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From the third edition of Regulus for 2019.

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Dr Murray Laugesen (1953) has gifted the Secondary School Library a copy of his recently published book, My Life in Public Health, A memoir from the frontlines of global disease eradication, children’s health and ending smoking, which has a foreword written by former New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark. Throughout his long career as a health specialist, Murray was involved in some major health initiatives, both nationally and globally. In India, he popularised the immunisation of children, with his efforts vaccinating against smallpox, polio and tetanus leading to India being free of these diseases. In New Zealand in 1984, Murray launched the first serious campaign to reduce smoking, and together with then, Minister of Health, Helen Clark, was the architect of the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990. 

The St Andrew’s College community was saddened to learn of the passing of Richard Pratt (1990) who died earlier this year of a brain tumour at the age of 47. Richard was a well-known student and boarder amongst his year group and was an outstanding schoolboy rugby player, who captained the 1990 First XV. Under his leadership the team achieved a record 42–10 win over Christchurch Boys’ High School, which still stands today. Of note, is that the opposition side that day contained future All Black, Andrew Mehrtens.

Steve Hartley (2001) is an audio engineer who worked on both the US Open Tennis in New York and the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Chris Simcock (2008) is the founder of Impact Ventures, which invests in start-ups that are trying to solve big problems, such as combatting climate change and eradicating poverty. Prior to setting up his company, Chris gained an Honours degree in Finance at the University of Canterbury and worked in investment banking for a number of years. Chris visited St Andrew’s in August and spoke to a group of students and staff about how he sees the agribusiness industry as an area in which New Zealand investors could target investment towards more sustainable practices.

Patrick (Paddy) Carroll (2009) completed over 200 performances for The Pop Up Globe, Auckland, having performed in New Zealand and Sydney in three plays; playing the dramatic lover, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, appearing in The Merchant Of Venice, and playing the eccentric Orsino in Twelfth Night.

Ben Murray (2013) and Neil MacLeod (2016) composed music for a section of this year’s World of Wearable Arts show. 

Former Head of Media, Ella Harris (2014) and Jordan Mauger (2001) are working for Netflix in Auckland on a remake of an anime production called Cowboy BeBop.

Eliza Grigg (2014) was second at the National Slalom Championships at the New Zealand Alpine National Championships at Coronet Peak.

Fergus Grenfell (2014) was one of 25 young people selected to represent the future of the Asia-New Zealand relationship by the Asia New Zealand Foundation ‘Te Whitau Tūhono ’ at a ceremony at Parliament in October. 

The Hurunui Polo Club team featuring Old Collegians Tom Johnson (2015), Hamish Cottier (1981), Jimmy Downes (2015), and Sam Martin (2015), won the Gould Cup, one of the South Island Polo Association’s major cups at the end of season tournament. 

Steve Walton (2017) won the One News Ross Stevens Award, for a journalism student who has shown the most promise in their first year at New Zealand Broadcasting School. 

Angus Syme (2017) and Dion Vaudrey (2018) received their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at a ceremony in Dunedin.

Georgia Foster (2018) is a rower with significant potential who has taken an opportunity at NCAA DI Oregon State. Georgia competed for St Andrew’s College at four Maadi Cups and for Avon at the National Championships in February, where she won three gold medals.

Shilo Klein (2017) started for the Canterbury rugby team and scored two tries in their semi-final clash with Wellington.

Ben Taylor (2017) was selected for the Men’s ‘Bolt’ team for the Red Bull Ignite7 rugby sevens tournament.

Taylor Graham (2018) has won five New Zealand motocross titles this year.

From the third edition of Regulus for 2019.

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