection of photographs. If a photographic display for the 150th celebrations next year is to be held, Old Boys and families need to send photographs to the Archives as soon as possible please. It is imperative that images to be viewed are received during the first term as the work involved to plan the exhibition is enormous. Original photos are best. These can then be scanned and returned or placed in the Archives if donated. Make certain identification is as full as possible with names, dates, occasions. This saves hours of research. The 125th celebrations in 1992 provided a display that stood for over twelve months. Visitors came from all over New Zealand and from overseas. We set a very high standard for all other Colleges. Next year the 150th display will be on show for only 2-3 days due to lack of space in the College. We need to make it an outstanding success for that period. Your contributions of photographs will be vital. Please help.

Thanks to Headmaster Roger Moses, his P.A. Penny Basile, Marilyn MacLennan, Kelwyn D’Souza, Roy Smith, Stephanie Kane, Old Boy, C R Bush with his young Glenda Schmitt, the staff son. Roy’s and his brothers’ athletic in Reception and finally medals have been kindly donated to the my friend Ted Clayton Archives. for all their support.

Views of the Wellington College 125th celebrations photographic display in 1992. Your photographs are important for the 150th in 2017. Please send them to the Archives ASAP.


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The School Athletic Sports held at the College. Intermediate 100 yards, 1969. Please can you help identify the athletes? Note the Headmaster’s House in the background, now the home of the College Archives.

The Tom Paul family clock. Given to Maxine and Ron Smyth by Violet Dunn and donated by them to the College Archives.

Athletic Record Breakers: 1925 (L-R): A F Chorlton [U15 100 yards] O B Roberts [Senior Cross-Country], J C Hardie [U16 400 yards], H G Avery U15 100 yards, 200yards], A E Burd [½ Mile Open].

Rodney Callender, first in the Long Jump at the College Sports 1956.

Army history honoured in Vogeltown’s McColl Street Vogeltown's McColl Street was originally called Wright Street, but in 1917, the WCC renamed five streets for well-known, recently deceased, Wellington servicemen. McColl Street was named in mem­ory of Captain Alex McColl of the Wellington Infantry Regi­ment, 1st Battalion. He was born May 28, 1892, the son of Peter and Kathleen McColl of Salamanca Road. Alex attended Wellington Col­lege from 1906 to 1909 and was in the 1st XV and the Rowing team. After College, he spent time in Gisborne as an engineering cadet then moved to Taumaranui working for Hamilton surveyors, Thomson and Farrer, before enlisting as a lieutenant. On October 16, 1914, he left Wel­lington with the Main Expedition­ary Force for Egypt. Alex kept a diary during the war recording time spent

guarding the Suez Canal amidst many marches, training and visits to Cairo. He landed at Gallipoli on the night of 25 April. Five days later he was shot in the shoulder say­ing, The bullet went right through, but it did not give me much trouble. It bled a good bit however and I soon had my first field dressing. After convalescing in Egypt he was back to Gallipoli on May 26, spending time in the trenches, as well as briefly on General Hamilton's staff. During the bloody Chunuk Bair offensive, he was quartermaster. As QM, my job is behind the firing line, and although I might owe my life to it, I never cursed myself so much before in all my life, he wrote. When I saw the men coming wounded out of it, I would have given anything to be with them.

He was promoted to Captain in December 1915, becoming second in charge of the Wellington Regi­ment. Following the Gallipoli evacu­ation, Alex was posted to France. His last diary entry was the day before leading a meticulously planned night raid on German trenches. Everyone very confi­dent. The raid on 1 July, 1916, was successful and ten prisoners were brought back. Alex got back safely to the trenches, but went back to help stretcher bearers. He was hit by machine gun fire and died shortly afterwards. He is buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery.

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The Lampstand | 2016 Dear WCOB,

Father of the Corps

I am writing to let you know about a family member of mine - an outstanding Old Boy of Wellington College who I believe the College is not aware of. To my knowledge, my great-great-uncle Stanley Herbert Crump (CBE) [Class of 1905] is Wellington College's second highest ranking and decorated war veteran following Sir Bernard Freyberg.


WWI Casualty list grows Hello Stephanie, I was most interested to read about WWI casualties in the 2015 Lampstand.

Below is a summary of Stanley Herbert Crump's service record. His last official position was Commanding Officer of J Force (Japan) following the conclusion of WWII. He was also held in such esteem that he received a state funeral on his death in 1974.

I wonder if you could check the records and see whether Frank Marmaduke BRITTAIN was ever a student at College. He was the brother of Albert John Percival BRITTAIN, DOB September 1883. He was the first of my immediate family which has had five generations of Brittains’ as recorded in an earlier edition of The Lampstand.

Stanley was born in Wellington in January 1889. He was educated at Mount Cook Boys’ School and Wellington College. At Wellington College, he had three years of Military Cadet training and was a Prefect.

Frank would have been born circa 1880 and aside from Albert, there was another brother named Harry who was born after these two.

In carrying on the Wellington College family tradition myself (1990-94) and my brother Rupert (19962000) are Old Boys. We were also both Prefects.

As the family lived in the Mount Victoria area, I assume they all went to Wellington College and I cannot image Albert was the only one.

In fact Stanley and Freyberg were born a couple of months apart and it seems as though they were in the same year together at Wellington College.

Best regards, Jamie Crump BRIGADIER STANLEY HERBERT CRUMP (CBE) Service: WW1 (Egypt) WW2 (Libya, Greece, Sinai & Palestine) Rank: Commanding Officer (CO) of NZ Army Service Corps (NZASC) units, 1939-45. Commanding Officer of J Force 1947 Medals & Awards: Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Frank joined the NZ Army in 1918 and died of wounds in France on 31 August, 1918 from wounds suffered in the field. He was attached to the 33rd Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company. He is buried at Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France. If he was a student, he would be an addition to your list of fatalities. I would be grateful if you could confirm his attendance if in fact he did attend Wellington College. Regards, Henry Brittain , Class of 1959.

NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944. Citation: This officer commanded NZASC, 2 NZEF since its formation and has served in the field in direct command of NZASC units in the campaigns in Greece, Libya and Egypt. His gallant bearing under fire, his personal leadership in difficult situations, and his determination to ensure supplies of ammunition, petrol, rations and water reaching the Division have inspired all his units with his own aggressive spirit. Stan's full list of medals and awards can be found at his profile on the Auckland War Museum website http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C36243 Career History: The book with the history of his career is Salute to Service by Julia Millen VUP 1997. Photograph p321 notes that he was affectionately known as the 'Father of the Service" [Army Service Corps]. Stan Crump died in 1974, aged 85 and was given a full military funeral at St James’ Church, Lower Hutt. Right: Prime Minister, Peter Fraser with Colonel Crump, Egypt May 1941. Above: Stan in Egypt

Hello Henry Thank you for your letter and the information on Private Frank Brittain. He did indeed attend Wellington College - just one year, 1897. Frank is listed as serving in WWI in the War Issue of the 1919 Wellingtonian but as you have seen, his unfortunate death in France was never recorded (and I suspect, never known) until you brought it to our attention. The list compiled in 1919 has revealed a number of discrepancies as outlined in last year’s Lampstand. So for almost 100 years, Frank’s death has not been acknowledged by the College, and more so, his name is not listed on the memorial tablets at the back of the Assembly Hall. Thus, this needs to be rectified. We have already added one other Old Boy a couple of years ago, who was also missed from the original design. His family (also three generations of Old Boys) attended the unveiling so we look forward to inviting you to the unveiling when the tablets are stored in the new Hall. Stephanie Kane, WCOBA




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fifty years on The Class of 1966 Reunion, celebrating fifty years since finishing at Wellington College, attracted a good turn-out, with classmates travelling from all corners of the globe to attend and included a few new faces not able to attend their forty years on reunion ten years ago. A Welcome Morning Tea was served in College Hall and then the Headmaster, accompanied by current students led a tour of the campus, including the new impressive Frank Crist Sports Academy Centre and Archives Museum - impressive facilities for the twenty-first century student and historian buffs. With the lack of function venues due to the construction work at the College, the Class of 1966 met up for dinner at the Wellington Club on The Terrace - New Zealand’s oldest private Club, founded in December 1841 some 26 years before Wellington College was established. The ambience and superb service of The Wellington Club made up for not being able to dine at the College. After a few drinks, guests enjoyed their dinner, taking time to rekindle old friendships with classmates from years gone by, interspersed with Toasts from Darryl Courtney-O’Connor who toasted the College. Richard Laurenson toasted the Firth House Boarders, Bruce Wilson gave thanks

to the Masters and Dave Halliday concluded the formalities with a toast to absent friends. Old Boy and current Deputy Principal, Robert Anderson acted as MC and Roger Moses also gave a brief address.

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The evening concluded with a few guests continuing the celebrations in the bar and beyond. Thank you gentlemen for being part of the celebrations.

Class of 1967 • Fifty Years’ On Reunion Much interest has been directed to me on when best to hold your reunion - the consensus seems to be to link it with the 150th Celebrations. We will be in touch asap to confirm the details.

Back Row:

David Rhoades, James Chapman, Andy Marshall, Doug Martin, Lloyd Powell. Michael Rhodes, Mark Oram, Chris Studt, John Monaghan, John Saunders, Graham Drury, John Arcus, Brett Windley, Darryl Courtney-O'Connor

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David Eng, Max Snowball, Chris Somerville, Steve Taylor, Malcolm Hope, John McConnell, Philip Keeling, Rob Sinkinson, Frits Stigter, Roger Hayman, Peter Stevens, Ken Anslow, Robert Brace, Bryan Waddle, Brian Drake

Front Row:

Bruce Wilson, Bruce Wilson, Don Gordon, Dave Halliday, Richard Laurenson, Ted Clayton (Master), John McLean, Wayne Carlton, Tim Kerr, John Read, Alastair Christie, Angelos Anastasiadis

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forty years on What a wonderful 40th reunion! More than 50 classmates returned to Wellington College for a weekend of renewed acquaintanceships, shared memories, intellectual stimulation, and for a few, a late night. Highlights included a tour of the College, escorted by Headmaster, Roger Moses and members of the 2016 Prefect team, concluding at the Archives. It was quite an eye-opener for those who hadn’t seen the school since 1976 as many of the facilities did not exist then and were a far cry from what the current students now enjoy. Welcome drinks, followed by dinner that evening was at the Wellington Club. Over dinner - interspersed with a performance from the College’s Chorale and Toasts from Graham Hill to the College, Ted Thomas to Firth

Back Row: Third Row: Second Row: Front Row: Absent:

House, Willie Taylor to Absent Friends and Tom Ward to the Masters - the conversation was, Head Prefects 40 yea rs apart stimulating and enjoyable Sebastian On and Bre inspiring many great nt Pratt memories most of which were surrounded by mirth. The years may have greyed the hair but not the wit! It was a great day and a wonderful celebration of the fact that 40 years on, the Class of 1976 are still enjoying life and still remember their time and friendships made at Wellington College with great affection.

Pascal Brown, Tom Ward, Geoffrey Arden, Paul Bunkall, Paul Blum, Willie Taylor, Andy Larsen, Stuart Hamilton, Dick Tisdall, Steve Shearer, Rhys Owen, Warren Preston Martin Field, Joe Atkin, Ronnie, Grant Smith, Warwick Peach, Tim McKenzie, Barry Sayer, Martin Hall, Geoff Hill, Murray Grant, Andrew Swann David Marriott, Peter Keall, Chris Brown, Martin Goulden, David Taylor, James Routledge, Grant Hagerty, Chris Hurrell, Richard Broad, Neil Kemp, Doug McLellan, Alex Chan Jock Stuart, Phil Ball, David Sole, Mike Pallin (Master), Brent Pratt, Roger Moses (Headmaster), Gary Girvan (Master), Stuart Smith, Christopher Ritchie, Ted Thomas, Greg Glossop Spiro Anastasiou, Joe Churchward, Mark Connor, Steve Dykes, Ian Jupp, Danny McGrath, Roger Parkinson, Rowan Saker, Robbie Sampson, Tony Straugheir, Max Trask, Ian Wright

Left: Geoff Hill, son of former Headmaster, Seddon Hill, presented a chair to the College in memory of his father. Seddon was Headmaster from 1963 - 1977. Geoff’s words certainly moved the cohort.

Class of 1977 • Forty Years’ On Reunion Much interest has been directed to me on when best to hold your reunion - the consensus seems to be to link it with the 150th Celebrations. We will be in touch asap to confirm the details.

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CLASSýOFý2006 ten years on It is somewhat strange to be writing this 'Ten Years On' piece for The Lampstand. Not because it is strange to reminisce about our schooldays (it will come as no surprise to the class of ’06 that getting nostalgic about the glory days at Wellington College is one of my favourite past times) but strange because I can’t believe it has been ten years since we last walked down the drive as Coll students - although we always remain ‘Coll Boys’. Perhaps the fact that it has been this long seems scarcely believable to me because, alongside the legendary Patrick Durant, I kept returning each university holidays to paint the school corridors and remove all phallic drawings and ‘HRZ’ tags from the towerblock toilets. But life has seemed to roll along faster than Terefe Ejigu running the homestretch of the 800m at McEvedy and ten years has gone by far too quickly. Though for me, it’s seemed to fly, for most, the events of the past decade will have been hugely significant. Fortunately, we live in an age where these events can be shared far and wide with the click of a button, keeping all old school friends up to date. We have upgraded our Bebo accounts and given our 'love' to Facebook where a quick flick through the newsfeed reveals that some, like Matt Hope and Peter Sakalia have become fathers and are raising families of their own. A scroll further down the feed shows marriages- and I imagine there is a whole heap more with some buckling knees to come soon - are becoming more frequent; special mention must go to Vijay Chaagan who held his wedding reception in the Brierley Theatre, a true Coll Boy! Another peruse of the newsfeed will also reveal the variety of careers and passions amongst our year group. In the Class of

2006, we have doctors such as Pat Newsam and Sandeep Naik, lawyers like Jeremy Stewart and Ralph Hall, photographers like Ben Johnson, and we are even represented in the modelling industry through Thomas Banda. It is no surprise that a glance through Arty Papageorgiou's, our hugely talented Deputy Head Prefect, 'profile' reveals he is now thriving in the creative industry, working as a director and producer. Through 'albums' we can see that many have gone on to travel the world; in recent times I have taken pleasure in following Chris 'ref' Graham's travels around Central America with the former three point machine, Peter Ranger. In viewing all these advancements made through life, and the appearance of a few grey hairs in some snaps, our schooldays can appear far behind us indeed. In preparation for writing this, I looked at my speech from our final prizegiving (which was still folded nicely in my school blazer pocket). In that speech I said, five years in the space of a lifetime hardly seems like a speck, but I am sure that these five years at Wellington College will have shaped our lives undeniably. Ten years on, I stand by those words. For some of our class, it is easy to draw parallels between their school activities and eventual careers. Joseph Moore has gone from writing comedic scripts for Junior and Senior Drama productions to writing for some of New Zealand’s finest comedians, including the Jono and Ben Show, and Joseph himself is a successful stand up comedian. Chris Jupp, the leader of the Runathon Super Six has continued his passion for helping those far less fortunate than ourselves by working at World Vision where his tireless effort includes work with young student leaders in schools around New Zealand to shape the World Vision

of the future. Tredegar Hall has gone from leading the Kapa Haka to being a leading expert in Maori culture and was one of only two students to receive a Dame Te Atairangikaahu Scholarship in 2010.

(L-R): Arty Papgeorgi

For many though, the connection between school and career is less clear – I can’t help but think of my oldest friend, Dharmendra Mistry, whose success in the Real Estate game can’t really be traced back to him winning the prize for the most absenteeism in Year 13. No, for most of us, the brightest way the lamp continues to burn is through the lifelong friendships forged through the ‘routs and discomfitures, rushes and rallies’ of our schooldays. I am truly blessed in this regard. In particular I have been fortunate to keep very close friendships with seven fellow Prefects via a betting syndicate that donates generously to the TAB on a weekly basis, and offers daily banter. The diversity in personality and careers amongst this group is a testament to Wellington College’s ability to help foster passion and success across so many different pursuits. Sean Conway, debater, librarian and Shakespearean, continues his command of the English language as one of Wellington’s finest young lawyers. Dylan Johnson whose many 1st XV aftermatch speeches were arguably more valuable to the team than his line-out throwing, now uses his gift of the gab working for Fuji Xerox. Henry Thomas sadly hasn’t used his choreography skills showcased in Stage Challenge (and, in my opinion, the New Zealand dance scene is lesser for it) but his wit and affability that made him such a well-loved man at school now make him a hugely popular figure

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in the Foreign Exchange team at Westpac in Auckland. Patrick Dowle’s modelling career didn’t quite take off as hoped and he has traded in his speedos for the clipboard and is now thriving as a Project Manager in Corrections. Sam Greene hasn’t hung up his football boots just yet, and still plays top level football in Auckland - the city in which he is a successful electrician by day. As mentioned earlier, Chris Jupp is, very admirably, working with World Vision to make the world a better place. Former Deputy Head Prefect, Charles Gallagher has recently changed his career as a Broker in the Financial Markets to return to our alma mater and work as a fundraiser for the College to complete one of our major projects. I know that if there is anybody who has the charm, acumen, and desire to make the dream of a new school hall a reality it is Charles Gallagher whose passion at school, whether on the cricket pitch, rugby field or berating a third former for not having his socks up, was unmatched. These friendships, and the friendships with many more of the ’06 lads, have been so important in my life and are the greatest legacy of my time at College. The importance of friendship and ‘brotherhood’ was brought home to me at the saddest occasion that has hit me in the past ten years, the passing of Tim ‘The Snakeman’ Wakelin. It was this tragedy in 2012 that brought the biggest reunion of our class together, to date. Along with hundreds of

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old mate a call or to meet up for a few beers - we don’t often realise the impact such a small gesture may have. I am an English teacher now, teaching in London after four years of teaching in Auckland. Being on the otherside of the chalkboard, so to speak, has given me an insight into why Wellington College is so remarkable as a school. Many ‘good’ schools ask their students to aspire to be the best, but we went to a school that not only asked us

to be the best, but to be the best versions of ourselves. It is a school where ‘dungeons and dragons’ notices were read out alongside sports notices in the morning, and no one was sent home for having hair that was too long. It is rare that in a boys’ school both the School Choir and 1st XI cross the stage as champions, and nowhere else would the Stage Challenge auditions have as big a turn out as the 1st XV trials - we were very fortunate indeed.


I know that the motto says we pass the light on, but ten years, on the flame is still burning in so many ways in our year group; be it through career paths or friendships made, the light we accepted still burns bright in us all, and I’m sure that when I write a follow up, 40 years on - I’ll be saying the same thing. Jono Anderson Head Prefect, 2006 jonoandersonwc@gmail.com

Prefect’s Badge Handed On After 60 Years When 77-year-old John Hunt (Class of 1946) handed Wellington College’s Head Prefect badge to his 17-year-old grandson, Jono Anderson, he could have offered plenty of advice. Sixty years ago, Mr Hunt had the same role, serving as the College’s Head Prefect in 1946. Jono Anderson was one of 20 Prefects announced at a special assembly in February, with Mr Hunt drawing special applause from the 1500 students after giving Jono his badge. Mr Hunt said he felt no need to offer too many tips to his grandson. “All I told him today was that we were proud of him and to go well”. He said the school was much smaller in his time, with a roll of 900, and that misbehaving students usually ended up doing fatigue work after school. “But I don’t things have changed that much”. Jono, whose father Robert Anderson is a Deputy Principal at the College and also an Old Boy himself, said it was humbling to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. He had been aware for some time of his family’s tradition at the school. “When I was in the third form, I remember reading the school honours boards and I saw a name that looked familiar”. The Dominion Post, February 2006


WCOBA Events

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The Wellington College Rugby Club launched its inaugural Supporters Club in conjunction with the Christchurch Boys’ High School annual fixture in fine style, welcoming a number of Old Boys along to the lunch before the game kicked off. Fuelled by hearty soup and savouries, the gathering enjoyed the opportunity of meeting up prior to the game. The WCRFC look forward to similar events taking place in 2017 and will advertise these occasions on both their Facebook page and the WCOBA page.

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Sione Stanley, Malcolm Perrett and Bryan Shepherd


Mike Brodie, Rhys Nimmo and Dave Loveridge


Andrew Wells, Jeff Toomaga Allen, Reggie Goodes, Roger Moses and Michael Hobbs

Bay of Plenty Lunch 2015

Hawke’s Bay Lunch 2015

Old Boys of Wellington College in the Bay of Plenty and further afield including Taupo, Rotorua and the Waikato continue to attend the yearly luncheon usually held in November.

Headmaster, Roger Moses joined our Hawke’s Bay Old Boys for a well-attended lunch superbly organised by Dave Halliday in November 2015 at the Havelock North RSA. It was also a pleasure to welcome Greta Crist, whose husband Frank was a wellrespected master and coach of many of those present.

The twenty-nine Old Boys and three guests including Headmaster Roger Moses, met on 11 November 2015. The significance of the date was not lost on those present as it was the 11th day of the 11th month – Armistice or Remembrance Day. Old Boy and Commodore (retd) of the NZ Navy, John Peddie 1957-59 spoke of the significance of the day and of ANZAC Day in this centenary year, to those present. His talk was very thoughtprovoking and well received. Sadly, in May 2016, John passed away at the young age of 72. The names of local Old Boys who had passed away in the previous year were read out and remembered especially by those who were at College with them. A fine lunch was followed by the usual excellent speech from Roger, who was congratulated on his attaining 20 years as Headmaster of Wellington College - only second in longevity of service to the legendary J.P.Firth. The vote of thanks to Roger and a Toast to the school was followed by the usual rendition of 40 Years’ On. The camaraderie shown each year was again very strong and it is obvious the Old Boys enjoy the lunch each year. Barry Ward, Class of 1952

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2016 Quadrangular Tournament and WCOBA Function One of the highlights of the College rugby calendar kicked off on Sunday, 3 July, with teams from Christ’s College, Wanganui Collegiate School, Nelson College and Wellington College convening for the 90th annual Quadrangular Tournament. A chapel service before host families picked up their billets marked the formal start of proceedings, but this tournament is all about the rugby and long-standing sporting rivalry between these top school teams. Players today are as passionate about winning as their predecessors. The first game, on Monday 4 July, pitched Wellington College against

Wanganui Collegiate School, with an 18-8 win to the Wellington boys. Next up, Christ’s College took on current champions Nelson College, with Christ’s College earning a convincing 41-11 win. Wellington College was not going to give the final away easily and showed the mark of a very good side when they responded with two second half tries to lead 19-16. At the end of the day, thanks to a last minute try, Christ’s College were the victors 29-19 in its first Quad final since 2003. Christ’s had last won the title in 2002 when hosted in Wanganui and were beaten finalists in 2003 by hosts Wellington College. Nelson College avoided the wooden spoon, beating Wanganui 29-17.

Head Prefect 1975, Peter Morrison kindly hosted the Quad Function at his fine establishment, The Classic Villa on Worcester Boulevard and it was great to welcome both local and visiting Old Boys to the event. Representing ‘Head Office’ was Headmaster, Roger Moses, 1st XV Coaches; Lincoln Rawles and Greg Sharland, together with senior members of the 1st XV. Old and young intermingled, sharing stories of previous triumphs and losses in a very convivial atmosphere.

How We Calculate Your Cohort for Our Reunion Programme Form 7 Up. 6th 1977 6XX

Example 2: Started 1974 • Left 1976 Cohort is still 1977(as you were in Form 3 at another school) Form 3 Form 4 Form 5 Form 6 Form 7 Up. 5th Up. 6th 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 3XX 4C1 5C1 5U2 6XX

Thus 1977 is your Cohort Year (ie the five years from Form 3 to Form 7/Upper 6th)

Thus 1977 is your Cohort Year (ie the five years from Form 3 to Form 7/Upper 6th)

Example 1: Started 1973 • Left 1976 Cohort is still 1977 Form 3

Form 4

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1974 4C1

1975 5C1

Form 6 Up. 5th 1976 5U2

1977 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.

When I got the emails about the Class Reunion I started growing my mullet out to celebrate the glory days. Unfortunately, it’s not the same as when I was 18 - now it’s like “Out of Business in the Front and Party in the Back”.



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NYH: To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit ONZM MALCOLM RANDS (1968-1969 • Class of 1972) For services to business, conservation, and philanthropy Malcolm Rands has been involved in sustainable business practice and has volunteered and worked in the arts, culture and community development fields.

NYH: To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit ONZM JUSTIN TOEBES (1968-1972 • Class of 1972) For services to basketball Justin Toebes is one of New Zealand’s leading lawyers and has been involved with the Wellington Saints Basketball Team as President and Treasurer since 1992.

Malcolm founded Ecostore Company Ltd 20 years ago, from his home in Northland, and the business has grown to an exporter of environmentally friendly and healthy products with an annual turnover of $30 million. He willingly shares his business knowledge and is involved in the Sustainable Business Network and the Sustainable Business Council. A percentage of profits from Ecostore are channelled into a not-for-profit organisation called Fairground Foundation to achieve environmental projects that benefit the wider community.

Justin has helped emerging players develop professionally and supported the Saints team by organising funding through grant applications and corporate sponsorship, making up any shortfall with personal contributions. He has been Chairman of the Wellington Basketball Association and supported them financially when they were facing insolvency. He has assisted numerous young players who made New Zealand representative teams on a user pays scheme, paying for their travel to ensure they did not miss out on any opportunities due to their financial circumstances. He has paid international airfares for players who received scholarships in the United States.

Malcolm has a reputation for his dedication and taking a leadership role to create a platform for future development that is sustainable, positive, enduring and inclusive. He is a former member of the Whangarei Community Arts Council Board and founded and ran New Zealand’s first international busking festival. He is a member of the Te Wairoa Trust.

NYH: Queen’s Service Medal QSM WALLACE SIMMERS (1945-1948 • Class of 1948) For services to the community Wallace Simmers has been supporting the Karori community for more than 30 years. Wallace worked closely on the ‘Heart of Karori’ project which began

Justin was the Vice President of Basketball New Zealand from 2003 to 2006 and has managed a number of projects for the organisation including reviewing and rewriting their constitution, undertaking a review of the National Basketball League and drawing up license agreements and coach and player contracts on a pro bono basis. He was on the International Basketball Federation Oceania Management Committee from 2003 to 2006. Justin was involved with the think tank that developed the ASB Stadium in Kilbirnie.

in 1996, which revitalised the suburb with a new community centre, library and village square space. He has been very active in supporting the operation of the Karori Community Centre, which runs a range of programmes for elderly and young people, and served as the Chair of the management committee for six years. He has also served as the Chair of the Karori Community Hall since 1988, led the fundraising project for the $3.5 million Karori Event Centre, and was instrumental in establishing the annual Karori Youth Awards programme to recognise the achievement of young people in the community. He has been a member of the Karori Rotary Club since 1982, in the roles of Secretary, President, Director and Convenor of Club committees. In 2010, Wallace was made a Friend of the Lloyd Morgan Lions Club’s Charitable Trust by the Karori Lions Club. Wallace worked in the Injury Prevention Branch of the Accident Compensation Corporation for 14 years, including three years as manager. He was a private consultant in Health and Safety for 19 years. He also served on the board of Consumer NZ and was the consumer representative on the Council of Standards New Zealand for 11 years.


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New Zealand Business Hall of Fame Laureates for 2016 One of the six 2016 Laureates included Noel Holyoake (1946-1948 • Class of 1949). The award recognises the outstanding contributions to business to the nation. Noel Holyoake is a pioneer of New Zealand’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. Noel started his own electrical contracting firm, NV Holyoake & Company, when he was just 21 years old. He purchased the installation division of Arnott Limited, a company selling domestic oil-fired central heating systems. Noel then expanded his business to include both the manufacture and installation of central heating equipment, and established the first domestic oil delivery tanker system throughout New Zealand. Over the first twenty years of its operation, NV Holyoake & Company established facilities in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Sydney. In 1973 Noel sold the company’s oil heating division, renamed the company Holyoake Industries and focused the business on air distribution equipment.

Holyoake Industries is now the largest manufacturer of air distribution equipment in the AsiaPacific region. It has manufacturing facilities across Australasia and employs more than 200 people in New Zealand and 150 in Australia. The company has also diversified into marine engine importing, property development, automotive servicing, forestry and farming. Noel and his wife Betty, along with their two sons Grant and Scott hold executive and governance roles across the group. Noel’s other principal life-time

interest is his deep involvement in Rotary. He joined Rotary in 1963, has been President of the Pakuranga Rotary Club and was also the Rotary District Governor for District 9920 (Auckland and the Pacific Islands). Noel was heavily involved in setting up Pakuranga’s Rotary Walkway and has contributed to hundreds of Rotary projects over more than 50 years. Among a number of major Rotary projects Noel established the Rotary Trees for Survival programme. Trees for Survival provides hands-on environmental

education, helping students in grow native seedlings that are planted across the country. Trees for Survival has planted almost two million trees since its inception and works with more than 150 schools each year. Noel is a life member of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Airconditioning Engineers, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Refrigeration and Airconditioning Engineers, and was inducted into the Manukau Business Hall of Fame in 2009.

Couple splash out on class swim lessons Brian (1946-1950 • Class of 1950) and Norma Foley are greeted with hugs every Friday morning by flocks of schoolchildren coming into the Wanganui Splash Centre for swimming lessons which the Foleys pay out of their own pocket. It's the fourth year the couple have sponsored Tawhero students to learn to swim - and they plan to continue until they can no longer physically able to do it. It is a two-year course and costs around $10,000 per year for 40 children. Every child should learn how to swim, said Norma. Brian said Tawhero was a decile one school and could use the help. There are kids that have never been in the pool, he said. The couple are delighted that most of the children in the classes have managed to swim one length freestyle and one length backstroke after their two years of lessons. The Foleys ran a successful pharmacy for over thirty years, which is how they have enough money to support the children indefinitely. We made our money from the community and we thought to give some of it back, said

Brian. It helps to keep us young. Tawhero Principal, Chris Dibben said he expected the Foleys to be sponsoring swimming lessons for the next 150 years. Brian used to be President at Castlecliff Swim Club while Mr Dibben was learning to swim himself. He approached the school to sponsor the lessons at the end of 2012, and said they couldn't accept it fast enough. The Foleys make it to every lesson to watch the kids learn, and say it's satisfying seeing their progress. Mr Dibben said they were part of the family now. These guys get a cuddle from all the kids as they come in. They had also bought togs for the children, and swimwear company Zoggs sent through 20 pairs of togs as well. The children go to and from the Splash Centre by Transit Bus, while the Foleys pay transport costs. The children start the two-year course of lessons at the age of 6-7. They love it, said Mr Dibben. They're blown away. Wanganui Chronicle


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A gathering of Head Prefects and Duxes As part of the 150th Celebrations in 2017, we would like to see as many Head Prefects and Duxes attend as possible and at the same time to group together in one place by being on stage at the Opening Assembly. For all we know, this may be a Guiness Record! We are fortunate in having contact details for many and have attempted to look for others through various search engines - but some just cannot be found. If any fellow Old Boy can assist in locating those highlighted in yellow  or bringing this challenge to the attention of anyone on these impressive-looking lists in case they missed the initial communication or have any other information, please get in touch.  By our reckoning - John Hunt (Class of 1946) is our oldest living Head Prefect and Fred Brooker (Class of 1935) is our oldest living Dux. Thanks. Stephanie Kane, WCOBA 150th Convenor. oldboys@wc.school.nz Status Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Deceased Active Deceased Active Deceased Active Deceased Active Active

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The Lampstand | 2016 The life of Sir Michael Hardie Boys (1944-1948) has been extraordinary by anyone’s standards. His distinguished legal career included appointments to the High Court in 1980 and the Court of Appeal in 1989. He is also a Privy Counsellor, Honorary Bencher of Gray ‘s Inn and Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge. The crowning honour of course was his appointment as the seventeenth Governor ­General of New Zealand in 1996, about which Sir Michael is typically as self-effacing as he is of his other achievements. Sir Michael has now written a memoir entitled The Boy from Evans Bay in which he relates personal perceptions of his life and times which recalls not only a remarkable life but also a New Zealand childhood that is so different from that of today. He writes of his childhood, school days at Hataitai School and Wellington College, university days at Victoria University College, his time practising law in the firm that his father founded, family life, his time on the Bench, and of the five years when he was Governor-General of New Zealand. Only available from the New Zealand Portrait Gallery is Sir Michael Hardie Boys GNZM, GCMG, QSO memoir The Boy from Evans Bay. The former Governor General (and Chair of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery trust) has donated the entire proceeds of the book to the gallery. Support the gallery, while reading about the life of an important New Zealander.

For ordering information, please contact Ruby Eade (04) 472 8874 or office@nzportraitgallery.org.nz • RRP: $40.00 New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Queens Wharf Wellington PO Box 25540, Wellington 6146

Author Bio: The Right Hon. Sir Michael Hardie Boys, GNZM, GCMG, QSO, KStJ. Born 1931. Graduated B.A, LL.B from Victoria University College., Hon. LL.D. Practised law in Wellington. Appointed Judge of the High Court in 1980 and to the Court of Appeal in 1989 and became a Privy Counsellor. In 1994 he was elected an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn, London and is an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge New Zealand’s 17th Governor-General from 21 March 1996 to 21 March 2001. Married Mary Zohrab in 1957. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

New Appointment and CEO of the Year (again) Incoming State Services Commissioner, Peter Hughes (Class of 1976) CNZM earlier this year was ranked not just the Public Service Chief Executive of the Year – but as the most outstanding public servant of his generation. The annual Trans-Tasman Government Department Review has seen some big movers among its rankings of public service chief executives, but Peter has stayed on top, being named Chief Executive of the Year for the fourth time. Peter Hughes has now been named

Chief Executive of the Year four times, and his work at the Ministry of Education shows how leadership can make a dramatic impact in an agency and how many other agencies are being let down by lack of leadership, not just from their CEs, but also their Ministers, trans-Tasman says. Peter earned his top ranking after turning Education around from a basket case. The board of independent advisers said he had made an amazing improvement in

a short time, and was a class act. There are huge expectations for Peter as he takes up the SSC role. But under his leadership, the Ministry of Education has dramatically improved. Prime Minister John Key in announcing Peter’s appointment as new State Services Commissioner for a five-year term in May, said, Peter has dedicated his working life to the public service and is one of New Zealand's most experienced and respected Public

Service Chief Executives. The State Services Commissioner is a vital role, leading and overseeing the performance and integrity of the State Services, employing most Public Service Chief Executives, as well as driving the ongoing improvements of the State sector and how it operates, Mr Key said. Peter has strong relationships with other Public Service leaders, Ministers and Members of Parliament across the political spectrum, as well as business, industry and union leaders. He will be an effective leader of our public service.

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Things that matter: stories of life and death Things that Matter is a masterful tour through the mystery and majesty of modern medicine, guided by world-class physician David Galler (Class of 1972) who has the mind of a superb scientist and the soul of a fine poet. David Galler also shows rare courage in weaving his own, personal stories into his teaching about the technologies of care. This book will equally deepen the awareness of clinicians and enlighten the lay reader. It is a gift to both. Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP In this highly articulate, down-to-earth and generous book, Dr David Galler tells stories of life and death from his position as Intensive Care specialist at Middlemore Hospital. Written lyrically and warmly, these stories are based on real life events describing the everyday dilemmas and challenges that doctors and patients commonly face. It aims to explain and demystify much of the work doctors do. It casts light on the workings of the medical establishment and how medicine operates in the hope that it will encourage patients to seek to be better informed and play a greater role in the decisions that will affect them and their loved ones. It speaks to the resilience of individuals and families and their extraordinary generosity and dignity under the most extreme pressure. This book is about realistic optimism and is a celebration of life. It is also a very personal story about David Galler's life, his family and about his own slow coming of age as a doctor, from the sadness and helplessness he felt about his father’s death to at last feeling that he was of some use to his most important patient, his mother Zosia. ABOUT THE AUTHOR For 25 years David Galler has worked as an Intensive Care specialist at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland. He is also Clinical Director at Ko Awatea, a centre focused on health system innovation and improvement, and has held several high-level healthcare positions in New Zealand, including Principal Medical Advisor to the Minister of Health and Director General of Health.

PUBLISHED: 1 August 2016 • IMPRINT: Allen & Unwin RRP $36.99 Things That Matter is available from all good bookstores including Millwood Gallery in Tinakori Road - owner Murray Pillar (Class of 1982) is an Old Boy.

Young IT professional of the Year

Hutt Mayor wins by a landslide

In 2016, Tom Mitchell (Class of 2010) was awarded the IITP (Institute of IT Professionals New Zealand) Young IT Professional of the Year Award.

It was a time for celebration for Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace (Class of 1981) after winning the mayoralty for the third time by 17,011 votes from his nearest rival, James Anderson.

The Judges commented: All the finalists were amazing, but the judges found Thomas Mitchell’s (from Hunchbuzz) can-do attitude and sense of social responsibility humbling for someone in their early 20s. Operating at the intersection of innovation and entrepreneurialism, Thomas is an inspiration. In Hunchbuzz, Thomas and his team built an idea management and crowdsourcing engine that's

innovative, socially responsible, and a great business. Thomas is focused on growing the tech sector, creating innovation, and achieving great results. Tom said, I was an entrepreneur from an early age and bring a passion for startups as well as the technical expertise to grow the HunchBuzz product and lead a growing technical team. Tom has been employed by the MoE to sit on a group looking at IT in schools - amongst many other things including a contract with the Aberdeen Council (Scotland) for his HunchBuzz programme.

Ray said he was very pleased with the result and that it was probably fair to say once all votes had been counted, none of the other candidates were likely to creep up 18,000 votes. I’m a great believer in democracy so I was very pleased that there was an election. I think that’s really important for democracy, so it was good to have a number of candidates there. I thought the mayoral campaign went well, we had some good debates and discussion. Ray was disappointed in the low voter turnout, ‘but that seems to be a pretty generic thing across the country’.


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Vandalised Gifford Observatory brings stars to the masses Wellington Colleges' Gifford Observatory is taking star gazing into the digital age. Forgotten by most Wellingtonians, the Gifford Observatory often finds itself attracting more vandals than stargazers. Now a generous bequest to the Wellington Astronomy Society will see this forgotten treasure on the slopes of Mount Victoria brought into the 21st century with a substantial refurbishment and new robotic telescope.The $250,000 donation comes from local man Syd Cretney, who envisioned an observatory that could be used by all Wellingtonians. The project is being run by observatory trustee Duncan Hall (1971-1975), who was one of the last student directors of the Astronomy Club at Wellington College when it temporarily closed in the 1970s. We are doing this not for just Wellington College students, but students generally, Duncan said. We have now moved into an internet age where students are not so keen to come out on cold nights to an observatory in a remote location, so we are intending to make the telescope remote controlled.

Above: Head of Science Sean Hann, left, and Trust Treasurer Duncan Hall at Gifford Observatory. Below: The Gifford Observatory Tower at Wellington College.

The new, more powerful telescope will cost about $20,000 and is planned to be controllable via any web browser. Other enhancements to the Observatory will include an upgraded security and video surveillance, improved power and internet services, a mezzanine floor, weather monitoring equipment and a secondary sky camera. Duncan said kids that get involved in astronomy tended to go a long way. Old Boys of Wellington College included William Pickering (1923-1927), who went on to be the Head of Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California for 22 years and a senior NASA luminary, and Ian Foster (1972-1976), who became a leader in the field of super computing. My personal objective is to have this all up and running by October next year, and the reason is that's Wellington College's 150th celebration, Duncan said. The Observatory was first built in 1912 and relocated to the current site in 1924. It is one of only three original buildings at the College and was the haunt of many young astronomers until the late 1970s, when it began to fall into disrepair. Wellington College Head of Science, Sean Hann said as time went on the original wooden dome began to rot, and finally a fire gutted the building. Luckily the century-old Zeiss 130mm telescope had been removed, and in 1999 The Gifford Observatory Trust was established. A new fibreglass dome was imported from Australia and helicoptered into place, allowing students to once again enjoy the Observatory from 2002.

The century-old Zeiss 130mm telescope at Gifford Observatory.

For Sean it has been the greatest frustration to watch the grand old observatory repeatedly vandalised and tagged. The door is only a year old and it's now reinforced, because about 18 months ago they just stood their and kicked it until they got in, he said. Behind the hideous graffiti is a beautiful mural of the pacific with canoes and waka on it that we had commissioned. It used to be beautiful. Stuff

Charles Gifford, a mathematics teacher at Wellington College, developed one of the best-equipped school observatories in New Zealand. He is shown standing by its door on the day of its opening, 1 December 1924.

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The challenges of starting your own law practice

I moved to the Corporate and Commercial Department and this was the start of my corporate law career. Like most young Kiwis, time living and working overseas was always on the cards and Daniel and Kylie set off for London mid-2005. Daniel had secured a position as an associate in the Corporate Department at the prestigious ‘magic circle’ law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London. He stayed there for five years, developing his skills as a private practice corporate lawyer.

What started as a ‘second degree’ for Daniel Wong (Class of 1996) has led to a successful career in law, culminating in setting up his own business last year, Flacks & Wong, with fellow big firm alumnus David Flacks. Influenced by his parents running their own business – Molesworth Fruit Supply which was well-known in Wellington – Daniel Wong started at Victoria University after leaving Wellington College with his heart set on commerce. Law started out as my second degree, in the sense that I was always going to undertake a commerce degree, but it’s fair to say law became my first degree by the time I left, Daniel says. He graduated with a LLB with First Class Honours, and a BCom (majoring in Finance and Management). I had always focused

on business-type subjects at school – economics, accounting, etc. - and that continued in my choice of law papers too – Intro to Commercial Law, Banking Law, Elements of Taxation, Advanced Contract, Business Associations, etc, Daniel says. With these natural inclinations, he says he took a fairly standard ‘commercial lawyer’ path. He summer clerked at Bell Gully and then started there as a law clerk after graduation, working in the Banking and Finance Department in Wellington, for David Craig. After a couple of years, love took Daniel to Auckland. I transferred to Bell Gully’s Auckland office to follow my then girlfriend and now wife, Kylie Wong (nee O’Donoghue), who was also a Victoria law graduate and Bell Gully lawyer, Daniel says.

The pair’s first child, Henry, was born in London in 2008 – later joined by daughter Alexandra, born in Auckland in 2012 – and they decided to return home in mid-2011. A desire to be closer to family and New Zealand’s more child-friendly lifestyle led us back to New Zealand and came back to Bell Gully’s Corporate Department in Auckland, Daniel says. It was there that I started working with David Flacks, who was one of Bell Gully’s senior partners. We worked closely and enjoyably together for four years – so much so that we decided to set up a specialist corporate law firm, Flacks & Wong, in 2015. Flacks & Wong is one of a handful of law firms in New Zealand with top-tier corporate expertise focusing solely on corporate law. Daniel says running his own

UNICEF Australia announce new CEO UNICEF Australia has appointed Tony Stuart (Class of 1974+ Firth House) as its CEO from July, 2016. Tony, former Group CEO of the NRMA and former CEO of Sydney Airports Corporation, has a deep and longstanding commitment to the not-for-profit sector in Australia, and was recently appointed Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australian Charities

and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Tony brings 20 years corporate experience in marketing, financial services and other executive and Board roles and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. Tony said,“I am honoured to be joining UNICEF Australia. UNICEF is a highly regarded brand, with

an outstanding track record throughout the world. Here at home, UNICEF plays a vital role, enabling Australians to contribute to making a lasting difference to the lives of children, particularly those most marginalised. I look forward to working with the UNICEF Australia team to further expand our partnerships, and to advance the rights and improve the lives of all children.


business gives him both a degree of flexibility and control over his working life, and a strong sense of personal satisfaction in seeing his start-up law firm succeed and be independently recognised, including by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 and as a finalist at the upcoming New Zealand Law Awards 2016. Outside law, Daniel has a life-long interest in classical music and was recently appointed to the Board of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He played the violin and was a member of the Wellington Youth Orchestra, but found it hard to keep up once he started university. It wasn’t until Henry started the violin (aged 4) in 2013 that I brought out my dusty, old violin. I have cotaught him – with a ‘proper’ teacher – since then. I am fortunate to be able to share the violin with him and it is a positive father/son bonding experience, most of the time! Daniel indicates that Law School, like university generally, was a novel experience for himself and his parents – who had not had the opportunity to further their education. My attending Law School inspired my sister, Debbie Wong, to do the same two years after me. She’s an in-house lawyer at Barclays Capital in Singapore and she had a similar career trajectory to me Minter Ellison, then Linklaters LLP in Hong Kong.


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Wellingtonian of the Year Hurricanes Captain, Dane Coles [Class of 2004] was recently crowned 2016 Wellingtonian of the Year. The man who ended 21 years of agony for the capital's rugby fans can now raise the Wellingtonian of the Year trophy alongside that of the Super Rugby competition. Dane, who also won the sport category, captained the Hurricanes to their first Super Rugby title in August, after helping the All Blacks win the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Hailing from the Kapiti Coast, the former Paraparaumu Beach School, Paraparaumu College and Wellington College student has become one of the most dynamic hookers in the world. He missed the Hurricanes' semifinal win over the Chiefs, but then wrote himself into the history books by playing through pain from ruptured rib cartilage to beat the Lions in the final. His awards were picked up on his behalf by Hurricanes forwards coach, John Plumtree, who said: Dane is a great All Black and Hurricane, and a magnificent guy. We are lucky he's still got more years to come in those jerseys. Plumtree said Dane would be the first to admit he was a bit of a ratbag in his early days. He has really grown as a leader and if he were here now he would be thanking his team mates, that's the sort of captain he is. A role he did not want to accept at first, he said. Boydy [Hurricanes coach, Chris Boyd] had to convince him to take the job, but we could see that he was a special guy and gives everything out on the pitch. He never plays below 100 per cent, and you see that in his performances. He has a real passion for the region, particularly representing the Hurricanes. That comes from being a local lad and I know he's really proud of that. Dane is very deserving of this award.

Our 2016 Olympians

George Bridgewater Rowing: Quadruple Scull

Marty McDowell Canoeing: Sprint 1000m

Peter Taylor Rowing: Lightweight Four

George Bridgewater [Class of 2000] competed in the men's quad at the Final Qualification regatta in Lucerne in May with the hope of qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games. The crew finished third, one place outside of qualification but the late removal of the already-qualified Russian men's quad allowed entry for the New Zealanders. Despite the late call up and interrupted training the crew finished fourth in the B Final. George is now taking a twelve month break from international competition. Peter Taylor [Class of 2001] is also taking a break from the sport. The London Olympic Bronze Medallist is pursuing opportunities in the business world after being part of Rowing NZs programme since 2005. Peter says it would have been easier to walk away from the sport if he’d finished on the podium with the men’s lightweight four in Rio. The four came fifth in the final. With the poor performance, I felt like for while there I didn’t want to want to leave the sport. The placing that we got at the Olympics, I knew that we were a better crew than that. He hasn’t ruled out a return to the sport in the future.

Martyn [Marty] McDowell [2000-2005] perfected the classic What, me? look at the recent Porirua Sports Awards. The Titahi Bay national champion kayaker, who just missed out on making the Olympic final in Rio, took out the Sportsman of the Year and Michael Campbell Premier Trophy at the Porirua Sports Awards, held at Te Rauparaha Arena. In acceptance speeches after claiming both awards, he said it was unexpected, especially as he was up against champion golfer Daniel Hillier and All Black halfback TJ Perenara. It's been a whirlwind 12 months, have had plenty of ups and downs, he told the audience. I'm just happy to be accepting this after so much support from my home club, friends and family. Afterwards, he said he was taking time off after a hectic season and would be heading to Auckland in the new year to complete his marine engineering degree. Although he wasn't sure what the future held for him in kayaking, he would be staying fit enough to take part in the next canoe sprint nationals at Lake Karapiro in February. Winning the two awards with family and supporters at the arena was an incredible feeling, Marty said. It's really special and I guess an endorsement that I have done well, because often you're just hearing that from those close to you.

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WINE OFFER Barry Johns [1955-1956] of Glasnevin Wines of the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, offers, as an exclusive to the Wellington College community of 50 cases of Glasnevin 2011 Gewurztraminer, 50 cases Glasnevin 2013 Pinot Gris and 25 cases Glasnevin 2014 Pinot Noir available to purchase. The Gewurztraminer is rated 4.5 Stars by both Michael Cooper and Bob Campbell MW; the Pinot Gris is rated 5 Stars by both Raymond Chan and Bob Campbell MW; and the Pinot Noir is rated 5 Stars by Bob Campbell MW. The 2011 Gewurztraminer and the 2013 Pinot Gris are both priced at $240.00 ($20pb) per case ( RRP: $26 pb) and the 2014 Pinot Noir at $300.00 ($25pb) per case (RRP: $35 pb). These prices are inclusive of GST and freight within NZ. For every case sold, Glasnevin Wines will donate $12.00 to the Wellington College Foundation. Our email address is info@glasnevinwines.co.nz and our website is www. glasnevinwines.co.nz where the three wines on offer are listed.

Barry Johns attended Wellington College from 1955-1956. He graduated from Canterbury University with a LLB in 1971. Between 1979 to 1981, he was a Judge in Western Samoa. He then practised law in Christchurch until the end of 2000. From 1997 to 2013, he was a wine producer and winemaker with his own vineyard (Fiddler’s Green) in the Waipara Valley. Barry is now semi-retired, living back in Christchurch. He manages Glasnevin Wines, which is owned by his son Ben, and at the same time, is a writer and published author and a blogger at oogywawa.co.nz, and an artist. GLASNEVIN WINE ESTATES LTD • Tel: +64 3 421 8959, Mobile +64 027 443 4335 • PO Box 36726, Merivale, Christchurch 8146, NZ

Ernie Rosenthal is now available, outside of school hours, to offer teenagers and families a range of transition services which include: • •

• • In the midst of his overseas travel, recently retired Wellington College Careers’ Adviser, Ernie Rosenthal [Class of 1961] met up with Max Harris (L) at Oxford University in August. Max was Dux of Wellington College in 2005 and has gone on to become one of the College’s most outstanding recent academic successes. He received his Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University in 2011 and in 2014 was elected as an Examination Fellow (also known as a Prize fellow), at All Souls College at Oxford where he is currently doing his PhD. This award gives him an all expenses package for seven years. It is one of the most competitive and prestigious academic awards in the world. Also in the photo, (R), is classmate and Old Boy, Professor Robert Wade [Class of 1961] of the London School of Economics. Max gave Ernie and Robert a privileged guided tour of some of parts of one of the top Universities in the world.

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Setting career goals, exploring options and opportunities Post-secondary study options and opportunities, including University, Polytechnics, private training providers, apprenticeships and trade training Curriculum Vitae writing How to develop a range of skills, qualities and interests necessary to be successful later in life How to network and respond to employer demands and expectations including research and interview skills How to be successful in applying for scholarships How to gain work experience, part-time and full-time jobs Weighing up the benefits of Gap years Developing leadership skills How to respond to the areas of job and skill shortages in a rapidly changing world

Ernie can be contacted at rosental@clear.net.nz or 021 1249 439.


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The show must go on New Zealand Tenor Jonathan Abernethy (Class of 2006) has established himself as a vibrant and upcoming operatic artist, his most recent accolades being named a HSBC 2015 Festival d’Aixen-Provence Laureate and winner of the Australian Opera Awards. As a regular artist with Opera Australia, Jonathan has made important debuts on the Sydney Opera House stage including the roles of Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Tamino (The Magic Flute) and Ferrando (Così fan tutte). In 2015, he embarked upon six months of intensive studies abroad, participating in a number of festivals and opera programmes. Jonathan was invited to participate in the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Mozart Residency, the Solti Accademia in Italy and the Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute in Chicago. During this time he had the opportunity to work with various distinguished artists including Sir Richard Bonynge, James Conlon and Leo Nucci. Upon joining Opera Australia’s Young Artist Programme, Jonathan moved from his home country of New Zealand in 2012 and made his professional debut at the Sydney Opera House performing the role of Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor). Jonathan has since performed the roles of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ruiz (Il Trovatore), Fenton (Falstaff), Remendado (Carmen), Count Lerma (Don Carlos) and covered Lensky (Eugene Onegin). These roles allowed Jonathan to work closely with acclaimed international artists including Guillaume Tourniaire, Christian Badea and Sir David McVicar. Other highlights include a performance of Die Schöne Müllerin and appearing in Great Opera Hits, a concert series of opera favourites at the Sydney Opera House. On the concert platform performances include soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs), the Gilbert and Sullivan Spectacular (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra) and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Dunedin Symphony Orchestra). Jonathan continues to have close mentoring and support from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

aside Navkal’s costume and raid the wardrobes of other productions. “They were just throwing clothes at me – throwing something on, pulling it off. Eventually he was left dressed in ‘half a costume from La Bohème and a little bit of The Barber of Seville’.

Earlier this year, Jonathan was ‘halfway through this beautiful lasagne’ when he received a call from Opera Australia. Understudy Jonathan was thrown onstage that night to finish the opera in the role of Nadir in Bizet’s The Pearlfishers after star Nikhil Navkal became too sick to continue.

In the brief moments before going on stage, Jonathan was given a pep talk by the director. They went over his movements, lines and music. He recalls thinking to himself: This is actually happening right now. I was having dinner half an hour ago and now I’m on the side of the Sydney Opera House stage.

The young tenor was wearing a costume cobbled together from other Opera Australia productions, but according to audience reports did an admirable job and was rewarded with a huge, appreciative roar. It was very encouraging to have everyone in the theatre behind me, he said.

Jonathan said with everything so crazy, it had a calming effect. With the interval concluded audiences were informed of the change, and he simply walked on and jumped into the character as best he could. The show must go on. It was fun.

Jonathan was at a restaurant just 15 minutes walk from the Opera House with his partner and friends, halfway through this beautiful lasagne … It was about 7.30pm by that stage and you can kind of relax because the show has started. There’s not much that can go wrong at that point.

A common issue for understudies is, having spent so long watching rather than acting in the show, movements become ‘mirrored’ in their mind. You go to the left stage rather than right stage, he said. Fortunately, Jonathan had been given an opportunity to train onstage in December during early production rehearsals. He said there were only a few instances every year in which understudies were called on, and usually they were notified one night or a few hours before the show begins. To be called midway through a performance was highly unusual.

Jonathan received the call and was put on standby by the artistic director of Opera Australia. He was backstage warming up when he received final confirmation Navkal would not perform the rest of the show. People started rushing in saying: ‘We have to throw you in a costume and get you ready to go!’ The former rower’s large frame and size 13 feet forced costumers to cast

The audience was notified of the change at the beginning of the second act, which began only a few minutes late.

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Allbirds shoe business for former All White footballer of digital media company Thrillist and David Gilboa, co-founder of online eyewear company Warby Parker. This led Tim to move his company to San Francisco in October 2015. The shoe design had developed since the initial idea and was no longer a running shoe - it was a ‘comfort sneaker,’ he said. The fabric didn't quite work first time round and was kind of imperfect and expensive. We had to find a partner to make the fabric. The material is woven in a leading Italian textile mill, which is a commercial partner in the business.

The former All White skipper has kicked his footwear business off in the United States. Tim Brown's (Class of 1998) company, Allbirds, launched its Wool Runners product earlier this year and he hopes is just the start of a successful run in the US for the business. The lifestyle shoe is made from NZ merino wool and is only available online, in the US and New Zealand. Tim, who previously lived in London and now lives in the US, retired from professional sport following the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. His idea for woollen shoes was spurred on by a $200,000 AgResearch development grant and a business incubator programme in the UK. He ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to develop the shoes, under the provisional brand name Three Over Seven - raising $70,000 and selling 500 pairs in the first few days. The campaign to produce a test version of the Wool Runners reached its target in four days. This initial success encouraged him to keep pushing the business. Allbirds has subsequently raised more than US $2.7 million in an investment round led by New York-based venture capital fund Lerer Hippeau Ventures. High-profile investors include Ben Lerer, co-founder

Tim and co-founder Joey Zwillinger, a biotech engineer and renewable materials expert, spent more than two years perfecting the textile suitable for shoes using superfine merino. We have a design philosophy centred on simplicity and the use of innovative natural materials, Tim said. Tim has plans to continue to pioneer the use of premium natural materials in other Allbirds shoe styles in the future. I think we will look at other types of natural materials and shoes, which is the larger plan for the brand There was a gap in the shoe industry for simple shoes, made from natural fibres and sold at an affordable price point, he said. Allbirds now work in conjunction with a part commercial, part cooperative group called The New Zealand Merino Company, which connects international brands to wool farmers across New Zealand and helps establish contracts between farmers and brands to ensure a consistent supply of wool. Tim says he’s happy to see a resurgence in the country’s wool industry. That said, the increased demand in wool footwear is unlikely to create a supply problem. Wool costs more – which is why big footwear manufacturers stick to synthetic materials. I don’t see us running out of wool any time soon, he says. www.allbirds.co.nz


Something in the water then? Fifty-two years after the trams stopped operating in Wellington’s streets, some of our Old Boys still cannot forget them. The photograph shows Henry Brittain, Mike Flinn, Steve Porter, Robert Hatten and Tony Messenger together in September at the Wellington Tramway Museum at Queen Elizabeth Park. All are Old Boys of Wellington College and with the exception of Tony, are active members of the Kapiti Coast Electric Tramway. Tony’s excuse for not being involved at MacKays Crossing is that he lives in Auckland. He is however very involved with the Western Springs Tramway at MOTAT and they have many Wellington Trams there including the only Wellington double deck ‘Big Ben’ #47. These five Old Boys are not the only ones at the Tramway merely the only ones there on the day the photo was taken. Steve Porter, Class of 1962

(L-R): Tony Messenger, Mike Flinn, Henry Brittain, Steve Porter, and Robert Hatten. Photograph: Allan Neilsen.


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Alpine Expedition to Peru In May and June of this year, Jaz Morris [Class of 2007] took part in a New Zealand Alpine Team mountaineering expedition to the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. The expedition, lasting five weeks, was a great opportunity to climb at altitude after a period of many years climbing in New Zealand. Peru is well known for stable weather in winter and the Team took advantage of this to make numerous ascents from base camps in the Paron and Santa Cruz Valleys of the Huascaran National Park. Jaz was involved in the first ascent of the West Ridge of Mt Taulliraju (5890m), a notoriously difficult mountain. Although he was ultimately not in the successful Taulliraju summit party, his efforts on the first attempt helped lay the groundwork for the ultimate ascent of the mountain. The first attempt involved two-days travel along a knife-edge ridge requiring travel up or along sections of vertical rock and ice, topped off by an awkward night spent on a small ledge still attached to the rock via a harness. The ultimate ascent (by Jaz’s team-mates) involved four nights of similar excitement, and has been heralded by mountaineering organisations worldwide as one of the great mountaineering achievements of 2016. In the course of the expedition, Jaz made several successful summits, including a climb of the famous peak Alpamayo (5945m, called ‘the most beautiful mountain in the world’), which involved climbing 300m of up to 80 degree ice after a short sleep in the rarefied atmosphere of 5500m. He also managed to climb the North Face of Mt Quitaraju (6040m), and made a poor-weather ascent of Paron Sur (5550m) to celebrate his 26th birthday. Sadly, slow acclimatisation early in the trip, cost Jaz an ascent of Mt Artesonraju (6025m), when a lack of forward momentum forced retreat from near the summit at 5850m.

Above: Jaz on the summit of Quitaraju. Insert: Jaz (right) with fellow climber Pete. Below: The Expedition Party.

Jaz has been a member of the Alpine Team since 2013, and since moving to Dunedin in 2008 he has been a keen mountaineer, undertaking trips in New Zealand and abroad. He has climbed Aoraki/Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring on three occasions, and made numerous first ascents in the Fiordland, Aspiring and Cook regions. The expedition to Peru was in planning for two years and was supported heavily by Sport New Zealand and Macpac, along with other generous sponsors.

From Army to Invictus

Former soldier Faamanu ‘Nu’ Filo Leaana [Class of 1999] rowed his way into the medals tally as part of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) team competing at the 2016 Invictus Games held in Orlando, Florida. An accident during his ten-year Army service [he is a former Infantry Soldier of the 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment] resulted in Nu suffering a lower limb amputation and other injuries. He overcame strong competition to win a Bronze Medal, rowing 354 metres in the IR5 one-minute row. Nu, who took part in several sporting events during the four-day competition said It felt good just to be there and compete. Rowing was part of my journey back, so it was fitting for me to come away this with a medal. The Invictus Games places strong emphasis on the way sport can help the recovery of people who have been wounded, injured or have become ill while in service. The games also recognise the support of friends and family, and the challenges they face when a loved one is affected.

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Keith Quinn, The Commentator As an eight-year-old kid, Keith Quinn [Class of 1964] would sprint from a rugby game at Athletic Park to Wellington Hospital where his father lay dying to give him a blow-byblow account of the match.

stampede in the World Cup semifinal of 1995 when he trampled over and swatted his English opponents away to score an early try. Keith dropped his notes and all he managed was a 'Lomu, oh oh!...'

The young Keith would respond to his father's written questions about the game, throat cancer having robbed him of his voice. I would give him a running commentary, the scores, the players, if there'd been a fight on the pitch. And here I am, 60-plus years later still talking about sport.

Calling home John Walker to gold in the 1500m at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal was a career highlight. But the 1981 Springbok tour was best forgotten. Quinn, while appalled by the apartheid regime, announced he was a commentator first and foremost and decided to work the 57-day tour.

Keith – with more than four decades behind the microphone as a commentator – is the David Attenborough of sport. His CV reads like a bucket list for the sports obsessed: ten Olympic Games, three Paralympics, ten Commonwealth Games, one Youth Olympics and 110 cities on the sevens tournament circuit. His obsession stems from his Canadian father, whose love of Softball inspired him to establish a pumice-white diamond pitch in his local town where teams would come from miles to play. My first sporting memories are of these games. Teams used to come from all over the North Island to play the Benneydale Tigers on their own diamond pitch. Keith grew up one of five sons in that small King Country town. His father, who died when Keith was eight, would come home from work, gather his boys for a game of rugby – five minutes a side – father against sons, commentating throughout play and rehashing the game over supper in his 'radio voice'. The family moved to Wellington when his father became ill, moving into a house overlooking Athletic Park – holy ground for Keith from the get-go. The young Keith harboured an 'impossible dream' to become a ballboy there. I used to wonder if it was beyond all hope that I could be chosen to be on the field, close to the game. He invented teams and played them in imaginary games. There were the 'All Blacks', with names gleaned from the phone book for players save one – Keith Quinn, the star and bigtime scorer, obviously. He would read Sports Digest stories as if he were broadcasting them to the world. After listening to his hero Winston McCarthy commentate a 1956 test between the All Blacks and the Springboks, Quinn went into his back yard and re-enacted the entire match, both playing and commentating.

Leaving Wellington College at 17, he knew he wanted a career in sports broadcasting. [Brothers George, Harry, Max and James also attended Wellignton College]. His mother, a cracking croquet player, wanted all her sons to follow their dreams and so put in a word with a friend at the NZ Broadcasting Corporation. He was immediately offered a cadetship. But while his friends expected to hear him commentating an All Blacks game by the weekend, Keith was making tea and changing the roller towel in the men's loo. He would spend years shifting around from record archiving (fascinating) to accounts (horrible beyond horrible) before finally landing in sport and eventually, his first radio commentary – the Gallaher Shield final at Eden Park in 1971. From there his career was on a roll. In 1972 he was dispatched to the Olympic Games in Munich, though he ended up reporting back about the terrorist attacks in the Olympic Village more than any sporting triumph. The first All Black game he commentated was a test against England in Eden Park in 1973. He's toured with the All Blacks 35 times. In the early days he used to be fairly cosy with the All Black camp, even travelling on the team's bus. He could ride along provided everything said on the bus was off the record. As the media grew and developed he was consigned with all the other journalists to their own bus. There's a division now between the media and the players. Everything is so controlled nowadays. Picking the top All Blacks during his career is easy for Keith: Colin Meads and Jonah Lomu. Both changed the game by the way they played it. Top coaches include Laurie Mains and John Hart. The only time Keith has ever been lost for words in his long career was Lomu's remarkable

He's written 15 books and is considering a 16th. Rugby books fill most of the shelves in his and wife Anne's apartment in downtown Wellington. There are boxes of score cards and other material in a cupboard that Anne warns not to open for fear of a forest worth of paper tumbling out. He met Anne, a non-sworn police officer, at the Carlton Hotel where Keith's WFC team would meet for their weekly after matches. He was 'bloody hopeless' with women. Anne called him a few months later and asked him to dinner and that was that. They were married within the year and have three grown children. Keith thought his own game was up in 1996, when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Doctors were convinced of their diagnosis. But an operation revealed it was a rare fungal growth that had caused an abscess on his lung. The condition, Nocardia, caused his mind to become befuddled, leaving him unable to read. He thought it was the end of his career but seven months later he was back behind the mic. He considers himself a lucky man, indulging his love of sport for his entire career. He was circumspect in 2007 when he was axed in a TVNZ restructuring, saying he'd had a good run. (He switched to Maori TV and later went freelance.) For the past few years, he's been working on the World Rugby Sevens circuit. He's just back from Rio Olympics and having a breather before the next gig. At 70 he's still raring to go. People might think, 'Hey, he's too old'. Television is a young person's game now. But how old is David Attenborough? Ninety? I'm just a young man on my way up.


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Storm Warning

Promising Kiwi forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona [Class of 2013] has ended speculation about his short-term NRL future by re-signing with the Melbourne Storm for one more season. The former Wellington College 1st XV star was linked to a return to rugby with the Hurricanes earlier this season. Cronulla and Manly were apparently also been keen on signing the 201cm, 122kg wrecking ball but he has decided to remain at the Storm until at least the end of 2017.

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Kudos for Kiwi

In many ways, Kiwis fullback Jordan Kahu [Class of 2008] is lucky to be playing league. He has endured an injury run that would have flattened many other players, but is now thriving at the highest level of the sport, a testament to his character and courage.

Nelson, 20, has emerged as one of the NRL's most exciting young forwards over the last 12 months and has played 26 games for the Storm since making his debut last year.

Jordan was one of the best on field for the Kiwis in their 17-16 win over England in early November, a close contender for the man of the match award picked up by Shaun Johnson. He was superb at the back, defusing several massive bombs and making some important last line tackles, especially in the first half. The 25-year-old also set up the Kiwis first try, and kicked some pressure goals in the tight match.

Brothers in Arms

It was impressive stuff, especially for a player who only came into the international environment a year ago, and has battled serious physical and mental demons throughout his career. A promising junior at Keebra Park High School (Benji Marshall's alma mater), his early development at the Broncos was disrupted by a knee reconstruction in 2011. He returned, before rupturing his knee again, necessitating another reconstruction in 2012. Jordan finally made his NRL debut in 2013, before suffering another serious knee injury early in the following season. He has also broken his thumb twice, and missed a large part of this season with two pectoral injuries.

Ezekiel Sopoaga [Class of 2012] and older brother Lima [Class of 2009] both played for the Southland Stags this past season. While Lima has notched up some special milestones in recent years including a Super Rugby title, the 2015 Super Rugby player of the year gong, and an All Blacks debut, playing alongside his younger brother didn't create the same sort fanfare, but don't be mistaken, there was a fair level of excitement for him. While Wellington is home for the two brothers after growing up in the capital, it was in the maroon jersey of Southland that they got to play their first top-flight provincial game together. It was the first time they have lined up together since Ezekiel joined the Wellington College 1st XV in Year 11 in 2009 while Lima was in his final year at school.

Jordan has taken great strides over the last 18 months. He was a big part of the Broncos run to the grand final last year (nine tries in 22 matches) and grabbed 15 tries in 20 games this season. Jordan also played every match on the Kiwis tour of England last year and has become a crucial cog in the New Zealand machine. On the current trip, Jordan grabbed the opportunity to be goal kicker, after a meeting with Issac Luke and Shaun Johnson. I put my hand up to do the kicking, said Jordan. The three of us spoke about it and they were happy for me to do it. Issac is in the middle and it's pretty intense and Shaun has a lot of responsibilities already. It's about taking some pressure off those two. But the Kiwis eventually prevailed, in what Jordan describes as one of the most physical matches he has played in.

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Rugby Scholarship Announced

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Full Circle for Tupou Sopoaga

OBU is very pleased to announce the establishment of the DHC Trust Scholarships. Two scholarships will be awarded each year to graduating Wellington College students who enrol to study at Victoria University of Wellington (or another regional tertiary provider) and who registers to play their rugby at OBU. The inaugural DHC Scholarship for 2016 was awarded to Adam Blackwell [Class of 2015]. It is anticipated that three scholarships of $2,000.00 each per annum will be awarded in 2017. Applications for the scholarships will be considered by Headmaster, Roger Moses, Doug Catley [Class of 1955], and Dave ‘Trapper’ Loveridge. We are extremely grateful for the support the DHC Trust has provided to OBU, without which the scholarship programme would not be possible. In conjunction with the above and with the full support of OBU, the DHC Trust has made a significant contribution to Wellington College to enable the establishment of a Director of Rugby role. 1st XV Coach, Lincoln Rawles has been appointed to this role for 2016. We anticipate that the Wellington College DOR and OBU DOR will work closely together to ensure the relationship between the College and OBU remains strong and we remain in the top echelon of our respective competitions across the board. We wish Lincoln well in this role and once again thank the DHC Trust for its contribution which has enabled this role to be established.

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Tupou Sopoaga, with Headmaster, Roger Moses at this year’s Quadrangular Tournament. Tupou flew over to support younger brother, 1st XV Captain Toka.

It has been a circuitous route but Tupou Sopoaga [Class of 2010] is now back playing the game he grew up living and breathing. He’s just doing it in a different country. Tupou was a schoolboy rugby star at Wellington College before being lured to Australia to take up an U20s league contract with the Bulldogs. The backrower went on to play 16 NRL games for the Sharks in 2013-14 and five for the Panthers in 2015 before this year opting to switch back to the 15-man game. He comes from a talented family. Older brother Lima has been the trailblazer, piloting the Highlanders to the 2015 Super Rugby title and earning two All Blacks caps in the New Zealand No 10 jersey. Younger brother Ezekiel, a hooker, is Lima’s Southland teammate while Toka, a five-eighth, in August, guided Wellington College to the province’s Premier One schools title. The four brothers all captained the school’s 1st XV. I guess we all just came in different shapes and sizes, all my family, said Tupou. My brothers, they’re a bit shorter than me so they had to pick the smaller positions or the positions that suited their height. Luckily I got a bit of genetic height so I could play in a position for fellas that are a bit taller.

A band of Old Boys played for the mighty Poneke Ruffnuts this season. [L-R]: Kwain Auelua [Class of 1997; 1st XV 1996-1997], Anthony Carter [Class of 1988], Filo Tiatia, Bulls Rhino [Class of 1990; 1st XV 1989-1990], Natano Tiatia [Class of 1991], Tama Kirikiri [Class of 1990; 1st XV 1990], Fakym Taupau [Class of 1996], Evan Belford [Class of 1996; 1st XV 1994-1996], Sati Leilua [Class of 1995], Fa'alolo'u Leota [Class of 1994; 1st XV 1993-1994].

Tupou, 24, decided to sign on for the Rams in the hope of winning a Super Rugby contract for 2017. He’s married to an Australian and with the couple’s first child on the way, Sydney is now home. It’s pretty hard to go back to New Zealand now, Tupou said. I’m really happy in Australia, I like it here and happy wife, happy life as they say. I felt like I’d given it all I could in the game of rugby league and now it’s time to return to my grassroots. I just want to put my best foot forward in the Australian NRC and hopefully turn some heads. Tupou has played Test league for the Cook Islands and while he grew up dreaming of becoming an All Black, said it was too early to contemplate making himself available for the Wallabies. Oh man, that’s a tough one to say because I’ve been here for six years now and I’ve got an Australian wife and my kid’s going to be Australian. I’ll have to cross that bridge when I get to it.


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Rugby Reunion 71 Years’ On

It was a special reunion for Morrie Deterte [Class of 1945] and Roy Sinclair at the Wellington College and St Patrick’s (Silverstream) traditional this year. The two were opposing captains 71 years ago. Roy captained Silverstream in 1945 when the team drew with Wellington College 15 - all. Remarkably, the Wellington Captain from that 1945 match, Morrie Deterte - came out to Silverstream to watch his old school win 29-26 in 2016. Roy and Morrie were guests of the 1st XV for their pre-match luncheon in preparation for the 84th 1st XV traditional Wellington College match. Fellow Old Boy, Keith Quinn [Class of 1964], welcomed the two former Captains and acknowledged their commitment to their old schools. In late October, Headmaster, Roger Moses hosted Morrie and members of his family including sons, Wayne [Class of 1969] and Ian [ Class of 1977] and grandson Finlay [Class of 2011] to mark the occasion of Morrie’s 90th Birthday. Members and staff of the College’s 1st XV also attended and presented Morrie with a 1st XV jersey and at the same time, acknowledged his side-line support to the Rugby Club for over 70 years.

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Victoria Uni. Poster Boy

Former Wellington College student, Josh Trlin [Class of 2012], is one of seven Victoria students chosen to tell his story for their national advertising campaign. Josh’s part in the campaign went live on October 1 when Victoria’s enrolments opened. He appeared in print advertising, TV ads, billboards around Wellington and Auckland, and in ads on various digital channels. Josh was chosen not only for his interesting story, but because he was really thriving in the university environment. As a local boy raised in Porirua, going to Victoria University was a no brainer for Joshua Trlin. Josh studies Law and says he is expected to ask many questions and consider many perspectives. It was the same when he was contemplating university study in the first place. When I was deciding what I wanted to study at Victoria, the two main questions I asked myself were, what am I good at and what am I interested in? For me, Law was the answer to both. I’ve always been interested in helping people and protecting people’s rights and that’s what Law is all about. Josh says being able to study at the heart of New Zealand’s legal system in Wellington has been a real advantage. I feel like I’m at the best law school in New Zealand. We’re in the old Government Buildings, so on one side of the road is Parliament and the Beehive and on the other side is the Supreme Court. We’re in the heart of law-making in New Zealand, he says. Josh has looked for opportunities outside his studies. I’ve been involved with a not-for-profit organisation that provides management consulting services to charities. It gives a practical application for what we’re learning, but at the same time we’re actively giving back to the community and helping people. Josh says his experience as a student at Victoria has been about much more than lectures and exams. The community at Victoria has been hugely influential on me. It’s made up of a real cross-section of New Zealand society and being here has exposed me to a wide range of people and ideas. In 2012, Josh was awarded the prestigious PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship which offered financial support, as well as a Russell McVeigh Scholarship to support his Law Studies.

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found it very interesting to read of the students’ trip to Orlando, Florida, to study space science. I did the trip myself, with one of my sons, in 2010, but we missed the shuttle launch by three days. I only hope their teachers were able to tell the students that the head of the JPL Team who developed the rockets to put the astronauts on the moon was an Old Boy – Dr William Pickering.

Dr Pickering would come back to the College every five years to talk to the current crop of boys. One year (about 1967) he bought a thermos flask of liquid oxygen and a candle. Towards the end of his address, he unscrewed the thermos lid, then lit the candle. He then slowly bought the candle over the thermos, and a jet of flame went up to the roof of the old Memorial Hall. That, he said, Is how we are going to get to the moon - liquid oxygen propellant! Speaking to others at our reunion, no one had forgotten this brilliant demonstration. Tony Skilton, Auckland Class of 1968


remember seeing from the Houghton Bay bus, a boy with the full dress uniform, an ultra white shirt, and a magnificient black blazer with goldstripes. He was a Wellington College student. That sighting occurred in 1954. How I wished to be in his shoes. My wish was finally fulfilled in 1956. How proud I was to go up the drive, by Government House. As a ‘turd former,’ in 3ShB, the appellation given to me by a large fourth former, I was quickly disabused of my rise to prominence. I, however, felt very proud, wearing the dress uniform.

In fact, no boy was ever so proud. On school Athletics Day, I was in full regalia, with a Leica, from dad's photography studio, in Manners Street. It was strapped around my scrawny neck. I snapped photos of all the athletes I saw in action. I felt as if I had made it in life, emulating my father, and in the uniform of my dreams. This occurred, however, only after I won, without taking a single breath, the only 100 yards race in my life. I was most impressed with the sprinters, and middle distance runners, especially, the swarthy man, referred to as ‘Leikis’. I soon realised, that I was not only an exalted student (in only my mind), but a boy soldier as well. I went to get my ‘Sand Paper’ suit. As a Private, in this hitherto unknown army, I became a proud soldier, schooled into marching, ‘left right, left right’, on the orders of what seemed to me, to be a huge school boy-man. To my chagrin, that great man was soon to mock my poor marching ability. I foreswore to myself, that I would endeavour to become a model soldier. I did to a degree, by becoming a sergeant (but not the NCO, I aspired to), with a .303 rifle, when I was 16. By then, I had learnt to march, to disassemble a Bren Gun, and give orders to fourth formers who no doubt saw me as a boy-man. Robert Smith, Adelaide Class of 1960

"Third Formers- Circa 1956 Wandering up the drive to unknown travails Sorted by tests, classified classes of thirty, more or less, they remain Latin for A's, French for the rest, three R's for all prevails Of a morn, wailing, with orchestra, to a yellow book of hymns -some refrain Periods, for classes, like clockwork, without fail

Nicknames for teachers, broken rules; beware the omnipresent cane Games in the Quad, boxing in the gym, sighs of relief for energetic males Cadets, salute, face the brute, rifles, marching, entertains Lessons enter empty vessels, for lack of knowledge fails The masters of old, in black gowns, some with ciggies' stains, continue their reign. Robert Murray Smith


wish to share my memories of a special player and Old Boy, the late Misiluni Moananu who first attended Wellington College in 1990. In 1992, he played, along with his twin brother Misipalauni, in the U15 Open team coached by Mark Borthwick. This was a successful year in which both boys began to make a name for themselves as players but above all as young men with a tremendous pride in their school and deep and caring concern for their team mates.


with the National Secondary School final being one of the losses (10-19 to Kelston Boys’ High School). Special mention is made of Luni in the Wellingtonian after the traditional game against St Patrick’s (Town) which was played at Athletic Park in terrible conditions (we won 21-6) as being the outstanding player from both teams. I above all, remember him as being a loyal and humble player who placed the team above all else. Rob Corliss Wellington College Staff


ongratulations to the 2016 College Team on their win at McEvedy. As Captain of the 1950 team, I know how good it feels. As I recall, the 1950 win was our 25th. Peter Davenport, Wellington Class of 1950

In 1993, both boys made it into the 2nd XV where Luni was our tight head - our strong man. It was a very successful team - we won all our traditional games against Christchurch Boys’ High School, Christ’s College and Wanganui Collegiate. My memories were of a happy and successful season in which the twins played outstanding rugby.


In 1994, Luni was selected for Dave King’s hugely successful 1st XV which played in a World Secondary Schools’ Cup in Australia, won all of its traditional games, Quadrangular Tournament and played in the Top 4 finals. Mention is made in the Wellingtonian of ‘an upcoming star’ Luni (Legend) Moananu.

I’ve already sold quite a number of copies and addressed a number of cancer survivors’ group meetings about the subject of prostate cancer diagnosis and survival from a patient’s perspective.

In 1995, Luni was by now the cornerstone of the pack as they swept all before them winning 20 out of 22 games

any thanks for your note of thanks above and the excellent job done putting a notice about my book Blasted By Seeds in the 2015 Lampstand. Further to that, I’d be happy to address any meetings of Old Boys groups about the subject and to show them copies of the book if they are interested.

If there is any interest in my idea - please do let me know. Tom McGrath, Wellington Class of 1970 mcgrathtom0@gmail.com



CLASS OF 1934 GREEN, Stanley Max 1918 - 2015 of Auckland Wellington College: 1930 – 1933 CLASS OF 1935 ROBERTS, James Henry 1916-2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1931-1932 CLASS OF 1936 ROBERTS, Sydney John 1918 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1932 – 1934 THOMPSON, Francis Roy 1918 - 2015 Wellington College: 1932 -1933 CLASS OF 1938 HAMILTON, Guy Napier 1921 - 2016 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College: 1934 – 1938 HODGE, Lionel Ernest [Bill] 1920 - 2015 of Auckland Wellington College: 1935 -1935 KERSHAW, John William Ripley 1921 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1934 -1935  LOGIE, Kirk Hamilton 1920 - 2015 of United States Wellington College: 1936 -1937 PARSLOE, Noel Alexander 1921 - 2015 of South Canterbury Wellington College: 1934 -1938 CLASS OF 1939  DE TERTE, Desmond Arthur 1923 - 2016 of Manawatu Wellington College: 1937 -1939 McLENNAN, Ian Lymburn 1921 - 2016 of Hawkes Bay Wellington College: 1937 -1939 Firth House RICHARDSON, Robert Murray 1922 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1935-1937 CA, WWII: RNZVR TAIT, Ronald George 1920 - 2016 of Canterbury Wellington College: 1935 -1937 WARMINGTON, Desmond Albert 1921 - 2015 of Auckland Wellington College: 1935 -1936 WWII, RNZAF, Field Officer CLASS OF 1940 GARRETT, Wilfred Ernest Alfred 1922 - 2016 of Taranaki Wellington College: 1936  HUNT, Robert [Bob] BA, MB.ChB, FRNZCGP 1923 - 2016 of Canterbury Wellington College: 1938 -1940 Dux 1940, Prefect STOREY, Douglas Charles Kinnear 1922 - 2015 of Auckland Wellington College: 1940 – 1940 CLASS OF 1941 GERSON, Tomas [Tom] 1922 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1938 – 1940 HARKNESS, Robert 1923 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1937 – 1939

 Indicates that there is a full obituary on the following pages. ROBERTSON, Harold Thomas [Tom] 1924 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1937 – 1937 WWII: 22 Batt, SUTTON, Kenneth George 1925 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1937 – 1938 WWII: FltSgt RNZAF THOMPSON, John Milne 1924 - 2016 Wellington College: 1937 – 1940 TOLLAN, Ian William 1924 - 2016 of Wairarapa Wellington College: 1938 – 1940 WWII: Sgt NZRAF CLASS OF 1942 QUAYLE, Arthur Tom 1925 - 2015 of Hawkes Bay Wellington College: 1939 – 1940 RANDALL, Graeme 1924 - 2016 of Wanganui Wellington College: 1938 – 1938 CLASS OF 1943 HALL, Harold Albert [Harry] 1925 - 2015 of Wellington Wellington College: 1939 – 1939  MACKERSEY, Ian Duncan 1925 - 2015 of Auckland Wellington College: 1939 – 1943 MOUNTIER, Neil 1925 - 2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1939 – 1943 TAIT, Gordon Leslie 1925 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1939 – 1942 THOMAS, David Meredith 1924 - 2016 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College: 1939 – 1942 WWII: RNZAF, Firth House CLASS OF 1944 LUND, Owyn Mason 1926 - 2015 Wellington College: 1940 – 1941 MOODY, William Frank [Bill] 1926 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1940 – 1943 CLASS OF 1945 CAMERON, George MacKay 1927 - 2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1941 – 1942 HOPPER, William Charles [Bill] 1927 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1941 – 1944 2NZEF Japan, Squad Leader RNZAF, Defence Photographer, Vietnam Vet MANSFIELD, Richard John [Dick] 1927 - 2016 of Wanganui Wellington College: 1941 – 1945 MARTIN, Graham Thomas 1926 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1941 – 1944 1st XV 1944 CLASS OF 1946 HERCOCK, Winston Rodney Neill 1927 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1942 – 1945 McBEATH, Alistair 1928 - 2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1942 – 1946

PRATTLEY, George Harold 1929 - 2015 of Wellington Wellington College: 1942 – 1946  RISEBOROUGH, John Lawrence 1928 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1942 – 1945 WAKELIN, Leo Frederick 1929 - 2015 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College: 1942 – 1945 CLASS OF 1947 ALLAN, William James Wilson [Bill] 1929 - 2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1943 – 1948 CHAN, Keung Soo [Ken] MNZM, JP 1927 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1943 – 1946 CHATWIN, Peter Duncan 1930 - 2016 of Waikato Wellington College: 1944 – 1947 CORKILL, Frederick John 1928 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1943 – 1945 GILLESPIE, James Eoin 1930 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1943 – 1945 HUGHES, Charles Morris 1929 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1944 – 1947 HUNT, John Dickson 1929 - 2016 of Waikato Wellington College: 1943 – 1945 KEESING, Paul Brunton 1928 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1943 – 1947 MATHER, Ronald Samuel 1929 - 2016 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College: 1943 – 1946 PEEBLES, Graeme Ross 1929 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1943 – 1945 ROBINSON, Donald Leslie 1930 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1946 – 1946  SMITH, Keith Frederick Henry 1929 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1943 – 1945 UPTON, Ernest Lloyd 1929 - 2015 of Canterbury Wellington College: 1943 – 1947 CLASS OF 1948 BRYANT, Barry Norman 1931 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1944 – 1948 CARMODY, Brian Stuart 1930-2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1944-1945 MNZM

HICKLING, Raymond Frank 1930 - 2016 of Hawke’s Bay Wellington College: 1944 – 1946 NEEDHAM, Edward Charles [Ted] 1930 - 2016 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College: 1944 – 1944 OWERS, Geoffrey Michael 1930 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1944 – 1947

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The Lampstand | 2016 CLASS OF 1952 COOPER, Graeme Robert 1935 - 2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1948 – 1952 HARRIS, Charles Howe Te Pukerua Oruawhata [Rua] 1934 - 2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1948 – 1950 McKENZIE, Malcolm Bruce 1932-2015 of Wellington Wellington College: 1949 – 1951 SISSON, David Murdoch 1934 - 2015 of Manawatu Wellington College: 1948 – 1949 CLASS OF 1953  CATHCART, Robin Blake BCom, CA, ACIS 1936 - 2015 of Wellington Wellington College: 1949 – 1953 1st XV 1953  McQUEEN, Athol Euan QSM 1937 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1949 – 1953 THOMPSON, Ronald John 1936 - 2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1949 -1952 CLASS OF 1954 BALL, Howard Charles Beauchamp 1936 - 2016 of Manawatu Wellington College: 1950 – 1952 BROWNIE, Maurice Anthony [Sonny] 1935 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1950 BRUCE, James Robert [Jim] 1936 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1950 – 1953 LINDSAY, Neil Alistair 1936 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1951 – 1953 MARKS, Thomas Ian [Tom] FNZIV 1936 - 2016 of Canterbury Wellington College: 1953 – 1953 Firth House OBREN, John William 1937 - 2016 of Northland Wellington College: 1950 – 1954 CLASS OF 1955 FOLEY, Colin Everitt 1938 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1951 – 1954 HAYTON, David Ayr 1937 - 2016 of Canterbury Wellington College: 1952 – 1954 JOHNS, Christopher Winton 1937 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1951 – 1955 MURRAY, William [Bill] 1938 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1951 – 1954  PLEDGER, Kenneth Ernest 1938 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1951 – 1955 CLASS OF 1956 BARTON-GINGER, Barry Henry 1938 - 2016 of Hawkes Bay Wellington College: 1952 - 1955 CAMERON, John Kevin 1938 - 2015 of Brisbane, QLD Wellington College: 1952 – 1955

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 McLAGGAN, Donald Barry JP 1939 - 2016 of Waikato Wellington College: 1952 – 1955

WILSON, Gavin Munro 1942 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1956 – 1958

 WILTON, Peter Edward 1950 - 2016 of Germany Wellington College: 1964 – 1967

 PITT, Charles David 1938 - 2016 of Switzerland Wellington College: 1952 – 1956 Firth House Head Prefect 1956

CLASS OF 1961 BASSETT, Roy Edward William 1943 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1957 – 1959 BIRD, Keith Alexander 1943 - 2016 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College: 1957 – 1959 CRAWFORD, Robert Francis 1943 - 2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1957 – 1960  MURRAY, Ian Roderick 1943 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1957 – 1961  PEDDIE, John Graeme 1944 - 2016 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College: 1957 – 1959 Cdre Rtd RNZN

CLASS OF 1969 LEE, Mervyn Robin 1950 - 2015 of Australia Wellington College: 1965 – 1969

YOUNG, Bruce Ryland 1938 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1952 – 1955 CLASS OF 1957 CHAMBERS, Clive Joseph 1939 - 2015 of Wellington Wellington College: 1953 – 1955 ELLIOTT, Edward George [Ted] 1937 - 2016 of Manawatu Wellington College: 1953 – 1954 HARWOOD, Hugh Douglas 1940-2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1953-1957 RAMPTON, Charles Bruce 1939 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1953 – 1956 RILEY, Lewis Arthur 1939 - 2015 of Wellington Wellington College: 1953 – 1955 WILSON, Garry Hugh 1938 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1953 – 1956 CLASS OF 1958 BLACK, David Buchanan 1940 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1954 – 1957  BUTTERWORTH, Graham Victor 1941 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1954 – 1957 CANELOS, George James 1939 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1954 – 1957 CURRIE, Carlton Douglas [Carl] 1941 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1954 – 1957 NISBET, Graham Philip 1938 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1954 – 1955  YOUNG, Raymond Arthur 1940 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1954 – 1957 CLASS OF 1959 ANDERSON, Alexander Lyell [Sandy] 1941 - 2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1955 – 1958 BRADNOCK, Neil William 1942 - 2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1955 – 1957 DUNCAN, Ian Rutherford 1941 - 2016 of Otago Wellington College: 1955 – 1958 CLASS OF 1960 BIRD, Peter William 1943 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1956 – 1960 McCALMAN, John Bernard 1941 - 2016 of Taranaki Wellington College: 1956 – 1958  SOUTER, John Bruce 1942 - 2015 of South Canterbury Wellington College: 1957 – 1958

CLASS OF 1963 ARNOLD, James Goldsbury 1946 - 2016 of England Wellington College: 1959 – 1963 GREEN, Kerry 1946 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1959 – 1962 MANSILL, Keith Phillip 1945 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1959 – 1962  NAULLS, Geoffrey Thomas 1944 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1959 – 1963 1st XV 1963 TERRY, Brian Joseph 1945 - 2015 of Bay of Plenty Wellington College: 1959 -1961 Firth House CLASS OF 1964 PEAT, John Douglas 1945-2016 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1960-1962 CLASS OF 1965  KELLAWAY, Peter Rayner 1947 - 2015 of Waikato Wellington College: 1965 – 1965  LIDDELL, Michael [Mike] 1949 - 2015 of Auckland Wellington College: 1963 – 1965 Dux 1965 NICHOLS, Martin David [Marty] 1947 - 2016 of Northland Wellington College: 1961 – 1965 CLASS OF 1966  ANDERSON, Bruce John 1949 - 2015 of Kapiti Wellington College: 1962 – 1965 BURROW, Paul James 1948 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1962 – 1965 CHURCHILL, Gordon Keith 1948-2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1962-1965 CLASS OF 1968 CALNON, Denis Francis 1950 - 2016 of Manawatu Wellington College: 1964 – 1964

CLASS OF 1970 BLACKMAN, Brian Ross 1953 - 2015 of Auckland Wellington College: 1966 – 1971 MORRIS, Barry Meredith 1952 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1966 – 1969 MURPHY, Paul Anthony 1952 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1970 – 1970 CLASS OF 1971 CLARKE, Warwick Richardson 1954 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1967 – 1971 CLASS OF 1973  McPHEE, Gary Hamilton 1955 - 2016 of Wairarapa Wellington College: 1969 – 1972 CLASS OF 1979 MARRIS, Guy Digby 1962 - 2016 of Thailand Wellington College: 1975 – 1978 CLASS OF 1980 READ, Steven Robert 1962 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1976 – 1980 THOMPSON, Mark Richard 1962 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1976 – 1977 CLASS OF 1983 GRAY, Alistair John 1965 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1979 – 1983 CLASS OF 1984 CARPENTER, William Blair [Bill] 1967 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1980 – 1983 CLASS OF 1989 CURTIS, Bruce Andrew 1971 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1985 – 1988 CLASS OF 1995 AHKIT, Mark Daniel 1978 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1991 – 1995 CLASS OF 1998 YOUNG, Benjamin 1980 - 2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1994 – 1997 STAFF HANSEN , Kathy of Manawatu Guidance Adviser LOFTUS, Eileen of Kapiti Headmaster's PA in 1950s

MEHL, John Dr. of Wellington NEWMAN, Stanley of Canterbury History Teacher 1964-1968



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ANDERSON, Bruce 1949-2015 of Otaki Wellington College: 1962-1965

BORRIN, Ian 1935-2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1948-1951

Bruce Anderson was due to retire from teaching at Ōtaki College at the end of 2015, after being away all year due to an ongoing battle with cancer. He very reluctantly decided to call it a day after 19 years, but only when he knew that there was no chance of a return due to his health.

The legal community is set to benefit from a $30 million gift from the late Judge Ian Borrin, thought to be the largest single-purpose bequest this country has seen.

His passion was the teaching of Science, in particular Chemistry. He was strongly connected to the College and respected by the students, staff and parents.

At a memorial service in Wellington, it was announced he had established a charitable trust devoted to legal education and research that would improve this country’s legal system. It will be known as the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation – named in memory of his parents – and will support the legal community through grants and scholarships to undertake legal writing, research and education.

Bruce commenced his teaching career in 1979 with his only gap in service being a ten-week sabbatical in 2007. Bruce was offered a position as HOD Science at Ōtaki College in 1997, having taught at Kapiti and Aotea Colleges prior to this appointment. As Curriculum Leader of Science he worked tirelessly to keep the Science curriculum vibrant and meaningful to students. In recent times he was a key player in the collaboration with clean technology businesses, Energise Ōtaki and KCDC, moving the curriculum towards a focus on environmental sustainability. He created a world first by designing a Chemistry unit for students on blended fuels. This resulted in the College vans being run on a fuel of blended diesel and water that gave 75% less noxious emissions, greater mileage per kilometre and reduced maintenance bills. This collaboration was recognised by the World Wildlife Fund in 2014 when Energise Ōtaki and Ōtaki College won the National award for community collaboration and $20,000 to go towards future projects. Bruce was a people person and will be remembered for his warm smile, ability to build relationships with students, staff and whanau and his genuine, undeniable love of teaching! He leaves behind a legacy of success among his students, many of whom have gone on to use science as a way into the careers they have today. Bruce was a much loved member of staff and he will be missed by his colleagues and his students. Otaki Mail

The retired district court judge, who dedicated his life to the law, died in March, aged 81.

It will be administered by the Nikau Foundation, with funding decisions made by an advisory committee established by Ian himself. Foundation chairman Chris Milne said Ian’s wealth stemmed from his parents’ business, Peerless Handkerchief Company, which they started after arriving from Europe in 1934. Experts in the field of philanthropy had told the foundation Ian’s bequest was the largest they were aware of in this country. The foundation had been in talks with Ian about setting up the fund for the past few years, but the retired judge was not interested in any publicity, Milne said. Ian said of the trust before his death: Its name and its stated purpose all speak to the aim without need for embellishment. Law Society president Chris Moore said Ian was highly regarded in legal circles for his compassionate approach and generous spirit. The Law Society has no doubt that our legal and justice system will be measurably enhanced by this legacy. It is a fitting memorial to the man and his parents. Ian was raised in Wellington and attended Wellington College before studying law at Victoria University. He was appointed to the District Court in 1983 and served as head of the Police Complaints Authority,

retiring in 2007 at the age of 72. A keen traveller and skier, Ian’s rare combination of experience qualified him for membership of the Federation of International Skiers, an international arbitration court that heard cases relating to ski racing at its highest level. He is survived by his partner Jenny George. Dominion Post BUTTERWORTH, Graham 1941-2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1954-1957 Graham began his working career (1960-66) in the Department of Industries and Commerce. His next eight years were spent in academia. Graham’s MA was on the life of the Māori statesman, Sir Apirana Ngata. This gave him a lifelong interest in contemporary Maori history and issues. He taught undergraduate courses in New Zealand and Maori history at Massey University 1968-74. Graham was Chief Research Officer of the New Zealand Consumers’ Institute (1975-77). From 1977 to 1986, he was Executive Officer to the New Zealand Police Association, where he managed a wide range of industrial relations, welfare and business activities. Between 1990 and 1993 he returned part-time to police concerns as Executive Director of the New Zealand Police Officers’ Guild. He was appointed a Director of Research to the Department of Māori Affairs in 1986, a position he retained until the Department’s disestablishment in 1989. Since then he worked mainly in private practice as an historian He has been involved in a number of proceedings before the Waitangi Tribunal and the Māori Land Court. Graham was awarded a 1990 Commemorative Medal for services to Māori History. CATHCART, Robin 1936-2015 of Wellington Wellington College: 1949-1953 1st XV 1953 Robin was born in Johnsonville in 1936. His grandparents were long time identities of Johnsonville, and had farmed in the Mount Kaukau area prior to WWI. After the war, they

purchased land at the top of Clifford Road, and subdivided it in to sections for their son Alwyn and daughter Vedris. Eventually Robin lived all his life there until he married in 1959. His father, Alwyn, also attended Wellington College, and Robin has written that in 1949, his first year at Wellington College, he found he had a rather daunting example to live up to. Alwyn had been Deputy Head Prefect, Captain of the 1st XV, and Battalion Sergeant Major of the Cadet Corps. A majority of the masters in 1949 remembered Alwyn from the 1920s. Robin loved the structured learning at College, the fact there was a regulated system of study and homework, not found in Primary School, and flourished well in the new environment. Half way through that first year he took the extra subject of German, and for the rest of his life, loved to speak and sing in German. He joined the bugle band that first year. He loved all sport, particularly rugby, and when he was younger, he captained the Johnsonville School Rugby team, He also played rugby and golf, enjoyed cycling and soccer. He purchased a racing bike and it wasn’t long before he would cycle to Palmerston North and back to Johnsonville in a weekend. He played in the Wellington College 1st XV and remembered Quadrangular Tournaments well. Even in his later years, Robin could always quote the match scores. By 1954 he was a member of the St John’s Church Choir and sang in the combined choirs at the laying of the foundation stone at Wellington Cathedral by the Queen. Church played an important part in Robin’s life, and he has noted, that in 1947, the Reverend Bill Bretton, Vicar of St John’s Church had a great influence on his life. He commenced work in an accountancy firm at the age of 18. Life was very busy. He went to Victoria University in the evenings, played the piano in a dance band in the weekends, mainly in dance halls in Kilbirnie and Miramar, played 1st Division Old Boys’ Rugby, and continued cycling. The usual family holiday was cut short in 1955 when Robin joined a troop train to


The Lampstand | 2016 commence his three months’ military training in the Scottish regiment. In September 1956, he met Beverley Looker from Dunedin, who was to become his future wife. They both shared a passion for music, Beverley was a classical music teacher, and Robin loved all music. They married in December 1959. By 1960, Robin had graduated with a BCom, was admitted to the NZSA, also was a qualified Cost Accountant, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries. He became a Public Accountant when he became a partner in a Public Accountancy firm, no mean feat in his early twenties. He coached some of the Wellington College rugby teams, became Treasurer of the Old Boys’ Association, and retained an avid interest in all matters relevant to Wellington College. By 1964, Robin and Beverley had three children, and life became very busy. He had considerable involvement with the children’s activities, being on the Boards of Trustees of their schools, President of Parents’ Associations, and coach of several sporting teams. He also found time to organise fêtes and sporting days. Several well-known organisations, large companies, and businesses were Robin’s clients. One, very close to his heart was Unity Books. Alan Preston, a Wellington College Old Boy was a personal friend and often visited Beverley and Robin’s home. During the 1960s, Alan discussed setting up Unity Books, and asked Robin to guide him in the business side of it. The rest is history, and Unity Books is an excellent bookshop, sometimes talked about as being one of the best bookshops not only in New Zealand, but also worldwide. After Alan died, Robin managed the firm for a short while, before it was sold to Tilly Lloyd. Although Robin’s name appears as the auditor on business organisations, Robin did a lot of honorary work for schools, his church, the Former Members of NZ Parliament and many others. He made over 600 videos and dvds, as a gift to the couples that Beverley as a Marriage Celebrant married. He was generous to a fault with his time and with his deeds.

His integrity is legendary, and no doubt the values instilled in him by his parents, church and Wellington College were instrumental in the way he lived his life. He treated everyone, whether business client or friend, Diplomat or service provider, Member of Parliament or staff equally. He was extremely loyal to family and friends. He loved and was so proud of his three children and their academic and sporting achievements, likewise his six grandchildren. He met one great grandchild shortly before he died. Sadly he did not meet the second great grandchild. He took great joy in his wife’s achievements and accompanied her when she was speaking internationally, and nationally. He enjoyed travelling. In 2008, he suffered a Cardiac Arrest at traffic lights on The Terrace. He was not expected to survive after being clinically dead for 15 minutes, but his stubbornness, and determination served him well, and some months later he left the hospital and returned home. Life became difficult, however, and was never the same. The overwhelming comments the family received from hospital staff, to friends, former colleagues and clients have been that Robin was always a courteous, kind and caring gentleman, who cared about people and showed that care in so many ways. Beverley and Robin met 60 years ago, and were married for 56 years. They enjoyed one another’s company and valued the time they spent together.

Des’ father was a printer- a Lino Type setter and his maternal grandfather [William Speer] was a potter. The family moved to Greymouth - and with his younger brother, the two boys would venture out on all sorts of adventures exploring local mine shafts and tunnels. The boys used to watch their Grandfather making pots. Today there are a number of his works displayed in the Auckland Museum. Des’s great grand-father was killed in the Brunner Mine Disaster of 1896 and at that time, his father Arthur was only two.

could sleep in the back and enjoy the occasional containers of wine from local villages.

After primary school in Greymouth, the family moved to Wellington. Des completed his secondary schooling at Wellington College and the intrepid explorers continued their escapades which included a bike ride to Feilding then onto Wanganui and then another bike ride - the return trip.

Des took on the completion of his parent’s house in Seatoun after his father’s on-site fatal accident in 1957. He was also involved with the usual activities that encompassed the children’s lives and also served on the Wellington College Parents’ Association.

Des attended the University of NZ (now known as Canterbury University). He played Basketball at University, gaining a Blue. With the advent of WWII in 1939, Des enrolled in the Army for basic training in 1942 – he was encamped in Feilding’s Johnson Park and Racecourse. It was being based there and on a trip to the local movie theatre one night that he met a couple who over time become his future in-laws. He was then transferred to the Airforce Met Service in Kelburn, then returned to university in Christchurch.

His family are fortunate to have many wonderful memories of a special person, well loved, and a life well lived.

Des joined the NZ Alpine Club in 1948, enjoying both mountaineering and tramping in the Southern Alps with a fellow engineering student, Don Taylor(believed to be the first to climb the route up Mt Fraser).

Robin is survived by his wife Beverley, children Christopher, Warren and Carole, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and his brother Barry. Beverley Cathcart

Des completed his studies and was awarded his Degree in Engineering Civil in 1951. He got a job with the Ministry of Works, in the Hydro division for the Atiamuri and Whakamaru dam projects.

DE TERTE, Des 1923-2016 of Feilding Wellington College: 1937-1939

As part of his School of Engineering degree, Des went to London in 1950 with Don Taylor, university and tramping mate. The two chums travelled around parts of the Continental France and further afield in a Ford Model B car (the front seats were removed at night so they

Des was born in Hamilton in 1923 to parents Elsie and Arthur. His brother Morris was born three years later in 1926.


His girlfriend from ‘back home’, Bette, joined him in England late 1954 and they lived in a flat with seven others. Bette then heard that her father was terminally ill so she returned home. A short time later, Des finished working in London and followed Bette home. They were married in January 1955 and lived in Wellington. He worked for Bond and Partners and they raised a son and daughter.

In 1964, Des formed a company with Barrie Kerr-Hislop, whom he worked with at Bond & Partners, the firm was known as De Terte and Kerr Hislop. They were involved with Civil, Structural and Consultant engineering work both locally and around the country, working on numerous single and multi-storied buildings. They also carried out earthquake strengthening work in Courtenay Place and Des also filled in for an engineer on NZ Government Building upgrade. The company also had a contract with Dalgety’s to construct new woolstores around New Zealand. Dalgety’s were a Rural Support business for the farming industry. Des and Bette spent many years playing tennis at the Crawford Hill Tennis Club in Kilbirnie, and a lot of the social gatherings were at their Seatoun home. In the early days when the family was growing up, Des spent numerous Saturdays playing cricket. The team, organised by his brother Morrie, was known as the Grand Hotel. He was apparently a good opening batsman and both he and Bette played golf at Miramar. He was also on the Miramar committee and helped rewrite the club rules. Aside from golf, Des’ weekends were spent pouring concrete, painting, house maintenance and improvements or cleaning the oven. Their house on the hill of Seatoun afforded them grandstand seats with



the sinking of the Waihine in 1968. Des stayed on in the family home after Bette passed away in 1978 and continued with his business and playing golf. He was a member of the ‘Likely Lads’- a social golfing group of Miramar chaps. They would trip around NZ playing golf and also a trip to Hawaii. As he continued playing golf at Miramar, he met Gloria through the Club and she became his golfing partner playing in mixed tournaments. They would remain good friends over the years with daily phone calls to not only catch up but sort out answers for the Dominion Crossword. Eventually, Des retired from the business, though he stayed at the Seatoun home until aged 82, selling the house in 2004. He moved to Maupuia and lived there until 2010 before moving to Feilding to the new villa at Woodlands and close to his daughter and grandchildren. Eventually, Des’ health deteriorated and he peacefully passed away in May. HUNT, Robert (Bob) 1923-2016 of Christchurch BA, MB.ChB, FRNZCGP Wellington College: 1938-1940 Dux: 1940, Prefect 1940 Bob was born in Dunedin. His father, Les, (who was severely wounded at Gallipoli, remained in the Army and subsequently became a Brigadier General). The family soon got used to shifting, as Les was transferred to Auckland, and then to Palmerston North, and later to New Plymouth, and finally to Wellington, where the family stayed over the WWII years. After setting up training at the Trentham Military Camp, Les travelled with the first echelon to Maadi Camp in Egypt where he was Camp Commandant, then when Japan entered the war, came back to the Central Pacific as Commander of the 8th Infantry Brigade. He later received an OBE. Bob was Dux of Central School, New Plymouth in 1935,and spent the next two years at New Plymouth Boys’ High School. His academic skills showed up early while still

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Sgt. Major, Long Distance Champion for three years and a pianist.

While still in New Plymouth, there was a Polio epidemic, and schools were closed. It was beautiful warm weather, so Bob and his two brothers spent most of that time swimming in the Brooklands Lake amongst the lilies and eels.

Later on, and up to 2002, they completed many more serious tramps around many of our National Parks, starting with a 1949 trip via the Rees, Dart and Routeburn Tracks and down the Hollyford Valley to Martins Bay and beyond. Bob had meticulously worked out the required calories for their diet which had to be minimal weight for carrying over several weeks. The ‘basics’ of dried peas, beans and barley was to say the least, uninspiring, but also produced excess H2S! They had porridge at night and soaked the beans overnight for breakfast with boiled bacon where fat was saved to put on bread for lunch. As late as 2014, Bob joined John for a part of a tramp with the Manawatu Tramping and Skiing Club.

The family enjoyed Christmas holidays camping at the Mokau River - swimming, spearing flounders, boating up the river, and scrambling around the flowerpot rocks. Bob entered Wellington College into Form 5A in 1938 and was awarded the Edward Espy Martin Scholarship. The following year, he proceeded straight to 6A, and became Approxime Accessit to Dux, and won a University National Scholarship. That same year, he won the Sir Alexander Gray Memorial Cup for his unusually wide interests and all round ability, and in 1940 became the first J.P. Firth Scholar, which recognised factors such as character, sport, and academic achievement. In 1940 he was Dux of the College, having only just turned 17 in November. Bob took part in many College institutions, including two years as team member in the Senior Debating Society. He won the College Navy League Essay and Prepared Speech competition one year, and the Sefton Adams Memorial the next. In the Cadet Battalion, he was awarded the Auckland Old Boys’ Cup in 1939, and became a Company Sergeant Major in 1940. He excelled in long distance running and won cups for the Senior Mile and Cross-Country Championships. He was in the Swimming and Shooting teams, and also played the piano. One of his favourites was Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude (No.12). Both of Bob’s brothers attended Wellington College - Peter (19411942), a Middle-weight Boxing Champion and John (1942-1946) who was Head Prefect and Battalion

Bob and John both enjoyed tramping, beginning in 1943 with a weekend traverse over the Orongorongo Range to the Wairarapa and back out via the Mukamuka Valley.

On leaving College, Bob completed his BA (with top marks for New Zealand) at Victoria University where he also ran with their harrier team, winning several Blues in the Inter -University Winter Tournaments. He also won two titles in the National Cross-Country Championships. After his BA, Bob was unsure about his further academic studies. Medicine appealed, but as he used to be sickened by the sight of blood, he decided to work during the holidays at the Wellington Abattoir, where he soon got over this and was then quite prepared to continue studies at Otago University. However, prior to going down to Otago, he had a year in the Army, where, as 2nd Lieutenant, he commanded an anti-aircraft unit in the hills above Miramar. He did confide later, that the guns were only imitations to fool the Japanese! In 1944, Bob entered Medical School in Dunedin, but the following year he ‘took a year off’ to study medical science (electrical impulses triggering heart beats). On completion of his medical degree, Bob spent two years as a House Surgeon at Christchurch Hospital.

While at Christchurch Hospital, he met Jocelyn Ryder, a nurse from Invercargill. She was able to share Bob’s enthusiasm for outdoor activities such as skiing. Bob completed his internship with a period at the Cashmere Sanatorium. A house went with the position, so that became their first home after their marriage in 1951. They then moved to Belfast, a rapidly growing satellite of Christchurch where they set up a new medical practice, (with an assured clientele, from the nearby meat-works, and lots of new births - mostly at night)! As their family increased to five, (three daughters and two sons) they built a new and much larger house with a separate surgery sufficient to handle the rapidly increasing development of the practice. They remained at Belfast until retirement after which they moved into Christchurch. Bob became a ‘perennial’ in the annual ‘Coast to Coast’ events. In his first year - 1985, he was a member of the two-man team that won the Veterans’ section and he continued to participate in those events for many years and was their oldest competitor. He also regularly competed in the annual Brass Monkey (kayak/canoe) Race down the Waimakariri River until quite recently. Bob died in Christchurch in January aged 92 years. John Hunt, Class of 1946 KELLAWAY, Peter 1947-2015 of Hamilton Wellington College: 1965 Peter passed away in 2015. The greater part of his career as a practising lawyer was spent in Hamilton. Peter was very highly regarded and respected within the legal profession and the community for his integrity and honesty, his dedication to his staff and clients and his lengthy contribution to the Waikato Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Law Society. Peter, the son of a senior public servant, was born in Nelson and received his secondary education at Colenso High School and Wellington College. He studied law at Victoria


The Lampstand | 2016 University of Wellington and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the High Court in Wellington in 1972.

LIDDELL, Michael 1949-2015 of Auckland Wellington College: 1963-1965 Dux: 1965

Peter started his career as a solicitor with the Public Trust. In December 1972, immediately after his marriage to Margaret, they came to Hamilton to take up positions with Sandiford McBreen and Partners. Peter was admitted to partnership in 1975 and in 1983 the firm became Almao McAllen & Kellaway.

Long serving Auckland Grammar master, Michael Liddell passed away suddenly on in July 2015, in the School holidays, after retiring at the end of 2014. Michael was a respected teacher who was appointed to Auckland Grammar School as a French and Latin master in 1978. He taught for periods of time, with other challenges calling him away, before returning again to Grammar in 1993 to be an integral part of the Latin and Classical Studies departments.

Peter and Margaret started their own firm in 2003 known as Kellaways. Peter remained in practice with Margaret until his death. Peter practised mainly as a property lawyer and also in the areas of commercial law, trusts and estate administration. Peter served on the Audit & Practice Committee of the Waikato Bay of Plenty District Law Society from 2001 to 2007 and latterly until he passed away, on the committee of the Waikato Bay of Plenty branch responsible for interviewing practitioners who were entering into practice on their own account. He was unfailingly courteous in this role and will be remembered by many practitioners working now within the branch area. Peter also served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Law Society in 2001. He served the profession diligently and conscientiously over a long period of time.

Mike was appointed Head of Department for Classical Studies in 1996. In late 2002, he moved to AGC International College to teach English as a Second Language (ESOL). He once again returned to Grammar to teach Classics, Latin and French in 2008. He remained at Auckland Grammar School until the end of 2014 totalling some 20 years of service to the School. Michael was actively involved in the extracurricular life of the School. This included tennis, hockey and football. Throughout his career he pursued a much-loved hobby, by accepting responsibility for video recording school musical performances between 1994 and 2002.

In a profile posted on the internet, Peter described himself as being experienced, determined and persistent. Along with these and the other attributes described in this narrative, Peter was a devoted and proud family man. He enjoyed life to the utmost and was a frequent overseas traveller with his family.

Michael came to Wellington College in 1963 from Heretaunga College, entering Form 5, and almost two years younger than the rest of his cohort. In his final year, aside from being co-Dux with Brian Smythe, he scooped up a plethora of other prizes including the James Mackay Bursary, the Moore Scholarship, the Edward Espy Martin Prizes for French, the Edward Espy Martin Prizes for French and German and the Liverton Prizes for History. Auckland Grammar School Magazine

Peter and Margaret, his wife and partner for the past 43 years, had two sons both of whom live overseas.

LOGIE, Kirk 1920-2015 of Virginia, USA Wellington College: 1936-1937

Peter maintained the values that all members of the legal profession aspire to. The profession owes him a considerable debt of gratitude.

Kirk passed away in November 2015 at the age of 95 in Springfield, Virginia (USA). Kirk was born in Lyttelton, New Zealand in 1920 to Edward and Georgina Logie. He was educated at Birkenhead School, Northcote High School and at Wellington College in 1936 and 1937.

In 1937, Kirk joined the staff at the Bank of New Zealand in Wellington. When war broke out, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Third Division Pacific and in Italy with the 25th Battalion. He was assigned to the Occupation Force in Japan to establish Radio Station AKAA Yomaguchi for the troops. On his return to New Zealand, Kirk held assignments as Programme Manager at 2ZA and Station Manager at 2XG. He met Beverley Phyllis Johansen who also worked at the station and married her in 1947 at the Terrace End Anglican Church, Palmerston. Kirk and Beverley emigrated to the United States in 1951 primarily for Kirk to learn television. Their first home was in Chicago, Illinois. His commercial broadcasting assignments included Music Director; WBKS-TV, Producer WBBM-TV; WBBM-TV in Chicago; Assistant Professor, Speech and Drama, Loyola University; and Supervisor of Radio and Television, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.


In 1980, Kirk established the worldwide satellite system providing colour television and radio channels to American military personnel in 57 countries while working at AFRTS. Until his retirement in 1986, he travelled extensively in Europe, the Far East and the Far South Pacific. He was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal by the Secretary of Defence in 1986. During a visit to New Zealand in 2008 for a Radio in Gisborne Reunion, Kirk was quoted in a local NZ paper regarding his eventful life, I have had the pleasure of working with famous people and visited many of our AFRTS stations in 57 overseas countries. I did aircraft carrier landings and went down in a nuclear submarine. Did two short tours in Vietnam as an Army civilian doing logistic reports, briefed President Nixon and cabinet members and represented the US at a Geneva conference on FM. I also directed the establishment of a worldwide satellite system to over 1000 radio and TV stations of the AFRTS and was liaison contact with members of Congress, network executives and unions of our industry.

In 1956 Kirk joined the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) as Network Program Manager (Midwest). He produced many network shows including segments of Wide Wide World, Today, Tonight, Wild Kingdom, Nat King Cole Show and World of Adventure. In 1959, he was assigned by NBC International to establish television in Portugal where he served as General Manager of Radio-Television Portuguese in Lisbon.

Kirk enjoyed big band music, classic movies, Welsh Terriers, boating and the outdoors. Kirk was also passionate about rebuilding Triumph TR3 cars.

After returning to the States in 1960, Kirk entered government service as Chief, Videotape Operations, U.S. Information Agency and later served as Assistant for Special Projects, Office of Vice Chief of Naval Operations (1962) and as Public Information Officer, U.S. Army Supply and Maintenance Command (1963). During 1965-1966, he served as a Civilian Logistics Liaison Officer in South Vietnam, Thailand and Okinawa. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary of the Army. Later he was assigned as Chief, Armed Service News Bureau, and later as Special Assistant to the Director Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).

Kirk was also quoted as saying, I had a life of lucky decisions and the help of many friends. Lee Anne Kelley

Kirk was the loving father of Kirk Logie, Jr., Robyn Carlson, James Logie, Lee Anne Kelley and Elizabeth Logie. He is further survived by his seven grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by four great grandchildren.

MACKERSEY, Ian 1925-2015 of Auckland Wellington College: 1939-1943 Ian was a New Zealand writer and documentary film producer acclaimed for his deeply researched and revelational biographies. His first, published in London in 1985, and still in print, was the life of L T C (Tom) Rolt, the prolific author and pioneer of the leisure cruising industry on Britain’s inland waterways.



He was inspired to write the book and research Rolt’s life from his own love of the English canals which he and his family regularly cruised in their own narrow beam boat from its home port in a London suburb. The first of his aviation biographies, Jean Batten: The Garbo of the Skies (1991), was a finalist for two New Zealand book awards. The story of the most reckless, successful and secretive of the celebrated longdistance women aviators of the 1930s, the biography – and a TV documentary Ian directed – revealed for the first time the truth about the sad and reclusive life of this glamorous woman pilot, solving in the process the mystery of her bizarre death in 1982. In 1999, Ian produced Smithy, the first fully definitive biography of the legendary Australian pilot, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, whose disappearance over the Indian Ocean in 1935 remains one of aviation’s great unsolved mysteries. It was followed in 2003 by a new study of the life of the American bicyclemakers who invented the aeroplane: The Wright Brothers: The Remarkable Story of the Aviation Pioneers who Changed the World. Both the Jean Batten and Wright Brothers biographies have sold international film rights. His latest book, No Empty Chairs, was published in 2012, the story of the pilots and observers who fought in the Royal Flying Corps in the First Great Air War. A former head of film and television production at British Airways in London, where his documentaries took 24 international awards, Ian was an ex-pilot, journalist, magazine editor, TV documentary producer and the author of ten books, including two novels. He began his writing career as a reporter on daily newspapers in New Zealand before going to London to work in Fleet Street and later as a feature writer for Royal Air Force Review, travelling the world reporting on the RAF’s global operations. There followed a year in Hong Kong as night news editor of the South China Morning Post, the editorship, back at the Air Ministry in London, of the RAF’s flying training magazine, Air Clues, and, later, a move to Central Africa. In Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), he edited a monthly magazine

The Lampstand | 2016 for a copper mining group and established a documentary film unit in newly independent Zambia. His most successful film, Luapula Journey, which was accepted by the Edinburgh Festival and has remained a cult movie throughout Central Africa for more than 40 years, was a portrayal of a week in the life of a Zambian fish trader; the simple story unfolded entirely in the local Bemba language – with an English commentary for European audiences. Another of his films, Snow on the Equator, featured an expedition he made into the Ruwenzori, the fabled Mountains of the Moon on the Congo/Uganda border. Back in London, Ian joined the public affairs department of British Airways (then BOAC) to manage its film, television and photographic operations, during which time he wrote and produced for worldwide television documentaries about airline operations, including three about the supersonic airliner Concorde. In 1983 he returned to live and work again in New Zealand where, in Auckland, he and his wife, Caroline, a former BBC-TV researcher, started a film production company to make documentary programmes for TVNZ. After writing, directing and producing several acclaimed and incisive documentaries, he turned to full-time writing in the early 1990s, travelling the world researching his books for his London publisher. In April 2015, after a short illness, Ian passed away in Auckland. He is survived by three children; David, Paula and Kiri. Paula Mackersey McPHEE, Gary 1955-2016 of Carterton Wellington College 1969-1972 It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the tragic passing of our former Carterton Mayor, friend, colleague, and true personality, Gary McPhee said the Carterton District Council. The ‘Sheriff of Carterton’, with his tough exterior and straight talking mentality was staunchly loyal to our town and community, and with his unique style in which he led was one that we all admired and respected. Gary was elected as Mayor in 2004

and was at the helm when Carterton District Council made the courageous decision to support and help fund the award winning Carterton Events Centre. This was a brave move, but with a growing town and a deficiency in local community facilities, the decision to move forward with the project was one that took great vision and leadership, and which will prove to be a his lasting legacy. The colourful Mayor, who was commonly seen astride his Harley Davidson, clad in black leather, was practical and hard working. He was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and lend a hand. With a big heart he supported many worthy causes, Child Cancer, clever campaigns to raise awareness for Herceptin, and closer to his heart, men’s health issues, often talking about his own personal battles, openly and truthfully. His passing is a tremendous loss to our small loyal town; he will leave a great hole within our community, and will prove irreplaceable. Mayor John Booth says he will miss Gary dearly describing him as a man mountain with a heart of gold who always had the appropriate thing to say about what was going on in the District. As a Mayor he really wanted to help people, and went the extra mile for his community. Mayor Booth says when I became Mayor he rang me and said he was so rapt to have another Gladstone man at the helm. He remembered him in meetings, always making a point of sitting next to me, even if someone else was there he would politely ask them to move stating ‘John and I always sit together’ and whenever he saw me he said the same thing ‘how’s it going John, you’re doing an awesome job’. He always made me feel humble. When he was the Mayor, he would visit businesses with a clipboard and pen and go into the shops asking ‘what do I need to fix’ – he was that sort of Mayor, connected and deeply committed to the Carterton Community.

second and final term as a Regional Councillor when he died. New Zealand First MP Ron Mark succeeded McPhee as Mayor of Carterton and knew him well. He says news of his death was ‘gutting’ and will be a huge loss to the community. He described McPhee as ‘largerthan-life in every possible way’. He was big in heart, big in stature, big in courage and big in talent. The biggest thing that stayed with me about Gary McPhee was that he cared about people, he really did. He was a people person. Gary was a mechanic, a marriage celebrant, a motor-cycle racer, a restauranteur, a mental health advocate and one of Wairarapa’s most popular political characters. He was known for his practical approach to solving Carterton’s problems. His outspoken style was a hallmark of his political career and he never shied away from controversy. He hit the headlines in 2008 when he produced a line of bumper stickers that advocated bringing back the death penalty for violent people. He was well-known in the biker fraternity and built his own sidecar to carry the coffins of deceased motorcyclists to their final resting place. He built his own Harley Davidson hotrod bikes and was a regular racer. McLAGGAN, Barry 1939-2016 of Hamilton Wellington College: 1952-1955 Barry McLaggan had a genuine love of his fellow New Zealanders. A man of high achievement, he was that rare person who also had the ability to relate to others as equals, establishing an instant rapport with all he met, no matter their background or position. A farmer, a businessman, a Freemason, a Justice of the Peace, Barry was someone who not only joined organisations, but who naturally assumed leadership roles within them, rising to the top on the strength of character rather than naked ambition.

Mayor Booth described him as being a deep thinker, but man of few words. But when he did speak, he spoke with authority, tenacity and passion for his community.

After achieving success in his personal and professional life, he sought to serve the wider community and did so in a multitude of ways.

Gary served two terms as Carterton mayor from 2004-2010 and was in his

Barry was born in Waipukurau, the third child of Herbert and Letitia


The Lampstand | 2016 McLaggan. Achieving School Certificate at Wellington College, in 1956 Barry found initial employment with a dental and medical supply company. A keen sportsman, he was particularly adept at tennis and in the same year met Jill Morrison, a fellow player. Barry’s rural life began in 1958 when he took a job on a family farm in the Wairarapa. He and Jill were married in Wellington in 1960 and soon afterwards shifted to the Waikato. He worked as a farmhand for two years at Waitoa before moving to Tatuanui to a 39 percent sharemilking job. Skilled, industrious and ambitious, Barry’s career went from strength to strength - 130 cows were purchased as he and Jill shifted again to Te Aroha on a 50/50 contract. The herd size rose to 160 when they returned to Tatuanui on the same terms. By 1968, when a further relocation saw the family at Eureka, they were milking 700 cows. Barry had become the largest sharemilker in the country, nationally recognised for his excellence with stock. Three years later, the family farm was purchased at Henry Road in Taupiri. Milking some 240 cows, the farm increased in size over the years and a new house was built. As Barry was able to pass more responsibility for its running over to others, he focused his considerable energies elsewhere. Tennis, golf and squash clubs, the Scouting movement, Young Farmers, junior rugby and the Morrinsville Dairy Community Trust were amongst the organisations he served and frequently led. When children Jim, Kaye and Lance received their secondary education, they did so secure in the knowledge that their father was chairman of the Hamilton Boys’ High and Hamilton Girls’ High Schools Boards of Governors. Barry was active in various dairy co-operatives throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, earning the respect of fellow farmers and industry colleagues alike. His natural instincts toward planning provided a necessary restraint on those less bound by personal integrity or driven by testosterone. In a period of huge consolidation, he helped facilitate mergers, invariably rising to the top of the resulting co-operative. From being the director of

Morrinsville Dairy, he became director of the Morrinsville Thames Valley Co-operative Dairy Company, then chairman of the board and ultimately chairman of a new organisation as the two major Waikato co-ops merged. Barry brought considerable empathy to these managerial positions, drawing on his own diverse farming experience.

with a taste for whiskey and a love of rugby, who added curry to everything, Barry enjoyed life to the fullest.

The same empathy stood him in good stead when it came to working as a rural conciliator.

McQUEEN, Euan QSM 1937-2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1949-1953

Barry also functioned at one time or another as the director of the Morrinsville Rural Immediate Credit Association, president of the South Auckland Dairies Association, director of the National Dairy Association and president of the New Zealand Dairy Employers Association. His stewardship of the last saw the introduction of new systems of updating wage negotiations and conciliation, the success of which can be measured by the fact that there has been no major strikes in the dairy industry since.

Euan McQueen contributed enthusiastically to the 2008 celebration of the centenary of the completion of the North Island Main Trunk Line. On the re-creation of the Parliamentary Special, the first train to complete the WellingtonAuckland trip, he provided a commentary for guests on the train.

Barry joined the Freemasons in 1967, becoming a member of Lodge Piako Morrinsville. The Masonic values of care, kindness, honesty and trust were also his own and he was renowned within the movement as much for his compassion as his leadership. Lodge Master on four separate occasions, Barry was appointed a Grand Lodge Officer in 1990, attained the position of 1st Grand Principal in Royal Arch Masonry in the years 2002-2003 and became the Grand Master of New Zealand Freemasonry from 2006 to 2008. Barry took the Justice of the Peace oath in 1991. Electing to train further, he subsequently became a Judicial Justice of the Peace, enabling him to sit in the Huntly District Court. He was also an Issuing Officer, with the power to issue search warrants. Barry served as President of the Waikato Justices of the Peace Association in 2001/2002 and regularly attended national conferences. As in all other fields of endeavour, he was respected for his reliability and his courteous, scrupulous behaviour. To act appropriate to the occasion was one thing that Barry taught his children, not that every occasion was a serious one. A man of humour,

Barry is survived by Jill, his wife of 56 years, their three children, six grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. Waikato Times

Euan was the elder statesman of Railways. He helped shape it in its modern form, was an eloquent advocate for it and was a man whose legacy will be the survival of early railway architecture he worked tirelessly to preserve. He was also a passionate Wellingtonian who served on school boards, sang in choirs and, after leaving Railways in the late 1980s, became a Wellington regional councillor. Euan grew up in Wellington in a family without a car. Outings and holidays were always on the train. When the family travelled south to a holiday home just north of Dunedin, the train driver stopped at Merton to drop them off. He gained a Master’s degree in geography from Victoria University and initially followed his parents into teaching. He joined NZ Railways in 1969 and over the next 18 years played a pivotal role in Railways adapting to the challenge to its historical supremacy from motor transport. In 1969, Railways was the second largest employer in the country. Its business was underpinned by a government restriction on road transport carrying freight over medium to long distances. At the same time, the political climate discouraged increasing prices


for services, Railways was struggling with the cost of supporting urban rail in three cities, urban bus services in seven towns and cities, loss-making long-distance passenger services and an extensive apprentice training programme. Euan had only been working for Railways for a year when he was coordinating a working party looking at the future role and direction of Railways. He went on to prepare Railways’ first strategic plan and work with an inter-government departmental team that led to the transition to the Railways Corporation in 1982. In the mid-1980s, he became the general manager’s representative on Cabinet and parliamentary committees working through the recommendations of the consultants Boaz Allen Hamilton that led to the restructuring of the business and a reduction in staff to close to today’s numbers. Euan was the consummate diplomat in negotiating the vicissitudes of Railways’ relationships with governments. Occasionally in later years, his sense of fair play got the better of him and he would privately seek to set the record straight. An example was his reinterpretation of the story of the ‘missing tractor’. A former Labour Railways Minister had used it to portray Railways as hopelessly inefficient. As Richard Prebble told it, a farmer became so incensed at the non-arrival of a new tractor that he searched along the railway line and eventually found it in a siding. Ever protective of Railways, Euan told a different story. The tractor supplier, unable to deliver the tractor, possibly because of the arcane system of import licensing at the time - used the Railways as a convenient excuse. He rose to be Assistant General Manager and Corporate Secretary. But in May 1988, he opted for early retirement when it became clear that the job wasn’t what he wanted and that his chances of advancing to the role of General Manager had effectively been thwarted. He was briefly Chief Executive Officer of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust before embarking on a career that involved consulting and becoming a three-term member of



Greater Wellington Regional Council. He was an independent commissioner for Resource Management Hearings, a member of a regional medical ethics committee and a community representative on the regional primary health care organisation. As well as being a geographer, Euan had a keen sense of history. He became concerned that the stations, goods sheds rolling stock and other infrastructure that had been left stranded by the contraction of railways from the 1950s onwards, should not simply be abandoned and forgotten. The result was the Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand and his role as both Chair (from 1991 until 2012) and advocate for the preservation of railway infrastructure. His work for the trust consisted, among other things, of documenting what needed to be preserved - and working on restoration projects such as the Wingatui Station and signal box south of Dunedin, Moana Railway precinct on the West Coast and the Greytown Goods Shed in Wairarapa. Euan managed a third railway career - that of proprietor. With help from his friends and family, he built an 80-metre, 610mm gauge railway on his Martinborough weekend property. When the New Zealand Transport Agency decided to inspect his railway, there was some debate about the costs involved, until Euan and the agency struck a deal. The Tea and Pikelets Agreement was an ideal solution for everyone, except for Euan’s wife, Noeline, who had to make the pikelets. Euan was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 2012 for services to rail transport and education. In retirement, Euan maintained a passionate interest in railways. In a paper prepared for a 2004 Freight Summit Conference in Auckland, he told delegates: If one puts aside for the moment the fact that it is a railway and views the system as a part of the nation’s heavy freight haulage network, there is a strong case to retain the railway system - and to a good standard. Euan is survived by Noeline, and

The Lampstand | 2016 children Phil, Graeme, Helen and Robyn. Dominion Post MURRAY, Ian 1943 - 2016 of Auckland Wellington College: 1957-1961 Firth House It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Ian Murray in October after a year’s struggle with cancer. Ian was surrounded by his loving wife, Emma, and their four children. Born in Lower Hutt in 1943, Ian graduated from the University of Auckland’s Department of Civil Engineering with a BE in 1967. He subsequently enjoyed an extensive career in the civil engineering field in New Zealand and abroad, working at the Ministry of Works and McConnell Dowell, as well as his own firms Robt Stone, Haden and Custance, and JLE. The Faculty of Engineering wishes to express our sincere condolences to Ian’s family. We are especially appreciative of Ian and Emma’s support and contributions towards enriching the lives of our students, which they did not hesitate to demonstrate in both thoughts and actions. In 2009, they launched the Ian & Emma Murray Engineering Scholarships to provide two $5,000 grants in perpetuity for Mechanical Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering undergraduate students. In 2014, they included the Ian & Emma Murray Doctoral Scholarship to their list of offerings. Ian and Emma were additionally long-running and enthusiastic supporters of our Formula SAE team. The couple notably became patrons of the team, generously pledging their support all the way through to 2017. Matt MacDougall, the Faculty of Engineering’s Development Manager, comments, Ian was a remarkably generous man with a huge spirit and a big heart. He was very keen on supporting the students and did so in many different ways – whether it was through awards, business mentoring, or standing trackside cheering for our Formula SAE car. He was one of the team and he will be greatly missed. University of Auckland

NAULLS, Geoff 1944-2016 of Auckland Wellington College 1959-1963 Geoff attended Wellington College from 1959 to 1963. A keen rugby player, he made the 1st XV in 1963. He died peacefully after a period of ill-health at the Totara Hospice in May wand was the dearly loved husband of Sally and much loved father and father-in-law of Phillip and Amy, Helen and Andrew, Timothy and Sian, Anthony and Helen. Granddad to 10 (nearly 11) lovely grandchildren. Brother of Connie and the late Barbara. After leaving school, Geoff worked for three years as a clerk at Humes Industries and then Felt & Textiles in Wellington. He then enrolled at Victoria University for the Engineering Intermediate year which he duly passed and moved to Auckland University School of Engineering. After graduation in 1972, he met and married his soulmate Sally (Geoff always called her Sarah which created much confusion and mirth among his friends). He joined Whakatu Freezing Works in Hastings, but less than a year later was employed with Shell Oil as the Area Manager in Wellington and later in Auckland. In 1982, he accepted a position at New Zealand Steel at Glenbrook as Engineer responsible for mobile plant. In 1986, Geoff joined Insurance Broker Alexander Stenhouse as a Risk Engineer, working with clients through the Pacific area. He had found his passion and early 1990’s joined Fire Risk Consultants following the new (1991) Building Act Regulations came into effect introducing the discipline of ‘Fire Engineering’. He qualified as a Chartered Professional Engineer specialising in Fire Engineering to support this line of employment. Shortly after he became selfemployed and with his Office Manager, Sarah (Sally), worked successfully from home up until the final months of his life. He served the Engineering profession, in particular the Fire Engineering sector with distinction. In 1992, Geoff joined Papakura Rotary. In 1997/98 he was Youth & Vocational Director, promoting the Alan Duffie ‘Books in Homes’

project in a local school. He was involved with the Youth Exchange programme, including involving his sons, Tim and Anthony, moving to Germany and Switzerland for 12 months. He and Sally hosted many incoming students over this five-year involvement. He also served as Club Bulletin Editor, Director of Service Committee, Club Secretary and Club President, serving with distinction and with his well-known sense of humour during a very active and successful time for Papakura Rotary. He was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010. Geoff served on his local school (Papakura Normal School) Board of Trustees – including as Chairman. His life-long recreational passion was rugby and he was a rugby referee for Counties-Manukau Association for many years. Geoff’s qualities were many - a gentleman, personable and tolerant, he had a great sense of humour. His mode of operation, in business and personally was more tortoise than hare. Of unfailing positive character, he was typically not given to overt anger or excess enthusiasm in his dealing with people. He is sadly missed by family and many friends. Rest in Peace Geoff. Alistair Gooch, Class of 1959 PEDDIE, John [Cdre Rtd RNZN] 1944-2016 of Tauranga Wellington College: 1957-1959 After attending Karori School, John followed in the footsteps of his father, George (Dux 1923) and his two older brothers and attended Wellington College. At the same time that he was at College, he was an active member of Port Nicholson Sea Scouts and it was there that he developed a great love of the sea. This love of the sea was the reason that he applied to enter the Naval College at Jervis Bay, south of Sydney, Australia at the end of his fifth form year. (In those days training started at around 16 years of age.) His application was accepted and he successfully graduated and became a Midshipman in the Royal New Zealand Navy. After a short period he was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant and then over time rose through the ranks. John was serving on a ship that called


The Lampstand | 2016 into Gisborne for the night and he and others were invited to a function at the local RSA. It was here that he met his future wife, Dale. They were later married in the Naval Chapel at Devonport Base. Dale always supported John in his career and often had to give up her own job as a nurse when John was moved around the country or to overseas posts. After several years in the navy John was chosen to undertake postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Only 40 military personnel from around the world were selected for each intake to the College. At the age of 36 John was New Zealand’s youngest captain of a frigate when he became commanding officer of the HMNZ Ship Taranaki. He also served on the frigates Canterbury, Waikato, Otago and Wellington. He related well with other people and was a popular and respected commanding officer. During his naval career John had two lengthy overseas postings. In the mid-1970s, he was sent on exchange to Pearl Harbour where he worked with the United States Navy in the military intelligence area. Then in the early 1990s, he became head of the New Zealand Defence staff in London and Defence Advisor/ Attaché in Paris, Brussels and Bonn. It was in this posting that John played a crucial role in the deployment of New Zealand troops in the crisis in Bosnia. On returning to New Zealand, John was appointed to his last post in the navy as Maritime Commander New Zealand – the operating and administrative commander of naval forces. He held the rank of Commodore which is one level below Rear Admiral. After the completion of his naval career in 1998, John and Dale purchased on orchard in Katikati, where they grew golden kiwifruit. While there, he was one of the founders of the Katikati Avocado, Food and Wine Festival, and when the Katikati Avocado, Food and Wine Festival rolls around again next summer, the name John Graeme Peddie will be uttered with fondness and reverence. He was a founding father of the event. After many years on the orchard John and Dale retired to Tauranga. Here John continued to serve the

community as a trustee and secretary of the Bay Health Foundation. He helped raise millions of dollars for community health projects like the satellite renal dialysis centre in Tauranga Hospital and the Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty cancer centres. While the spirit of the sailor has returned to sea, his legend lives on ashore. And legend has it that John had been invited aboard HMY Britannia in Lyttelton for a private luncheon with the Queen. He escorted the Queen twice, says his wife Dale. He was given gold cufflinks as mementos. And when John chose a kiwifruit from the fruit bowl being offered by the Queen, she seized the moment. Now John, said the Queen I am very interested to see how you prepare and eat it. Or words to that effect. Did John, the first commanding officer of the Leander class frigate Wellington, peel the kiwifruit, cut it in half and spoon the flesh or eat it whole, skin and all? The last option wasn’t an option. He cut and spooned it of course, assures Dale. Cutting and spooning is probably royal protocol to this day. John was looking forward to a reunion of those who served on the Frigate Waikato which was to be held in Tauranga over Queen’s Birthday weekend. Unfortunately he died suddenly a few days beforehand. A large contingent of those who were attending the reunion were at his funeral service. John Peddie lived his life with distinction. The Weekend Sun PITT, David 1938-2016 of Wellington College: 1952-1956 Firth House Head Prefect, Prefect David was born in 1938 and lived the first ten years of his life in Lower Hutt, near Wellington. He was the first child of Betty and Morrie Pitt. He was named Charles David, but because there were several cousins named Charles, he was called David. Interestingly, at secondary school, his nickname was Chas. The family moved to Kelburn, Wellington when he was about 10 years old. By then, I was born and I, Michael, am his only sibling. He attended Kelburn School and then his secondary education was at Wellington College, where he also

was a boarder. He was an excellent A stream student and, also, a fine sportsman. He was in the 1st XI cricket team in which he was an opening batsman and a wicket keeper. He also played hooker in the 2nd XV rugby team. He was an outstanding field athlete and won the inter-collegiate discus championship two years in a row. He was Head Prefect of Firth House and a School Prefect. However, he choose Academia over sport in his career. Following College, David went to Long Beach, Los Angeles as an American Field Scholar, attending a high school there. Following that year, David went to England. He began to train at the Parker Pen Company, as our family were the agents for Parker Pen in New Zealand. He was also studying to gain entrance to Oxford University. He didn’t stay with the Parker Pen Company, nor did he make to Oxford University that time. He did, however, meet Carol Haigh at a party for returning American Field Service Scholars. They fell in love and Carol returned to New Zealand with him a few months later. They first came to Wellington and then made their home in Auckland where they married in 1959. David took up a secondary school teaching scholarship and attended Auckland University. After three years, he graduated with a BA majoring in History. The New Zealand Government allowed him to travel overseas to further his education on the understanding that he would return to teach in New Zealand. During his time in Auckland, two children were born, Jerome and Sarah. David and family headed to Oxford University where he first completed a B.Lit. and then a D.Phil. in Anthropology. The subject of his doctoral thesis was Economics and Cultural Development in Samoa. During his doctorate, he spent several months in Samoa doing field work. The family came to Samoa and they were based in Apia while David did extensive field work in rural areas. His doctoral thesis was good enough to be published as a book by Oxford University Press. Before returning to New Zealand, David took up positions at a university in Canada and at the ILO in Geneva. In the late 60s, David succeeded in being appointed to a Professorship


in Sociology at Waikato University. He was 31 years old and was one of the youngest ever appointed a full professor at a New Zealand University and the first Jewish Professor appointed in New Zealand. A year later, he became Professor of Sociology at Auckland University. He stayed in Auckland for ten years and, in 1979, the family travelled to Geneva where David took up a position at the World Health Organisation of the United Nations. He later became a consultant with a conservation group, Alp Action, the Geneva Peace Institute and also was a visiting lecturer at several universities. By now, the family had expanded. Devra was born in London, Josh was born in Canada, Dannielle, Joe and Lisa were all born in New Zealand. Another child, Marcel, died as a young baby. David was a prolific writer. As well as his book on Samoa, David wrote several other books including: • Emerging Pluralism with Cluny McPherson on the Samoan Community in New Zealand • A book on the history of sociology of Alpine regions in Europe • A book on the effects of aid on developing counties both from outside and inside the countries. He concluded that aid from inside the country was more useful then external aid. • A book on the United Nations • A book on water - Water in a Warmer World. He also wrote numerous papers and articles, too many to mention here. Among David’s many articles, he wrote on the Jewish Community in New Zealand. Recently, a book on prominent Jewish New Zealanders was published. It included, in the section on academics, an article about David. Through all this, David was a family man. He was a supportive husband and he and Carol were married over 57 years. Despite the fact that he travelled a lot, he spent a lot of time with his children. For much of his life, David had good health. He was a very strong man and was able to overcome cancer about fifteen years ago. In the last two years, he had several bouts of ill



health. He overcame these and was recovering well from a recent spell in hospital when he died suddenly and unexpectedly. I remember lots of fun times with David when I was young. We would play rugby inside in the hallway of our home, with a rolled up sock. You’ve heard of seven-a-side, well this was one-a-side. Also, we went on lots of good holidays around New Zealand with our parents. I also used to stay with David and Carol when they lived in Auckland and David was studying for his bachelor’s degree. One of my duties was to take Jerome and Sarah to walks in their pram. I was a teenager and I felt very responsible to be taking Jerome and Sarah for a walk! David had sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Some years ago, David and I started a publishing company. We published non-fiction works. It has been a stimulating being associated with David in this venture. David lived a very full and satisfying life. He will be sorely missed by his wife Carol, children and their spouses, by his grandchildren and by myself, by his nephews and by his great nieces and nephew and by his numerous cousins and by colleagues and friends.

The Lampstand | 2016 appealing to defer. In fact, Ken’s association with the university had started even earlier - he was an alumnus, entering as a student in 1956, having been Dux of Wellington College where he had been awarded prizes in French, German, Chemistry, Physics and, of course, Mathematics. Ken’s mathematical interests were equally catholic: he was deeply interested in geometry and on his return to Victoria became a regular participant in Victoria’s weekly logic seminar.

His patient, subtle guidance, warm encouragement and, if necessary, cajoling of students towards mathematical enlightenment was never accompanied by an acknowledgement that mathematics, at whatever level, is hard and can tax the best minds. As a tutor, Ken always took the trouble to learn his students’ names and his tutorials were legendary for the energy he brought to encouraging students to work together and learn from each other as well as from him.

Victoria has a proud history of interaction between philosophers and mathematicians and according to Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Max Cresswell, Ken was the smartest one in the seminar.

In 2004, Ken retired as a permanent senior lecturer but, fittingly, that year the postgraduate students’ association, which each year hands out the awards to highly regarded lecturers and tutors, honoured him with a commendation for Best Lecturer and the award for ‘Most Stimulating and Challenging Course’ in mathematics.

Ken’s broad mathematical interests and a period of what was then termed ‘refresher leave’ - in modern parlance research and study leave led, in 1981, to the award of his PhD from the University of Warsaw for his thesis Some Interrelations between Geometry and Modal Logic, formally under the supervision of Leslaw Szczerba. Anyone who had the good fortune to attend a graduation ceremony at which Ken was on stage will know that his black woollen gown, biretta and gloves stood out with austere crispness. For Ken, it was often an unpleasantly warm experience!

Michael Pitt, Class of 1963 PLEDGER, Ken 1938-2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1951-1955 Dux: 1955 Ken died in May after a short period of serious illness following 52 years as a lecturer. Ken joined the academic staff of the Mathematics Department at Victoria University of Wellington in 1964. The university’s registrar had cabled Ken in August of the previous year to offer him the position. At the time, Ken was enrolled for a PhD under the great English group theorist Philip Hall at King’s College, Cambridge though he returned without having completed his thesis. He had a passion for teaching, honed at an early age in trying to teach mathematics to his younger twin brothers, and the opportunity to take up a teaching position was too

Ken was the quintessential mathematical scholar. Not a widely published researcher, nevertheless he was deeply knowledgeable, widely read and an active researcher. His article Internal direct products in groupoids, which appeared in the Journal of Algebra, is beautifully crafted and written with a concision that emulated all that Ken admired in great mathematics. In 1980, Ken sought to reduce from a full-time to a half-time position as his wife, Shirley, was herself working in the department in a half-time position and they felt that one fulltime job per family was sufficient. Ken acknowledged with gratitude that the university was happy to comply with this request. Ken will be most remembered by his colleagues, family and friends for his great personal characteristics plus his dedicated, passionate and sensitive teaching.

He continued to contribute to the mathematics programme until 2015 (and would have done so this year again had his health permitted). His first-year lectures on geometry and algebra wove those topics together in an inimitable style and it was a course he loved to teach. His third-year geometry course was a fine creation and always attracted numerous students. Ken brought to bear his broad knowledge of the history of the subject and his deep appreciation of the genius of the ancients to provide students with an ideal culmination to their undergraduate studies. In 2010, a group of students established the Ken Pledger Fan Club Facebook page. Their initial intention was to establish a record of the wit of Ken Pledger, recording his wry observations and aphorisms. The page also recorded the impression Ken left on his students: ‘Found out today that Ken lectured my Mum when she was at uni. That means he’s spent more time being awesome than I have being alive! and, He taught with a passion, that spread to the students. He is truly a legend among the commonfolk.

D. M. Y. Sommerville and David Patterson, adorn the school and are among the university’s precious collections. Just recently, some beautifully hand-written and drawn descriptions that Sommerville produced, along with his polyhedral models, and which Ken saved from accidental disposal, have been preserved, framed and mounted in the School. All serve as a reminder of and tribute to Ken as a matchless colleague, scholar and teacher. Peter Donelan, NZ Mathematical Society RISEBOROUGH, John 1928-2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1942-1945 Athletics Wellington lost one of their long-time administrators and officials with the passing of John Riseborough in April. John was a Past President and Life Member of Athletics Wellington. He was Vice-President of NZAAA from 1979 to 1982 which was automatic when President of the Centre. John was elected to the management committee in 1979 and served until 1986 when the structure changed. He was then elected to the Board of Athletics New Zealand for one term 1986-87. He was a council member for Wellington 1979-86. John was the last surviving member of Brooklyn Harriers and was later associated with the Victoria University Athletic Club. He was the Centre Chairman of committees for five years and from 1993 he was the Centre Registrar. He was also the Centre officials co-ordinator and was a National Technical Official. Many of the club athletes would have recognised John as he was always seen officiating at meetings held in the capital. Stuff SOUTER, John 1942-2016 of Timaru Wellington College: 1957-1958

Ken was a highly valued colleague. He was a source of mathematical wisdom and knowledge and owned a splendid collection of books.

John Souter was a tennis player of great promise and gained nationwide press attention when he won the provincial title at the age of 14.

Ken’s careful curatorship of the School’s collection of geometric models, constructed by Professor

John was an athletic and devoted court craftsman and on two occasions won the national


The Lampstand | 2016 secondary schools title and reached the final of the U17 NSW championships. John was a member of the 1962 Davis Cup team. It is speculated that too strong a concentration at an early age may have led to his decline in interest. By the mid 1960’s he took up running, initially in harriers and later in marathons. He transferred to Timaru and some may remember Souter’s Shoe shop on Stafford Street. John joined the Wai-iti Tennis Club and won eight SC Singles titles between 1969-1979, and numerous doubles titles. He was the President of Tennis South Canterbury from 1976-1978. John sadly passed away in Timaru in May.

for Keith Smith carried this touching reference recognising a life where his skill, dedication and contribution to cricket was an enduring dynamic. Surrounded by family, Keith’s long innings ended in June 6 after a lengthy illness. There are certain words that come to mind when I think of Keith - sport, education, family, empathy and resilience, son Shane said at a funeral where family and friends were joined by the Upper Hutt and cricket communities Keith so long contributed to. After early years in Masterton where he was born in 1929, Keith attended Wellington College. He worked a year while developing his cricket ambitions before returning to schooling at Hutt Valley High School.

Readers may recall back in 1966, Sports Administrator and reporter, Ian Wells heard from the US Embassy that actor, Charlton Heston was coming over. He had seen a story in a tennis magazine about celebrities playing tennis on a street in South Africa and thought we could do that in Wellington. He lined up Peter Snell plus two good local players, Robert Clarke and John Souter. Heston, then at the peak of his screen stardom, as the king of the 70mm epic. He won his Oscar in Ben Hur in 1958.

An exceptional sportsman at college, Keith went on to play eight seasons of first-class cricket for Wellington, firstly in 1953 and Central Districts. He gathered more than 1700 runs with two centuries and took 35 wickets. Keith realised he got much out of sport, in particular cricket. And he also put much back into sport, his son’s eulogy said. He was a deep thinker and this assisted him in his roles as coach, selector or administrator.

Traffic officers closed Mercer Street in front of the former library building (now City Art Gallery) to vehicles before midday on June 30, 1966, in readiness for the charity doubles.

An accomplished golfer and bowler in latter years, Keith played for the Upper Hutt and Naenae clubs, retiring at 50 and concurrently serving as a Wellington selector including his convening Plunket Shield winning sides.

Heston and his partner, John Souter, were to play Peter Snell and Robert Clarke. Wearing sunglasses, the trim star with the thinning hair mounted a ‘C’mon Wgton’ chariot, provided by the Wellington Rugby Supporters Club. He was joined in the chariot by Snell, Clarke and Souter for the ride to the court, where 10,000 spectators had gathered on a sunny winter’s afternoon. Heston and Souter won the first set 8-6; Snell and Clarke the second 8-7. SMITH, Keith 1929-2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1943-1945 1st XI 1944 87 and finally out, didn’t quite make the ton. The memorial notice

He had many roles with the Hutt Valley and Wellington cricket associations as well as a long contribution to the Upper Hutt Club. Keith chose a life in education, a move identified early as the right one with his meeting his wife, Judith Gray, at teachers’ training college. They married in 1954 and took up a two-teacher school posting in Te Harato in Hawke’s Bay. In the 1960s, they went to Western Samoa to lecture at teachers college. It was in these two places that they were to receive the warmth and friendship of the Māori and Samoan communities where wealth was not measured in monetary terms, but in the warmth of the heart and the generosity of spirit, his son said. I am sure Keith’s time in both played a significant role

in his empathy to students and their families who came from different ethnic backgrounds. A final teaching appointment was as headmaster of Naenae primary where, 20 years later in 1987, he retired. Upper Hutt Leader WILTON, Peter 1950-2016 of Berlin, Germany Wellington College: 1964-1967 The February death in Berlin at 65 years of one of the College’s more distinguished musicians has brought to an end a constructive relationship with Germany. Peter was born in Wellington in 1950 and educated at Karori Normal School before attending Wellington College. His musical prowess was evident from age 7 on piano and in choirs. His career as an oboist began at age 11 and thereafter, aged 14, as principal oboist of the Wellington Youth Orchestra (1964) and of the National Youth Orchestra (1966). His selection as a trainee for the NZBC Symphony Orchestra meant early termination of his time at College. His first equal placing in the National Concerto competition (Christchurch - 1970) led quickly to Peter’s permanent membership of this orchestra. Peter was, in 1971, awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Bursary for study in Berlin. His ability was quickly recognised and after six months in Germany he gained a position in the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and later substituted with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Easter Salzburg Festival (1972). The Hochschule für Musik in Berlin granted Peter a diploma in 1973 and the Austrian Government confirmed a scholarship for post-graduate study at the Salzburg Mozarteum. In his second year of study Peter became the first oboist of the Camerata Academica, an Austrian chamber orchestra based in Salzburg. Thereafter his regular appearance as a soloist had him perform across Europe, and in South America and the Caribbean Sea. Peter’s command of the German language saw him resign from the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in 1988 to pursue a career as a German/ English translator. In 1990 he completed a local qualification in


‘Economic English’ and in 2008 obtained ‘Das Große Deutsche Sprachdiplom’ of the Goethe Institute. Prior to his death, Peter specialised in the translation of German legal documents into English and the teaching of legal English to German legal practitioners. Peter is survived by his sole surviving brother Richard (Wanaka), daughters Julia, Jennifer and Rebecca, and son Jeremy. Richard Wilton, Class of 1958 YOUNG, Raymond [Arthur] 1940-2016 of Wellington Wellington College: 1954-1957 Arthur Young’s humble beginnings in Wellington’s Chinatown instilled in him a lifelong empathy for the underdog. Outside of his work as a dentist he helped make children’s lives better through charity work, including a reading programme at Mt Cook School, where he had once been a student himself. Through his Rotary links he helped hundreds of children at the inner city primary school, many of them from recent immigrant families, to understand and enjoy reading English. To these children reading became an enjoyable learning experience and one that would increase their learning ability, educational skills and enrich their adult life. Arthur, who with his fellow Rotarians spent every Thursday at the school helping the pupils, was a stalwart of the Readers Programme seeing it as a crucial element for the recent immigrant children, with whom he identified. Arthur had a great empathy and compassion for these children for whom English was a second language. Raymond Arthur Young was born and raised in Haining Street, Wellington’s Chinatown. It was 1940 - the Year of the Dragon. He came from humble beginnings growing up as the youngest of seven children to parents, Yeung Sing and Joe Yuk Quen, who came to New Zealand in the early 1900s. He



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was proud to be a first generation New Zealander and proud too of his parents’ achievements in the Wellington Chinese community.

community about the area. But ultimately he was proud of where he came from and of what he achieved despite his impoverished childhood.

kitchen with water heated from the coal range; chickens bought in the market and fattened in the back yard; eating rice for three meals a day.

They had made a huge sacrifice in their quest for a new life in a new land. They were already married in Canton with a young daughter, but to qualify for entry into New Zealand they had to emigrate separately as single adults, leaving their daughter with her grandmother in China. They planned to bring her over later, but the Second World War prevented that and she remained in China.Arthur eventually met his older sister in the 1980s when access to China had at last freed up.

In the early 1990s, when Arthur was researching his family history, he realised he had a bigger story on his hands. He approached Lynette Shum, who he would go on to work with on the Haining Street Oral History Project. The history of Haining Street was one that needed to be told, he said at the time.

After attending Mount Cook and Saint Mark’s schools in the city and Wellington College, he went on to study dentistry at Otago University.

Growing up in Wellington’s Chinatown, Arthur’s family had little money and everything he owned was hand-me-down. The community had a notorious reputation with its opium dens and gambling houses and there were times Arthur was hesitant to reveal where he was from because of the prejudice from the pakeha

In his interviews with Shum, he recalled what happened in the early ‘Lotto shops’ - or pakapoo dens as they were more commonly known by then. His own father ran pakapoo from a front room in their house. He talked of the clubs where Chinese men gathered in Haining Street - there was nowhere else that welcomed these men - and the constant supply of hot tea they could help themselves to as they came in to play fantan and cards. Domestic life was basic, he recalled: weekly baths in zinc tubs in the

Following his graduation, he worked at Wellington Hospital before starting up his own practice in 1965 on Courtenay Place. He was the first Chinese dentist to open a private practice in Wellington. He was a true craftsman and practised dentistry to the highest standards both in quality and ethics and with a solid social conscience, says former colleague Michael Taylor, who entrusted Arthur with his own dental needs. He met his future wife Helen at a Chinese Anglican Church Club in 1964 and they were married in 1968. They had a son, Lester, and a daughter, Naomi, whom they raised in Churton Park.

Arthur was a committed Rotarian with the Courtenay Place Rotary Club for more than 20 years. Through his Rotary work he helped establish the annual Big Dig event raising funds for childrens’ charities each year. This was an event close to Arthur’s heart. As long as he was contributing to the well-being of children, he was happy. Arthur, who is survived by his wife, two children and two grandchildren, never forgot his cultural roots and to this end he was instrumental in moving the Chinese Language School from Massey University to Victoria University’s campus increasing its profile and ultimately its roll. Retiring from dentistry, he took up took up tai chi and ten-pin bowling, winning a number of medals and trophies for his age group for the latter. He had been a keen carver of figurines in bone, wood and antler using an old dental drill. Dominion Post

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