Class Notes

Bridie Connell

Class Notes in Regulus provides another way in which you can connect to the Old Collegian community, by profiling what some of you are doing and your achievements to date. Continue reading below to find out about those who are featured in Regulus Issue 3 and what they are up to.

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We had a number Old Collegians who were selected as finalists at the Hadlee Sports Awards. Charlotte Elley (2014) for Junior Sportswoman, Sam Lane (2015) for Junior Sportsman, Cameron Bailey (2014) Junior also for Sportsman, Mike Johnston (1974) Sports Coach and Andrew Stark (1975) for Sports Administrator.

 1940's Alumni Profile

Keith Wardell (1949)Keith and his wife patsy own and run the Christchurch branch of Home Hosting. Keith and Patsy host a number of tourists, who come through the region, for lunches or afternoon tea at their home. This is a great way for tourists to see and enjoy a typical New Zealand home and entertaining.

Roger Fowler (1946) rode his last cycling race on February the 14th, 65 years after his foray “for a two –shilling bet” in 1949. At 84 Years Old, Roger, the former national track champion took out the prize for the oldest competitor in his last race in Leeston (a prize he has taken out for the past 16 years!).

1950s Alumni Profiles

Bruce Allan (1956) was the well-deserved recipient of the Ellesmere Golf Club Inaugural President’s service award. Bruce won the award which recognises outstanding efforts by members who volunteer their time to assist in the running of the club and maintenance of the course.

Roy Kerr (1950) has been awarded the prestigious Crafoord Prize for his “fundamental work on rotating black holes and their astrophysical consequences”. The award is designed to be a close equivalent to the Nobel Prize, which does not have a category for astronomy.

Russell Rountree (1954) has been living in Taupo since 1991 when he retired from Westpac Bank as a Rural Bank Manager. Russell is a keen outdoorsman being involved in the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association, Mt Egmont Alpine Club, Taupo Fishing Club and Taupo Tramping Club. At 76 years old Russell still manages to get into the outdoors weekly with his wife Shirley, who is also a keen tramper.

Colin Johnson (1958), owner of Johnson’s Grocer, is retiring after about 60 years in the grocery business – the past five as a shining example of post-earthquake recovery for small businesses. It has been an iconic Christchurch family business, as his father bought the Colombo St store in 1949 after it was originally established in 1911. 



1960s Alumni Profiles

David Tait (1968) a Senior partner at Cavell Leitch has retired after 43 years of working for the company. Since the very beginning David grew a reputation for outstanding legal advice and client service and his practice blossomed. David has also generously given over many years to various NZLS Standards and Disciplinary Committees. 

Bruce Murtagh (1960) has been inducted into the Stanford University Inventors Hall of Fame, for his work in the development of optimisation software. The MINOS optimisation package he worked on is widely used in business and planning application software. He is currently Emertius Professor at Macquarie University Graduate School of Management. 

Geoff Clemens (1965) who has been awarded the QSM (Queen's Service Medal) for services to the television industry, filmed his 200th Test for Sky Sport in February.  

1970s Alumni Profiles

Athol Earl (1970) was inducted as a Sporting Legend for Rowing at the Hadlee Sports Awards. Aside from being an Olympic gold medallist, Athol has given much back to rowing as a national selector and administrator, including a stint as Avon Rowing Club president.

David Adams (1974-78) works as a teacher’s aide in the learning support area of the College but for some time he has been promoting and refining a medical product with cancer fighting properties derived from the sea cucumber. David has overseen the marketing and development of this medication that is currently in phase II trials on advanced prostate cancer here in Christchurch. An earlier trial on multiple myeloma (bone cancer) has been extended because of good results.

Nigel George (1975-78) continues his inventive ways following up his innovative George log delimber with a Klima cane pruner. Nigel is working with Marcus Wickham formerly of Mudhouse Wine Group to market the new invention, which is a mechanised way of pruning vineyards. The Kilma won the gold medal in viticulture's Oscar awards, the Sitevi trade show in Montpellier, France. 

1980s Alumni Profiles

Carl Nixon (1985) latest play Matthew, Mark, Luke & Joanne has received rave reviews. It has been described as a sexy, sophisticated comedy full of twist and turns that takes a light-hearted look at relationships and moral dilemmas in 2016.

Phil Keoghan (1985) a well-known TV personality from the Amazing Race and international celebrity, returns to Christchurch early next term for the premiere of his recently produced film Le Ride, at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Gregg Wafelbakker (1989) is the general manager at Westland Milk Products. Greg has been a key for the Hokitita based Westland Co-operative Dairy company, in negating regulations to establish a dairy company in China. 

Rick Harvie (1989) produced a documentary called Resume Play - A new era for cricket in post-earthquake Christchurch. The documentary screened on Sky and Star ESPN networks in the lead up to the cricket world cup. Rick also directed the film clip that accompanied Hayley Westenra’s song in the opening ceremony.

John Strowger (1974-80) is active in the Auckland Law scene. He continues to advise clients on corporatisation and privatisation matters, and has twice been named New Zealand’s Dealmaker of the Year. A Chapman Tripp partner, John has been at the legal forefront of the development of the private equity investment industry in New Zealand, and is recognised by the market as one of the best equity deal facilitators around.

Abraham, the builder’s cat may bring back fond memories for some of you. Abraham belonged to Old Collegian Gideon Couper (1987) who is in fact the builder in the popular children’s book. Sadly Abraham recently passed away, so the preparatory junior school kindly sent Gideon a card in which he loved so much he visited the school and read the book to the students.

Phil Keoghan (1985) was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a television presenter and to tourism in this year’s Honours List by the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mataparae in March 2014.

Ben Turner (1989) At the 2014 New Zealand Real Estate Institute Awards Ben Turner of Bayleys Canterbury was announced as the top Rural Real Estate Agent in New Zealand.

John Lane (1982) John is the Canterbury Master Franchisee for Green Acres. In November last year they took out the Home Services Franchise System of the Year and more recently beat fifteen other master franchises around the Country to win the company’s Master Franchise of the year of 2014.

1990s Alumni Profiles

Jacqueline Hamilton (nee Macauley) 1992, went on to become a pharmacist after her time at St Andrew’s, and is now farming on a high country station down in Central Otago with her husband and two children

Chris Adams (1996) is in the process of writing a commission for the College Orchestra to celebrate the St Andrew's Centenary and is currently Head of Music at King's College in Auckland. Previously, Chris has been the Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago and the Auckland Philharmonia Composer in Residence.

Sam Marchant (1995) and Jamie Bennett (1995), have opened “The Town Tonic” in Lincoln Road. Already the owners of ‘Passengers & Co’ in Roydvale Ave , the Farmers’ Market and Riccarton House Restaurant, they are hoping their new venture will provide a food and drink stop before or after a show at The Court Theatre once they are able to extend their hours beyond 4pm.

Geoff Neal (1994-98) is the other half of successful jewellery company, Kagi. Named one of the fastest growing companies in the Deloitte’s Fast 50 last year and recently named 2012 Deloitte Fast 50 exporter of the year, Kagi’s designs appeared at New Zealand Fashion week. Geoff is engaged to Kagi designer and former Rangi Ruru head girl and Dux, Kat Gee, and manages the company’s finances and marketing.

Will Hall (1997) has a lead role in the new TV series, Westside. Recently Will featured in The Press thanking the College for encouraging him to try acting during his time here. 

2000s Alumni Profiles

Josh Guillemot-Rodgerson (2013) is soon to graduate from the Juilliard School of Dance (New York) and shared his amazing talent in ballet and dance with a most appreciative audience at StAC earlier this week. 

Caitlin Dore (2014) has been selected into the New Zealand Paralympics team for Rio. She is in the track and field team and her sport is javelin. This is a magnificent achievement and very exciting for Caitlin. StAC also has two rowers in the Olympic team – Robbie Manson (2007) and John Storey (2005). 

Isaac Shatford (2014) is proud to have his show ‘Suspect’ written for and performed at StAC in 2014, being performed by St Hilda’s Collegiate Schotol and John McGlashan College in Dunedin. Harry Grigg (also 2014) is the youngest of ten semi-finalists in the Lexus Song Quest. Both Isaac and Harry are studying Performance Music at the University of Otago.

Angus Hawke (Head Boy 2011) has graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and is working for Ngai Tahu as HR Co-ordinator at Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. Angus has been learning Te Reo Māori and this week has returned to StAC to speak to all Secondary School students in chapel to share some of his recently gained insights into the power of cultural intelligence and the important place of Te Reo and Tikanga for all New Zealanders.

Oska Inkster-Baynes (2009) clinched his second national title in winning the Christchurch Airport half marathon in June. Oska is aiming to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Claudia Pottinger (2013) is in her third year studying Computer Engineering and for the last three years has secured an internship with Google based in Sydney.

Sarah Wright and her brother David Wright who have both just graduated at Ivy League universities in the United States. Sarah (Dux 2011) has completed a Bachelor of Science at MIT (Boston) in Biological Engineering. She is part way through her Masters in Biochemical Engineering and is also the most celebrated rifle shooter ever at MIT. 

Erin Ritchie (2011) completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biochemistry at Otago University, and last year she began her Masters of Science (also majoring in Biochemistry). Erin was the recipient of the Mervyn Smith Prize for the top Biochemistry Masters student in 2015, and also gained an Otago University Research Master's Scholarship for the thesis-only year of her Masters (2016). Erin’s project is focused on investigating how plants regulate the production of vitamin C. 

Charlotte Elley (2014) has been performing well in her debut trans-Tansman netball league season. Charlotte, only 19 years old has been making strong appearances off the bench for the Tactix in her rookie season. Charlotte is also working to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at Lincoln University.  

Dominque Harrison (2015) was presented her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award by the Governor General at an official award ceremony held at Government House in May. Bridget Watson (2014) has also recently had confirmation that she has completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary having continued to work on competing the award since leaving StAC in 2014.


Jourdan Mauger (2001) was announced as the latest star of the New Zealand television series, The Bachelor. Jourdan has previously worked on super yachts, managed bars and has been an assistant director on film shoots. Jourdan’s recent career move was as an actor starring in two episodes of Outrageous Fortune spin-off Westside as Rod Nugent.

Steven Hartley (2001) has worked doing all the audio on the NZ cricket tour. He has also been apart for the crew for the Super Rugby Competition, New Zealand Golf Open, and the World Bowls Series during the beginning of the year.

Pete Fairbairn (2004) is the Communications Manager for the Rugby Union Players’ Association in Australia. Pete has also recently become an authenticated Guinness World Record Adjudicator.

Jing Song (2004) recently won the IWSC award for Pinot Noir (the top accolade in wine producing). At just 29, Jing is the youngest wine producer in New Zealand's history to win this international award.

Robbie Manson (2007) who has been selected to represent New Zealand in the Double Sculls at the Rio Olympics, in August, alongside crew mate Chris Harris

Indy Kraal (2008) took out 1st overall for the female age groups at New Zealand Ironman in Taupo, and will be heading off to compete in the world Championships in Hawaii.

Henry Nicholls (2009) made his debut for the Black Caps ODI squad against Sri Lanka on Boxing Day, and later made his test debut against Australia in February. Henry is in good company as his older brother Willy Nicholls (2007) is the media correspondent for the Black Caps.

Stef Chang (2010) gained a Bachelor of Performing Arts from NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art) after finishing at St. Andrew's in 2010. It was great to see Stef back onstage at the College last year, this time as a professional, starring in the touring show 'Crash Bash'. She also appeared in 'Amadeus' at The Court Theatre as Katherina Cavalieri and 'Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story' for Showbiz as Maria Elena.

Most recently, Stef has been living in Hollywood, and has landed lead roles in a number of projects including independently produced films. She was recently invited to join SAG-AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild of America.

Duncan French (2007) successfully caddied Michelle Wei to her first US Golf victory. Duncan joins Steve Williams as the only New Zealander to caddie a golfer to victory in a major.

Conor Patton (2007) won the Rising Star Auctioneer of the year at the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand Auctioneer Championships in June.

Simon London (2000) brought ‘Zombie: Red Zone’ interactive theatre and theatrical gaming to Christchurch in May. The brainchild of David Van Horn and Simon, the show was a hit when it launched in Aotea Square in Auckland in 2013. There were two parts to the show, one part in the evenings (from a Secret Location) but also theatrical gaming running during the day. “It is immersive and interactive and there’s no reprieve until it finishes”, said Simon

Natasha Lloyd (2013), was a finalist in the ASB Young Sportswoman of the Year category for swimming at this year’s Marriotts Hadlee awards held in February at Wigram Airforce Museum.

Matt Brabazon (2010) and Shaun Molloy (2010) are civil engineering students at the University of Canterbury. They are grinding serpentine, a rock type found on Mars, then heating it at 670 degrees Celsius to break it into the main constituents of cement – magnesium and silica. Science writer and Royal Astronomical Society of NZ publicity officer said the research could prove beneficial for space exploration.

Jackson Stent (2015 left 2011) recently signed to Nicholls University basketball team, in Louisiana, United States.

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (2013)  has made New Zealand history as the first New Zealand dancer to be accepted into The Juilliard School in New York. Joshua is one of twelve male and twelve female dancers from around the world to be accepted each year.

Sarah Wright (2011), a member of the MIT rifle team has been recognised by the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC) as its Air Rifle Shooter of the Month for February. She is the fourth engineer to be honored with the award.