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President's Report

Te pūrongo a te Perehitana

August 2022

It’s been a joy to reflect on the Old Collegian events I’ve been able to attend in the last few months that we’ve finally been able to hold as planned.

Our annual ANZAC Service was very special with a great turnout of Old Collegians from all ages. Thanks to the College’s technology, more people than ever were able to attend the service as it was livestreamed. It was a particular privilege to read the Roll of Honour alongside Board Chair, Felicity Odlin. Seeing the faces of those young men on the screen as their names were read out really does make you appreciate how young they were when they made the ultimate sacrifice.

On Thursday 2 June, Rector, Christine Leighton, Alumni and Community Relations Co‑ordinator, Lisa Clark, and I attended our first regional event for the year in Auckland. We were fortunate to have Michael Woods (1966) host our Old Collegians at the beautiful Northern Club. There was a fabulous turnout with Old Collegians ranging from 1956 to 2016. It was lovely to meet some new faces, as well as catch up with several friends from my 2010 cohort.

Lisa organised another fantastic Rugby Reunion on Saturday 18 June. While the 1st XV played Shirley Boys’ High School, the teams of 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982,1992, 2002 and 2012 watched and reminisced about their own 1st XV days. Special mention to Chris Le Lievre (1993) who travelled all the way from Sydney to celebrate with his 1992 team, as well as Andrew North (1992), who was highly entertaining with his poem about fellow teammate Daniel Kamo. The current 1st XV beating Shirley Boy’s High School really finished the day perfectly!

I look forward to seeing many more Old Collegians at our many upcoming reunions.

Stay safe and well.

Meg Black (OC 2010)