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From the President

Richard Polson

Richard Polson
CCOBA President

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These last few months have been interesting and challenging for all. As we start to move back to a new normal in New Zealand, Old Boys across the globe are still facing the daily challenges of living with Covid-19 restrictions.

With the move to alert level 1 we are now able to connect and begin planning CCOBA events for the coming months.

Thank you to those who responded to our recent survey. We received valuable feedback from many of you and, as a result, have gone back to the future with this updated publication of The Quadrangle. This new look is part of a wider review as we continue to consider how we can best connect with our members. We look forward to your feedback.

Peter Davie, our longstanding CCOBA representative on the College Board of Governors, stepped down late last year. The process of finding his replacement is now underway and we are fortunate to have received applications from some excellent candidates. We will keep you posted as this process moves forward.

The Christ’s College Community Business Directory, a new initiative devised to support our community and local businesses, features a wide range of businesses and services. If you would like your business added to the directory, please click here.

You may have seen the recent College media campaign sharing the inspiring stories of the pathways, aspirations and accomplishments of some of our Old Boys who have had a positive impact in their careers and community. We want to celebrate what our Old Boys are up to. If you would like to share your story, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

As the country begins to open up and get back to business, we will – as ever – endeavour to connect with and support our Old Boys, wherever they may be.

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Alumni Manager Update

Lizzie Dyer The Quad

Lizzie Dyer
Alumni Manager

Welcome to The Quadrangle, our new-look newsletter for our Old Boys. We hope you find it interesting, entertaining and stimulating – and perhaps it will even help you reconnect with old friends. We welcome any suggestions for future content. Please email your ideas and feedback to ccoba@ccoba.co.nz

Survey results – you asked for it!

Sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to our recent CCOBA survey.

We had 700 replies, from a broad cross section of members – from 18-year-olds to 86+ year-olds – and all were incredibly supportive and encouraging of the work we do.

The survey was prompted by our decision to produce a more user-friendly online version of our newsletter, to ensure it had the right name, and check its content meets requirements.

Thanks to Rod Heard and many others who suggested we revert to the publication’s original name The Quadrangle, which was introduced in 1994 when Rod was CCOBA president.

Eighty-six percent said the news they most enjoyed were stories about other Old Boys, with deaths, obituaries and general College news close behind. Part of the survey sought advice on the frequency of publication, and more than half of respondents wanted it to be available once every two months – bimonthly.

We hope you enjoy The Quadrangle. If you have any ideas or suggestions, or know interesting Old Boys we can interview, please tell us. This is your publication and we want it to be of interest to you all.

Want to become a mentor?

We are always on the lookout for Old Boys who would like to occasionally engage with current students and are keen to start a “mentors’ directory” – a register or database of Old Boys we can approach who would be willing to come to College and talk to boys about their work and lives.

The wider the range of careers the better, says Careers Advisor Chris Sellars, who regularly organises informal conversations between Old Boys and College students with a keen interest in their field. The small, casual conversations allow the boys to ask all the questions they want. Colonel Winston Cosgrove, musician Tim Sellars, lawyer Chris Newman, pilot Sam Botherway, and journalist Alex Baird are among those who have shared their stories in the past.

If you would like to be placed on this register, please click here or contact Alumni Manager Lizzie Dyer.

Media campaign – Old Boys in the spotlight

You may have seen College’s recent eye-catching media campaign – full page advertisements in The Press and on social media featuring six Old Boys and their life after College. Robert Bell, Sam Johnson, Joe Moody, George Ritchie, James Stringer and Dr Uddaka Wijesinghe have all pursued different career pathways, and their journeys make fascinating reading. See below.

The aim of the campaign was to keep College in the spotlight, to show where a College education can lead, to remind parents of the opportunities College provides, and to encourage current boys to emulate those who have gone before.

The Press Advertorial
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Old Boy Stories

In each edition look out for interesting Old Boy stories, enjoy the read!

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Rod Heard

Africa no safari for Rod

Kenya and Southern Tanzania provided some of the best experiences in Rod Heard’s (5761) lifelong career in sheep and beef farming.

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Richard Macdonald

Manuka oil-based products prove a winner

Television’s Country Calendar has featured them, and sales of their natural healing products are soaring both here and abroad ...

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Guy Buchanan

Guy sets up his own business

When he established Buchanan Financial Partners in 2020, Guy Buchanan (11691) took the biggest step of his financial planning career ...

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Matthew Johnstone

Beating stress and lifting mood

Best-selling author and illustrator Matthew Johnstone (9458) is continuing to make waves with his unique perspectives on mental health and wellbeing ...

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Hamish Hutton

Online farmers’ market launched in lockdown

The onset of Covid-19 earlier this year meant Hamish Hutton (10718) and Suzy Hutton pulled out all stops to get Maker2u.com, the online ...

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Nicholas Gresson

Love of law and poetry

A love of the law has seen Auckland-based Nick Gresson (6161) QSM, born in 1939, spend a lifetime working for justice in the community – and being rewarded for it in 1999 with a Queen’s Service Medal ...

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Sam Clendon in the Old City of Homs Syria 2017

Making a difference through WFP

Sam Clendon (12462) is used to living out of a suitcase. Although based in Bangkok at the Asia Pacific regional office of the World Food Programme, Sam spends more time than not travelling to WFP programmes around the world ...

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Norman Engel 1

Business world fascinates Norman

The business world has always fascinated Norman Engel (11712), an experienced and specialist business broker, who left College in 1998 and is now head of Business Sales for Savills Commercial Real Estate ...

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A photoraphic Study JE

Calling all photographers

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and Old Boy John Eastcott (7674) hopes to jog College memories with the idea of creating an online photographic archive from different decades ...

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New Zealand Order of Merit for Don Long

Donald Stuart Long (7514) who was in Julius House from 1963-1967 was made a member of the prestigious New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 ...

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Introducing Branches

Who are we and what do we do?

We are introducing local Branch Presidents and Secretaries. There are a few gaps – please let us know if you’d like to be involved.

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Wairarapa President – Alex Beijen (10234)

Alex was sworn in as Mayor of South Wairarapa in 2019 after a career in geotechnical engineering and research ...

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South Canterbury President – Tim Black (10816)

Tim Black is a business entrepreneur who lives in central Timaru with wife Brooke, teenage daughters Lucy and Alex and a Jack Russell terrier ...

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David Ensor

Marlborough President – Zac Ensor (7942)

Born in Christchurch, Zac is the son and brother of Old Boys and was in Flower’s House from 1967-1970 ...

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Hawkes Bay President – Jono Ritchie (11638)

Twenty years after Jono left College he attended a CCOBA evening in Hawke’s Bay and was surprised how much he enjoyed catching up ...

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Old Boys in the News

Dan Sharples

Good Sorts: How a man's cancer journey inspired mates to raise over $30k for charity

Dan Sharples’ (13769) life was grand; he was in England, playing cricket and things were great. Until one night suddenly life became a whole lot less great. You see, he lost a body part. A very sensitive body part. But that loss brought together some mates to do something wonderful ...

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Fraser Callaway

Forget flat packs, Kiwi-made pop-up desks are kings of the home office

Designer Fraser Callaway's (13076) Wellington-based company Refold has done more business in the last two months than any time in the six years they've been manufacturing their portable cardboard desks ....

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Sam neill23may20

Sam Neill locked in the kitchen

New Zealand actor Sam Neill (7200) talks to the UK’s Observer about shunning fame, putting his latest movie on hold, online cooking … and playing Radiohead’s Creep on the ukulele ...

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Jamie Scwass Coffee

Christchurch man honoured after paying for strangers' coffee to help cafes post-lockdown

A Christchurch chiropractor has been leaving tabs at local cafes to pay for others’ meals. Jamie Schwass recognised local businesses were suffering from lockdown restrictions and was determined to make a difference in his community.

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Tim Black

A man partial to woolly thinking

Well-known South Canterbury character Tim Black wants his appreciation for wool to be shared and understood by the next generation of Kiwis. Mr Black has not found another natural fibre as versatile as wool, and sees a gap in public agriculture knowledge.

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From the Archives

Jane Teal

Ninety-seven years of the Old Boys’ tie

On 26 April 1923, the Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association committee meeting was read letters from William Gordon Weston (1715) regarding the introduction of an Old Boys’ tie.i Discussion ensued about possible colours, with black, white and red suggested, along with black, white, blue and gold. Blue and gold were the colours of the early College shield that appeared in the Harper window in the Chapel. The report and statement of accounts for 1922–23 reiterated this information and the concern that the tie was not to be confused with the school colours or those of regiments and schools in England.ii

As expected a sub-committee was formed, composed of Edward Rogers Webb (722), Arthur Edward E Flower (1301), Richard Strachan De Renzy Harman (2389), Edward Vesey Hamilton (315) and Reginald Tristram Harper (1519), and they reported their decision on 30 May.iii The tie was to be as close to sample E (pictured) as possible.

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More news appears in early 1924.iv Sample ties had been made up and forwarded from Foster & Co in London. The committee proceeded to order three dozen. After receiving orders from Old Boys, however, the order increased to six dozen, and then another six dozen. It was then that local firms became involved. Both Beath & Co Ltd and J Ballantyne & Co Ltd indicated they could import the material and make the ties locally. The sub-committee was empowered to get the best deal.v

The first variation on the tie occurred in 1926, when the knitted tie with horizontal stripes was approved as an alternative to the original tie.vi

In 1936 Hal Williams (1218) contacted the Old Boys’ committee with the suggestion that the tie not have any colours in it. He submitted a design, and samples from both England and Ballantynes were viewed.vii The minutes do not indicate any further development of this design.viii

Why the “present” tie was not considered satisfactory in 1950 is unclear.ix Nevertheless, the following motion was passed: “That J Ballantyne and Company be officially asked to consider the designing of a new tie of more or less the same colour as the blazer, which incorporates the Tui Head”.x Various designs were viewed throughout 1951.xi A design was approved on a light blue background, with the shield and tui from the College coat of arms and twenty dozen ordered from Messrs Owen Green Ltd of London.xii Finally, on 15 September 1952, the Old Boys’ secretary was able to report the ties had arrived and would be sold for 15/- each.xiii

A meeting of past presidents convened by Tom Tothill (5712) in 2004 queried the possibility of re-introducing the older diagonal tie. After investigation, it was decided to do just that and 500 were ordered.xiv Unfortunately, there was a water leak in the basement where the ties were stored and all the remaining stock was ruined, so an opportunity was taken to redesign the tie.

Working Style was sent examples of both the blue and striped ties with a request to create a new design. In August 2018, they presented a tie to the Old Boys’ committee that combined both previous versions: navy blue with gold and light blue stripes and a small coloured Christ’s College crest at the base of the front blade. The committee meeting of 28 November announced the latest version of the Old Boys’ tie had arrived.xv

Old Boys Ties Updated

Old Boys’ ties across 97 years

L–R: 2018, 2005, 1952, c1950, c1926, c1924, c1923

i Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association minutes 26 April 1923. Hereafter abbreviated to CCOBA
ii CCOBA report and statement of accounts 1922–23
iii CCOBA minutes 30 May 1923
iv CCOBA minutes 24 February 1924
v The ties in the College archives indicate that Ballantyne & Co Ltd were the preferred supplier
vi CCOBA minutes 28 April 1926
vii CCOBA minutes 9 December 1936, 26 May 1937, 12 July 1937
viii There are no ties in the Christ’s College Archives to suggest the design, which was not described in the minutes, was ever proceeded with
ix The minutes do not indicate whether this was the tie with diagonal stripes or horizontal stripes
x CCOBA minutes 6 November 1950. The Old Boys’ blazer was blue at the time, with the College shield, helm and tui head on the pocket
xi CCOBA minutes 12 February 1951, 16 April 1951, 11 June 1951
xii CCOBA minutes 16 April 1951, 11 June 1951, 14 August 1951, 12 May 1952
xiii CCOBA minutes 15 September 1952
xiv CCOBA minutes 4 March 2004, 14 August 2004, 18 November 2004, 12 May 2005
xv CCOBA minutes 28 March 2018, 1 August 2018, 28 November 2018
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Upcoming Events

There is plenty of activity ahead. Book now to secure your place.

18 JulyRugby Reunion – 25, 50 & 60 Years On
Christ's College vs Christchurch Boys' High
Please contact ccoba@ccoba.com
30 JulyAuckland YOBs – BOOK HERE
6 AugustWellington YOBs – BOOK HERE
13 AugustDunedin YOBs – BOOK HERE
21 AugustChristchurch YOBs – BOOK HERE
2 OctoberCCOBA Annual Golf Tournament – BOOK HERE
20 October65 Years On Reunion Dinner – BOOK HERE
21 October65 & 75 Years On Reunion – Gentlemen's Lunch
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75 Years On Reunion Form
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20 NovemberChristchurch Long Lunch
19–21 February2021 Reunions
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CC vs CBHS rugby match IBW

The Chronicle


Andrew Carrington Yates (6479), aged 80

Andrew Carrington Yates was the brother of Warwick Yates (5816) and Scott Yates (6104). From Christchurch, he was in Jacobs House and Condell’s House from 1955-57. In spite of suffering from colitis during his years at College, and ongoing health issues throughout much of his life, Andrew always remained positive ...

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Jeremy Hall (5119), aged 90

A Naval Lieutenant Commander, Queen’s equerry, and a farmer, Jeremy Hall (5119) who died on 21 October 2019 aged 90, had an accomplished career. The son of a Waikari farming family, he boarded at Waihi, South Canterbury for four years, making the school’s first XI, first XV and the top hockey team ...

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Michael Muschamp (5437), aged 88

Michael Muschamp was an Entrance Scholar and in Harper House 1945–1948. He died at Torquay near Melbourne on 8 April 2020 aged 88. Both his parents were born in England. His father was vicar at St Michael's Church in Christchurch from 1937–1951 and in 1952 became Bishop of Kalgoorlie in Australia. Michael led a colourful life as the following obituary written by Lawrence Money attests. We reprint with Lawrence’s permission.

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Old Boy Deaths

April—May 2020

We have learned of the following deaths in our community. Our sympathy and understanding is extended to their family and friends.

David Churchill GOULD (4857)
Christchurch 28 April 2020

Scott Buckhurst STEVEN (8828)
Bay of Plenty 29 April 2020

Nigel Hugh ENSOR (7944)
Hastings 8 May 2020

Brian Charles NICOLL (5606)
Mt Maunganui 11 May 2020

John Heathcote GARLAND (4567)
Hawke's Bay 20 May 2020

Wynyard Lindsay FAIRCLOUGH (4315)
Christchurch 22 May 2020

Michael John Brian MOORE (10480)
Christchurch 22 May 2020

Andrew Carrington YATES (6479)
Ashburton 24 May 2020

Angus Alastair John ROBERTSON (6209)
Rangiora 25 May 2020

Warren John SCOTTER (7223)
Hamilton 27 May 2020

Francis Hay DAVISON (6510)
Canterbury 28 May 2020

Christopher John MORRIS (8518)
Christchurch 31 May 2020

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If you would like to contribute an obituary for The Chronicle please email Lizzie ccoba@ccoba.com.

As a guideline, we suggest each obituary be approximately 500 words, however we are happy to accept longer or shorter options.

Please note that this office may edit obituaries submitted.

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The latest College magazine

College – Issue 38 Summer 2020

Keep up to-date with the latest happenings at College from academic to our diverse co-curricular programme! Plus, a special Old Boys’ section. Enjoy!


College Magazine Cover Issue 38
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