The WCOBA Lampstand Magazine: December 2019

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Magazine The Lampstand

Issue #29 | December, 2019

Tel: 04 802 2537 | Email:

WCOBA | PO Box 16073, Wellington NZ 6242



The annual magazine of the Wellington College Old Boys' Association

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PO BOX 16073 • WELLINGTON 6242, NZ TELEPHONE: 04 802 2537 EMAIL: he Wellington College Old Boys’ Association (WCOBA) has been serving our community since 1891, when past Old Boys of Wellington College, at the invitation of Headmaster, Mr Mackay gathered for a social occasion at the College and agreed to form an association under the presidency of Mr A de B [Alfred] Brandon. The WCOBA has been in continuous operation ever since.


The key objectives of the WCOBA have always been: • To support the School through fundraising and the provision of prizes, scholarships, equipment and facilities which will continue to enrich the quality of education for present and future generations of students. • To provide a voice for Old Boys and a network of Old Boys to maintain links to the School and each other through regular communication, reunions and events to support active connections amongst its Old Boys. • To promote and enhance the Wellington College brand in the community.

in with the new.


Matthew Reweti

Class of 1990

Matthew Beattie

Class of 1972

Stephanie Kane

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04 802 2537


Remember to let us know if you move house or change your email address. This will help reduce the returned mail and bounced emails we receive. We have had a ton of clear/paradise/vodafone/ ihug emails returned lately.

Events 2020. 26 06 20

Firth House ‘40 Years On’ Reunion

30 06 20

Quadrangular Tournament | Nelson

16 10 20

Class of 1980 40 Years On Reunion

24 10 20

Class of 1990 30 Years On Reunion


Gregor Fountain

Class of 1990


Bob Slade

Class of 1958


Glenda Schmitt


James Blackwell

Class of 2012


Richard Boag

Class of 1981

$150 will keep you connected.


Charlie Gallagher

Class of 2006

Contact the WCOBA:


Chris Nicholls

Class of 1988


Manaia Opai

Class of 1990


Dallas Paotonu

Class of 1989


Ernie Rosenthal

Class of 1961


Ted Thomas

Class of 1976

WCOBA Executive Email Address:


Keep in touch .

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If you haven’t made it back for a reunion or can’t wait until it’s your time, we invite you to get in touch if you would like to take a tour to see the school in action and take in the changes since your time. Just email or Telephone 04 802 2537 to make a time.

welcome. t is interesting how life moves in cycles giving people, organisations and businesses a good chance to re-generate and perhaps move in a different (hopefully better) direction. So, it was definitely time for the WCOBA to reassess and strike a new path.


A small forum took place recently to seek feedback on how WCOBA can become more relevant to the entire Wellington College community and we had an encouraging response. Factors that were deemed to be important included student mentoring, networking amongst Old Boys, sporting, social and cultural clubs/groups, communications, reunions and events and potential fundraising. A few weeks on, following our AGM, a new and invigorated Committee has been elected to take WCOBA into the next five years or so. The Executive are recorded on page 2, with our new President's Message on page 4. The WCOBA continues to function, celebrating successes of our Old Boys as well supporting the current students.

We have held a few regional and local events and two reunions to keep our alumni engaged. It’s always great to see these reasonably attended and helps make my role with the Association an enjoyable one. Thanks to you for your support, your feedback, your news and your likes on Facebook.

Sadly, we have said farewell to two of the Association's long-term characters recently – President, Matt Beattie and Past President, Barry Jobson. Barry was the one who appointed me to the role of the Association’s Secretary in 1998 [you have him to thank or curse]. He has been a fountain of knowledge and provided much support to me as I came to grips with the role and the expansion of the position. Matt was in his second term as President up until his passing. Despite his poor health, the success of the 150th Celebrations was down to Matt. His vision to ensure both Old Boys and the

We managed to assemble our 2019

Year 9 students in one place to have their photo taken. The drone captured an impressive view of Wellington College. school could celebrate our past, our present and our future was demonstrated over that weekend and has led to further engagement across all areas of our community. He gave me so much support and encouragement while I persevered to ensure the celebrations would be a memorable occasion for all those who were involved and for those who attended. Personally, I will miss the mentoring and friendship of both Barry and Matt. Both gentlemen will be very fondly remembered by all across the Wellington College Community. Their stories are on page 48. My thanks to Gary Girvan who carried out the proof-reading duties for this issue of The Lampstand. Steph Kane  WCOBA Executive Officer and Lampstand Editor Email:

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Past Presidents.

Greetings from the President.


A de B [Alfred] Brandon

1892 W L [Walter] Meek 1893 A de B [Alfred] Brandon

Lumen accipe et imperti. open this message to you with our school motto. In the Wellingtonian 1990, the Headmaster, Mr Harvey Rees Thomas, wrote in his report, School mottos can be trite. Ours is not.


It is an honour and a privilege to serve as your President. It comes with the sadness that our past President, Matt Beattie, is no longer with us. The College featured prominently in the celebration of Matt’s life. Matt was twice President of our Association. He was instrumental in steering the 150th celebrations. He also played a part in funding for the Alan Gibbs Centre. This new school hall and performing arts centre is a fantastic facility. My thoughts go out to Matt’s family. Gregor Fountain has now been Principal of Wellington College for one year. Gregor and I both started third form in 1986. I remember Gregor as an orator and diligent classmate. He was also a strong supporter of fellow students and the traditions of Wellington College. Gregor also taught and was HOD History under Roger Moses. He brings to the College his own modern style which will serve our school well. A priority for the Association will be opportunities for our members to meet Gregor.

1894 J P [Joseph] Firth 1900 A de B [Alfred] Brandon 1901 A [Albert] Martin (Dr) 1902 W H [William] Field 1903 D J [David] Nathan 1904 E G [Ernest] Pilcher 1905 W E [Walter] Bethune 1907 W D [William] Lyon 1908 M [Michael] Myers (Sir) 1909 W H [William] Denton 1910 A R [Alfred] Meek 1911

W L [Walter] Meek


W [William] Young (Dr)


M C [Michael] Barnett


A M [Arthur] Myers (Hon)

1920 W E [Walter] Bethune 1921

The Class of 1979 returned recently for their 40 years on reunion. Friendships rekindled and stories recalled are highlights of alumni reunions. Wellington College Old Boys can count ourselves lucky that we have Stephanie Kane as Executive Officer. She is the person who works behind the scenes so that we can enjoy the best experience. This goes not only for events but also the Association as an operation. The Lampstand is also her work. Also behind the scenes is Glenda Schmitt. Glenda will support Stephanie and our next Treasurer. The Executive Committee that got us to the 150th celebrations in 2017 has since dwindled. Only Ernie Rosenthal and I remain. Bob Slade will assist in the transition of financial matters. We thank Bob and out-going members Brian Smythe and Rob Anderson. The latter has only recently retired from teaching at the College. The August AGM saw a new committee elected and we can now look forward to reenergizing your Association. Central to any future direction for the Association must be funding. The success of the 150th celebrations has come at a cost. Our Association has contributed to the new hall. The costs of producing and distributing The Lampstand continue to rise.

R [Robert] Darroch

1922 J S [James] Elliott (Sir) 1929 R S J [Rawdon] Beere 1934 M C [Michael] Barnett 1935 R S J [Rawdon] Beere 1936 L S W [Leonard] McKenzie 1942 A W [Archibald] Blair (Sir/Justice) 1946 A L [Arthur] George 1949 C A [Charles] Innes 1951

C H [Cyril] Preston

1954 S J [Sidney] Bishop 1968 A H [Alan] Wright 1978 M A [Malcolm] Perrett 1992 R A [Richard] Waddel 1993 J G [Garth] Edwards

Now is the time to replenish our funds. We welcome your regular donation, annual gift or the ultimate gift, a gift in your will.

1996 P R [Peter] Kemp 1998 M D [Matthew] Beattie

I leave you with the words of Mr Seddon Hill. Our College is the product of the goodwill and enthusiasm of many many generations and each has served as well as they could. Best wishes Matt Reweti, WCOBA President Class of 1990 Email:


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2000 B D [Barry] Jobson 2002 K R [Ross] Macdonald 2004 R D [Robert] Slade 2010 B R [Brian] Smythe 2014 M D [Matthew] Beattie 2019 M T [Matthew] Reweti


Convenors needed for 2020 and 2021 Reunions and Events


e are in the midst of planning our 2020 and 2021 Reunions and Events. If you can assist with a reunion by acting as convenor/ encourager/social engager, then we would love to hear from you.


Convenors are the contact point for their year group and for the WCOBA Office. The WCOBA can offer you advice and guidance, should you need it. We also welcome proposals for other decades/teams/codes. The WCOBA Office will issue the invitations by email and mail, but we need convenors to help promote the reunion, track down missing classmates and encourage them to attend. We are also seeking convenors for regional events around New Zealand and Australia. It might be a lunch, a dinner, a few drinks, a BBQ or an occasion where we can arrange for the Principal and President to attend. Please email the WCOBA Office if you would like to convene a Reunion or an event. Class of [insert year here]Explained… We record the dates that Old Boys attended Wellington College based on the year that he would have left had he stayed until the end of the 7th Form/Y13. So if somebody left after the 5th form/Y11, their ‘Class of’ would be two years later than the date he actually left. We record it this way to ensure that alumni are always categorised in the correct year group.



Class of

our newest old boys.

The Y13 Leavers’ Lunch followed by the cohort photo was a poignant way to end the five-year journey for the Class of 2019. We wish them luck as they now prepare for their exams and for whatever wonderful things their futures hold. Welcome to the WCOBA Family!

How We Use Your Data he Privacy Act protects the data and rights of individuals. It requires us as an organisation and a charity to update our data processing policies and take appropriate and extensive measures to protect your data.


Currently, we hold information on you as a member of the WCOBA community on our database. This includes your name, address, email, phone number and school records. Depending on the extent to which you have been involved with the school, we may also hold information on donations you have given, events you have attended and possible correspondence we may have had. It is important for you to know that we do not share your data with other organisations or individuals with the exception of those carefully selected to provide us with an essential service such as a mailing house (to send the Lampstand Magazine) or data cleansing (to ensure the NZ Post records we hold are accurate). We are committed to respecting your privacy and data policies. Currently, we contact individuals on our database with school and WCOBA news, reunion and event invitations and fundraising campaigns, always giving you an opportunity to opt out. We use a external mail provider to contact you Mailchimp. Mailchimp is an internationally known and used secure marketing automation platform and an email marketing service. We hope you enjoy hearing from us and being part of the Wellington College community. If you have any questions about how we handle your data, please do not hesitate to get in touch at

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An award-winning Hall scoops awards. ellington structural steel contractor Stevensons took out first place in its category for The Alan Gibbs Centre, Wellington College’s new Memorial Hall and Performing Arts Centre, at this year’s Steel Construction New Zealand’s (SCNZ’s) Excellence in Steel Awards. Judges applauded the standout project, commenting that the team was brave enough to do something innovative and beyond the traditional architecture manual… the outcome is an elegant design and sophisticated structural engineering solution.


The Centre is designed to ensure superb seismic performance and was informed by post-earthquake experience gained from the Canterbury and Seddon earthquakes. The project offered a few key challenges – construction in a confined space, the need for the school to remain operational during construction and a tight delivery time frame. To meet these requirements, the team identified structural steel for the superstructure, allowing for the material’s light weight and high stiffness to match the strength requirements and ensure seismic performance.


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The building features a gravity system of steel portals and mullions to support the stunning architectural metal skin. Crossbraced frames with tension anchors also feature as the lateral bracing system. Bolted connections allowed for easy and quick assembly on site while fully braced steel roof diaphragms were designed to deal with the complicated roof profile. The success of the project relied on the strong collaboration between the design team and the contractor, whose teamwork was integral to delivering this great building for the Wellington College. ABOVE: the first day of school, 2019 and the first Assembly in the new Alan Gibbs Centre. RIGHT: The Rodney and Guy Callender Colonnade.

The New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Wellington branch announced the winners of their local awards in May. The winner in the Education Sector was the Wellington College Memorial Hall – Alan Gibbs Centre by architecture+ The project was commended for showcasing both heritage and functionality and connecting old with new.

From the Principal. Tēnā koe fellow Old Boy t is my great pleasure to present to you the 2019 edition of The Lampstand. I know that during my time away from Wellington College, I always looked forward to receiving this publication so that I could keep in touch with the amazing achievements of the students of my old school and to catch up on news about fellow Old Boys. We are all very grateful for the terrific work of Steph Kane, the Executive Officer of the Wellington College Old Boys’ Association, who collates the material and produces The Lampstand for us each year.


We are fortunate to have such a strong and active community of Old Boys, who support the current students through their interest in the school, their mentoring, coaching and role-modelling, and through their donations of time, money and other resources.


The involvement of Old Boys helps our current students to understand that they belong to a community that is so much bigger than themselves. This is a precious gift to them in this digital age where many young people exist in increasing isolation from community and society. Many of you will be aware of the very sad news that Matt Beattie died in September after a long illness. Matt was the President of the Wellington College Old Boys’ Association and our Head Prefect in 1972. Matt was an incredibly generous contributor to Wellington College in a wide variety of ways and a great friend to many Wellington College Old Boys. We are so grateful for his input into Wellington College over many years and really miss him.



E B The Class of 2018, on their final day, presented Gregor with his very own inscribed ‘GREGOR’S FOUNTAIN’. C Gregor celebrates the NZ Scholarship achievements with the Y12 (2018) scholars. D Gregor, at the Class of 1979 Dinner with Andy Foster [left] and Campbell Dewes [right]. E The four figureheads - [L-R]: Harvey ReesThomas, Rob Anderson, Gregor Fountain, Roger Moses at the farewell function for Rob.

At the recent AGM of the Old Boys’ Association, Matt Reweti was elected President. Matt and I were both part of the class of 1990, when Matt was the Deputy Head Prefect. Matt has an extensive background in alumni relations and philanthropic fundraising and is the parent of a current Wellington College student. It’s great to have Matt on board in this important role. Your school is in great heart. We have almost 1800 students from an increasingly diverse range of backgrounds. Our students continue to achieve at the highest level in music, other performing arts, and in sport. Highlights from the last 12 months have included our 1st XI Cricket team winning the national title, national team titles in Cross-Country, and individual success in a wide range of sports, including Swimming. We continue to hold the McEvedy Shield for inter-school athletics. The wonderful Wellington College Chorale won a Silver Medal at the national ‘Big Sing’ and there has been similar success in Barbershop, Jazz and Shakespeare festivals. We recently had an external review from the Education Review Office. You can read this on our website []. It reports very positively on the quality of teaching, the academic achievement of our students, the caring, inclusive and collaborative environment which exists here, and the strong relationships that continue to be an outstanding feature of our school community. I trust that you enjoy this year’s edition of The Lampstand. Please keep in touch. Ngā mihi nui ki a koe GREGOR FOUNTAIN 

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2019 Honours. ROGER COX, of Hamilton, QSM for Services to Science Education [Class of 1965] oger has been involved with science education and was a long-serving member of Fairfield College in Hamilton, retiring in 2016 after 44 years. He was Head of Science at the College from 1985. He has been an active member of the Waikato Science Teachers' Association, including time as Chairperson. He has been a member, since inception, of the Animal Ethics Committee of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators, which oversees the ethical use of live animals by students and teachers in schools.


Since 2011, he has been a member of the Hamilton Science Awards Trust. He helped organise and run the Waikato Regional Science Fair event for 30 years, which involved hundreds of students each year. On three occasions, he accompanied Science Fair students to the International Science Fair in Taiwan. More recently, Roger has been a foundation member involved in the establishment of the Kukutaruhe Education Trust. The Trust aims to develop a unique facility focused on ecological and environmental education and sustainability. Students from Fairfield College and other Hamilton schools will develop skills and understanding through hands-on projects in the environmental context of gully restoration. This project provides learning experiences in science, technology, Matauranga Māori, mathematics, and sustainability with pathways to employment and higher learning.


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DAVID GAPES, of Auckland, ONZM for Services to Broadcasting [Class of 1959] avid co-founded Radio Hauraki in 1966 as a sea-based private enterprise radio station. In the face of governmental and departmental opposition, Radio Hauraki won sufficient public support to break the State broadcasting monopoly. David publicly headed the station’s fight against Government Policy in Broadcasting and eventually steered it through the process of applying for a radio licence. He became Chairman and CEO of Radio Hauraki NZ Ltd. and guided the new landbased station through its early years. As private radio developed, he was an unpaid advisor to many new applicants around New Zealand. In more recent years, David has managed the rock group Hello Sailor, been editor of Admedia and Onfilm magazines, and been founder and editor of the daily online newsletter M+AD.

agencies, and the rescue package for Air NZ. He is respected by Māori having built trust and confidence with iwi and been a key individual in some of the most complex issues involving the Treaty of Waitangi Settlement process, most notably for his role in the ground-breaking Central North Island forestry settlement in 2007/2008. Ivan has been involved with commercial law reform and has contributed to the Law Commission and the Regulatory Advisory Committee.


IVAN KWOK, of Wellington, ONZM for Services to the State [Class of 1959] van worked for The Treasury from 1975 until 2016 and provided service to successive governments and Ministers of Finance. He was a former Treasury Solicitor and was Principal Advisor from 2005 until mid 2016. During his career, he made a substantial contribution to most of the major economic issues facing New Zealand and the Crown, which included superannuation schemes, commercial loans, debt-raising, institutional structure, sale and financing of Crown


GORDON McLAUCHLAN, of Auckland, ONZM for Services to Historical Research [Class of 1949] ordon has had a varied career as a journalist, writer, television reporter, presenter, historian, commentator and editor who has been well known for his social commentary and literature on New Zealand history. He has been a freelance journalist and writer since 1973.


He was the editor-in-chief of the first edition of the New Zealand Encyclopaedia in 1984 with Bateman Publishers, working on three subsequent editions. He has widely published social commentary publications on New Zealand culture and history. Some of his more widely known works include The Passionless People published in 1976, and the Short History of New Zealand reprinted seven times since its first publication by Penguin in 2005, with a new edition planned for 2019. Other publications have covered the histories of ports, steam ship companies, beer, farming, the Land Wars, and a history of Auckland titled The Life and Times of Auckland. Gordon is a former President and President of Honour of the New Zealand Society of Authors and has been member of various writing Fellowship and residency organisations, where he has mentored and supported other writers.

Dr DOUG LINGARD, of Sydney, Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medicine as a radiologist, and to community health. [Class of 1964]

BRYAN WADDLE, of Wellington, MNZM for Services as a Sports Broadcaster [Class of 1966] ryan has been a broadcaster for radio and television, a reporter, and a sports commentator since 1975, predominantly covering cricket. He has commentated more than 250 Test matches and more than 400 One-day Internationals, and has commentated and reported from all Test-playing countries. He is New Zealand's pre-eminent cricket commentator. Bryan has covered several sporting codes at the Olympics Games and Commonwealth Games and has covered two Hockey World Cups, in Mumbai and London. Bryan is Vice President of the Wellington Collegians Cricket Club, Cricket Wellington, and the Old Boys University Rugby Club.


GRANT STEVENSON, of Otaki, QSM for Services to the Arts [Class of 1969] rant has worked with communities in Levin and Foxton to devise programmes to stimulate local job creation as well as organising many cultural events in Wellington. He organised the sponsorship and marketing of the World Floral Art Show and managed the opening of the Zealandia Sanctuary’s visitor and information centre. He has presented outdoor concerts for the Regional Orchestra at Government House and helped co-ordinate commemoration events marking the 50th anniversary of the Wahine disaster. Grant has supported fundraising projects for the Hawkes Bay Opera House, the St James Theatre and the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute.




DR BILL GLASS STOP PRESS: Otago University, in celebrating 150 years as New Zealand's first University, released a publication celebrating 150 alumni heroes. One of their heroes included Dr Bill Glass, who gained his MB ChB in 1956.

r Bill Glass ONZM [Class of 1948] is considered the godfather of occupational health in NZ. For over 60 years, Bill has drawn attention to the previously unrecognised fatal effects of toxic substances in the workplace.


During his career, Bill has been a passionate practitioner, educator, researcher, and provocateur. He has mentored, trained and inspired many New Zealanders working in the field of occupational medicine as well as training doctors and non doctors in occupational health and medicine in Malaysia. One of the major successes of his career was the creation of the Asbestos Exposure Register. Bill’s efforts have resulted in better health for countless workers by not only proving the danger posed by substances like asbestos, lead

and silica, but also by organising methods to reduce exposure. While at school, Bill was Secretary of the Tennis Club and was the lead in the Violin Section of the Orchestra. He and a fellow team mate won the Fives Senior Doubles and he was in the Football 1st XI. Bill’s academic achievements included winning the Edward Espy Martin Prize for French. Principal, Gregor Fountain was delighted to welcome Bill back to Wellington College to celebrate Bill’s honour. The Wellington College Community sends their congratulations to Bill on this auspicious recognition of service to medicine. ABOVE: Bill Glass visited the College after receiving his award and met with Gregor Fountain.

oug is a Radiologist & Nuclear Physician who has been active in both public and private medicine in Australia for over 30 years. He is a cofounder of the largest Diagnostic Imaging practice in Australia, Pittwater Radiology & Medical Imaging Australasia Ltd.


He and his wife Margie are the parents of two children with mitochondrial disease. Doug is the AMDF [Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation] Chairman, a member of AMDF Nominations Committee, a member of the AMDF Scientific & Medical Advisory Panel and the founder of the AMDF. Dr GARY WEISS of Sydney, Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to business, and to the community. [Class of 1969] ary has extensive international business experience and has been involved in numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He is Chairman of Ridley Corporation Ltd, Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Ltd, and a Director of Ardent Leisure Limited, Premier Investments Limited, Estia Health Limited, Thorney Opportunities Limited, Pro-Pac Packaging Limited, The Straits Trading Company Limited in Singapore, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and The Centre for Independent Studies.


He was Chairman of ClearView Wealth Limited from 2013 until 2016 and of Coats plc from 2003 until 2012 and executive director of Guinness Peat Group plc from 1990 to 2011 and has held directorships of numerous companies, including Westfield Group, Tower Australia Ltd, Australian Wealth Management Limited, Tyndall Australia Ltd (Deputy Chairman), Joe White Maltings Ltd (Chairman), CIC Ltd, Whitlam Turnbull & Co Ltd and Industrial Equity Ltd. Gary has been a director of Brisbane Broncos Ltd (formerly Pacific Sports Entertainment Ltd), an ASX-listed company which owns the Brisbane Broncos and was a member of the Roosters Chairman’s Club for the past two and a half years.

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40 YEARS ON 1969-1973 and 1979-2019


Rob Anderson: Mr History. t was a sad day for the Wellington College community when Rob Anderson announced he would be retiring in August.


Rob was a student here from 1969 to 1973, and a member of our 1st XI. Cricket was his passion and none more so than when he instigated the upgrade of the Cricket Pavilion in the 1980s, when he was on the staff and a committee member of the Cricket Club. After completing his degree and teaching certificates, Rob returned to Wellington College forty years ago in 1979 to teach geography, history and social studies, rising through the ranks of Department Head, Dean, Assistant and lastly, Deputy Principal. Rob’s cohort of staff starting that same year included Headmaster, Harvey Rees-Thomas and Rob Corliss – who is still on the teaching staff. [Gary Girvan, Mike Pallin and Ted Clayton are still working for the College in the Archives]. Rob’s forty years of teaching were spent imparting the right skills and knowledge to the students. He was always openminded, generous, knowledgeable, modest, courageous, responsible and a highly respected teacher. His passion and his narratives for all things history made it fun for every student to contribute and to learn, making his classes engaging for all. When Rob initiated the inaugural and subsequent history trips to the WWI battlefields, he was flooded with registrations from those wanting to learn more of our fallen Old Boys.

 Rob, at fellow Old Boy, General Bernard Freyberg’s grave-site.

The school hosted three events to bid farewell to Rob and wife Dayle, together with sons Tom (Class of 2002) and Jono (Class of 2006) who is living in England. Daughter Lucy, while not an Old Boy, often played in the College’s orchestra – a great all-round Anderson connection to Wellington College.

him with a painting, commissioned by Art Teacher, Nikki Corbishley.

In conjunction with the College, the WCOBA held a memorable function with a good number of Old Boys and former and current staff to acknowledge Rob as both an Old Boy and as a long-serving staff member. We bestowed on him Honorary Life Membership as thanks for being part of the Executive and emceeing so many reunions and events. The school presented

On behalf of Wellington College, we wish Rob good luck and all the best for the rest of his life as he bows out after spending 40 years teaching what he knew how to do best - instilling knowledge, tolerance, kindness and patience into future generations. Now it is time to for Rob to enjoy all that he has laboured for over the years.

The staff farewelled Rob in their own social way and the formalities were completed with a school assembly, featuring a rousing rendition of Forty Years On and concluding with an emotional Haka by the students.

We asked Nikki Corbishley to tell us how she created this unique painting for Rob. "In this oil painting, I depicted objects which I felt embodied the spirit of Rob and the many things he has been a part of at Wellington College. I had to be quite selective so the still life composition would not become too cluttered so it was through a process of editing that brought about these particular objects. Included in this arrangement is the old time capsule from 1928 which was found when the hall was being rebuilt and you can see the two accidental drill holes from 1968, before it was discovered and opened in 2018. I wanted to include this object as a symbol of Rob's profound knowledge and passion for the College’s history. In front of the capsule sits a cricket ball to symbolise Rob's involvement and passion for cricket and sport in general. Lying over the capsule is the school tie representing him as not only a student, but also his connection with the students over the years within his capacity as a teacher, a Dean, and as Deputy Principal. At the tip of the tie, is a small poppy brooch; a nod to Rob's incredible service to the ANZAC assemblies. This brooch has personal significance for me as I was fortunate to go on one of the school's history trips and it was a great privilege to be among the boys listening to Rob tell the stories of the soldiers in WWI; a very special memory for me. Lastly, sitting proudly atop the capsule is the lamp, a symbol of our school motto, and carrying with it the message to Rob that his light will be forever a part of the Wellington College story."

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Wellingtonian, 1919. One Hundred Years Ago... While November, 1918 saw the end of the war, it also saw an abrupt end to the school year when the influenza epidemic reached New Zealand. However, war still dominated and overshadowed any domestic crisis and reports from the 1918 Wellingtonian were devoted to news of Old Boys serving overseas, lists of casualties and distinctions and reports of school activities related to the war effort including appeals for the Memorial Hall project. Ten staff had signed up to serve and nine of them started trickling back to resume duties in 1919 while the school’s efforts to fundraise began to wind down, including the patriotic potato patch – the proceeds going to the Old Boys’ Memorial Fund [the Memorial Hall].


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P Firth [who was to announce in February, 1920 his intention to retire at the end of that year] and his wife still retained responsibility of the boarding establishment and their home was always a second home for boarders in particular. Sometimes it was more than that; a daughter of Mrs Firth’s cousin came over from Nelson to stay and while there, was noticed and later courted and married by R E Tolhurst, the 1919 Head Prefect of both the school and the House.


In July, the school took part in the Peace Celebrations. The Battalion turned out in full force to take part in the procession and formed a guard of honour to Sir Robert Stout, who read the King’s Proclamation. A body of cadets gave a display of physical drill at Newtown Park. Rugby had its frustrations when sickness prevented the appearance at the ‘Triangular’ Tournament of Christ’s College, the year that MF Nicholls was captain of our 1st XV. Wellington College beat Wanganui Collegiate 239. Marcus (Mark) Nicholls was of course one of a family of gifted players from Petone, who with his brother HE (Ginger) played in the All Blacks’ only successful test against the 1921 Springboks. Mark went on to play 51 matches for his country, including 10 tests, and scored 284 points. Wellington College almost had another All Black in its midst when fellow Prefect, ID [Ivan] Bramwell, representing Poverty Bay, was selected for the 1928 All Black tour to Australia. However, having completed pharmacy qualifications and in the second year of running his Chemist shop as well as being newly married, he was forced to decline the invitation. The first Mackay Bursary was awarded in 1919 to M (Malcolm) Leadbetter, also a Petone boy. He showed some promise as a sprinter at school [a few years later, he was the first New Zealander to be credited with running 100 yards in 10 seconds]. He achieved distinction later, returning as a staff member even before completing his degree, and ultimately, became the rector of Waitaki

THE STAFF, 1919 Standing (L-R): W V Jones, J R Cuddie, A E Caddick, J B Mawson, J S Lomas, F S Joplin, W F C Balham, J Hall, J N Millard, R D Thompson, F E Thornton, E J D Hercus, T E Beard, C W Thorp, M Taylor, H A Smithson, W H Stevens Sitting (L-R): F M Renner, A C Gifford, J P Firth [Headmaster], A Heine, H B Tomlinson, W Alexander Absent on Active Service: O W Williams, T Brodie, G W Morice, H T M Fathers. Absent for Photo: R H Biggar

PREFECTS, 1919 Standing Back: C W Isaac, W S Barclay, R G B McColl Back Seated: V A Hopkirk, F W C Jones Centre Seated: N S Nicol, M F Nicholls , R E Tolhurst (Head), R D Thomson, I D Bramwell Front: R G Mitford (Inset): G MacKay 1st XI, 1919 Back Row: J F Stewart, L McPhee, G L Nicholls, G R Burt Middle Row: G MacKay, M F Nicholls [Vice Captain], W S Barclay [Captain], R G McColl, W R Smith Front Row: E A Bray, J E Banks 1st XV, 1919 Back Row: Middle Row: Front Row:

R D Thomson, G Gibson, C W Hurn, N A Owen, F W Jones, V A Hopkirk, G L Nicholls N S Francis, W S Barclay, R G McColl, M F Nicholls [Captain], N S Nicol, W R Smith, G MacKay G N Miller, H G Edwards, E T Miller

Boys’ High School. [The Mackay Scholarship, as it is now known 100 years on, was bequeathed by Joseph Mackay, Headmaster 1881-1891 upon his death in Scotland in 1917 and is still awarded to our Dux]. The Dux of 1918, B G [Bertram] Mitford returned for a further term in 1919 before commencing medical studies. Twenty-One years later, his mother founded a Memorial Prize in Science in memory of Bertram which today, is awarded to the top Y13 science student. When scholarship results came out at the end of the year, it was learned that C E [Edgar] Wiren [LLB Victoria, 1924], who had been Dux jointly with J F [John] Zohrab [MB ChB (NZ) 1925, FRCS (Edin) 1928], had topped New Zealand. The Board’s main concern in 1919 was that the school roll had outstripped the College’s aging accommodation. The roll had climbed to 650 and it became necessary to convert half of the gymnasium to serve as a classroom. The 1919 school year concluded, firstly with the resumption of Old Boys’ Day after a five year respite during the war. Old Boys' Day incorporated athletic prowess from both Old Boys and the school [cricket, swimming, shooting, tennis and running] and proved to be a welcome day of celebration and reunions for those serving King and country. Prize giving was held on 12 December and actual prizes were again awarded. During the war, the winners had devoted their prize money to patriotic causes.

LEFT: Masters and Old Boys stand at the finish line during the Athletics awaiting the winners. RIGHT: While the war was over, the school still continued with their cadets programme here the boys gather in preparation for the Peace Celebrations.

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The Archives. A Treasury of our Past

Donate to the College Archives and Museum

Mike Pallin

The Wellington College Archives is a wonderful treasure trove of resources that tell the story of the College. From old school books and photos to medals and uniform, these materials help bring the past to life for current students, and make memories come alive for former students. We are always looking for new resources to expand our collection and to use in school displays and at reunions, to help with queries, and to enhance learning. If you’d like to discuss donating material to the College Archives, or you are interested in volunteering in the Archives, please email our Archivist, Mike Pallin.

 Postcard of East School on Sports Day - C1905

The Headmaster’s House ld Boys will recall, as they walked up the main school drive, observing the brick house on the right where seven Headmasters and their families lived from 1924 to 2010. Prior to 1924, the Headmasters lived in the East School building, including J P Firth’s entire 28 years as Headmaster. The right hand wing served as the Headmaster’s quarters as well as the student boarding hostel. The East School was demolished in 1931.


The College’s Headmasters were required to live on the school site but this was changed in 2010 when the then Headmaster, Roger Moses and wife, Ros, moved to their own home in Wellington. With the house now vacant, there was an opportunity to provide a more permanent home for the College’s archives which had suffered numerous moves and trials till then. The then College Archivist, Paddianne Neely, along with help from the College’s property team were able to set up a wonderful display of College archives and an orderly filing and cataloguing of hundreds of thousands of photographs, documents and other artefacts. Few Old Boys, apart from school prefects and rugby quadrangular teams would have


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We have recently received a number of kind donations, including photographs, school badges and pockets, documents, and early school publications such as uniform lists and prospectuses. Kind thanks to Old Boys, family and friends who have passed items on to the College Archives.

 Headmaster’s House C1940. The second storey brick cladding was later replaced.  The Headmaster’s House C2012 which now houses the Archives and Museum.

 The Archives Reception features old uniforms, furniture and a photo gallery of the former inhabitants of the House.  The Lounge View - with a vast array of military, academic and sporting medals. seen inside the house when Headmasters were in residence. But now Old Boys were able to visit and many year group reunions have begun their day at the Archives. Unfortunately, an engineering report has rated the building as only 15% of the earthquake code requirement and earlier this year, the Board of Trustees accordingly closed the building. The future

The Archives. home for College Archives is undecided.

One of our oldest artefacts In 1878, Walter Turnbull (a Wellington Merchant and father of Alexander Turnbull of Alexander Turnbull Library) donated £11 for the purchase of a microscope for the College. The donation was recorded in the 1878 Wellington College Annual Report. The microscope is inscribed with Walter Turnbull’s name. At this stage the College was affiliated to the University of New Zealand and Professor Thomas Kirk, of the university, also lectured at our school. He reports the donation of funds for microscopes in this Annual Report Walter Turnbull also gifted £1000 for the provision of scholarships at the university level. The Turnbull Scholarship is still awarded today to one of our students.

Filling the Gaps We continue to receive a number of Class and Sports teams photos and many of these fill in gaps in our records, especially class photos from the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. We were pleased to receive several photos from John Aburn (49 -53) which we did not have and we were very impressed that he was able to put names to all the students in the photos some 70 years later. Below is 3ShA, 1949.


Mike Pallin, Archivist Wellington College Archives PO Box 16073, Wellington Telephone: 04 802 7698 Email:

D.I. Brown, D.H. Hope, B.J. Clarke, B.A. Penberthy, J. Viner, J.D.S. Strong, E.P. Groombridge, B.G. Kinloch, A.I. Bilbrough, R. Lothian, E. Kidman. Mr R Bradley (Form Master), R.J. Winthrop, B.E. Teehan, J.T. Boyd, E.A. Woodfield, G. Pallo, P.M. Lewis, R.F.F. Bakewell, J.A. Hardie, T.H. Steadman, R. Holland, B.M. Gordon I.W. Brown, J.E. Aburn, K.W. Illes, J.M.H. Steele, E.A. McQueen, K.A. Eaglesome, J.S. Thompson, K.A. Howard, D.J. Chatfield, M.L. Dunne, H.L. Allison

While the Archive’s Office is closed to staff working in the premises, we are still able to sporadically take visitors through the displays. However, you must first make an appointment. The Archives team are now working from Office 150 [the WCOBA Office] and are present on Monday and Wednesday mornings. There you will find Archivist, Mike Pallin along with Gary and Alison Girvan, and Ted Clayton.

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The Recollect Project and the Wellington College Archives. n late 2017, Wellington College subscribed to Recollect. Working with Recollect, we have over the past two years, scanned around 25,000 photographs held in the Archives and stored in an on-line, cloud-based file.


These images span from the late 1800s through to 2019 and include a vast array of school-related events, people and activities - our Heritage! Our intention is to capture and preserve our history and share it with not only the Wellington College community but anyone who has an interest

or connection to our school. Providing easy access and with interactive features, it will allow viewers to search for relatives, buildings and historical news. Recollect not only stores photographic images but can also scan three-dimensional objects such as medals, trophies and uniforms but will also host audio/visual recordings and documentation including publications, reports, correspondence and any other written historical references relating to the College over the past 152 years.

The College has an extensive archive of yearbooks, magazines, photos, articles and memorabilia. Once loaded and launched, our history can be publicly viewed and downloaded. Viewers will also be able to submit corrections and name people, places and events. We eagerly await the launch to share with you the rich history of Wellington College. To get an idea off how Recollect will work, have a look at these two sites: www. and

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Autographs rather than actual names have been entered. Names need to be deciphered and retyped.

Names typed on an old imperial typewriter and then glued on so won’t scan. [OCR= Optical character recognition]. Names embossed in gold making names illegible - need retyping. Names embossed in black but won’t scan under OCR.

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Names handwritten. Needs to be typed out. Names typed on an imperial typewriter so cannot use OCR. Needs formatting into text format. Names typed on an imperial typewriter so cannot use OCR. Needs formatting into text format. As per six, when trying to scan, characters run into each other and thus mistakes occur resulting in incorrect spelling of names. Photo with no names at all. See the next page for help in this area.

Recollect works with a search engine (so you can find yourself in a photo or a publication). The programme needs METADATA (Metadata describes other data. It provides information about a certain item’s content ie names, places, events, activities). If you typed in ‘Prefect images’ it would then bring up every image where Prefect is mentioned. If you typed in 1999, you would find images taken in 1999. You can help by adopting a team, a form class or group. We can send you an image or share a folder through Drop Box. Just type up the text in a word document and send it back - as Rod Page [Class of 1963] has been doing for us. We can then link the text to the image for the upload to the Recollect site. Please get in touch with us at or come in and collect a file to work on. The sooner we get all the metadata completed, the sooner we can launch the site.

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Wellington College through the generations.

s we have gone through and sorted our scanned images, we have found to be missing a good number of form classes and team photos. While many of them can be copied from Old Wellingtonians, the images aren’t as sharp as they would be from an original photo. If you or perhaps a relative have an original photo stored somewhere safely or still on your ‘wall of fame’, please let us know. We don’t necessarily need the original unless you no longer want it, but if it can be scanned in high resolution and sent through with the names, we would be extremely grateful. Email to:


MISSING and/or UNNAMED MISSING PREFECTS 1925 1929 & 1930 1932 - 1934 1938 1944 1949 1951 1954 1957 1965 1968 1976 1980 1992 2001 - 2003 MISSING FIRTH HOUSE PREFECTS 1923 1925 - 1928 1936 1938 - 1940 1942 & 1943 1945 - 1950 1952 & 1953 1957 1959 - 1963 1967 - 1972 1974 - 19080

MISSING 1ST X1 CRICKET 1920 1923 & 1924 1926 1934 1938 - 1942 1951 & 1952 1954 1960 1965 - 1969 1971 1973 - 1976 1980-1991 1993-2000 2002-2008 MISSING FIRTH HOUSE BOARDERS 1924 - 1926 1928 - 1931 1933 1936 1967 1971 - 1972 1975

MISSING 1ST XV 1923 1928 & 1929 1934 1941 1943 & 1944 1951 1953 & 1954 1963 & 1964 1966 - 1968 1975 1980 - 1982 1984 & 1985 1988 -2002 As we sort through the scanned images, we will be able to determine what other form class photos we are missing and put out a request for further assistance in 2020.

MISSING OR UNNAMED FORM CLASSES 1950 No Photo or Names Photo but no names

1951 No photo 6SG, 6SHA, 5S, 5A, or Names 5SHA, 4R, 4SHA, 4SHB, 4B, 3SHB, 3B Photo but 6R, 6B, 5S, 5SHB,4A, no names 3S, 3SHA, 3SHC 1952 No photo 6SHG, 6R U5S, U5A, 5S, or Names 5R, 5B, 5SHA, 5SHB, 4R, 4SHB, 4B, 3S, 3A, 3SHC, 3B Photo but 6SHH, 5A, 4S, 4SHC, no names 3R, 3SHB 1961 We don't have ANY form class photos from 1961 so if you were in Form 3 or Upper 6th or in between, please can you share your photos - preferably named - for us to scan and upload. 1962 We don't have ANY form class photos from 1962 so if you were in Form 3 or Upper 6th or in between, please can you share your photos - preferably named - for us to scan and upload.

We are very proud to share the numerous stories of our Old Boys and our Wellington College community through the Lampstand Magazine. If you would like to back the Lampstand Legacy you might like to donate a few dollars to support our printed and posted publication. Our bank account is 01-0505-0842393-00. If you would like to support our ReCollect Project, get in touch with us and we can tell you how your support will work.

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We would like to illustrate and share how different generations of the same family have been to the school. If you are one of these families, we would love you to get in touch with us so we can map out your family tree and celebrate the continuing family ties.

6AL, 6R,5S,4S, 4B, 3A, 3SHA, 3SHB, 3SHC, 3B 6A, 6S-H, 6B, 6SH U5S, 5R 5SHA, 5SHB, 4R, 4A, 4SHB



n our Wellington College community, we have several families for whom Wellington College has been the school of choice for generations. You might also have a son or grandson who will commence his schooling at the College in the coming years.

Like to get involved? If you have any special updates, news, announcements or ideas for sharing or getting involved with our Wellington College Community, we would love to hear from you. Please reach out to our alumni team at nz If you can volunteer in any way to assist the Archives team, please contact our Archivist, Mike Pallin

Firth House Reunion.

f all that has occurred in 1980, the announcement of the closure of Firth House must be the most significant for the school. For one-half of its total existence Wellington College has had associated with it Firth House and, if for no other reason, the House has played a significant part in the life of the college, simply because of this long association. It is now a sad day that the House must close. Wellingtonian, 1980.


It was most surprising when Old Boys of Firth House gathered in mid-November 1980, just how many wellknown personalities had spent many of the formative years of their life living in the boarding establishment of the college. One cannot claim that it was Firth House that turned out some of the leaders of the community today, but one can, with some justification, claim that the combination of life in Firth House and an education at Wellington College, did indeed have a significant influence on all who were fortunate to share both experiences.

40 Years On [from Closing] Reunion Friday, 26 and Saturday, 27 June 2020 Make sure we have your email address so you can receive the registration details!

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50 Years On Reunion.


Class of


Gary Thornton, Glenn Wilson, Gerald Bruce-Smith, Malcolm Jackman, Phil Gormack, Jonathan Fletcher, Paul Turner, Neil Livingston, David Jupp Pete Smith, Barry Suppree, Bruce Little, Peter Wedde, Gary Adams, Derek Pope, Victor Yee, Graeme Fisher, Alastair Stewart Wayne Deterte, John Seelye, John Harland, Doug Senior, Gregor Fountain [Principal], Graham Archer, Rhod Webb, Rick Hughes, Roger Coleman Julian Eriksen, Gordon Tait

he Class of 1969 had their reunion on Friday, 29 March. The reunion started with a tour of the College, where our former students had a great time reminiscing about their school days and admiring new additions to the grounds and buildings. A thoroughly enjoyable dinner was held that evening. 1969 Photos:



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Class of

BACK ROW: Andy Foster, Brett Winstanley, Jonnie Brock, Andrew Good FOURTH ROW: Tim Simpson, James Edmondson, Casey Plunket, Richard Hutton, Fraser Mexted, Peter McLeod, Richard Dearsly, Richard Barnett, Murray McKeich THIRD ROW: John Williams, Peter Emanuel, Peter Mersi, Nick Allen, Richard Gordine, Ken Allen, Peter Newell, Tim Hastings SECOND ROW: Andrew Gee, Peter Amos, Owen Chew Lee, Jon Keall, Craig Carr, Dean Johansson, Richard Borrell, Michael Davis FRONT ROW: Campbell Dewes, Paul Kearns, Nigel Collins, David Homewood, Chris Jarvis, Brent Gerrard, Rhys Jones, Brian Sturman, Gary Oosterbaan

e were delighted to welcome back the Class of 1979 to celebrate their Ruby Anniversary since leaving Wellington College. Some had made return visits since leaving, but for most this was their first trip back in forty years.


The morning began with a welcome from Principal, Gregor Fountain followed by a tour of the College. Guests reminisced on their time at school, recalling classmates and teachers as well as seeing how the school has changed over the years. Of particular interest was the new Alan Gibbs Centre. Dinner that evening was fueled with continuous catch-ups interspersed with a Toast to the College from 1979 Head Prefect, Chris Jarvis, and responded to by Principal, Gregor Fountain. Campbell Dewes also made a poignant reference to those who could not attend and especially remembered those sadly no longer with us. With an array of embarrassing photos on display, it was great to see friendships and memories reignited.

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Gregor Fountain attended the WCOBA Bay of Plenty Branch Lunch in Tauranga in March and talked with them about the COLL values, the new Performing Arts Centre and a range of stories of success, achievement and learning. Thanks to all the Old Boys who came along including those who had to leave before the photo was taken. Our thanks also to Barry Ward [Class of 1952] who coordinated this annual get-together. Barry is stepping down from his role as convenor. He has done a sterling job in rallying the Old Boys to attend the annual lunches and we extend our gratitude to him for this. Lynn Morrison has put his hand up to take up the convenor role - we look forward to announcing the next gathering in due course.

It was a special treat for our 1st XI cricketers when they were invited to play at the Willows in Christchurch recently. On the sidelines, giving their support were three Canterbury stalwarts - ABOVE LEFT: former NZ Batsman, Brian Hastings [Class of 1957], with Head Prefect and 1st XI Captain, Hugh Morrison and Mike Phillips [Class of 1953] and ABOVE RIGHT: John Grocott [Class of 1955]. Having made 206/8, Wellington College bowled out Willows for 184 in what was a great end to a beautiful day of very traditional cricket. Looks like the support from our Old Boys certainly helped the 1st XI to victory.

Arranged by Bruce Heather [Class of 1958], the Horowhenua/Kapiti/ Manawatu/Whanganui Old Boys met twice this year for Lunch at the Otaki RSA, with Gregor Fountain as guest speaker.

Our College Groundsman and Old Boy, Bruce Tie [Class of 1971], retired earlier this year after 13 years in the job. To mark his contribution to Wellington College Cricket, the 1st XI played the 2nd XI in a tribute game. The Club presented Bruce with a 1st XI one-day match shirt at the lunch break. Bruce is pictured with 2019 Head Prefect, Hugh Morrison.

It's always a special honour to see our regular 'Band of Guys' at each Quadrangular Tournament. The group arrange to catch up with each other and of course support their old school. At this year's Old Boys' Function were (L-R): Nick Wearne, John Grocott, Richard Bramwell, Lynn Morrison, Bruce Waddel and Ian Taylor. Sadly, some have passed away and others may not have been able to travel, but we certainly appreciate those that make the effort to attend.


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Looking Ahead. Wellington College & St. Patrick’s CollegE Rugby and Cricket Reunion For members of the 1963 First XVs and 1960-63 First XIs

Taupo 20 - 22 March 2020

Wellington College First XV v St. Patrick’s College First XV Played at Wellington College 4th July 1963

A reunion to celebrate the sporting history of two traditional rivals Program highlights

Friday 20th 4pm - 9:00pm: Welcome BBQ Saturday 21st 6:00pm: Reunion Dinner at Lake Taupo Yacht Club


Registration $155 per person payable to WC & SPC Reunion Bank ANZ Acc. 06-0429-0336463-00 Wives and partners welcome


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The Class of 1990, which just so happens to be our President and our Principal’s cohort are arranging their own 30 Years On Reunion. If you haven’t heard from Matt Reweti about the details, drop him a line.

Class of 1999 make a comeback. ust as we go to print, some of the Class of 1999 visited the College '20 Years On' for a tour of all their old haunts and to catch up with Kerry Lloydd and Martin Vaughan, who also joined the tour. Lots of changes even in 20 years. The group then met downtown to catch up with the rest of their cohort for a long evening and weekend of reminiscing. It was lovely to have you back - stay in touch and a big shout out to Shane Binnie for getting everyone together.

Class of 1980 40 Years On

Friday, 16 October 2020 The following Old Boys are those with whom we have lost contact. If you are able to provide us with any contact details to help find them, or if you know of their whereabouts and could ask them to contact us, we would very much appreciate your assistance. R T Albert N M Allott G S D Anderson C R Andrews C L Bain M W Barendregt N E Barnett W A R Bearman P J Beckett G R Bensemann G A Bird J S Bowes S A Broad G P Broder P R Burrell J C Burt R M Bussell B J Cannon C F Cheng K C Cheng L E Chezick P A Chin D Chung R W Collins D Cook D J Cousins M A Crutchley K J Davis L D T Dinh N R Double M J Doyle W R Duckett M P Dukes B C Elliott F Fa'asalafa M J Fuller P J Furse R J Gair N W Gibson S J T Gimson C Gongsakdi R M Goodwin G R Gulley P D Haines N S Hales J E Hardman J C T Harlen J K Harris K M Hart J A Hawkes A J M Henderson

B M Henderson T L Homewood S J Honiss I N Horner D K Horo C E Huffam F Ifi A R Irvine I B Jamieson P P Jeffries C J Johnston P J Jurie M A H Kahn D J Killick K A Kincaid M R H Kirkwood R A Knobben V Kolinisau K Koroniadis N Koroniadis V D Lala D N Latimer A L Lee M W N Lee P C E Lyons C Mabbett P G MacIntyre C P Mackay S E T Magnusson R J Matheson P L McCallum G D McDonald P D McGeown S A McKeich C W McLellan A M Meiklejohn A J Meo P W E Milburn J L Miller M R Miller G J Milne A D Moffat B L Morganti M L Morris G Moutzouris M J Mulholland T Mulitalo B P Murray D K Nendick M P Obren P J Osborne

V Papas H K Park A L Patel M P Pattullo M S Peels C A Philip M E N Pierce W P Player A Preece J N Probert P S Raffety G E Rees A A Richards S P Richardson S B Ritchie M I Roberts R T Roberts C S F Robinson B T Ryan F Saolotoga M L Selley V Sili M A Simmonds A J Smillie C S Smith R G S Smith D G St John D Stancuti N G Staples G R Stehbens J L Stewart W M Taggart P J Tapsell A Te Moana S Tindle S J Tongatule O S Tourkish G J Turner A Tziakis W Uti P N Van Zweeden R L Waite C J Walker M Walker M K R Walker M W S White P A Wotherspoon G P Wright J E Youmans R A Young

50 Years On Reunions


e have found over the past few years that there hasn’t been much interest in the 50 Years On Reunions. The main reason seems to be that many attended their 40 Years On Reunion ten years earlier and felt it was too soon to meet up again. We certainly appreciate those who have made the effort to return, some who missed their 40 Years On, hence their attendance.


We would be interested in your feedback. Should we make future official reunions 20 Years, 40 Years and 60 Years Plus? Are there other decades we should be acknowledging? Please send us your thoughts - particularly those approaching their 50 Years On.

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In February, 1979, two young men straight from Training College started their teaching careers at Wellington College. Forty years on, both are still teaching at the College [Rob Anderson announced his retirement in August this year]. Rob Corliss has no plans just yet to hang up his chalk and duster.

REMEMBERING THE FUN TIMES There can’t be many Old Boys who never experienced Grenade Throwing Lessons from Dave Sowerby. Myles Gazley, with Dave above, caught up at the farewell for Rob Anderson and reminisced the hands-on lessons that Dave gave while teaching and then as a reliever.

MAINLAND MOVE OUR LOSS, TIMARU’S GAIN Former Timaru Boys’ High School Deputy Rector Dave Thorp will return to the school at the beginning of 2020 after being appointed to the role of Rector. Dave who held the role of Deputy Rector between 2008 and 2012, said he was “excited” by his appointment as Rector. He is currently employed as Deputy Principal at Wellington College, a role he has held since 2013.

SINK OR SWIM NOT ONE TO RETIRE QUIETLY While he might have retired from teaching at the end of last year, Swimming Convenor, Martin Vaughan is still managing the School’s Swimming Team . He was quite jubilant at the NZSS Champs where Wellington College came fifth overall from 24 schools competing.


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Dave grew up in Oamaru and before studying to be a teacher in the late 1990s, worked as a locomotive assistant and freezing worker. He gained a degree in English at Canterbury University in his 30s. His first teaching job was in Palmerston North from 1999 to 2000 then he worked at Wellington College before his first stint at TBHS. He then returned to Wellington College in 2013 to take up the role of Deputy Principal.

NEW APPOINTMENT MAKING A RETURN Following the retirement of Rob Anderson, the College was delighted to announce the appointment of Katie Rawles as Deputy Principal [Curriculum]. Old Boys will remember when Katie was Head of Music at the College and accompanied the Chorale when they sang at our Reunions. Katie moved to St Patrick’s (Silverstream) as Deputy Rector four years ago before taking up her new position. A welcome ceremony for Katie and her family took place on her first day. Katie’s husband Lincoln, teaches PE here at school and is also the 1st XV coach.

Wellington College Academic & Community News


2018 NZ SCHOLARSHIP These results recognised the very high calibre of our senior academic students at the top level for New Zealand secondary schools in 2018. Two of our students – Harry Crawford and Nicholas Patel were among the top 60 scholars in the country and were recognised by NZQA as Outstanding Scholars. Harry gained an Outstanding Scholarship in Statistics and scholarships in English, Media Studies, Geography as well as Health and Physical Education, while Nicholas as a Year 12 student, gained Outstanding Scholarships in both Physics and Calculus and scholarships in Chemistry and Statistics. Acknowledgement is also given to Matthew Sutcliffe and Edward Twomey who both gained six scholarship awards and Samuel Mathew who secured five scholarships. For 2018, in total, 108 scholarships were gained by the College, with eight of these being Outstanding Scholarships. A notable outcome was the number of Year 12 students who were successful in gaining awards. The subjects in which scholarships were secured were: Accounting, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Design, Economics, English, French, Geography, Health and Physical Education, History, Media Studies, Painting, Photography, Physics, Spanish, and Statistics. Outstanding scholarships were gained in Biology, Calculus, Geography, History, Physics and Statistics. Successful students are rewarded by receiving financial remuneration towards their tertiary studies. Wellington College has always been at the forefront of top success among the NZ Scholarship awards since the inception

JOINT DUXES of this examination. Worthy recognition and high commendation are given to both staff and students for their dedication and commitment to attain such high achievements.

PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO 2018 DUX Matthew Sutcliffe was awarded the prestigious 2019 Girdlers’ Scholarship, which will enable him to study Human, Social and Political Sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, starting in October 2019. This programme looks at the big social questions and political issues that confront us today, says Matthew. I think the way these are looked at - from anthropological, sociological and political perspectives - is profoundly valuable. Matthew, as the 2018 Dux achieved excellence endorsements in five NCEA Level 3 subjects across a wide spectrum of subjects, Scholarship in seven subjects, was a top performer in the Cambridge Mathematics examination, and among the top 1% of both the Australian Mathematics Competitions and the ICAS Science Competition. During his time at Wellington College, Matthew was actively involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including launching a tutoring programme that connected senior students with juniors to help them progress in their academic success. Outside the school environment, he started a partnership with Wellington City Mission to provide practical help to disadvantaged people in the city.

HEAD PREFECTS Debating Team and winner of the national secondary schools’ United Nations NZ Speech Competition. Matthew also showed considerable sporting prowess, breaking the 1500m record at the regional McEvedy Shield Athletics event and placing first in the Wellington Regional Cross-Country Championship. This is the 55th scholarship that The Worshipful Company of Girdlers has awarded to a NZ student. Administered by Universities New Zealand, the scholarship is funded by The Worshipful Company of Girdlers, which traces its foundation back to medieval times as a craftsmen’s guild. It awards one scholarship per year to an outstanding New Zealand school student to undertake a degree at Cambridge University. Valued at approximately £35,000 (NZ$67,000) per year, the scholarship will pay for Matthew’s university and college fees and contribute to his living costs while studying.

JOINT DUXES FOR 2019 Congratulations to Liam Anderson [centre left] and Nicholas Patel [right]. We look forward to reporting their stories in next year's Lampstand.

PASSING THE LIGHT 2019 Head Prefect, Hugh Morrison [above right] delivered his last formal duty at our 2019 Prize-Giving with his Valedictory Speech and was the first to congratulate our 2020 Head Prefect, Andrew Latta.

Debating and public speaking were an important part of school life, with success at national level in both activities as a member of the College’s Premier A

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Wellington College News


McEVEDY MAGIC Wellington College will seek to equal the record for the most consecutive wins in the McEvedy Shield in 2020 after successfully defending the title for the fifth time in March at Newtown Park. Wellington College was only ahead of nearest challengers St Patrick’s (Town) by six points at lunchtime, but a series of strong performances in the 400m and 1500m built a lead which proved insurmountable. Wellington runners finished first and second in three of the four 400m races and won three of the four 1500m contests. Additionally Wellington swept the 800-meters, but actually trailed Town 26-21 in overall wins on the day. Even the track invasion by Wellington supporters at the end, embracing their triumphant team, was good natured and as old as the event itself.



grade this is a great result.

(Basketball); 1st XI Cricket; Team of the Year (Gillette Cup 2018).

The Premier A Debating Team won the regional championships at the start of the year and from this, Jesse Richardson and Adam Muir were selected as two of the six students chosen to represent Wellington in the NZSS Championships. Adam went on to captain the winning team.

SINGING FOR SILVER Congratulations to the Wellington College Chorale on their Silver Medal-winning performance at the National Big Sing Finals. The Chorale is an auditioned Choir of students from years 9 - 13 and are an integral part of many important school events and are the backbone of the singing programme within the school.



Congratulations to the following finalists and winners of their respective sports at the CSW Awards Night. Finalists: Atakura Julian, Swimming and Surf Life Saving. [Atakura was the College's Sportsman of the Year and also received the very rare honour of a double Blues award for both swimming and surf lifesaving]. Tomos Christie, Table Tennis; Casey Israelson, Shooting; TP Moananu, AWD [Athletes with Disabilities]; Praneel Vallabh, Hockey; Thomas Dai, Tennis and Will Durkin, Underwater Hockey.

Congratulations were in order for our Senior Certificate 1 Debating team (William Chandler, Josh Elkin, Kieran Sturland and Hugo Lethbridge) who won the final of the grade against Marsden at Parliament in August. Josh won Best Speaker. We affirmed the motion that climate activists should act outside the law to achieve their goals. The boys put a huge amount of work into preparing and spoke brilliantly on the night. With around 50 teams in the

Winners: Corran Hanning, AWD; Tony Xie, Badminton; Roman Polaczuk, Hockey; Oscar Quin, Judo; Felix Williamson, Orienteering; Jake Young, Student Official of the Year

HAVING A BALL After a 25 year hiatus, the Wellington College Ball was reinstated and run as a Fundraiser for Y12 and Y13 students as well as staff attending in support. It was a wonderful occasion to see so many young people dressed to the nines.


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Also at the CSW Awards, Old Boys Leo Bertos [Class of 1999] and Footballers, Tim Brown [Class of 1998] were also both inducted into the CSW Hall of Fame. The 1st XI also won the Bruce Murray Cup and again qualified for the Gillette Cup national finals as a result of their convincing win against Silverstream. It was a terrific team performance.

TU TAGATA TRIUMPH Our Pasifika Group wowed the audience with their stunning performance. All those hours of practice paid off with the crowd loving their onstage energy and commitment to the performance. The group also appeared in front of a nation-wide television audience on What Now.

WORLD VISION RUNATHON With the 40-Hour Runathon officially coming to a close, the Super Six leaders announced that Wellington College students smashed the record for the most money raised in a single Runathon, raising an incredible $94,021.35 for World Vision! This money raised will make a massive difference in the lives of those in the Chi Kreng Community in Cambodia.



from the Arts, Sport and Community



NZ U17 SELECTION Henry Hamilton has been selected for the NZ U17 Football team to compete in the World Cup in Brazil late in October. Henry has already attended two tournaments with this team in the run up to the big one. Recent Old Boy, Matt Garbett [Class of 2019] has also been selected.

BARBERSHOP BRONZE At the Barbershop Nationals in Christchurch, both of our quartets sang brilliantly. The Four Tenors - Arlo, Brian, Archie, and Theo, came third place in the 'Young Men in Harmony' quartet competition.

U15 XV TEAM OF THE YEAR Wellington College defeated St Patrick's Silverstream 15-14 in the U15 decider on College Finals Day to win the Father Gus Hill Cup. This was their first win for this title in ten years.

PREMIER 3 WIN FOR 2nd XV The 2nd XV, coached by Darrell Harvey, drew 10-10 with Paraparaumu College's 1st XV in the CSW Premier 3 final and therefore share the Paul Cameron Cup. This was a spirited but great game played in very wet conditions.

CROSS-COUNTRY Three Wellington College students were in the Wellington team that won Silver


at the NZ Cross-Country Champs. Felix Williamson, Jamie Barnes, Henry Bellevue, were members of the U 18 team. The College's U16 team were winners of the Karori Relays, the CSW Champs, third in the three-to-count and first in the six-tocount at the NZSS Champs.

KAPA HAKA KUDOS Haka competition and won significant awards in several categories, notably second in Kaitataki Tane.

FLOORBALL FINALE The Senior Team were the winners of the CSW Champs and took the Gold Medal in the NZSS Champs.



Congratulations to all our elite sportsmen and performers that featured at the Black and Gold Awards evening in the AGC.

Electric Trooper - a student-led Band was selected for the Rockquest regional final and Henry McKenzie-Bridle was recognised as top musician for the event.

Junior Sportsman of the Year - Thomas Dai (Tennis), Senior Sportsman of the Year - Atakura Julian (Swimming and Surf Life Saving), Sports Team of the Year - CrossCountry U16 team. Atakura also won the Te Toki Poutangata Award and Martin Vaughan was acknowledged for Staff contribution to Extracurricular Sport (Swimming). The Junior Arts Award went to Instrumentalist and Singer, Archie Taylor, while the Senior Arts Award was shared between Peter Gjelsten [Musician] and Ben Shea [Thespian]. The Chorale was recognised as Arts Group the Year. The College Mothers' Award for Sport and the Arts went to Callan Rothmets and the Staff Award for Contribution to the Arts was Cushla Thomson for Debating.



The group, combined with Wellington Girls' College has over 50 members across all year levels. They competed at the regional Kapa

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES With 70 members, the combined Wellington College and Wellington Girls' College is the largest it has ever been. Five members of the Orchestra were selected for the NZSS Symphony Orchestra with the Concertmaster, Peter Gjelsten also in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. They won a Gold award in the Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival.

GOLFING GREATNESS Our team of four were runners-up in the CSW Champs qualifying for the NZSS Champs for the first time since 2008. They finished 14th.

UNDERWATER HOCKEY The Junior A boys won the CSW Premier League. They were runners-up at the Central Regionals and came third at the NZSS Champs.

FOR THE RECORD 21 of our students were NZ representatives or Champions in both the arts and in sport. Three teams were national champions in 2019; Senior Floorball, U16 Cross-Country and 1st XI Cricket.

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School Visits iles Golding (Class of 1967) paid a visit to Wellington College to interact with our music students in class, and to work alongside our Orchestra.


A long-standing professional violinist based for more than 40 years in the UK, Miles, in 1965 was part of the Bear Trio with fellow Old Boys, Christopher Beckett and Mark Jackson. The trio were the inaugural winners of the NZ Chamber Music competition for secondary school students – noteworthy at the time to be the first winners of a competition of such high calibre. liver Lane [Class of 1964] is a stalwart of the Wanganui Male Choir but when we was a student at Wellington College he was a fast runner as well. He was the Intermediate 100 Yard Champion at the Wellington College Athletics Meet and in 1965, donated the Oliver Lane Trophy in for this race.


At this year's Quadrangular Function, Oliver came down for the occasion so we took the opportunity to capture Oliver with this year's recipient, Josh Williams. Josh was also in our 1st XV. Oliver's passion for singing came about as a boy soprano in the Scots College Choir for two years when in Form 1 and 2. In 1959, while still a Form 2 student, he performed at the Wellington Gang Show with several solo items. The 1960’s was a mix of rock ‘n’ roll and folk music. In 1966, he was a founding member of the Palmerston North Bluegrass Band as a singer and he admits, not very good fiddle player. Over the next few years, apart from the odd singing or off-the-cuff karaoke spot, Oliver hasn’t been part of any formal choir or singing group. However, five years ago, he was persuaded to join the Wanganui Male Choir and from there encouraged to audition for the NZ Male Choir as a 2nd Tenor. In 2021, the NZ Male Choir will undertake a 25-day tour of Germany, Austria, Croatia and Northern Italy. The last part of the tour will be at the famous Alta Pusteria Music Festival which is spread over five days. t's great to have Old Boys give their time back to the College in a number of ways. In this instance, the College's Rugby Club has benefited throughout the year. First up, we had Jeff ToomagaAllan [Class of 2008] come in with team mates Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea to work with the U15 team, managed by Manaia Opai [Class of 1990]. Other Old Boys involved with the Club include Joe McDonald [Class of 1992], PE Teacher, Te Raina Richards-Coxhead [Class of 2013], Peteli Siolo [Class of 1986], Aaron O'Sullivan [Class of 2000], Science Teacher, Adrian Shaw [Class of 2000], Oli Michie [Class of 2018], Chris Wells [Class of 1975] and Jimmy Lawler [Class of 2008]. We mustn't forget that the sponsor of the 1st XV is none other than Myles Gazley [Class of 1989]. If you would like to be part of the 2020 season, please get in touch with the Rugby Director, Lincoln Rawles at


Whether you live locally or visiting from out-of-town and you would like to visit Wellington College, we would be delighted to welcome you back for a tour. Please email to arrange a time to visit.


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t was fantastic to have Old Boy Mark Grantham QSM back at Wellington College in February. Mark was a student at Wellington College in the early 1990s. Since leaving Wellington College he has committed much of his time and energy to selling chocolate bars to raise money for his six World Vision New Zealand sponsor children in India and Tanzania. At the assembly, Mark spoke about his time as a student at Wellington College, his trips to India and Africa to visit his WV kids, his recent battle with cancer, and his hopes for the future. Deputy Principal, Rob Anderson took Mark on a nostalgic visit back to their old form room - Room 301.


Mark was an inspiring speaker who was deeply impressed by Wellington College's commitment to fundraising for World Vision, with over one million dollars raised over the past 20 years through our annual runathon. It was awesome to be back at Wellington College, Mark said, I was blown away by this school's support for World Vision. It was a very emotional visit. Come again soon, Mark, and thanks for the inspiration!

Steve Neale [Class of 1979] (left) brought his father Alex [Class of 1945] in to visit the College and have a look at the window pane they purchased. Steve's younger son, Kylen managed to join them for the photo while older son, Tuscany [Class of 2016] missed the photo.

Also making a return visit to the College was Firth House boarder, Don McLeod [Class of 1953]. Don was visiting his son, Peter [Class of 1979]. Peter's sons are also Old Boys; Keegan [Class of 2014] and Jeremy [Class of 2011].

While on holiday from Brisbane, David Green [Class of 1977] called into Wellington College, while at the same time, catching up with fellow classmate, Glenn Tims. It was great to have Rakesh Patel visit Wellington College earlier this year. Rakesh is from the Class of 1987 and was the Form Prefect for 3RA, one of Rob Anderson’s most memorable classes.

new book about the life and times of well-known NZ entertainer Ray Woolf has been produced. After a series of interviews, Roger Booth [Class of 1962], has put together Hey Woolfie Welcome to the World. The book launch was held in Wellington College's Firth Hall.


Hey Woolfie looks at the crooner's early life in England to his move to New Zealand and time on television, film and stage. He was well remembered as a host of Play School and a particular highlight was fronting the light entertainment chat show called The Ray Woolf Show. He was actually the last one to really have a live entertainment show where he would interview people, some of them would sing, he would sing, Roger said. To order a copy of Hey Woolfie Welcome to the World go to

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Wellington College 1st XI claimed their first Gillette Cup title since 2001 - overcoming Christchurch Boys' High School by 40 runs. t the time of the 2018 Lampstand going to print, Wellington College’s 1st XI were at Lincoln University playing in their toughest match of the season.


Bugger! This one’s down the drain, Tim Robinson concedes he and most of his Wellington College 1st XI cricket teammates were thinking late on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Oval in Christchurch. In the penultimate fixture of the national championships, Auckland winners King’s College only required two runs for victory to end Wellington’s unbeaten streak. King’s had nine balls remaining and four wickets to spare. What happened next was truly extraordinary. Wellington College ended up winning with 235 all out off 49.3 overs, beating King’s 23 all out off 49.4 overs. Just a whisker and some excellent fielding meant Wellington College reached the final. A week earlier Wellington College


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had narrowly lost the local decider by two wickets against Hutt International Boys’ School. Wellington batted first in all of its victories, but the most telling was the last against defending champions Christchurch Boys’ High School. Wellington College comfortably beat Christchurch by 40 runs with Tim Campbell in the thick of the action again making 59. Tim was the leading runmaker at the tournament, amassing 379 runs at 75.80.

Louie Chapman from Christchurch Boys’ High School was the leading wicket-taker sneering 13 victims at 15, but the next three highest wicket-takers were all from Wellington College. Dylan Sharma and Harry Hunter shared 10 each, while Tim enjoyed a haul of nine at the lowest average of anyone (14.44). He also made 87 runs in five innings and concedes a ‘few stupid shots’ and ‘bad luck’ prevented a greater contribution with the bat. Tim’s best performance was on the first day when he claimed a five-wicket haul against King’s High School. Article courtesy of College Sport Media

ABOVE: 1st XI members - 2018 Head Prefect, Ollie Petersen and 2019 Head Prefect, Hugh Morrison with the Gillette Cup. LEFT: The highly-elated 1st XI. INSET: Tim Campbell, the tournament’s leading run-maker.

Quadrangular Tournament, 2019. strong defensive effort in the final minutes saw Nelson College win the prestigious Quadrangular Rugby Tournament in Wellington at the start of July, beating Whanganui Collegiate 13-7.


Whanganui's 28-year wait to reclaim champion status at the 93-year-old annual fixture will continue for another year, after a close-fought final saw the North Island school's brave effort finish inches short. In the day’s earlier game, Wellington College came back from a 15-3 deficit to lead Christ’s College 18-15 before a late penalty from Christ’s saw the match finish in an 18-all draw.

WCOBA and WCRFC QUAD 2020 Quadrangular Function. oth Clubs hosted an event for Old Boys and supporters from all four schools on the Tuesday evening of the Tournament. It was a great opportunity to meet and mingle with our visitors. Our Archives team turned on a great display of photos and uniforms spanning almost 100 years of all four schools and proved a great talking point as guests recalled players and matches.


Z Rugby will be commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the first game of Rugby played in New Zealand – Nelson College v Nelson RFC and accordingly, part of these celebrations will include Nelson College hosting the 94th Quadrangular Tournament. Please note the change in game days.


Put these dates in your calendar! @ NELSON COLLEGE Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12.00pm Christ's v Whanganui 1.45pm Nelson v Wellington

 [L-R]: Nelson College Coach, Jono Phillips [Class of 1983] and Assistant Christ’s College Coach, Ross Kennedy [Class 2000] caught up with former 1st XV Coach, Rob Corliss.

 Tomasi Palu [Class of 2004] stands alongside his Wellington Lions jersey he donated to the Archives.  Guests from all four schools enjoy Wellington College’s hospitality.

Wednesday 1 July Old Boys' Function with all four schools. Thursday 2 July 11.00am Minor Final 12.30pm Final

 The Morrison Boys hit town - [L-R]: Russell [Class of 1965], Lyn [Class of 1962] and Peter [Class of 1975].

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a trek down memory lane. Wellington College, December 1969 Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award – Southern Crossing Tramp

t the Class of 1969 Reunion earlier this year, Gerald Bruce Smith recalled the DOE Tramp that he and fellow classmates undertook following their end-of-year exams. Fellow trekkers included David Jupp [who took the photos], John Sutton, Allan Crawford, Martin O'Connor, Graham Archer and Ian Tansley.


The group were dropped off at the Otaki Forks Field Hut for their first night, then followed by stops at Table Top [Vosseler Hut, Kime Hut – Mt Hector 1529m, Dress Circle - Alpha Hut, Marchant Ridge – Dobson's Hut – Kaitoke Shelter where they were collected at the end of their journey. The Southern Crossing route, looking up to Mt Hector 1529m, and the Dress Circle - on a good day! The Field Hut (built 1924) is still well used, going strong and is now classed as an Historic Building. In 1976, the Vosseler Hut (built 1959) was removed and the old Kime Hut (built 1930) was replaced. In 1982, Alpha Hut (the third hut at this site) burned down and was replaced. Dobson's Hut (built 1941) has been removed. The Wellington College link with the Tararua ranges goes back well over fifty years. A quote from Chris Maclean's book, Tararua, published by Whitcombe Press, 1994 mentions; The popularity of Tararua tramping in the early 1920s….extended to include schoolboys at Wellington College, who formed their own tramping club with the help of a teacher, Percy Rushton. John Hilke recalled that in 1923, he and fifteen other boys went to Mount Holdsworth 1470m with Rushton. After staying overnight in the Mountain House, they climbed to the summit the following day. It was thanks to Rushton that John Hilkie and others got their first taste of these mountains, an experience that encouraged a number to return time and time again.


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War in a small boat – the story of Lieutenant Commander James Macdonald DSO, DSC and Two Bars, MID RNZNVR

Preserving the memories. w e wanted to give you an update and to share with you an image of the work currently being undertaken to restore the Memorial Brass Tablets commemorating our Old Boys who died in WWI and WWII. Special thanks to those Old Boys who have supported this process. Once completed, the tablets will be rehung (on newly strengthened walls) alongside the Memorial Window in the new Hall. As you can imagine, these brass tablets weigh a lot and the intricate work to clean in between each character and rim is very extensive and expensive. The top image gives you a view of the first of three restored tablets and below, a comparison to how it looked in the old hall. When they have been rehung, we will post the completed view.

orn in Wellington on 30 September 1921, Jim Macdonald [Class of 1938], known to his Navy colleagues as ‘Mac’, was the most decorated New Zealand naval officer of the Second World War and went on, after the War, to become a successful city engineer in Wellington. Of medium height with dark hair, a fair complexion and strong physique, he was the son of Amy Grace Anderson and her husband, John William Macdonald, a public servant and later government insurance commissioner.


After attending Thorndon School and Wellington College, he was apprenticed as an optician, from 1937 to 1938, before joining the Bank of New Zealand as a clerk in August 1938. He built and sailed his own Tauranga-class yacht and was a member of the Lyall Bay Surf and Lifesaving Club. A strong swimmer, he was the Wellington College champion and represented his club at junior level in the New Zealand championships. Jim's naval career began in 1938 when he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (New Zealand Division) as an Ordinary Seaman. On the outbreak of war, the following year and by then an Able Seaman, he was mobilised and saw service as a gunner aboard the defensively equipped merchant ships Trienza and Fordsdale, trading between Australia and Nauru. In February 1941 he went to Britain to train for a commission as an officer, passing out top of his course in May that year – and shortly thereafter joined the ‘small boats’.

With thanks to David Ledson (former Chief of Navy) who researched and presented Jim's story. David's full account of Jim's life can be found on our website: community-whanau/coll-old-boys/archives

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a whole new chapter. aylor Hughson [Class of 2009] was one of three young New Zealanders in 2019 to be awarded a Woolf Fisher Scholarship to study at Cambridge University. Taylor is currently completing a Master of Education at Victoria University.

t moving on up. ellington-based Queen's Counsel David Goddard QC [Class of 1980] was sworn in as a Judge of the High Court and the Court of Appeal in July.


David graduated with a BA(Hons) in Mathematics from Victoria University in 1983, subsequently gaining a BA(Hons) in Law in 1986 from Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Having lectured in law at Bristol University, David returned to New Zealand in 1988 to practise as a lawyer at Chapman Tripp. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1989. He was a litigation partner at that firm from 1991 to 1998, before beginning practice as a barrister sole in 1999. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003. His appointment as a Judge of the Court of Appeal was announced in May. It was a homecoming for David who said he had felt at the crossroads of his career before leaving in 2018 for New York University as a senior global fellow. But the time away made him realise that he wanted to be in New Zealand, that running beside the Hudson River was not like running around the Wellington waterfront, and nothing smelt like New Zealand bush after the rain. The ceremony was in the same courtroom where his late father Tom Goddard [Class of 1954] had moved his admission to the profession 30 years ago. Tom rose to become Chief Judge of the Employment Court. As well as his work in New Zealand, David has contributed to law reform and development internationally, including recently capping off with the signing of an international convention on cross border enforcement of civil court judgments. His grandmother Tuska, and father Tom, were Polish but were moved deep into Soviet Russia after Poland was invaded in 1939. In 1948 his family arrived in New Zealand. His father knew no English but David said he learnt lessons from his grandmother and father that were a large part of what he brings to his new role.


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The estimated value of each Woolf Fisher Scholarship, which covers the study and living costs at Cambridge, is about $300,000 making it one of the most generous scholarships available to New Zealand students. Described by one of his referees as someone who has shown immense commitment to serving his community, Taylor will head to Cambridge to complete a PhD in Education. He already has two postgraduate degrees (BA Hons and MA in English from Victoria University) and a postgraduate teaching diploma (from the University of Auckland), and is currently completing a Master of Education at Victoria University, while teaching full-time at Hutt Valley High School. Taylor’s passion for teaching and education—and the proposed topic for his PhD—was sparked during his first few weeks on the Teach First NZ programme, through which he obtained his teaching diploma. He now plans to pursue a field of study that will enable him to contribute to improving the education of New Zealand’s most disadvantaged students.

the host with the most. ongratulations to Peter Morrison (Head Prefect 1975) and proud supporter of the College (based in Christchurch), who has just been appointed as Skål International World President. Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry's managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to Do Business Among Friends.


Peter has always been a great host when we hold Old Boy Events in Christchurch and generously offers his ‘Classic Villa’ as the venue and accommodation when we are at Quad Tournament. A great Honour Peter – well done!

hall of fame.

otago university alumni hero. arlier in this Lampstand issue, we acknowledged Professor Bill Glass who featured in Otago University's 150 alumni heroes - so too is another Old Boy who has been credited as an Otago hero - Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes KBEMB ChB (1946) ChM (1962).


Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes [Class of 1941] was recruited to Greenlane Hospital where, in 1958, he performed New Zealand’s first open-heart surgery. Pioneering new techniques, in 1961 he became one of the first surgeons in the world to implant pacemakers before they were commercially available – these were manufactured at his request in the Auckland University workshop. In 1962, he was only the second heart surgeon in the world to replace a heart valve, and he became a lobbyist for improvements in public hospitals.

his year was the 30th College Sport Wellington Awards dinner. To mark this occasion, and in recognition of the many outstanding former Wellington students who have progressed to be leading athletes on the world stage, CSW has inducted its second cohort to the CSW Hall of Fame, joining their 12 current Hall of Famers which includes our very own James Franklin [Class of 1998].


Our congratulations to Leo Bertos [Class of 1999] and Tim Brown [Class of 1998]. A name that is dear to all Wellington Phoenix and All White supporters, Leo Bertos began his career at Wellington College and the Wellington Olympic Football Club. Having won the College Sport Wellington Football award in 1999, Leo made his way into the English youth system with Barnsley, before plying his trade with a number of English clubs. Returning to Australasia in 2006, Leo made an immediate impact with Perth Glory in the A-League before a move back to his hometown and the Wellington Phoenix. His tenure at the Phoenix marks the most successful years for the Club, which coincided with his success at the international level. The highlight of his 56 cap international career was undoubtedly delivering the cross that would put the All Whites into the 2010 World Cup. Leo would go on to play all three games at the World Cup, earning draws against Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay. Rising up through the football ranks at the same time as his fellow Wellington College student, Leo Bertos, Tim Brown’s professional career took an alternative route after leaving school. His footballing ability earned a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati and thereafter a spot in the USL Second Division.

Gillette Cup Player of the Year. t the ANZ Cricket Awards Tim Campbell [Class of 2018] was recognised for an outstanding Gillette Cup tournament, leading his Wellington College team to their first Gillette Cup title since 2001. The number 3 made a tournament high of 379 runs from five games with a top score of 114. Tim also went on to represent Wellington at the national U19 tournament. Tim was presented with his trophy by Black Caps Captain, Kane Williamson.


Tim’s big break came through some standout performances for the All White, particularly against English Premier League side Charlton Athletic. This saw him quickly picked up by the Newcastle Jets in the A-League and then as a foundation member of the Wellington Phoenix in 2007. Early on Tim was earmarked for leadership responsibilities and on many occasions he has captained the All Whites. His work rate in the midfield was crucial to the All Whites beating Bahrain in the 2009 World Cup Qualifier, but a serious injury sustained shortly before the World Cup curtailed his opportunities there. Tim has since gone on to commercial success as co-founder of the Allbirds shoe company.

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The line-up of Wellington City Leaders. p until the recent 2019 Local Body elections, Wellington College had produced four Mayors of Wellington City - Alfred de Bathe Brandon, Thomas Mason Wilford, John-Pearce Luke, and Thomas Charles Atkinson Hislop.


Liberal in 1896 for the seat of Wellington Suburbs; he won narrowly but was unseated by an electoral petition. He won the seat in 1899, but in 1902 stood for the Hutt seat which he represented until 1929. He became Mayor of Wellington in 1910.

We congratulate our fifth and most recent Old Boy to become Mayor of Wellington City – Andy Foster (Class of 1979).

In mid 1911, Wilford almost died following an operation for appendicitis and was always in poor health afterwards. After being re-elected unopposed he resigned as Mayor.

The week following the election was fraught with discrepancies in the Wellington City vote counting. However, Andy still managed to attend his Class of 1979 40 Years On Reunion in between speaking with the media and liaising with colleagues. We managed to capture Andy in front of our Archives News Board during the Reunion Tour of the School and have him stand alongside our four former Old Boys who have also been Mayor of Wellington City.






In 1929, Wilford was appointed King’s counsel and was then immediately appointed high commissioner for New Zealand in the UK and knighted. He retired from public life on his return from Britain in 1935 and died at Wellington on 22 June 1939.

1. Alfred de Bathe Brandon, Mayor from 1893 - 1894, Wellington College 1867-1870; 2. Sir Thomas Mason Wilford, Mayor from 1910 - 1911, Wellington College 1881-1885; 3. Sir John-Pearce Luke, John-Pearce Luke, nicknamed Mayor from 1913 - 1921, Wellington College 1896; 4. Thomas Charles ‘Peanut’ due to his short Atkinson Hislop, Mayor from 1931 - 1944, Wellington College 18981906; 5. Andy Foster, Mayor from 2019, Wellington College 1978-1979. stature, was the brother of Charles Manley Luke, mayor of Finally, in early November, Andy's position was cemented in place Wellington in 1895. as Mayor and he can now get stuck in to leading our city for the next three years. Charles was elected to the Wellington City Council as a councillor in 1898. His interest in engineering led him to oversee the Our illustrious line-up of Mayors includes Alfred de Bathe expansion of the Wellington tramway system. Brandon, who was one of the first eight boys who enrolled at Wellington College when it first opened in 1867. As Mayor of Wellington during the deadly 1918 influenza epidemic, Charles coordinated the relief effort by shutting many city In 1872, Alfred was granted one of the first scholarships to the amenities to discourage public congregation. In 1921, at the end of University of New Zealand. In 1875, he attended Trinity Hall, his mayoral tenure, Charles was knighted for his efforts in fighting Cambridge, England and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1878. the influenza epidemic. Brandon was admitted to the bar at Middle Temple. On his return to New Zealand he was admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the Thomas Hislop was born in Wellington in 1888. He attended Supreme Court. Wellington College, and then Cambridge University where he graduated in law. In September 1886, he was elected as a City Councillor for the Thorndon Ward, a position he held until January 1891. In 1894, Thomas’ first foray into local government was as a Wellington he was elected Mayor of Wellington. His son of the same name, City Councillor from 1913 - 1915. His political career was interrupted Alfred de Bathe Brandon, was a notable lawyer and aviator. when he opted to serve in WWI as a part of the Wellington Brandon died in Wellington on 30 July 1938. Brandon House and Regiment. Brandon Street in central Wellington carry his family name. On his return, Thomas regained his Council seat, and went on to Thomas Wilford was born in Lower Hutt, in 1870. He was become Wellington’s Mayor in 1931 to 1945 following in his father’s educated at Wellington College and Christ’s College, before joining footsteps - Thomas William Hislop had been Mayor of Wellington the legal firm of A. & C. Brandon. He showed such promise that he from 1905 - 1908. passed his final examinations by the age of 18 although he could not be admitted to the Bar until he was 21. He then practised for Thomas was Chairman of the Wellington Provincial Centennial three years before setting up on his own account. Council and the NZ Centennial Exhibition Company from 1937; the Centennial was in 1940. He was High Commissioner to Canada Thomas entered politics as soon as he could, standing as a from 1950 to 1957. He died in June 1965 in Montreal.


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OUR SHINING STARS. Z Post's New Zealand Space Pioneers stamps celebrated six New Zealanders who were pioneers in astronomy, cosmology or rocket science to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first humans - Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon.


Two of the stamps feature two remarkable men who have significant links to Wellington College. Algernon Charles Gifford MA (Cantab.) (18 April 1861 – 27 February 1948) was an astronomer, explorer and teacher. He taught mathematics and science at Wellington College from 1895-1927. He also helped create an observatory in 1912, which is named the Gifford Observatory in his honour. Near the end of his teaching career, Gifford started to contribute regular astronomy articles to the Evening Post, which later turned into an influential column. His columns were later reprinted as booklets in 14 volumes under the name In Starry Skies,

and eventually combined to form an introductory textbook. William Hayward 'Bill' Pickering ONZ KBE (24 December 1910 – 15 March 2004) was a New Zealand-born rocket scientist who headed Pasadena, California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 22 years, retiring in 1976. He was a senior NASA luminary and pioneered the exploration of space. Pickering was also a founding member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. Bill attended Wellington College from 1923-1927. Dr Pickering re-opened the Gifford Observatory as the guest of honour, on 25 March 2002. He had been a frequent user of the observatory during his school days in Wellington College. The NZ Listener featured a wonderful article 'THE DAY THE EAGLE LANDED' commemorating 50 years since man landed on the Moon, a feat achieved thanks to a Kiwi scientist and his team. Visit our website to read this article in full. www.

ON THE UP AND UP. t was a pleasure to welcome Roy Smith (Class of 1975) when he visited Wellington College on a recent trip home. His visit, coordinated by our Head of Chemistry, Phil Kendon, was to meet our science students and talk to them about his career.


aspects of interplanetary and deep space science spacecraft. Roy’s Honours include him being a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 2011 and as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2008.

Roy is a Professor in the Automatic Control Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zurich) in Switzerland. From 1990 to 2010 he was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Dept. at the University of California. He received his undergraduate education at Canterbury University (1980) and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology (1990).

In 1990, Roy worked with the Kanchenjunga School Project charity, installing solar powered vaccine refrigerators in a remote region of Nepal. Since 2007, he has been active with Engineers Without Borders, advising a student group on engineering infrastructure designs including rainwater collection systems for a remote village in Kenya. Most years since 2008 he travelled with a team of students to a village on the shore of Lake Victoria to complete the installations.

His research interests include the identification and control of uncertain systems, and distributed estimation, communication and control systems. His application experience includes process control, automotive engines, flexible space structures, aeromanoeuvring Mars entry vehicles, formation flying of spacecraft, magnetically levitated bearings, high energy accelerator control, airborne wind energy and energy control for buildings. He has been a long time consultant to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on guidance, navigation and control

While speaking with Roy as we took him to meet the students, he recalled a visit to Wellington College by fellow Old Boy, Dr William Pickering – one of the most outstanding scientific talents New Zealand has produced. En route to the science block, Roy bumped into fellow classmate, Chris Wells who since retiring from the College has taken up relief teaching.

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Roaring and Scoaring. he Wellington Lions might not have won the Mitre 10 Premiership final this season – losing to Tasman in the final, but a week earlier the team celebrated Wes Goosen’s [Class of 2013] 50th match for Wellington.


Wes, who debuted for Wellington against Waikato in 2014 and injured his ankle, still derives the same enjoyment and pride from representing his province. We are real close with each other and enjoy playing running rugby. We are encouraged to play what’s in front of us and that hasn’t changed in the five years I’ve been in the team, he said. Wes scored his first try for Wellington in a 29-0 win against Northland in 2015. He has since crossed the line 21 times and is a model of consistency, as a reliable finisher as well as a distributor to his teammates around him having played in the midfield growing up and for the Wellington College 1st XV where he also made the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ side in 2013. In 2015, he also played and won his first Jubilee Cup final with the Old Boys' University club – scoring a popular try in the centre position in the Goats’ 30-27 win over Marist St Pat’s in the decider. Two years later he again wore the number 13 jersey as OBU beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 32-19 to win their second Jubilee Cup. He has played 40 Premier club matches for his club. In 2018, Wes hit the ground running with a double in the first round against Otago and this season he was Wellington’s leading try scorer with six, including a hat-trick in Round Six against Otago.


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Just 24, Wes is the fourth player in the present Wellington squad including fellow Old Boy, Dane Coles (69) to bring up a half-century of appearances for Wellington. Wes has also played 37 matches for the Hurricanes, just ahead of James Blackwell [Head Prefect, 2012] and behind Dane on 110 and Jeff Toomaga-Allen who retired on 117. Jeff has moved to English Club, Wasps joining fellow Old Boy, Lima Sopoaga [Class of 2008]. The Lions’ semi-final match against Canterbury saw four former Wellington College 1st XV Captains take the field – Naitoa Ah Kuoi [Class of 2017], Kemara Hauiti-Parapara [Class of 2014], Piri Paraone [Class of 2014] and the team was captained by James. James [below left] has visited the College a number of times, to speak with students on health and wellbeing, mentoring our young men and more recently, joined the WCOBA Executive. One recent visit coincided with another Old Boy’s visit – Michael Hobbs

[Head Prefect, 2005] [below right] who was back from California for a visit and made time to call into his old school. Michael established the ‘Blessed Hope Project’ raising funds for a school hall for 300 students in Kibera, Narobi in memory of his father, Jock Hobbs, and which opened in January this year. Michael now lives and works in Orange County buying and selling apartments in Seattle and Portland after retiring from rugby in 2016 and graduating from Stanford with an MBA in June, 2018.

Howzat? ricketer and wicket-keeper, Tom Blundell [Class of 2008], continues to impress NZ Cricket - he is one of 20 players to be awarded a new contract for the 2019-2020 season.


In April 2019, Tom was named in New Zealand's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The International Cricket Council named him as one of the five surprise picks for the tournament. However, he did not play a match during the tournament but was an integral part of the team training sessions.

Marry me, Marry Wellington College!

hile getting married was a special occasion for 2006 Head Prefect, Jono Anderson, it was just as special to be surrounded by Wellington College friends and family. [L-R]: Dylan Johnson, former staff member - Greg Haines, former Headmaster - Roger Moses, Tom Anderson [Jono's brother], Charlie Gallagher, John Hunt, [Head Prefect 1946 and Jono's Grandfather], Sean Conway, the Groom - Jono Anderson, Pat Dowle, Dharmendra Mistry, Harry Urqhart-Hay, Chris Jupp, Sam Green, Henry Thomas, Zac KedgleyFoot, Rob Gordon, former staff member - Gill Thomas and Father of the Groom - Rob Anderson. Would this be the largest gathering on Waiheke Island of Wellington College people in one place?


Glimpses of Wellington College.

Seen for sale on Trade Me. Wondering if it was an Old Boy who was selling the plates and... did an Old Boy buy them?

Melbourne-based Simon Leverton [Class of 1971] came across this sign when out-and-about. Wondering if clients do actually receive the light and pass it on?

Seen parked in the College Grounds - perhaps a new staff car for the Alan Gibbs Centre?

he 2019/20 Wellington Collegians Cricket season has just begun, but there's always places available. You can find out more at wellingtoncollegians. org or wellingtoncollegianscricketclub/. If you're interested in playing cricket this year, contact Scott Ryland at collegianschairman@gmail. com and we can find you a place to play.


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long-time connection. rofessor Robert Wade [Class of 1961] [far right] made a fleeting visit back to Wellington in August to give the annual memorial lecture in honour of Sir Frank Holmes, hosted by the School of Government at Victoria University. His subject was, Why the Trump era (marked by an elevated level of authoritarian nationalism around the world and the erosion of multilateral governance) could last for thirty years. Frank led the Victoria Economics Department when Robert completed his BA (Hons) in Economics, in 1966. Robert said, Frank would surely have approved of his blend of political and economic arguments. He was a quietly inspiring personality without the gimlet-eyed ideological passion that came to grip much of the economics profession in the western world from the 1970s till today, very much including New Zealand - in response to which I moved intellectual home to the field of global political economy.


Before the BA Hons at Victoria, Robert did a BA at Otago. He is now Professor of Global Political Economy at the London School of Economics and is the recipient of the American Political Science Association Best Book or Article Award, 1989 – 91 and the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, 2008. Just last month, Gil Roper [Head Prefect 1961], a staff member here at the College [and our resident proof-reader], met up with Robert for dinner in London while Gil and his wife were travelling through Europe. Gil said that he and Robert were in the same classes from 1959, 1960 and 1961. In our final year, we were both Prefects and members of the 1st XV (Robert a lock and me 2nd five eight). We were active in school musicals and drama production that

culminated in us both taking lead roles in the Combined Secondary Schools’ production of 'Ruddigore' in the Wellington Opera House in early 1961. We were of course keen academic students and eventually pursued careers in education. Robert has made previous trips back to Wellington and has made the time to come in to Wellington College and visit fellow staff, including another classmate, Ernie Rosenthal, who retired a couple of years ago as the Careers Counsellor.

Read all about it [Ctnd.] riter, editor and poet Mark Pirie [Class of 1991] has recently published a biography of his grandfather Tom Lawn (1900-1979).


Mark knew little about his mother’s side of the family and painstakingly researched the book over a period of six years, with the help of the NZ Rugby Museum, the Macmillan Brown Library and the National Library of New Zealand and by asking for advice from sports historians. Mark’s grandfather Tom Lawn died when he was three years old and Tom’s daughter, Mark’s mother Pamela Lawn, died in 2000 from cancer. Tom Lawn, a service man and mechanical engineer, was a rugby player 1919-1929 during the golden period in New Zealand Rugby. Little was known about his rugby career but Mark’s research turned up surprising results. He was Club Captain at Sydenham in Christchurch in 1924, and earned second class honours as a loose forward/side support for Canterbury in 1925. Tom Lawn went on to become a member of the famous College Rifles team of 1927 that included three All Blacks and


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a Māori All Black. He coached North Shore with All Black legend Bert Cooke in 1938. Later Tom Lawn was General Manager of the old established firm Booth Macdonald and Co. Ltd in Christchurch till his retirement in the mid-1950s. Tom was said to be the first to employ women in his factory during WWII for the making of munitions, and led an offshore buying mission to Washington DC for farm implements (on behalf of the NZ Government and the NZ Agricultural Implement Manufacturers’ Federation). Tom Lawn at College Rifles played with a fellow Old Boy, Len du Chateau [Class of 1928], a poet and nifty half-back who was a Wellington

Junior representative in 1924. Tom Lawn’s first cousin was another Old Boy, Jack Lamason [Class of 1923], the NZ cricketer to England 1937 and a Wellington rugby rep. Another relative of Mark’s is former Wellington cricketer, bowler Wilf Haskell, who was one of Mark’s teachers in 1990. Mark has also published a book of his rugby poems Sidelights recently, which was displayed at the May 2018 Rugby Jamboree in Palmerston North, and has had guest poet readings at the Kapiti Poets to the People and the Auckland Titirangi Poets this year. Copies can be obtained from the author, contact Mark via his website www.markpirie. com.

All 'UN' a day's work... olin Robinson [Class of 1994] started at Wellington College in 1990. He can still remember the calls of welcome from other new boys when he first arrived that morning in February, 1990 in front of Firth Hall (the one he remembers was from Brett), or, in the months later, talking to a tired looking Rohan Biggs in front of the old music classroom, with Rohan telling him that he, Rohan, had been transferred to a higher streamed class.


Colin was not always happy during his teenage years, but found great solace in books, joining the College librarians’ team under Mrs Sanderson. So much so, that at the Leavers’ Dinner in 1994, when many marriages were being predicted, and it was said that Richard Doig would become Police Commissioner, Colin was marked down in future to be reported Missing in Action in the Defence Library. In the years since 1994, Colin indeed went visiting if not missing in many defencerelated libraries – Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force Library itself, the

university libraries in New Zealand, at King’s College London Library where he was passed secret Russian documents, and at libraries at the Royal Africa Museum in Belgium, and the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, not to mention the United Nations archives in New York, and at the UK National Archives. He gained his First at VUW (thankfully still Victoria!) a Master of Arts in War Studies at King’s College London, and his doctorate from Cranfield University on rebuilding developing-country armies, graduating in 2012.

of Defence, and his master’s, Colin worked for two think-tanks in London and Washington DC, spent time looking for peacekeeping jobs in East Timor, carried out two UN electoral assignments in Georgia and Liberia, worked again for the NZ Defence Force twice, spent time in France learning French (and testing said French in the Democratic Republic of the Congo), before and since his doctorate. He then spent another year in Liberia with the University there, before being contracted in 2017 to carry out an assessment of the Somali Army and peacekeeping/police forces from Nairobi. On the basis of that work, he was hired again to monitor and report on Somali Army developments with the same company, starting in mid 2018. As opposed to reading, reading, reading, he also started writing, writing, writing. Anyone vaguely interested in his academic/policy doing and links to his work can visit https://

After a short period with the NZ Ministry

connecting with cricket. att Roche [Class of 1980] has been involved with cricket coaching at Wellington College for the past four years. He started by working with the Y9 intake with selector duties and then moved on to work with the 2nd Xl and senior selections.

m seal of approval. t the Wellington College Foundation Black & Gold Awards, the Sports Team of the Year was the CrossCountry U16 team, coached by the newly-married Sports Academy Director, Mark Tinkle (Class of 2004). Martin Vaughan (who retired last year from teaching), was recognised for his Staff contribution to Extracurricular sport (Swimming).


ormer 1st XV Captain, Naitoa Ah Kuoi [Class of 2017] has been offered a contract for the 2020 Super Rugby team, the Chiefs. He played lock for the 2018 NZSS team, the 2019 U20 Oceania Tournament as well the Wellington Lions.


Matt says he has found the involvement with Wellington College cricket a very rewarding experience especially with the number of very good young cricketers coming through the grades, and has also been well supported by the parents and the committee and team managers. Like Matt, the latter two have given huge amounts of time and enthusiasm to their roles. Matt is pictured with Will Aitkinson-Moses, who had just taken six wickets for our 2nd Xl playing Scots College's 1st Xl. Will's efforts helped the 2nd Xl get a place in the Premier Youth grade for Term 4.

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Alarm at New Zealand's falling schoolboy rugby numbers.

Yahoo News: Neil SANDS, AFP September, 2019

s the All Blacks chase a third straight World Cup in Japan, the schoolboy rugby competitions that forged many of New Zealand's stars face an "alarming" fall in player numbers amid concerns about elite schools poaching top talent.

professional academies, was "creating disquiet and questionable outcomes".


Schoolboy rugby is a big deal in New Zealand - senior matches are televised nationally and the rivalries between some schools date back more than a century. Before Jonah Lomu, Richie McCaw and Dan Carter became All Blacks legends, they were honing their skills for Wesley College, Otago Boys' High and Christchurch Boys' High respectively. The prestigious Auckland Grammar boasts that 51 All Blacks have emerged from its rugby programme, while Christchurch Boys' High School (46) and Wellington College (35) have similar pedigrees. It's part of the fabric of New Zealand society, rugby in all walks of life is, and certainly we've got strong traditions in our schools, said Peter Gall, who co-authored an independent report into secondary schools rugby released earlier this year. The report, commissioned by NZ Rugby, found that while the game was booming

among schoolgirls, boys were increasingly turning to alternative sports such as basketball. The numbers of boys playing the game at secondary school is trending downwards at an alarming rate, especially considering the overall secondary school roll has been steadily increasing, the report said. Decreasing numbers of players leads to fewer teams and problems in forming meaningful, viable competitions. Figures from School Sport NZ show the number of schoolboy rugby players declined from 25,841 in 2014 to 21,532 in 2018, a fall of 17 percent. Over the same period, basketball's popularity surged 41 percent from 13,130 to 18,498 participants. In Auckland, the number of secondary school rugby teams fell from 225 to 181 between 2013 and 2018, a trend Gall said was echoed nationwide. The report pointed to a range of reasons for the decline, including the "fragmented and confusing" structure of schoolboy competitions, a lack of qualified coaches and concern over the physical nature of the game. It also said the hyper-competitive nature of the sport, with schools running rugby programmes akin to semi-


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The report's release came shortly after controversy blew up in the Auckland 1A competition, when schools threatened to boycott St Kentigern College over its recruitment policies. The row highlighted many of the concerns in Gall's report, with the wealthy private school accused of using scholarships to lure top talent that delivered it five titles in seven years. They're not building from the ground up, from year nine to 11. They're going after the superstars and it's brazen. Napier Boys' High principal Matthew Bertram said at the time. St Kentigern eventually backed down and signed a code of conduct imposing conditions on player recruitment. But Gall said the issue was not confined to one school. Students cited in the report said that a win-at-all-costs mentality had detracted from their enjoyment of rugby. Gall said a major problem was in-fighting between schools, clubs and provincial unions over control of schoolboy competitions. He said without good governance it was difficult to adopt policies to make the game more inclusive, encourage participation and place emphasis on values, rather than just winning. It can't be done on an ad hoc basis, there needs to be more planning and strategic thinking about how to grow the game, he said. There needs to be a lot more cooperation... and less self-interest. In response to the report, NZ Rugby has appointed a secondary schools manager and is formulating a new structure to oversee how the game is run. Gall said one benefit of maintaining a healthy schoolboy rugby scene was the conveyor belt of talent for the All Blacks and other New Zealand teams. Rugby's still a big sport and has a large following, it's not like it's going to fall over, he said. It will always be there at schoolboy level but, saying that, by building up the base of the pyramid with greater participation rates you're creating more opportunities for the cream to rise to the top.

Club Connection goes way back. BU is the Wellington College Old Boys' Rugby club. Founded in 1897, by legendary Headmaster JP Firth, it has contributed significantly to Wellington and New Zealand Rugby. With an amalgamation in 1992 with Victoria University of Wellington Rugby Club, it became Wellington’s largest senior club and has developed into a Wellington club rugby powerhouse.


Not only has the Premier team won the Jubilee Cup three times in the last five years, the other teams in the Club have also had their share of silverware. This season, there were 60 Old Boys of Wellington College actively playing, with twelve of them featuring in the Premier squad. The Club continues to develop fine players who go on to representative honours, including notable Old Boys such as current Hurricane star, Wes Goosen and in recent times, All Black Lima Sopoaga.

The Club was also thrilled with the Colts teams performing very well in 2019. Colts Black had some excellent results in Division 2 playing against other clubs’ colts ‘1st XVs’ and Colts Green continued the Club success at this level over the past decade by winning the championship for the sixth time in almost as many years.

At least eleven Old Boys of Wellington College contributed significantly to both teams’ success, including Colts Green Captain, Tom Hoskin and NZ Colts rep, Taine Plumtree. A number of these players were also members of the OBU/ VUW Rugby Academy that is providing a first-class grounding for player development, both on and off the field.

generous assistance of Old Boy and Club stalwart, Doug Catley. Notable ‘recent’ Old Boys still contribute significantly to the Club including the Kennedy brothers [Ian and Ross], Tomasi Palu and Zeke Sopoaga, continuing the fine efforts of more ‘seasoned Old Boys’ Club members such as Bert and Hamish Vance, and Mike Brodie. It was with great pleasure that the Club elected former Headmaster, Roger Moses as a Life Member on his retirement from Wellington College and we enjoy a continuing, excellent relationship with the school and particularly our co-Patron, Gregor Fountain. The Club welcomes all players and supporters, especially Old Boys of Wellington College to enjoy the great spirit on and off the field that is unique to OBU.

Off the field, the Club remains the most sociable club in Wellington and is very proud of its links and shared heritage with Wellington College and Victoria University of Wellington. The university connection is cherished not the least for providing the opportunity for OBU players to get selected for NZ Universities’ teams, which has been the launching pad for many great All Black careers including OBU’s own Conrad Smith and recently retired All Black, Captain Kieran Reid. VUW also provides some excellent scholarships through the Club for students and of course the club helps to maintain the DHC Scholarships, awarded to a number of Wellington College players to help them with tertiary study through the

You can find out more about the Club online and look for it on Facebook. Players can contact the club’s Rugby Development Officer, Dave Loveridge: and supporters and administrators can contact the Club Secretary and also an Old Boy, Richard Boag

Wellington College students display art beside a century's worth of New Zealand art t's not often high school students have the chance to see their art hung side by side with some of New Zealand's greats. But in March, art students from Wellington College had their work exhibited next to New Zealand's official WWII artist, Peter McIntyre, in the Wellington College Art Collection Exhibition.


Budding artists built up their portfolios and their hard work was displayed alongside art from the College's Archives, some of which dates back to the 19th century. Among the art from current and past students and teachers, art from the College's Archives was on display, the oldest of which is a painting of Wellington College created by Christopher Aubrey in 1891. Peter McIntyre even has some work held in the school's archive: a painting of Old Boy Lt. General Sir Bernard Freyberg, painted during WWII.

Y13 Wellington College students Jim Birkett, left, and Adam Muir, show off their art.

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READ ALL ABOUT IT. Three Old Boys have recently released books that I am sure will appeal to fellow alumni of all ages. Add them to your Christmas Wish list or better still, support them by buying one or all three from your nearest book supplier.

The remarkable story of how one man defied the odds.

The Long History of Brotherhood in NZ Rugby.

An account of life in the Coastal Forces during the WWll.

At 18, Paul Wood [Class of 1995] thought he had lost everything. He had committed an act he knew would send him to prison for many years. To a young man like Paul, it might as well have been for the rest of his life.

Jamie Wall [Class of 1998] has written his first book, called Brothers In Black. Jamie has made a career as a freelance journalist, specialising in rugby. He covers both live sporting events and delves into deeper socio-political implications that sports can bring. He has worked for The Spinoff, Radio New Zealand and Māori Television. Over the last two seasons, Jamie has travelled with the All Blacks to Buenos Aires, Sydney, Tokyo, London, Dublin and Rome, and he will be attending the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

In August 1940, Neil [Class of 1934] (and now aged 102) answered an ad. for candidates for special entry into the RMZNVR to undergo training in the UK to qualify for commissioned rank. He sailed from New Zealand on SS Akaroa in September 1940 and was drafted to HMS Ganges to undergo training as an ordinary seaman. His first task was to climb the 100 foot mast.

Plunged into a nightmarish world of extreme violence, solitary confinement, gang allegiances, drugs, vindictive wardens and regular stabbings, Paul spent the next eleven years confined in some of New Zealand’s toughest jails. Based on an account of his experiences he wrote while still inside, How to Escape from Prison chronicles Paul’s road to redemption and a new life as a doctor of psychology, helping others strive to fulfil their potential and develop the resilience to flourish, even in adversity. This is a gripping read about a man who sank to the depths of despair, before scaling the heights of true freedom. ‘Paul’s transformation is unbelievable. We are sometimes brought up to think a zebra can’t change its stripes. Paul Wood’s story is proof that anyone can change. It gives you great courage that you can do anything.’ - Sir John Kirwan


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The All Blacks have had a brilliant run of brothers in the last decade, with the Barretts, Whitelocks, Saveas and Franks, but there have also been many more standouts throughout New Zealand rugby history like the Meads, Whettons, Gears, Bachops and Brownlies. Brothers In Black reveals fascinating stories and provides analysis of some of the massive changes that have occurred in New Zealand rugby over the years, while sharing great yarns about the high-profile tests that live on in every rugby fan's memory. ‘An engaging and delightful read’ John Campbell, TVNZ

In May 1941, Neil was accepted for officer training at HMS King Alfred near Brighton. Three months later he was accepted for Coastal Forces and continued training in Scotland. September that year saw him appointed as First Lieutenant. Many long hours were spent in wet and bitterly cold conditions on an open bridge. In 1943, he was given the status of 'Qualified Officer' and took command of MTB630, a 'D' Class Fairmile powered by four 1500hp supercharged Packards which carried about 25,000 litres of 100 octane petrol. The flotilla to which he was attached led the invasion fleet across the English Channel for the Normandy invasion in 1944. Neil returned to New Zealand in October 1944.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION ergus Grady [Class of 2004] was the coProducer/ co-Director of the 2019 release feature documentary Camino Skies which opened nationwide at cinemas in July. The documentary premièred at the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival in April and went on to make its Australasian première at Doc Edge Film Festival where Fergus, and co-Producer/ co-Director Noel Smyth, received awards for ‘Best NZ Director’ and ‘Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker’ citing that The Directors' ability to capture intimate, poignant moments with subtlety and restraint while carefully crafting a narrative was both engaging and genuinely moving.


Fergus has over ten years’ experience in the film industry. As head of Acquisitions and Theatrical at Umbrella Entertainment for four years, Fergus was involved in a number of important Australian film acquisitions including The Babadook, Girl Asleep, Jungle and the Netflix original film Cargo which he was also an executive producer on. He was also associate producer of West of Sunshine which competed for the Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival in 2017.

Hang Time is a Wine Movie for Millennials. hree 20-something friends get some much-needed hang time when a cancelled wedding sees them spend a long weekend together on a beautiful Marlborough vineyard… with all the wine intended for the wedding … the runaway bride’s crazy uncle ... and a beautiful young woman bringing a little sexual healing to the jilted groom.


But it’s not all fun, sun and drinking games. There are bigger issues bubbling beneath the banter – workaholic Harry is ignoring a badly broken heart, self-styled fitness guru Ants , played by Old Boy, Nick Davies [Class of 2009] is hiding some big baby news,

and reformed party girl Jess can’t decide if she should accept a life changing job opportunity. Nick's done various roles on NZ television [including Shortland Street, Brokenwood Mysteries and Filthy Rich] but this is his first lead role in a feature film. Hang Time explores what 'modern masculinity' really entails, a theme that the Wellington College community are focused on. Balancing 'booze and bros' humour with candid character drama, this film is as real as it is ridiculous, proving once and for all that nothing heals a broken heart like good wine, good friends, and a damn good time.

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Timoti Karetu: A stickler for standards. couple of years ago, Sir Timoti Karetu [Class of 1956], who’s now 82, was knighted for his services to Te Reo Māori. That KNZM wasn’t any surprise because, in a career spanning 60 years, he’d been a major force on behalf of the language — as a school teacher, university lecturer and professor, haka performer, composer and tutor, author, Māori Language Commissioner, kōhanga reo advocate, mentor and, above all, a stickler for standards.

to return to Waimārama, so my last two years of primary school were spent there. I also attended Kōkako School in Waikaremoana and Huiarau School in Ruatāhuna on the occasions my mother went back to help with planting and harvesting crops. I played tennis and hockey at secondary school. I was reasonably outgoing as a personality and a lover of books, which started at primary school, intensified at secondary school, and then, of course, at university and after.

There have been a host of other awards for the work of this exceptional Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe scholar. In this interview, Timoti and his Tūhoe whanaunga Wena Harawira look back on the contribution he’s been making.

Who were the people that inspired you as a boy?


mind opened and challenged by other thinkers and philosophies. I have no regrets about my career choice. It is a fulfilling profession which I have enjoyed these many years, mainly at university level and beyond. It’s made me more tolerant and reasonably au fait with the human condition — although many of my students would say otherwise. What drew you to learn French and German?

Kia ora, e te Pāpā. You were born in 1937 and raised as a whāngai by Tame and Mauwhare Karetu. Tell me about them. All that I am is because of my loving, doting parents, Tame and Mauwhare Kāretu, who gave me all that was theirs to give. Tame or Tamati Kāretu of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tūhoe was the older brother of my maternal grandfather Sam Kāretu. So my birth mother was his niece and I, therefore, by Māori definition, his mokopuna. My mother, Mauwhare Taiwera, was from Ōpūtao, Ruatāhuna, but raised at Waimako marae, Waikaremoana, by her aunt, Te Rana. My birth mother was 17 and pregnant with me when the old dears suggested to her that she give them the child to raise, and I was taken from her at birth, fortunately for me. She died at the age of 22 from tuberculosis, so I never knew her. I was her second child. She bore a son at the age of 15 as the result of being abused by an uncle. That older brother passed on some years ago. My birth father was George Harvey, whose father, Walter Wilkins, was Pākehā, but I have no idea where the name Harvey comes from. George was of Ngāti Pāhauwera descent and had seven children to four different women, I being the product of the third. I haven’t had much to do with that side of the whakapapa because we have nothing much in common, our upbringings being so different. There are four of us still living. The two before me have passed on, as has one of the younger sisters. My birth father played no role in my upbringing, and the occasions we met were few and far between. At his tangi in Raupunga, a Waikaremoana koroua, Tiaki Mei, stood to speak and stated: Ko te tātea noa iho nōu, nā mātou i whakatangata! (Only the sperm is yours, we made the man!) So Waikaremoana was the place I felt affiliated to and where my formative years were spent. Their claim is a valid one as a consequence. I was raised as an only child even though they had one natural daughter but, because of our age difference, she’d married and gone off to be with her husband and left me alone with the old people. When I was in Form One, my parents decided


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I suppose my first major inspiration was my primary school teacher at Waimārama Māori School, Herbert Curnow. He made me sit an exam for a scholarship — which I won — and I ended up spending five years at Wellington College. To ensure I got there, he actually took me to Wellington in his own car, did all the formalities, then returned to Waimārama and left me in those strange surrounds. I think, deep down, it was his belief in me that prompted me to always try to do well at school. He will always have a place in my gratitude bank, for without him who knows what would’ve happened? We kept in touch, and every time he came to Napier to visit his granddaughter, he’d call me and say: “I’m coming over for a cup of tea.” Herbert died in 2015, aged 97. The boarding part of Wellington College was Firth House and there were 120­–130 of us boarders who were called “scabs” by the day boys. Initially, it was a culture shock. It was a place with its own peculiar kawa, particularly if you were the lowest of the low, a third former. I adjusted quite quickly and learned over the years how to play the boarding school game. It was hierarchical so that, as you progressed over the years, your seniority increased until you could eventually lord it over others, just as you had been lorded over.

At Wellington College, French was compulsory for all students in the first year. After that, you could opt for other subjects. Depending on which class you were in, you did Latin, if you were in the top echelon, and then German at the next level down, along with French and other subjects. I just enjoyed the study of language continuing on to university but never realising then that I’d soon be travelling abroad. In my last two years at school, I met Beth Ranapia, a Pākehā Scot, but an extremely fluent speaker of Māori who’d taught in schools in Te Whānau a Apanui, which was still strongly Māori-speaking while she was there, hence her fluency. She married Patu Ranapia and taught in Te Kaha for over 20 years and had just returned to Wellington. She was like a second mother to me. Also, during my university years, I met Adele Schafer, an Austrian refugee and a poet, who helped me with my German. She and Beth were great friends, so that meant I now had two mums who always had a lot of sympathy for a penurious, starving student!

The senior housemaster was a real man’s man, coach of the 1st XV, who tolerated no bullying. The other sins were being caught smoking and thieving, which meant instant expulsion. It was an environment that I enjoyed the more senior I became. The language side of things was maintained by my mum and dad who always wrote to me in Māori, principally because Mauwhare’s preferred language was Māori. English was beyond her command. I responded in Māori, with my father subtly correcting me when I went wrong. I was granted a third year, all fees paid, to complete my degree at Victoria University while I was at Wellington Teachers’ Training College. All the Māori students at Victoria wanted to be lawyers and accountants, but I only ever wanted to be a teacher, probably because of Herbert Curnow at Waimārama. University made me very much aware of another universe. Life is all struggle. It wasn’t until later, though, that I realised the value of having had the

Timoti, at Firth House How did you land a job at the New Zealand High Commission in London? After finishing university in 1960, I taught French and German at the high school in Taumarunui for two years, and ran a Māori language class for lawyers in town one night a week. The

Presbyterian minister, Charlie Maitai, and his wife, Hinauri, looked after me. And Maramena Rangi, of Te Arawa, was also a good friend. When I arrived in London in 1961, I spent about a month just being a tourist. Europe introduced me to a new way of looking at life and made me ever more appreciative of life back home. Germany is my favourite country because of its language, culture, food, people and cities. I also find Berlin interesting, if a little serious, but I don’t consider that to be a negative. The job of Information Officer at the High Commission was advertised, so I decided to apply and was lucky enough to be appointed. I held that position until my return in 1969. It entailed informing potential migrants about New Zealand and what they should expect. An extract from an article written by Barbara Ewing for Te Ao Hōu magazine, in 1962. (Timoti’s middle name is Samuel.) Sam sits and answers hundreds of questions about New Zealand every day: the price of wool, the population of Christchurch, the prospects for a surveyor in Hamilton and where he could send his children to school, how New Zealanders overseas can record their votes in a general election. The phone rings and he answers and begins to talk in German. There is a knock on the door and in walks perhaps Canon Rangiihu on an exchange visit to London to celebrate the centenary of Marsden’s visit to New Zealand, or perhaps Steve Watene on a visit to London during the New Zealand Parliament recess. The phone rings again and it is the High Commissioner asking Sam to go to Brussels to act as a German and French interpreter at the World Food Fair. You were a founding member of Ngāti Rānana. Why was it so important for Māori in London? I look back with a sense of nostalgia at the many people who donned a piupiu on behalf of Ngāti Rānana. At our initial meeting of the club were Louie Tāwhai from Te Arawa, Margaret Smith from Ngāpuhi, Winnie Waapu from Ngāti Kahungunu, Margaret Paiki from Aotea, Norma Mōrehu from Ngāti Raukawa, and Ben Wanoa from Ngāti Porou.

It was Christmas and snowing outside the church of St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square. It all led to there being a very nostalgic choir as they began to sing, but the reverend with his beautiful singing voice held it all together while tears were held back with much difficulty. The whole setting was conducive to a healthy dose of homesickness. When you came home, what was the state of Te Reo Māori? I returned to New Zealand early in 1969 and taught German and French at Fairfield College in Hamilton. Fairfield offered Māori language, but there were no takers when I first arrived there. I tried to get a haka team going but it collapsed after I left and then was later brought back to life by others. The demand for the language was only just beginning to gather momentum in 1969–70. In 1975, there were no texts for students at sixth and seventh form level so I was approached by Beth Ranapia, the editor of School Publications by that time, to do one, as she felt my command of Māori and general language background would help in writing such a book. I wrote Te Reo Rangatira, and the intent was that it followed on from the books Te Rangatahi, by John Waititi. Hence the similar format. In 1969, I was also approached by Canon Wi Huata and Moana Raureti, a welfare officer, to teach a class at Waikato University part-time. Canterbury University offered me a position to introduce Māori there, but, when Waikato heard that, they offered me a full-time position as a senior lecturer, which I took up in 1972. It was difficult initially, but having the freedom to try different strategies without hindrance was a positive. I became the head of the Māori department and foundation professor of Māori at Waikato, and remained there until 1987. Hovering in the background all the while was John Rangihau who kept his paternal eye on us. John was a Tūhoe leader, Māori welfare officer, university lecturer, and adviser on Māori affairs. I had first met him at Victoria University and, although we were both from Waikaremoana,

I didn’t know him well because of the age difference. From that time on, he would say to me, “Come and speak at so-and-so place to so-andso people . . .” And I was happy to be at his beck and call because one learned so much just in casual conversation with him. He was impressed that I still spoke Māori reasonably well despite my years away from it. He was also the one who talked me out of accepting the Canterbury position by saying: “Kei konei kē ō mate, he aha koe e haere nā ki tēnā wāhi?” (Everything that you are is here. Why are you going to that place?) He was one of my mentors and also one of my supporters whose influence on me was greater than he ever knew. Years later, I met Ngoi Pewhairangi and had much to do with her up until her untimely death. Like Te Wharehuia, our mutual field of interest was the language, which encompassed the world of haka in all its definitions. She was a generous person with both her time and her knowledge, considering the many calls made on her. In 1987, you took leave from Waikato University to work on establishing the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori. What was the first order of business? One of the principal roles of the Commission’s board was to create a modern Māori vocabulary for use in total immersion schools. Te Heikōkō Mataira had just left Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi after being its first tutor, and she was very familiar with the paucity of text. Hence the need for new vocabulary. New words were created and old words given an additional meaning where appropriate. The major critics were older native speakers who, because they didn’t know the word found or created, accused Te Taura Whiri of creating a new language incomprehensible to most native speakers. What would we do without misinformed critics? As the Māori Language Commissioner in 1987, I

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Winnie and I had been at teachers’ college together so we, at least, knew each other. From this small number the group grew with its diet of haka and waiata ā-ringa and poi for the great unwashed and those who knew nothing of the Māori of Aotearoa. Many Pākehā joined the group over the years as did many Māori who had never performed at home but wanted to while in London. A strange phenomenon but they existed. Our claim to fame while I was there, was our performance with Inia Te Wiata and Kiri Te Kanawa at St Paul’s Cathedral. Kiri hadn‘t yet achieved the celebrity she has today. Our other claim to fame was to be the choir of Reverend Sam Rangiihu, who came to celebrate 150 years of Christianity in Aotearoa in 1964. The hymn we sang was Au E Ihu Tirohia.

Timoti Karetu, after his investiture as KNZM, for services to the Māori language, by the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, on 29 August 2017.

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We wish to acknowledge the passing of the following Old Boys over the past twelve months. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are extended to their families and friends. An obituary is provided for those indicated by a  CLASS OF 1935 ADAMS, Chauncey Raymond William [Snow] 25th WLG Battalion 1918 - 2019 Late of Auckland Wellington College 1932 - 1933 CLASS OF 1940 EDWARDS, Lance William RNZN WWII 1923 - 2019 Late of Taranaki Wellington College 1936 - 1937 LUST, Norman Harris 1922 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1936 - 1937 WILSON, Fenton Francis 1921 - 2019 Late of Horowhenua Wellington College 1936 - 1937 CLASS OF 1941 SHAW, Lionel Barrie 1924 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1941 - 1941 • Firth House CLASS OF 1942 BUTTON, Colin Herbert 1924 - 2018 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1938 - 1941 RIGARLSFORD, Kenneth Orm 1924 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1938 - 1940 WHITE, James Graham 1925 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1938 - 1939 CLASS OF 1943 GRAY, Richard St.Cyr 1925 - 2018 Late of Waikato Wellington College 1939 - 1942 CLASS OF 1944 BRADEY, Douglas Alfred 1926 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1940 - 1943 HARRISON, Raymond Leonard 1928 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1940 - 1943 PATTLE, Edward [Ned] Harrington 1926 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1942 - 1942 CLASS OF 1945 AUGUST, Jack 1927 - 2019 Late of Manawatu Wellington College 1941 - 1944 BENNETT, Graeme Howard 1927 - 2019 Late of Waikato Wellington College 1942 - 1945 • 1st XV 1945 BROWN, John James 1927 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1941 - 1944 CHAPMAN, John James 1927 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1941 - 1944

CLASS OF 1946 JOHNSEN, Lawrence [Laurie] James 1928 - 2019 Late of Taranaki Wellington College 1942 - 1945 WESTBURY, Clive Malcolm 1928 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1942 - 1944 • Firth House

NICHOLLS, Kaye 1933 - 2019 Late of Queensland Wellington College 1946 - 1947 RYBURN, James [Jim] McNair 1931 - 2019 Late of Manawatu Wellington College 1949 - 1949

CLASS OF 1947 BURTON, Robert William 1928 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 2943 - 1947

CLASS OF 1951  REYNOLDS, Trevor John 1934 - 2019 Late of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1947 - 1951 1st XV 1951

COTTERILL, Alan Edwin 1929 - 2019 Late of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1943 - 1946

 WARWICK, Alan Bruce 1934 - 2018 Late of Northland Wellington College 1947 - 1951

PLAYNE, Anthony [Tony] Peter 1929 - 2017 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1943 - 1946

CLASS OF 1952 BROWN, Frederick Peter 1933-3019 Wellington College 1948 - 1951

CLASS OF 1948 BROAD, Timothy Philip 1930 - 2019 Late of Queensland Wellington College 1944 - 1948 Former Chairman, Wellington College Board FAULKNOR, Maurice [Maurie] Sydney 1930 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1944 - 1948 FEAST, Ivan Howard 1929 - 2019 Late of Wairarapa Wellington College 1944 - 1945 • Firth House McKINNON, Donald Guy 1931 - 2018 Late of Northland Wellington College 1944 - 1947 • Firth House MORRIS, William Ernest Charles RNZAF, SQNLDR 1929 - 2018 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1944 - 1945 OLIVER, Robert Bruce 1929 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1945 - 1947 1st XV 1946 - 1947  TOPHAM, Alan Raine OBE [SERVICES TO EXPORT] 1930 - 2019 Late of Auckland Wellington College 1944 - 1947 WAUGH, Eoin Huntly


1931 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1944 - 1947 CLASS OF 1949 BURNETT, Paul 1932 - 2019 Late of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1945 - 1950 1st XV 1949 - 1950 HARTLEY, Kelvin John 1930 - 2018 Late of Auckland Wellington College 1945 - 1948 Firth House. 1st XV 1947-1948

DAYSH, Neville David John 1935 - 2019 Late of Hawkes Bay Wellington College 1948 - 1951 • Firth House GILLARD, Benson Eugene 1933 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1948 - 1951 SIMPSON JP, Allan Grey 1933 - 2018 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1948 - 1949 STOCKDALE, John Lawrence 1933 - 2019 Late of Auckland Wellington College 1948 - 1952 CLASS OF 1953 BILBROUGH, JP, Allan Ingram SPINZ, ANZIV 1936 - 2019 Late of Canterbury Wellington College 1949 - 1953 • Firth House CHATFIELD, Donald James 1935 - 2019 Late of Queensland Wellington College 1949 - 1952 MOSS, Desmond Clyde 1935 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1949 - 1953 SAUNDERS, Colin 1933 - 2019 Late of Wanganui Wellington College 1950 - 1952 • Firth House CLASS OF 1954 BEYER, Trevor Jorgen Nielson 1937 - 2019 Late of Auckland Wellington College 1950 - 1953 EAST, William [Bill] Alfred Charles 1936 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1951 - 1954 • Firth House 

GODDARD, Thomas [Tom] George


1937 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1950 - 1954

STEWART, Peter James Henry 1931 - 2018 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1945 - 1949 • Firth House

HUTCHINGS, Murray Warwick 1936 - 2019 Late of Nelson Wellington College 1950 - 1953 1st XI 1951-1953

STUART, David Charles 1931 - 2019 Late of Hawkes Bay Wellington College 1945 - 1948

McFARLANE, Charles John Gofton 1936 - 2018 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1950 - 1953

LAWSON, David Nicholas 1928 - 2018 Late of Auckland Wellington College 1941 - 1945

CLASS OF 1950 ANDERSON, Alexander [Alec] John 1931 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1946 - 1949

TETHER, Russell 1936 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1950 - 1953 • 1st XV 1953

WILLIAMS, Edmund Charles Gordon 1927 - 2018 Late of Auckland Wellington College 1941 - 1945

 HALPIN, Brien James 1933 - 2017 Late of Canterbury Wellington College 1948 - 1950 • Firth House

FLEMING, Cuthbert Lindsay 1926 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1941 - 1941 JACKSON, Philip Randal 1928 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1941 - 1944


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CLASS OF 1955 BERRY, Trevor Basil 1938 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1952 - 1955

PATON, Roger Naysmith 1936 - 2019 Late of Hawkes Bay Wellington College 1951 - 1954 SEAMER, John Alfred 1937 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1951 - 1953 CLASS OF 1956  BAIRD, Donald Tyler 1939 - 2018 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1952 - 1956 • Firth House MILLS, John Francis [2NZIR] 1939 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1952 - 1956 • Firth House CLASS OF 1957 BOTHAMLEY, Philip Robert 1940 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1953 - 1957 CLARK, Peter Barrie 1940 - 2019 Late of Canterbury Wellington College 1953 - 1956 DAVIES, Peter Murray 1940 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1953 - 1956  JOBSON, Barry David 1940 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1953 - 1957 1st XV 1957, 1st XI 1957 Past President, WCOBA • Former Staff Member

CLASS OF 1961 MARTIN, Jonathan Rhodes 1944 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1957 - 1960

CLASS OF 1971 BISHOP, David Charles 1954 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1967 - 1971

WRIGHT, John Martin 1943 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1957 - 1962 Head Prefect 1962. 1st XV 1960-1962

CLASS OF 1972  BEATTIE, Matthew David 1954 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1970 - 1972 Head Prefect 1972. 1st XV 1970 - 1972 WCOBA President

CLASS OF 1962 SMUCAR, Peter Stephan 1944 - 2019 Late of Bay of Plenty Wellington College 1958 - 1960 CLASS OF 1964  BRADDOCK, Andrew [Andy] John 1947 - 2018 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1960 - 1964 HEADIFEN, Paul Howard 1945 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1960 - 1960 • Firth House KENCHINGTON, Raymond 1946 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1960 - 1961 REES-JONES, Glyn Hugh 1945 - 2019 Late of Hawkes Bay Wellington College 1960 - 1961 WALLER, David Ross 1947 - 2019 Late of Wairarapa Wellington College 1960 - 1963

HILL, Ronald Joseph 1954 - 2018 Late of New South Wales Wellington College 1970 - 1972 Firth House. 1st XV 1970 - 1972 WARDLE, Richard Gregory 1955 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1968 - 1971 CLASS OF 1973 FASTIER, Grant John 1956 - 2018 Late of Queensland Wellington College 1969 - 1973 MILLAR, Garry Ritchie 1956 - 2019 Late of BC, Canada Wellington College 1970 - 1973 CLASS OF 1976 DUNCAN, Bruce Knight 1958 - 2019 Late of Canterbury Wellington College 1972 - 1974

PALAMIDAS, Christopher 1938 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1953 - 1956

WHITEACRE, Edward Kenneth 1946 - 2018 Late of Wairarapa Wellington College 1960 - 1965

CLASS OF 1977 CHURCHWARD, Michael John 1959 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1973 - 1974

ROBERTS, John Single Martyn OBE 1939 - 2019 Late of England Wellington College 1953 - 1956

CLASS OF 1965 ASHTON, Warick David 1947 - 2019 Late of Auckland Wellington College 1961 - 1965

CLASS OF 1978 HIBBS, Gary 1960 - 2018 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1974 - 1975

FRASER, Dougal Alastair 1947 - 2019 Late of Tauranga Wellington College 1961 - 1962

 ROBINSON, Craig Alfred John 1961 - 2019 Late of Canterbury Wellington College 1974 - 1978

 KHOURI, Murray Peter 1941 - 2018 Late of New South Wales Wellington College 1954 - 1959

TOMKIES, Robert Julian Gretton 1947 - 2018 Late of Wairarapa Wellington College 1962 - 1965 • Firth House

ROCHE, John Pedder 1940 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1954 - 1955

CLASS OF 1967 BUIST, Michael John 1950 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1963 - 1967

CLASS OF 1979 BURGESS, Christopher Mark 1961 - 2019 Late of Auckland Wellington College 1975 - 1977

CLASS OF 1958 EWING, Robert [Bob] Welch 1940 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1954 - 1957

CLASS OF 1959 GEARD, Warren Herbert 1942 - 2018 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1955 - 1959 MacLEOD, Donald Murdo 1941 - 2019 Late of Hawkes Bay Wellington College 1955 - 1956  WEBB, Peter John 1941 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1955 - 1959 1st XV 1959. 1st XI 1959. Prefect 1959. CLASS OF 1960 BEZAR, Robert [Bob] Selwyn 1942 - 2019 Late of Auckland Wellington College 1959 - 1960 Deputy Head Prefect 1960 • 1st XV 1959 - 1960 GOULD, James [Jim] Preston 1942 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1956 - 1960 1st XV 1959 - 1960

CLASS OF 1968 LITTLER, Alan John 1950 - 2019 Late of Manawatu Wellington College 1964 - 1968 CLASS OF 1969 DAVEY, Barry Scott 1952 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1965 - 1969 GRAY, Charles John Dunbar 1951 - 2017 Late of Marlborough Wellington College 1968 - 1969 Senior A Basketball 1969  RAE, Peter John 1951 - 2019 Late of Otago Wellington College 1965 - 1969 Firth House. 1st XV 1968 - 1969 RIDDING, Graham Branton 1951 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 1965 - 1968

LAING, Alastair James 1943 - 2018 Late of Manawatu Wellington College 1956 - 1959

WILLIAMS, Antony [Tony] Michael 1952 - 2019 Late of Kapiti Wellington College 1965 - 1968

 STEPHENS, Dale Grant 1941 - 2019 Late of Otago Wellington College 1956 - 1959 • Firth House

CLASS OF 1970 ROUT, James Roy 1952 - 2019 Late of Western Australia Wellington College 1966 - 1969

CLASS OF 1980 VIVIAN, David [Dave] Robert 1964 - 2018 Late of Horowhenua Wellington College 1980 - 1980 • Firth House CLASS OF 1996 GREER, Andrew [Andy] James Dr Intensive care unit senior medical officer @ Christchurch Hospital 1978 - 2019 Late of Canterbury Wellington College 1992 - 1996 Deputy Head Prefect 1996 CLASS OF 2000 O'DONNELL, Troy Peter Jack 1982 - 2019 Late of Canterbury Wellington College 1996 - 1999 CLASS OF 2011 HATTEN, Jared Vincent 1994 - 2019 Late of Wellington Wellington College 2007 - 2011 BOARD OF GOVERNORS  BEASLEY, Arthur Wynyard [Wyn]CNZM, OBE 1926 - 2019 Late of Wellington Board of Governors Chair 1983 - 1989 Author of ‘The Light Accepted’ [125 years of Wellington College].

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A Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the Life of

Matthew David Beattie


his whole life. After 26 years in the Army, he transferred his love of helping people into the civilian workspace. Dad had a vision of a behavioural healthcare company that would help a wide variety of people cope with life’s physical and mental challenges. His company Instep was born, eventually becoming the Instep Group. With the help of much valued employees and contractors he was able to pursue his vision of enabling positive change and well-being in often challenging circumstances.

Colonel, RNZA. CO 16th Fd Regt 1995-1997. Colonel Commandant RNZA 2017-2019. BOSNIA 1995 WCOBA President, 1998-2000 and 2013 - 2019. Matthew Beattie was born in Auckland, September, 1954 to Norma and David Beattie. He was the third child of seven and the second of three sons. Always tall and well-built for his age, it was clear early on that physically Matt had inherited the robust Macdonald genes from his mother. Described by Norma as an 'uncomplicated, happy child', Matt preferred playing with cardboard boxes and pots and pans than toys. Matt grew up on Auckland's North Shore, He attended St Anne's on Takapuna Beach/ Hauraki Invitation School before heading to St Kentigern's Prep join the family for refreshments after the service at in Remuera (where he was Deputy Head Boy), Club, Level 5/88 The Terrace, Wellington. and then St Kentigern's College until the end of Form 4. In 1970, the family moved to Wellington for David Beattie's role as a newly appointed Supreme High Court Judge. Sir David then went on to become Governor General from 1980 - 1985. This meant a change of school for Matt and he started in the fifth form at Wellington College - the beginning of a long and deep connection with that wonderful school. He fully embraced school life. He was in the 1st XV rugby for three years as a loose forward, and became a popular Head Prefect in 1972, his last year. Matt's sister, Margie Beattie said, the family regularly went to his rugby games, and our house in Wadestown Road was most often the starting point for their post-match gatherings, much to Bridget's and my delight. He had a great circle of friends - some were sporty; some not, but all cute! Matt became Old Boys President in 1998-2000 and then in 2013 until his passing. He was an active patron of the Rugby Club and a member of the Wellington College Foundation. He had a long and enduring relationship with former Headmaster Roger Moses, who he'd known from St Kent's Prep days and then played against in rugby when Roger was at Auckland Grammar. Matt and Roger were part of a 'dream team': fundraising, erecting new buildings, and planning the 150th celebrations together. Matt's military career was very extensive - he served from 1974 to 1998, in the Army, beginning as a TF Gnr, L/Bdr, and Bdr with 22(D) Bty in Wellington before being commissioned as first 1 TF then a RF RNZA Officer. He served as BC of 161 Bty from 1990-1991, was CO of the 16th Field


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Dad also took pleasure in mentoring young people partaking in schemes such as Project K and Marsden’s Young Enterprise Group. To the wider family, Dad was always a willing pair of ears to help anyone who sought advice on a career change, or wanted an opinion on something.

Regt. from 1995-1997, and also served in Bosnia as Senior National Officer for NZIFOR, finishing up his full-time Army career in 1998 at HQ NZDF as Deputy Director Joint Operations. After 21 September 1954 - 9 September 2019 resigning his commission, Matt founded, InStep Group, a behavioural healthcare company. Matt then agreed to become Col Comdt of the RNZA in 2017 and served in that role until very recently.


While on deployment in Europe in 1980, on a skiing break, he met his future wife, a young woman from England named Sarah, who moved with Matt back to New Zealand when Matt's next posting arose. They went on to have two children, Emilie and Alex. It was this love of skiing that meant he was in the right place at the right time when he met Sarah. As Margie said, Matt's generosity and care for others were at the core of his DNA. These were qualities that made him a good son, brother, friend, leader, and later, soldier and managing director. Matt's son Alex, has also kindly provided the eulogy he gave at Matt's service to share with fellow Old Boys. My father was a people person. He loved his family, friends, soldiers, and work colleagues. Dad loved to tell stories about the people in his life and was a talented speaker who had a way with words. He didn’t see public speaking as a tool to proselytize or show off, but as a means to connect with people. Dad didn’t think leadership was about being the front man or performing upon a stage. For him, it was about building a stage for others to perform on. Dad believed in duty and was strongly influenced by his father David. Duty was a privilege rather than a burden. Dad called it servant leadership and practiced it throughout

As a Beattie, Dad had an opinion on pretty much everything. There is something about my Dad’s side of the family: ample personality, a mana or presence, and a boldness to tell you what they really think – you might call it 'Beattie confidence'. It was Beattie confidence that emboldened Dad to drop out of law school in favour of an adventure in the army. Most importantly, it was Beattie confidence that positioned Dad to meet his wife and our Mum, Sarah. Just after Christmas in 1979, when Dad was a young officer on exchange with the British Army, he decided to go skiing in Austria with a Welsh army mate, Dai. They flew to Munich and headed to the airport foyer to hop on a coach to Söll in Austria. Anticipating military level organisation with their transport, they found instead mayhem with 300 to 400 people and twice as many bags waiting to be shepherded onto buses to different destinations. Where most people might have waited for instructions , Dad, who had had a couple drinks on the plane, decided that it was chaos waiting to be organised and sprang into action. Within a short time, everyone was on a bus. It was just unfortunate that they were all the wrong buses! Dad and Dai were giggling when they hoped onto the last of the buses. But Dad’s eyes lit up when they took the last seat behind Sarah and her younger sister Vicky. Dad popped up like a jack-in-a-box introducing himself as an insurance salesman from Newcastle. Mum saw straight through Dad’s terrible Geordie accent but liked the idea that Dad could be a bit of fun. A few weeks later, Dad was in South Croydon meeting Mum’s parents Jill and Mike. Jill, a long-time member of the Royal Horticultural Society, couldn’t believe that an upstart young New Zealander had procured a coveted ticket to attend the Chelsea Flower Show on member's day. Evidently Beattie confidence had made quite the impression.

However, sometimes a surplus of Beattie confidence can land you in trouble. On a family holiday in France, Mum and Dad got a little competitive with whose high-school French was more proficient. On a particularly lovely summer evening, we were dining at a small restaurant run by a friendly husband and wife who didn’t speak any English. When, we finished our meal, with a combination of charm and poise that only Dad could effortlessly generate, he asked the wife using his best le français, is the dessert a speciality of the region? The women listened with a puzzled look on her face, answering only after a pregnant pause. Dad nodded in reply looking rather pleased with this interaction. It was only later that Mum told my sister Emilie and I that the wife had actually said, errr, my husband’s a butcher. Clearly they had no idea what the other was talking about. Dad’s French may have been questionable, but his love and talent for rugby was never in doubt. A talented high school loose forward, Dad made the Wellington College 1st XV in fifth form, somewhat unheard of at that time, and was Captain by seventh form. After school, Dad played for Wellington Centurions, packing alongside athletes that would go onto national honours. While I never inherited his rugby gene, my cousin Bede did, and Dad loved following his progress, giving him advice on not only how to make the 1st XV but how to be a school leader. What Dad and I shared in common was a love for the game and the Cake Tin. For nineteen years Dad and I sat in the Stadium watching the Hurricanes, the All Blacks, the Sevens – even the Rolling Stones when they came to town. For Dad and I, the game didn’t stop after the final whistle. Neither of us being the most patient of men, we saw the throng of patrons exiting the stadium via the concourse as an obstacle course to pass through as quickly as possible. So we would skip and hop our way through the crowd, practicing our David Campese goose steps to see who could make it to Thorndon Quay first. For two guys over 6 foot, we could be surprisingly nimble. Going to the Cake Tin simply won’t be the same without Dad. Even if he insisted on arriving an hour early every time. But what was Dad’s favourite live sports experience? Dan Carter’s perfect 10 performance against the British and Irish Lions in ‘05 would be up there. So would the All Whites Football World Cup qualifier against Bahrain in ‘09, or some games during the ‘99 Rugby World Cup that Dad attended with his brothers John and Simon and nephew Gus in Europe. But our favourite sporting memory with Dad takes us back to the ‘92 AFL playoffs in Australia when we witnessed Geelong full-forward Billy Brownless kick a goal in the final seconds to win the game and take Geelong to the finals. We were Geelong Cats diehards and were at Kardinia Park every weekend with all the team memorabilia: jackets, jerseys, beanies, umbrellas,

keyrings, etc, we had it all. Dad instilled in all of us a love for the local team. But boy did Dad love his rugby. This was apparent to Mum when Dad 'accidentally' taped an All Black game over a video recording of Em’s first steps as a baby. And it was clear to me when Dad had his William Webb Ellis moment and picked up a soccer ball during a parents and kids social game and started fending off thirteen-year-olds like he was All Black winger Cory Jane. But nothing sums up Dad’s love for our national sport than in September ‘95, when we were living in Waiouru and Mount Ruapehu spectacularly erupted. I was kicking a ball around in the park with a mate when the mountain erupted and rushed home to tell Mum. Knowing that the eruption meant we were going to be evacuated, Mum quickly called Dad, who was at a friend's house watching an All Blacks test match. What should we do? Mum asked, who had a couple of increasingly distressed eight-year-olds at her side. Hold on, replied Dad, I’ll call you back when it’s half time. Dad was a lot more than a sports mad military man. He loved good food, wine and especially a meal out. He also had a great sense of humour. Once Emilie took Dad out for dinner before a concert in Melbourne. It was a memorable night, but not just for the food or music. Dessert appeared; it was a heart shaped chocolate mousse sprinkled with rose petals. They realized that they’d been sent a Valentine’s Day special! I think Dad found it more flattering and entertaining than Emilie. Dad also had an immense singing voice, the kind which did not need a microphone. If he was here today, you would hear his baritone timbre from a dozen rows back. At his wedding, Dad sang Pokarekare Ana to Mum, bringing a tear to everyone’s eye. And Dad could perform on cue. During a ‘96 ANZAC Day service in Gallipoli, the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand were about to be sung. The announcement was made, And now the National Anthem of Australia... followed by an long silence as nobody stepped forward. Dad saw what needed to be done, striding forward to sing it himself. After finishing Advance Australia Fair with much gusto, Dad launched straight into God Defend New Zealand. Dad didn’t tolerate awkward silences or shirking duty. My aunties tell me Dad was a handsome fella. I’m not sure if they were referring to Dad with or without his moustache. For those of you who knew Dad in the 80s and 90s, you will recall his healthy upper lip decoration. In my eightyear-old mind, Dad’s mo could compete with the likes of Burt Reynolds or Tom Selleck. I can still vividly recall the moment when Dad shaved it off – during a holiday in the Kakadu National Park in Australia in ‘94. Ems and I were shocked when our Dad emerged from the camp ground bathroom facilities bare lipped, and were highly

suspicious of this moustache-less man. It has to be said that Dad’s quality of life was only possible because of the many strong women in our family. It started with his grandmothers, mother and sisters. And Dad would not have lived as well without Sarah, who supported him in every way she could. Imagine being an cosmopolitan intellectual with a love for esoteric philosophical questions who moved to sleepy Waiouru in the late 80s to be an army wife. Then following him to postings around New Zealand and Australia often raising us on her own while Dad was away on exercise or working overseas. Just as importantly, Dad’s last part of his life would not have been as dignified without the support of my amazing sister Ems. She has been travelling back and forth from her home in Melbourne – away from her beloved Irish terrier Cruff– to care for Dad since his third diagnosis in September last year. Em used her nursing expertise to give Dad confidence during the whole process and took on a massive burden of making us all feel okay with what we were facing. Dad was so proud of Ems and she was the only medical professional that Dad always listened to. We’ve heard a lot about Dad’s service to others, which he did in a very Kiwi way. But perhaps the biggest hurdle for many Kiwi men is honestly communicating our feelings and vulnerabilities to those we are closest with. Dad and I found this difficult at times, but I’m proud to say we got there. Even in the last stage of his life, Dad showed a lot of personal growth grappling with big questions around mortality. He even told my partner Hannah that she’d convinced him to become a feminist. Dad was really proud of us, but I’m also immensely proud of my Dad. And I love him and will miss him. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. The WCOBA extends their deepest sympathy to Sarah, Alex and Emilie, and to Matt's extended family on his passing. Matt gave so much of his time to the Association and the College in so many ways - he will be sorely missed. We thank Matt's family for sharing him with us.

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Obituaries. DONALD BAIRD Class of 1956 Donald (Don) Baird passed away in December 2018, aged 79 years. He was the loved husband of Joy, father, grandfather and brother. Don attended Wellesley from 1948 – 1951, and Wellington College from 1952 - 1956. He completed his Diploma of Architecture in Auckland in 1962 and married Joy in 1963. Don had a distinguished career in architecture. He and Joy lived in London for two years where Don worked at York Rosenberg & Mardall designing tower blocks to replace slums and war-damaged housing. Returning to New Zealand in 1966, Don worked for Koefed & Arnold as project architect on James Cook Hotel in Wellington in 1970. He then worked with Athfield Architects 1972-1983 and as part of the design team, he was associated with many residential and commercial buildings in the Wellington region and beyond. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Don’s many projects included Huia and Naenae Pools and Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre; new homes in the Eastern Bays; renovations to Te Omanga Hospice, Muritai School and St Alban's Church Hall; and was instrumental in working with the Eastbourne Cricket, RSA and Rugby clubs to bring the three organisations together under one roof. Don is fondly remembered by his children as a man who deeply loved his family and his home, his food, jazz music and who was a passionate supporter of the All Blacks and his beloved cricket. Don was very involved in the Eastbourne Cricket Club where he served as president and was also a life member. Wellesley College

ANDREW BRADDOCK Class of 1964 Born in Wellington in 1947, Andy was the eldest son of John and Ella Braddock. He was raised in Hataitai, Miramar and Northland and attended Scots College, Northland Primary School and Wellington College. After leaving College, Andy attended the Wellington Polytechnic Design School for four years studying Industrial Design and on completion of the course commenced his career within the sign and display industry. Andrew became a member of the Wellington College Old Boys’ Rugby Club in 1965 and within two years of joining he was on the management committee and for the next 50 years served in a number of jobs. He played hooker in the


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Premier, Senior 2nd and Senior 3rd team before embarking on his OE to London in 1970 where he also played for London Scottish Club. He was deemed good enough to be in a trial for Scotland B. Unfortunately, a knee injury landed him in hospital for a month and required a year of rehabilitation before he returned to New Zealand in 1971. After his OE, Andrew re-joined the Wellington College Old Boys’ Club upon his return and continued to play for many more seasons in the Social and Presidents Grades until the early 1990s. He became Assistant Club Captain in 1977 and then held the position of Club Captain from 1980 to 1985 and continued on for a number of years being a co-Club Captain when the WCOB Club amalgamated in 1992. He was elected President of Old Boys’ University Rugby Club in 2016 and during his reign as President, the Club has won the Jubilee Cup twice and the Swindale Shield once, along with a number of other grade championship wins, he found most satisfying, including following the Colts and the Women’s team. Old Boys' University Rugby Club


of food; the challenge of heating their home through the harsh winters by making - with their bare hands - fuel bricks from cow pats and mud. Living next door to a night soil pond. The fear of arbitrary arrest and execution. Illness - Dad contracted pneumonia and the family legend is that his father carried him 10km through snow to the nearest hospital. That prompted a move to Kazakhstan, in search of a milder climate - where Dad promptly contracted malaria. All of this before he was ten. The war ended and the family was able to return to Poland. However, those few members of the Jewish community who had survived the holocaust were not safe under the new rulers. The family had settled in the apartment owned by Tom's father's great-aunt who was a senior diplomat posted to Geneva. When she was recalled and liquidated, they knew it was time to leave. They managed to leave Poland and join relatives in Australia and New Zealand, with Wellington ultimately winning out in 1948. On arrival, the family name was changed to Goddard. David Goddard says his father set out to blend in, learning to speak English with a kiwi accent and to play cricket.

Class of 1954 The first Chief Judge of the Employment Court, Tom Goddard was known for his strong advocacy of the principle of fairness in New Zealand’s employment law and for his defence of the role of the specialist court. He died in Wellington, in March after a lengthy illness. He was 81. Tomasz Goldwag was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1937. His parents, Estera (Tuska) and Naum were both lawyers and members of Warsaw's Jewish community. The family was on holiday in eastern Poland - in a town called Bialystok - when the Soviet Union invaded Poland in September 1939, says son David Goddard QC. Dad was two years old. The family ended up behind Soviet lines. The Soviets moved them to a 'safe place' behind enemy lines - some 5,000 km behind enemy lines, to an isolated forestry camp near Archangel right up in the Arctic Circle. Dad always liked the idea that at the age of two he was seen as a threat to the Soviet Union. He liked to think they were right. Somehow the family survived. As Tom Goddard later said at his mother Tuska's funeral, they lived a precarious life of a 'chameleon-like invisibility': The family adopted the pan-Slavonic name 'Godlewski', and Dad had to remember it and act out his cover, David Goddard says. The hardships that had to be endured were, as Dad put it at Tuska's funeral, impossible to describe in any credible way. The scarcity and monotony

He refused to speak Polish to his parents. A few years later, he refused to have a bar mitzvah - which caused some controversy in the family, and in Wellington's small Jewish community. Dad has never been a respecter of authority for its own sake, and that tendency was apparent very early on. From Karori Normal School, he went to Wellington College and then to Victoria University of Wellington in 1955 where he studied French and Latin, first graduating with a BA in French and Latin in 1957 and then completing a MA(Hons) in French in 1958, with a passion for the works of Voltaire. David says his father wanted to travel in France and continue his study of French literature, but his parents managed to persuade him to stay and shift his focus to the law. He graduated LLB in 1961. Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1962, young Tom Goddard moved into legal practice. He focused on a range of common law areas, specialising in employment law, equity, administrative law, torts, contract law and jurisprudence. In pre-ACC days he was often involved in personal injury proceedings. He was in sole practice from 1973 to 1978, but took up a partnership in the firm of Alexander, JH & Julia Dunn in 1978 where he joined specialist defamation lawyer Jim Dunn. He developed a particular enthusiasm for, and expertise in, the fields of defamation and employment law, David says. When we talked in recent months about his time in practice, Dad told me he was especially proud of the work he

did pushing the boundaries of the freedom of the press in a series of leading cases. He cared deeply about freedom of expression - and,... about holding the powerful to account for the way in which they exercise that power. When the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in Taylor v Beere [1982] 1 NZLR 81, TG Goddard was counsel for the respondent (and the successful plaintiff in the High Court). The landmark case held that, in an appropriate case, exemplary damages are recoverable in New Zealand for defamation. In 1989, Tom Goddard was appointed a Judge of the then Labour Court, and, shortly afterwards, Chief Judge. A change of government and philosophy saw the introduction of the Employment Contracts Act 1991. This made radical changes to employment law, making union membership voluntary and introducing individual and collective employment contracts. The legislation also established an Employment Tribunal and the Employment Court. Thomas Goddard, Chief Judge of the Labour Court, became Chief Judge of the Employment Court. He was to hold that role for 14 years until 2005. One of the key jurisdictional changes was in section 3 which gave the Employment Court exclusive jurisdiction over all actions which were based on a contract of employment. The High Court was removed from the picture and there was a limited right of appeal to the Court of Appeal on questions of law only. One result was a long series of disagreements through the 1990s between the Chief Judge of the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal, particularly on the concept of redundancy. In the mid-1990s, the very future of the Employment Court was at issue. Employment law academic Gordon Anderson describes an 'unparalleled attack on the Employment Court and its members with the Court of Appeal being portrayed as the defender of the true intent of the Employment Contracts Act' and also points to a media campaign 'that was probably unique in New Zealand for its vitriolic and sustained and highly personalised attack on the Employment Court and its Judges'. The Chief Judge of the Employment Court was at the centre of the storm. He was up to the challenge and delivered many decisions which upheld the principles of fairness in employment relationships. As Chief Judge, Tom oversaw the transition not just of two different iterations of the specialist Employment Court, but also of significantly different pieces of legislation. In this role he presided over the Court through an era of compulsory unionism and its subsequent demise, followed by a period characterised by many as reflecting a purely contractual approach to employment relationships, through to the more

recent focus on mutual obligations of good faith between employer and employee. Throughout, Tom was a strong voice for fair dealing according to the rule of law. The 1990s proved to be a particularly testing time for the Court, and for Tom as Chief Judge. In a paper delivered in 1997, he referred to ‘an unremitting campaign from some quarters for the abolition of the Employment Court’ and criticism directed at the Court which ‘even to lukewarm supporters of the rule of law must have seemed disconcerting and disquieting.’ This period has been described as a time when there was an ‘almost continuous attack on the specialist jurisdiction’. David says his father was, at times, subject to extraordinary and unjustified attacks by right wing commentators and some sections of the media for his 'liberal' views. This was mostly nonsense, of course. But Dad saw nothing to be ashamed of in seeking to apply the law in a way that ensured employees were not deprived of their contractual rights, and that the discretionary powers of employers were not abused. The 1991 reforms had not abolished these basic protections, contrary to the hopes and misguided beliefs of some commentators, and the court continued to ensure they were respected. The role of the judiciary meant that Thomas Goddard could not respond to the criticisms. Nor, true to his principles, would he have wanted to stifle public debate - however ill-informed and biased, says David. He just kept doing his job, ensuring that he - and the court he led - did justice in particular cases, and developed the law in a coherent and principled way. Chief Judge Inglis says Tom Goddard’s legal legacy is substantial. During his time on the bench he delivered in excess of 1000 substantive judgments, many of which set the scene for the way in which the law was to develop over time and which are routinely cited as authority for what are now uncontroversial and well-established principles. David says many lawyers and advocates have told him what a pleasure it was to appear before Chief Judge Goddard. Their comments echoed what Business New Zealand said at his retirement (after describing him as 'liberal', which Dad would have seen as a badge of honour): 'Judge Goddard was erudite, eloquent and responsive, and was a good leader as Chief Judge of the Employment Court'. At a valedictory sitting to mark his retirement from the Employment Court on 3 May 2013, Judge Barrie Travis paid tribute to Tom Goddard. Along with Judge Goddard, Judge Travis was appointed to the Labour Court in 1989. Of Chief Judge Tom Goddard he said: He was a great leader, unselfish, generous and fearless. He

was a stalwart through some serious crises and his support could always be relied on. His legal knowledge was unsurpassed. He knew also what the law should be and was ahead of his times. His prescient, beautifully expressed judgments developed employment law and now form part of the key provisions in the current legislation. I regard him as the father of good faith in New Zealand. Chief Judge Goddard's determination not to bow to pressure and to apply the law according to the principles he believed should be upheld won him respect. In McCulloch v New Zealand Fire Service Commission [1998] 3 ERNZ 378 he did not support the Commission's ham-fisted attempt to disestablish occupational positions: On the findings that I have made, the defendant did not comport itself as a fair and reasonable employer, let alone as a good or ethical one... In the end, the defendant is shown to be an employer who was willing deliberately to breach its employment contract obligations... I would add that a good employer would know and trust its employees and would not need or desire to run a police security check on them or intrude in other inappropriate ways into their private lives - for instance, asking them to disclose of what illnesses their family members died. His decision resonated with the plaintiffs in that case over the years. The NZ Professional Firefighters Union remembered the judge who had decided in their favour with a tribute on news of his death: It is our sad duty to advise members that Tom Goddard passed away last Thursday. Tom was the Judge who heard the union's successful opposition to the mass sacking of firefighters in the 1990s. It is quite fair to say that firefighters today owe their employment and conditions of employment in no small measure to the wisdom and sense of justice of Tom Goddard. A fine man and a friend of firefighters. Shortly after his retirement from the bench in May 2005, Thomas Goddard was in the employment law spotlight again. In August 2005, the Tongan government and Interim Public Service Association agreed with the New Zealand Government that Tom Goddard could review the pay claims of Tongan civil servants, who had gone on strike over the matter. It wasn't an easy process, however. The New Zealand negotiating team arrived in Tonga, to be told by the strikers that they no longer would participate in the mediation process. The process belongs to the parties, Tom Goddard told the New Zealand Herald, while declining to comment further. However, by 27 August he was forced to admit there was nothing he could do. He returned to New Zealand saying he had not even been able to get the parties to agree on a process. The strike, which became entwined with moves for wider democratic reform, was eventually settled in favour of the unions.

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Obituaries. Chief Judge Goddard's judicial service was recognised in the New Year Honours 2006 when he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Employment Court. When the Goldwag/Goddard family settled in Wellington in 1948, the fact that Tom's mother's sister was living there was the deciding factor. His aunt, Suzanne Krynski married Michael Borrin. They established a very successful clothing company. Their only son, Ian - Tom's cousin - entered the law and became a District Court Judge. On his death in March 2016, he left a substantial bequest to establish the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation to support legal research, education and scholarship. David is chairperson of the grants and scholarship committee and Thomas Goddard was also a member of the committee. At his death, Chief Judge Tom Goddard was the much loved partner of Alida and father of David [Class of 1980], Michael [Class of 1983], John [Class of 1986] and Ryk [Class of 1989]. Geoff Adlam, NZ Law Society

BRIEN HALPIN Class of 1950 Table Tennis New Zealand announced the sad news of the passing of Brien Halpin from Canterbury. Brien was not only a player but dedicated volunteer to Table Tennis Canterbury for decades, processing interclub results and captaining one of the biggest clubs in Christchurch. Brien was also an active veteran player who held several National Veteran titles in singles and doubles and was a member of New Zealand teams travelling to Australian Veteran Championships.

BARRY JOBSON Class of 1957 WCOBA Former President 2000-2001

At the 2005 Old Boys’ Function held in Wellington, the WCOBA presented an Honorary Life Membership award to Barry Jobson. Barry’s faithful and energetic work for the Association and the Wellington College Community extended over many years and included being the WCOBA President for several years and also as Chairman of the Centennial Trust. In addition, Barry was presented with a Certificate of Exceptional Service. Barry is the first recent recipient of this WCOBA award. Barry’s involvement with Wellington College goes back over 60 years. He attended College from 1953-1957 and was a Prefect in his final year and vice-captain of the 2nd XV. Barry was elected to the WCOB Executive in 1962, then aged 22. For the College Centennial Celebrations in 1967, Barry was appointed Rural Areas Fundraiser. This involved writing to all Old Boys (principally ex-Boarders) now living in country areas seeking donations to the Centennial Trust. The Trust was originally set up to provide teachers’ accommodation. Barry played rugby for the WCOB Rugby Football Club as a five-eighth from 1958-1965. He also joined their committee in the early 1960s and later became Assistant Secretary and then Secretary. On being transferred by Lion Breweries Ltd to Palmerston North as Central Districts Manager in 1974, Barry joined the Old Boys’ Manawatu Branch Committee. From 1979-1986, the Jobsons lived in England, so Barry had a rest from Old Boys’ matters for that period! Returning to Wellington in 1986, Malcolm Perrett (Past-President and Life Member), was virtually running the Old Boys’ Association single-handedly, and he asked Barry to join the Committee, which he did for the next 20 years. In 1992, Barry was Treasurer for the College’s 125th Jubilee Celebrations. From 1995-97 he became Bursar of Wellington College, starting just shortly before Roger Moses was appointed as Headmaster. From 2000-01, Barry became President of the Association. From 1999-2005 he was Chairman of the Centennial Trust. One of his principal achievements was to instigate the refurbishment of the gold-leaf Prefects Honours Boards now hanging in Firth Hall. In 2005, Barry decided to end his long innings and retired from both the WCOB Executive and as Chairman of the Centennial Trust.


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During his term as President, Barry: (a) Kick-started the updating of the Old Boys’ database of names and addresses. (b) Brought together the Old Boys’ branches throughout NZ, more closely into the fold. (c) Was instrumental in re-energising the Association and its social activities. (d) Organised the annual WCOB v St Patrick’s Old Boys’ Friendly Cup cricket match. His family connections to the College included Barry’s two older brothers attending the College. Peter was hooker in the 1st XV in 1949, and Ken was 1st XV Hooker and a Prefect in 1952. Barry’s eldest son David came to Wellington College on their return from England in 1986, and youngest son Simon was Deputy Head Prefect in 1991, in the 1st XV and previously in the College’s Soccer 1st Xl. Barry and his wife Zena retired to the Kapiti Coast and Barry continued to keep in touch with fellow Old Boys. Each year, he attended Quadrangular Tournament with a staunch group of fellow supporters. Barry was also a very keen pianist and played for the local Kapiti Club Jazz Band and numerous retirement villages where he would play his core of 1940 and 1950s jazz music. It was through his love of music he donated the Jobson Cup to celebrate and acknowledge the best solo jazz instrumentalist at Wellington College. The Jobson Cup has been presented since 2013 and he thoroughly loved attending and presenting to the winner until last year. Barry selflessly donated his time to Wellington College and is one of only a few Old Boys to have received the Lifetime Member Award. He was a great College man who gladly gave his time selflessly and will be a missed member of the College Old Boys' Fraternity. Barry is survived by his wife Zena, daughter Bridget, and two sons (Old Boys) David and Simon as well as six grandchildren.

MURRAY KHOURI Class of 1958 Murray Khouri was the son of Mavis and Joseph Murray whose forebears migrated to New Zealand from Beirut, Lebanon, at the end of the nineteenth century. He grew up in Karori, where he attended Wellington College. He recalled that at 16 he played the clarinet in the NZ National Orchestra in broadcasts of Sibelius symphonies. As an eighteen-year old and after receiving £800 from his grandfather who infused him with great expectations, Murray set off by ship to London. I was star-struck from the outset, said Murray. Coming from New Zealand, I

venerated those Columbia 33CX blue label LPs and listened to recordings of the Philharmonia Orchestra. I loved the clarinet playing of someone called Bernard Walton in that orchestra. Arriving in London I had no place at college and rang him up from a pay phone one evening and said, 'Mr Walton, I have come from New Zealand to learn from you.' Murray played to Walton who said, You’re a really bad player, you’ve never been properly taught. Sitting there in his dark suit and with his leather case full of beautiful clarinets, Walton said, Seeing you have come all this way, I guess I have got to try. Murray commenced studies at the Royal College of Music in 1960, in second to bottom grade. By the end of his first year, he was in the top grade and played first clarinet in the College Orchestra. When the famous Leopold Stokowski conducted the College Orchestra, after Murray played a solo part, Stokowski looked at the frescoes round the hall and said to Murray, The soloist must stand out like the frescoes round the wall. This first contact with the great conductor inspired his virtuosic playing. While still a student of the Royal College of Music, he made his solo debut at Wigmore Hall playing Matyas Seiber’s Clarinet Concertino with the London Philharmonia Orchestra. He was soon very active as a player, touring Gilbert & Sullivan with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and becoming first clarinet with the Royal Ballet Orchestra.

composer Don Banks (then resident in London), Murray relocated to Australia to take up an appointment as lecturer in clarinet at the Canberra School of Music. In 1978, he resigned from this position and moved to Sydney, living with his family in Birchgrove. He jointly founded and was a member of the Australian Contemporary Music Ensemble. He co-founded the Australia Ensemble, formerly the University of New South Wales Ensemble with which he toured extensively internationally. He was a member of the Music Board of the Australia Council. He completed two solo tours of Asia for Musica Viva and the Department of Foreign Affairs and recorded for RCA, Philips and 2MBS-FM. He played first clarinet with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and was soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In the 1980s, he was artist-in-residence at the University of Western Australia under the auspices of the WA Arts Council. He tutored at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Sydney College of Advanced Education. Murray toured the US several times, appearing as soloist both there and throughout Europe. A BBC World Broadcast attracted a global audience of 20 million listeners. In later decades Murray increasingly became a dedicated recording and broadcasting producer.

In January 1964, he married Susan Margaret Thorpe, violinist and violist, at Stratford-uponAvon. At the conclusion of his studies, he returned to New Zealand with Sue to take up the position of principal with the NZBC Concert Orchestra, later transferring to the NZBC Symphony Orchestra. Their daughter Susanna Margaret was born the following year.

In 1986, he moved back to London working as a recording producer for the BBC's Radio 3. He recorded and produced a staggering 300 CDs. In the late 1980s, he founded his own record label Continuum and built a catalogue which featured living composers as well as himself in clarinet standard repertoire, including a now celebrated version of the Clarinet Sonata by Sir Arnold Bax.

After two years, the call of London proved too strong for Murray and the couple returned. Murray commenced playing many hundreds of concerts under a galaxy of great conductors including Pierre Boulez, Georg Solti, Stokowski, Bernard Haitink and Sir Adrian Boult. Murray also completed many recording sessions under all the international conductors of that time. He even did a recording session with the Beatles at Abbey Road in London.

Murray and Sue divorced in 1988. His second son, Alexander Barnes Murray, was born in December 1988 in London to Rosemary Barnes, NZ piano accompanist and voice coach. He eventually returned to Australasia, becoming a reviewer, contributor and writer, creating radio programmes including the exploration of great conductors and a series explaining the instruments in the orchestra.

Murray recalled playing under Stokowski again in 1968 at the Royal Albert Hall in an all-Russian concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which, placed in a 'V' formation, meant Murray was seated right under Stokowski, playing the E-flat clarinet. Suddenly Stokowski pointed at Murray and said, Royal College of Music, 1961. You’re a good player. In 1974, with the assistance of Australian

concert of the Sydney Mozart Society. He is survived by sons Paul and Alexander and daughter Susanna and two granddaughters. Sue Murray, his first wife, survives him and lives in Sydney, and brother, John, a pianist, lives in the US. Sydney Morning Herald

PETER RAE Class of 1969 Peter Rae died unexpectedly in June, 2019. Peter, Pete to those who knew him, went as a third former to Firth House in 1965. He came from Paekakariki where his father, Andy, owned a general store. At school, he played in the Pipe Band alongside his boarding mate, Colin Ironmonger who was on the drums. Pete excelled at art. Academia was not his place. He really hit his straps with sport where he proved himself a brave and skilled half back alongside the sporting stars of his year, Graham Moodie and Grant 'Tub' Lindsay. He was in the 1st XV for both his final years, 1968 and 1969. Pete managed to prang his father’s car on the motorway coming back to Firth House one Sunday evening. He forever after sported a scar above his right eye. However to his Firth House mates, supposedly confined as they were, his most impressive achievement was to score a girlfriend who had not only left school for Training College but who also had a car. They knew, and envied, what was going on in the steamed up mini parked out of the way late on Sunday nights. Pete started surfing in the fourth form. He never stopped. Later in life he would say he never 'grew up till well into his thirties. Most of the preceding time was spent following the wave. He and his partner Deb had three sons, Jason, Matt and Jarrod. They lived at various North Island locations close to the waves, particularly Taranaki and especially Mahia. Mahia was definitely one of Pete’s favourite places.

In 2007, he established the Bowral Autumn Music Festival in the Southern Highlands and presented lectures to the local musical community.

In later years Pete settled in Dunedin where he met his partner of the last 15 years, Marilyn. Here he had a successful gallery and framing business. He and Marilyn lived above St Clair beach where he surfed right through winter pretty much 52 weeks of the year. When he got a bit bored with retirement, he drove trucks at Macrae’s Goldfield. He eventually got his papers for the mammoth excavators. He had to, apparently, because they were so bloody big.

Murray died in October, 2018 at the Southern Highlands Private Hospital, following open heart surgery in Sydney earlier that month. He is survived by his second wife, Lyndall Margaret Foldvary, whom he married at Glebe Town Hall on 19 July 2015, after first meeting in 1981 at a

Recently Pete teamed up with some of his old Firth House mates for annual informal get togethers at various out of the way spots, including Peter Lorentz’s bach at Mahia. One night at the local restaurant, he mentioned to the lady behind the bar he’d lived there many years

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Obituaries. ago and wondered what happened to the little Māori guy who used to ride around the place bare back. Towards the end of the meal, a big burly fellow in a black singlet walked in and greeted Pete. Within seconds they were chatting away as if the forty-plus years separating them had evaporated. His Firth House mates travelled to Dunedin for his funeral where it was most apparent he was a much loved figure of the local art scene. And surfing. Peter Wedde, Class of 1969

TREVOR REYNOLDS Class of 1951 Trevor Reynolds was at Wellington College 1947 to 1951. He lived in Johnsonville. He was in the 1st XV in 1951, which lost the Quadrangular final 5-3 to Christ’s College. It rained heavily throughout the match and the ground turned into a quagmire. In the second half, every player looked the same, covered from head to toe in mud. Trevor claimed he scored the winning try under the posts late in the game, but the referee said he could not tell which side he was playing for! After leaving school, Trevor played for the Onslow RFC and was in their senior side for ten years, 1953 to 1963. Trevor later played several matches for the Wellington Lions team during the 1950s. In 1957, Trevor married Christine, also from Johnsonville and both members of the St. Johns Church. After their family had grown up, they both became keen tramping club members and marathon runners. One of their daughters and her husband own the Overland shoe company. Over the past ten years, living in Taupo, I have seen a great deal of both Trevor and Christine. We had known each other from College and Onslow Club days. We all belonged to the 'pilates-in-water' group which met twice a week in the thermal hot pools at DeBretts Hotel. Trevor had kept good health until the last few months when he was having trouble with the blood thinning medication the doctor was prescribing. He had a fall and broke his hip, and although he was rushed to Rotorua Hospital, he did not recover. As an aside and just as poignant, Russell Tether [Class of 1954], a gifted athlete and wing for the 1st XV and later WCOB, passed away in June in Tauranga Warwick Bringans, Class of 1955

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our school. Craig passed away peacefully in August, 2019. Craig worked at South from January 1994 to December 2013 (20 years). He started in 1994 in his first teaching position. Prior to training as a teacher, he had been a photographer in the Air Force. At South, he very quickly become known affectionately by students and staff as Mr Robbie. Throughout his time as a teacher Mr Robbie always found creative and engaging ways to make learning fun. Before digital photography was in everyday use, he set up a darkroom at school and ran a photography club where students learnt how to develop their own photos. He also led a team of teachers who taught Multi Media studies in a live video recording studio and helped move the school into the digital age by developing a computer based multimedia programme of learning. For a few years, he also planned and resourced a very practical and engaging Science programme. He led a team of teachers to deliver it and reinvigorated the use of the Science lab. He always had a real interest in sport. As well as coaching successful football teams he shared his absolute passion for basketball. There have been thousands of students who were introduced to the game of basketball and had the opportunity to play in teams while they were at South as a result of Mr Robbie’s passion. His efforts saw him win a national sports award. Craig was a team leader and then won a position as a Deputy Principal with responsibility for leading learning including ICT development and e-learning in particular. In this capacity he led the school’s development of the use of computers for learning which saw a dramatic increase in the number of devices accessing the school network. He was also behind the development of the Digitech programme of learning and the introduction of BYOD. For many years, he taught students the skills necessary to be effective sound and lighting technicians and was instrumental in ensuring that the school’s sound and lighting equipment and resources were highly effective. Major Productions had very professional lighting and sound input and effects as a result of significant amounts of Mr Robbie’s time and effort. Our current school logo was significantly influenced by Craig’s ideas and thinking. His part in the collaborative process of creating a new logo reflected the skills, talents and interest he had in art and design and in ways in which meaning can be presented visually. Mr Robbie had substantial input into the development of the new school buildings and the redevelopment of older facilities. His constant, relentless and visionary focus on the future of learning and the need for flexibility was a major factor in having

very effective facilities for learning today and for many years to come. Craig was passionate about his family. He talked about them often and with huge pride. He advocated for his own children, was there to guide, nurture and encourage while challenging them to spread their wings, form their own views and opinions and become independent young people. He and his wife, Mary, made a great team. Mr Robbie you were an inspiration and a brilliant example of someone who knows and understands what it means to be successful, to take small steps constantly towards the goal. Your tireless hard work, commitment and energy led to many, many wonderful opportunities for students and contributed significantly to a thriving Christchurch South Intermediate. Mr Robbie, students past, present and in the future have much to thank you for. You absolutely lived the South Way. For your aiming high, commitment, support and integrity, and for your passion for learning, your independence and willingness to collaborate and debate, your love of diversity and absolute enthusiasm to embrace challenge, we salute you. Christchurch South Intermediate

DALE STEPHENS Class of 1960 An inspirational poet who won a Queenstown poetry competition earlier this year has died, aged 77. Dale Stephens, who spent his last months at Queenstown’s Abbeyfield retirement village, made and lost two fortunes and twice cheated death before publishing his best-selling collection of poetry, prose and photography, Talk. He also released two CDs of country ballads set to music by former Crowded House and Split Enz keyboardist, Eddie Rayner. In October, 2018, he won a slam poetry competition at Sherwood and qualified for a national competition. As a fifth-generation Kiwi, whose New Zealand ancestors hailed from Otago, he was inspired by the stories of original New Zealanders, his daughter Amber Stephens said. His most famous ballad, 'Mountain Rose' was about Glenorchy and the local area, and he also did some incredible poetry and ballads about the Mackenzies of Walter Peak. Amber says her father had been on the verge of self-publishing about 15 books, including his memoirs and a reprint of Heart Talk. A lot of dad’s work was about inspiring people – he was such a father figure to so many people. Mountain Scene


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overall concepts and mentoring staff.

Alan finally left Crown Lynn and Ceramco in 1982, when he came full circle and bought the family business John Raine Ltd.

Like everyone in the industry, the 2008 GFC impacted on WYD’s business and it had to retrench. Over the last few years, Alan had increasingly been passing the baton to Bruce although he continued to take a keen interest in all aspects of WYD.

Class of 1948 Past President of Export Institute of NZ. OBE for Services to Export, 1979. Alan Topham, who was Crown Lynn marketing manager for ten years then general manager for another ten, has passed away after several years of failing health. For many decades, Crown Lynn made and sold millions of pieces of beautifully designed and technically excellent tableware and other homewares – and Alan Topham made a huge contribution to this very successful enterprise. For much of his time at Crown Lynn, it was Alan’s responsibility to ensure that all the departments were at the top of their game, every day. Alan joined Crown Lynn as sales manager in 1963. His family owned the crockery importing business John Raine Ltd, so it was a real break from Topham tradition to move to a New Zealand manufacturer which was in effect in opposition to the family business. He copped a lot of family flak for his change of direction, but he was resolute in wanting to work at Crown Lynn. Alan immediately began investigating export prospects – at this stage, Crown Lynn was growing rapidly and were very keen to expand into the huge consumer base of the United States and Canada. Before long, Alan gained the title of marketing manager. Then in 1969 he became general manager, replacing Tom Clark who moved to Ceramic House to run Ceramco, Crown Lynn’s umbrella company. During Alan’s time at Crown Lynn, design was at the forefront, with a focus on New Zealand themes. The company developed many new techniques and styles of decoration, and the annual Crown Lynn design award achieved prominence. There were hundreds of entries and the presentation night was a highlight of the Wellington social calendar, with awards often given out by the Prime Minister of the day. Alan also oversaw the development and production of the Dorothy Thorpe ball-handled designs, which were a huge innovation at the time and are avidly collected today. Another high point was the development of the new brown ‘fish-hook’ design for the tableware at Bellamy’s Restaurant at Parliament in Wellington. Alan’s marketing expertise was greatly valued. In 1975, he led a government trade mission to the Arabian gulf states, and in the late 1970s, he was seconded by the government as an export year adviser. After that secondment ended, Alan moved to Ceramco as corporate manager

ALAN WARWICK Class of 1951 Alan Warwick was one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent luxury yacht designers and a sailor of some note. Born in Wellington in 1934, Alan moved to Auckland in 1952 to begin an architectural degree. He started sailing in M Class yachts and, after buying and sailing a Des Townson Zephyr, began building his first keeler in 1962, a 6.7m Townson Pied Piper. He joined Chris Bouzaid’s Rainbow II campaign to win the 1969 One Ton Cup (OTC), before heading up Lou Fisher’s Young Nick campaign for the 1971 OTC. He also worked with Laurie Davidson on the design of the Half Tonner Swooper of Cox’s Creek, which later became the basis for the GRP production Davidson 31. Alan’s first commission was the IOR quarter tonner, Quarter Pint, while his second was the well-known Longfellow. He also designed the 747 and 927 Stratus cruiser/ racers, the Trojan 750 trailer-sailer, numerous sailing dinghies and a number of powerboats for Sea Nymph. His first major offshore success was the Cardinal range of yachts, built in Taiwan, the success of which led him to found Warwick Yacht Design (WYD) in 1980. Over the years, WYD designed performance sloops, monohulls, multihulls, sportsfishers, luxury super yachts, high-speed launches, long-distance displacement cruisers, commercial boats and, increasingly, luxury, one-off commissions. Many luxury commissions were built in Europe and Turkey. In all, Alan and his team designed more than 500 boats, making him one of this country’s most prolific and successful yacht designers. To him, boat design was as much about the form as the function. Attention to detail was paramount. Warwick Yacht Designs became world-renowned and clients ranged from Middle Eastern rulers to corporates. He also designed a boat for an Australian businessman who wanted a 76-foot sportsfisher to suit his special needs as a paraplegic. WYD was a family business, with wife Gael having considerable input into interior design and son Bruce specialising in CAD design. This gave Alan the freedom to focus on client relationships,

Asked in 2014 by World magazine if he still dreams about boats, he replied: I seldom don’t. It is in my blood. Unlike buildings, boats live and breathe and bring their owner so much pleasure. Whenever there’s a new concept to consider, my mind races. Each brief is unique in its challenges. We still learn so much from each boat. Boats are moving. There’s an emotion there you just don’t find in buildings. Alan unexpectedly died in September, 2018 at North Shore Hospital following complications from an injury suffered in Samoa. He’s survived by his wife Gael, children Bruce, David, Malcolm and Sondra, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. BOATING NZ

PETER WEBB Class of 1959 Peter (or Pete, as I called him) was a bright student. We were class-mates in 3A, 4A, 5A, 6AL and 6A. He was popular at school, and was Form Captain of 4A and 5A. He was a College Prefect in 1958 and 1959. He was a good and keen sportsman. The Wellingtonian records his achievements in many sports - Cricket teams: 4A (1955), 2A (1956), 2A (1957), 1st XI (1958 and 1959). He was a good bat (but his tennis prowess shone through some of his cover shots, which looked like forehand drives). I think his best performances were with the ball; 5 for 12 against St Patrick’s Town in 1958, 4 for 49 against St Patrick's Town (1959), and 6 for 59 against New Plymouth Boys' High School (1 caught by Green) which I think is on an Honours Board in the College's Cricket Pavilion. Rugby teams: 1C (1957), 1A (1958), 1st XV (1959). Fives (Junior Doubles): Webb and Green beaten by Speakman and Obren (1956). Cricket ball throw: (first 1956). He loved music and played a mean piano with great enthusiasm, the classical popular tunes of the greats; Jerome Kern, Richard Rogers, Cole Porter, and Harold Arlen. He adapted to rock and roll, and I well remember him playing his Elvis Presley records at full blast from his home in Karori. After College, Pete studied law and would sometimes telephone me in the evenings to relate an 'interesting' legal case! He went on to a successful legal career in Wellington.

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Obituaries. We remained good friends and met up in England on holiday, and in New Zealand where he took my wife and me on a tour of North Auckland. After the Wellington College 150th in 2017, he hosted me at his beautiful place in Ohau. We last spoke on the telephone in June this year. Pete died shortly after this year’s World Cup Cricket final which New Zealand, by rights, should have won. I am sure he was 'riding' every ball. Pete was the sort of person the college, and the community, can be proud of. He was a good friend. A quiet, but humorous gentleman. Barry Green, Dux: 1959

WYN BEASLEY Former Board Chairman Good afternoon everybody, to friends and colleagues of Wyn drawn from so many walks of life and in particular to his much loved and extensive family. We are gathered here today to mourn Wyn’s passing but also to celebrate and give thanks for his truly remarkable life. To dear Alice, Spenser, Richard, Graeme and their families, it is a solemn but great honour for me to speak on this occasion, not just about Wyn’s links to Wellington College, but rather our friendship and the deep impact he has had on my life. As many of us will be aware, one of Wyn’s great heroes was Sir Winston Churchill, who once memorably said this: We make a living by what we get We make a life by what we give. Wyn gave so much to so many for so long – for well over 90 years. As much as anyone I have known, Wyn personified the ideal of living life to the full, of seizing the day and pursuing new challenges, right to the very end of his life. What an incredible inspiration for us all that, at the age of 89, Wyn should write a highly acclaimed book of Churchill’s medical history, reviewed favourably and at length in the prestigious columns of The Daily Telegraph. Perhaps equally impressive is the fact that Wyn flew to London for the book launch, and insisted on flying in economy class for the return journey of 37,000km. He was made of tough stuff! It is obviously through the Wellington College connection that I got to know Wyn so well, and of course, it is entirely appropriate that I should make some reference to the phenomenal contribution he made to the life of the College for so many years. After that, however, I wish to focus more personally on our great friendship and the constant source of encouragement he gave me as Headmaster for nearly 23 years.


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The world of education was of profound importance to Wyn. Born in 1926, shortly after the ravages of what he once described to me inimitably as 'The Kaiser’s War (WWI for the average layman) and the devastating onset of The Great Depression in 1929, Wyn was the very personification of a generation that viewed education as a privilege and not a right, and realised its transformational power on the lives of men and women from humble backgrounds. I believe that it was this deep conviction that gave him such a profound regard for the great state schools of New Zealand. As a proud Auckland Grammar Old Boy, I can say with genuine conviction how well Wyn did to overcome the distinct disadvantage of attending, Mt Albert Grammar, our main rival. When Wyn and Alice finally settled in Wellington after his orthopaedic training, their four sons, Spencer, John, Richard and Graeme all attended Wellington College in the 1960’s and 70’s. This was the beginning of an ongoing relationship that has lasted over 50 years. Wyn was on the Board of Governors (as it was then known) in the 1970’s and, in my view, the most important task he ever undertook during that period was the appointment of my charismatic and dynamic predecessor, Harvey Rees-Thomas whose vision and energy was absolutely pivotal in transforming both the spirit and landscape of the school. From 1981 – 1989, Wyn was The Chairman of the Board of Governors (was it referred to as the “BOG” in those days?) and the dynamic duo of Harvey and Wyn embarked on an ambitious project of building key facilities that would bring renewed life to the campus of Wellington College. Somewhat depressingly, the Tower Block constructed in the early 1970’s by the Ministry of Education, looked then, as now, as if it had been designed by one of Stalin’s apprentice draughtsmen. With the support of generous Old Boys such as Sir Ron Brierley and Sir Frank Renouf, The Arts Centre and new gymnasium provided wonderful facilities for our young men who, thirty five years later, are still the beneficiaries of that inspired vision. To paraphrase the famous passage from Ecclesiastes, if the 1960’s and 70’s at Wellington College was a time for breaking down (and we think of the old Memorial Hall), the 1980’s was a time of ‘building up.’ With the approach of the College’s 125th anniversary in 1992, who better to write the definitive history of the College, but a recently retired orthopaedic surgeon with a love of both literature and history. Thus, the first of Wyn’s books was published, The Light Accepted which charts the history of Wellington College from its humble beginnings to the heights of Harvey’s tenure in 1992. It is a book which sits proudly on my bookshelf at home as it does, I suspect on the shelves of numerous prize winners who were its

recipients in the succeeding years! Shortly after I began as Headmaster in 1995, a rather impressive car drew up and parked outside my office. Its obvious superior quality indicated to me at once that the occupant of the said vehicle could not be a fellow teacher. A tall, dignified gentleman duly emerged and made his way to my office where he knocked on the door and introduced himself. Thus began my warm and enduring friendship with Wyn Beasley. I soon learnt that the parking space occupied by Wyn’s car was actually his in perpetuity, disguised somewhat confusingly under the misnomer of 'No Parking'. Over the next 23 years, the cars may have changed, but their superior quality remained constant as did the dignified driver of the car who unfailingly secured the same ‘No Parking’ spot without challenge. My father, Ivan Moses, had passed away in 1994, the year before I became Headmaster. He was a man of about Wyn’s age, like Wyn born just after the First World War, the first in his family to receive a university education, a keen member of the Presbyterian Church and passionately interested in schools, history and literature. He had been a teacher and ended up as the Head of what was known at the time as ATI, The Auckland Technical Institute. It was always a sadness to me that my father was never able to share any of my Wellington College challenges and experiences with him. In Wyn, I discovered a true friend of Dad’s vintage, with whom I was able to engage in those conversations that, in all likelihood, I would have had with my late father. What, then, were some of the interests that I shared with Wyn and his quintessential qualities that left such a mark on me. Firstly, he was the very embodiment of loyalty, both to the hundreds of individuals whose lives he touched, but also the clubs, societies and institutions in which he played such a vital role. I have mentioned the sacrificial commitment he made to Wellington College for so many years, but this service was matched equally through the devotion he showed to such groups as The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, The New Zealand Orthopaedic Association and the New Zealand Army Medical Corps where he attained the rank of Colonel Commandant. And then, of course, there was Wyn’s passionate devotion to the Wellington Club and the welfare of its members. He fulfilled his role as President with a considerable sense of duty. My last meeting with Wyn occurred at Te Hopai a couple of weeks ago, just after I had returned from a three month stint running King’s High School in Dunedin. His sight was fading and his speech a little laboured, but his mind was still as sharp as a tack. One of the first things he said to me with that characteristic dry sense of humour was, Roger, you’re due at a

meeting in half an hour. Somewhat bemused I replied, I’m sorry Wyn, but I don’t quite know what meeting you are referring to. With just the hint of a reprimand he retorted It’s the Clubs AGM. He then proceeded to describe a mutual acquaintance in one of his favourite expressions, ‘A very clubbable fellow'. When was that term first used? I asked Wyn. I believe it was Dr Johnson speaking to Boswell in 1773, he responded. Wyn loved the club and the fellowship it offered. Loyalty to those who deserved it was very important to Wyn, but he did not suffer fools. His attitude echoed the memorable words of Mark Twain, Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. Wyn and I shared a love of literature and, in particular, three prominent Christian authors of the first half of the 20th century: First GK Chesterton, that eccentric creator of the lovable detective, Father Brown and the originator of such pithy sayings as Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions and Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.

Second, Dorothy Sayers, the creator of that aristocratic and very clubbable sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, and the writer of the Christian classic The Man Born to be King, produced and played by the BBC during WW2. And finally, that quintessential Oxford don, CS Lewis, writer of Mere Christianity and of course, the Narnia series. I loved these impromptu discussions with Wyn, often held in my office during the course of the day, when chaos, no doubt, was prevailing elsewhere in the school and villainy being quelled by my worthy deputies. Most of us are aware of Wyn’s love of history and, in particular, military history. He had a burning sense of putting matters right when he believed an injustice had been done. His much acclaimed book Churchill, the Supreme Survivor, attacked the widely promoted view that many of Churchill’s ailments were the consequence of his supposedly excessive drinking. The book, I believe, was appreciated deeply by Churchill’s family. And Zeal and Honour: The Life and Times of Bernard Freyberg, provided a refreshing insight into the achievements of Wellington College’s most famous son, and

challenged the belief that the fall of Crete was somehow Freyberg’s fault. Wyn was not scared of fighting for what he believed was the truth. Finally, and very personally, Wyn and I shared a deep Christian faith, shaped in the Presbyterian tradition. He was not one to thrust his views down anyone’s throat, but I believe that it was the foundation of the wonderful marriage between Wyn and Alice that has lasted for two thirds of a century and has shaped those demonstrable values by which they have lived their live as an inseparable team. Wyn has lived a wonderful life to the full and I can think of no one better to whom the triumphant words of St Paul apply in the second book of Timothy. Writing from his prison cell, Paul said this: The time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the Righteous judge will award to me on that day.” Farewell my old friend. I will miss you greatly. Roger Moses, former Headmaster

Timoti Karetu: A stickler for standards. [Continued from page 47] had the role of raising the profile of the language and insisting upon standards of good, correct language. I purposely took it upon myself to use terms and phrases considered to be obsolete — and I brushed off the dust and cobwebs and gave them new life. Many of the words and phrases created then are so much part of the language now that people think the words have always been here and so they use them with aplomb. How did you become involved in language revitalisation in Hawai’i? When I was at Waikato University, Pila Wilson, a Pākehā who’s a fluent speaker of Hawaiian and a professor of Hawaiian language studies and linguistics at the University of Hawai’i in Hilo, invited me to consider taking a sabbatical year there, which I did in 1982–83. I studied the hula and how it was helping the revival and maintenance of the Hawaiian language. This followed closely on the heels of the kōhanga reo movement. I also decided to learn Hawaiian and my principal teacher was Pila, along with his wife Kauanoe Kamanā. They were the first to raise their children through the medium of Hawaiian, and Kauanoe is a founding member of ‘Aha Punana Leo immersion school. From that acorn a mighty oak has grown. Then I was exposed to people like Dr Larry Kimura and his uncle, whom we all affectionately knew as Anakala Iosepa or Uncle Joe. There’ve been many others who helped me on my Hawaiian language journey, all of whom I owe a debt of gratitude, which seems so little considering what they have given me over the years.

You started Te Panekiretanga O Te Reo, the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language, with Te Wharehuia and Pou Temara in 2004. The initial motivation was that too many university students of Māori were still inept speakers of Māori, despite their degrees or diplomas. What was it like at the beginning? Those of the first intake were probably the most fluent and were selected because of their fluency — at least that’s why I chose them. I selected half the intake and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa chose the other half. Guinea pigs would be an appropriate term for them, as we sharpened our teaching styles and worked out the language levels where we should start. It was an enjoyable group to work with, as were most of the intakes. And those who failed, simply failed, end of story. Many returned to complete and to satisfy the requirements of those aspects where they’d failed. It was a philosophy of Te Panekiretanga that those needing to complete the course should be given the opportunity to do so, a decision I applaud. Because of your work, you’ve been given many gifts over the years. What are among your most prized possessions? My muka and hukahuka cloak (white flax fibre with black tassels) woven by the women of Te Kapa Haka o Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato for my (surprise) 50th birthday at Tūrangawaewae marae, blessed by Te Wharehuia with water from Lake Waikaremoana and presented to me in the presence of one of the most gracious women I have ever known, Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu. A

night never to be forgotten! Why do you live in Havelock North rather than Waikaremoana? My mum and dad are buried in the urupā in Waimārama and I intend to lie next to them when the time comes. Havelock is but a 20-minute drive away from Waimārama and, as I age, I feel I might need to be closer to those facilities that care for the aged demand. Has the knighthood meant changes in your life? It has not made the slightest detectable difference. The Pākehā world is, generally, unaware, but it is the Māori world that I care about, for without them the knighthood wouldn’t have been awarded. So I remember the spontaneous celebration I had with Te Panekiretanga graduates on a study tour in Spain when the news was made public and then the hākari which followed a day later. I also celebrated with my Waimārama relatives. What do you wish you had mastered but didn’t quite get around to doing? To master the vagaries o te purari rorohiko nei (of this bloody computer) and also to be able to use all the services available on my mobile phone, but with neither of these appurtenances becoming my master, as I note the case to be with so many other people. The full interview can be found here:

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The Wellington College Old Boys Association Community Golf Committee We are seeking a small group of Wellington-based Old Boys to form a solid team to coordinate and rejuvenate an annual golf match for fellow Old Boys. We had good number participate in the match organised in association with our 150th [there is even a trophy up for grabs] and there has been on-going interest to have something similar on an annual basis as a social way of bringing Old Boys of all ages together.

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