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From the President

Richard Polson

Richard Polson
CCOBA President

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I trust that you have all been able to enjoy connecting with friends and family over the summer holiday and that 2022 has started well.

As College and the wider community navigate the current Covid-19 Protection Framework requirements, we are all getting more used to wearing our masks when we are out and about.

Reunion Weekend

The Red Traffic Light setting has affected our ability to safely comply with the regulations and host events and, unfortunately, we have had to postpone many community activities.

The 2022 Reunion Weekend was to be one of the highlights of this year. On these weekends, we celebrate Old Boys marking the following milestones: 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 Years On, covering boys from the 1940s to the early 2000s.

Regrettably, we have had to postpone the 2022 Reunion Weekend planned for this weekend. With the ongoing uncertainty and challenges with international travellers coming into New Zealand, we have decided to combine the 2022 Reunion with the 2023 Reunion planned for February 2023. This will mean that the 2023 Reunion Weekend will be one of the biggest ever as we combine year groups and bring together Old Boys in significant numbers. This should also allow our overseas-based Old Boys to attend, which will be fantastic as this has not been possible for the past few years. Further details will be shared nearer the time.

AGM – Friday 18 February 4.30pm

The 143rd Annual General Meeting of the Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association will be held on Friday 18 February at 4.30pm. It will be the first ‘virtual’ AGM in our history and will be held via Zoom so that Old Boys can attend from around the world. I encourage you all to join us and participate this year. It is unfortunate that our Old Boys cannot attend in person.

Please pre-register via our website and the Zoom details will be emailed to you directly.

Old Boys Events page

With all the changes, please regularly visit the Old Boys Events page for the latest updates or contact our Alumni Manager, Lizzie Dyer, if you have any questions.

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Alumni Manager

Lizzie Dyer The Quad

Lizzie Dyer
Alumni Manager

Wow, what a start to the year.

Following the Government’s announcement regarding the Red Traffic Light setting, we have had to make the tough decision to postpone most of our upcoming events over the next few months. A special ‘thank you’ to your very hard-working Reunion organisers who have already put in a great deal of work to help celebrate this milestone. We will see you for Reunion Weekend next year, 17–19 February 2023, making it a double reunion – with twice the number of Old Boys and twice the fun. We are disappointed that many upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed but we look forward to reuniting later in the year.

Thank you to our outgoing CCOBA President

I personally want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Richard Polson for his hard work and commitment as CCOBA President for the past two years. Richard has done an outstanding job and helped make my job much easier. I have enjoyed working with Richard, who has left the association in very good heart.

10 Houses Gin

We are excited to release our own 10 Houses Gin. Many thanks to Old Boy Nick Harvey (11731) and the wonderful team at Strategy for the stunning design work and their support of this exciting project. Please read the full story on our website on 10 Houses or to buy your own bottle (or bottles). I look forward to sharing a drink of our new gin as soon as we can again host functions and catch up in person.

Survey results – demand for more Old Boys stories

Hundreds of Old Boys have responded to our recent survey of readers of The Quadrangle, with most calling for more stories about the lives of fellow alumni.

Well over 90% of respondents say they enjoy reading The Quadrangle and cite its length as ideal while adding that it is easy to navigate online. Most prefer to receive the Old Boys newsletter every two or three months, adding that it is a good reference for all College-related event information. However, hundreds of survey respondents want to read more stories about Old Boys and their careers. So please continue to share any interesting Old Boys’ stories from around the world with us. The obituaries section and the Upcoming Events page are also well read.

In response, we plan to act on the survey feedback from our next publication.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our survey. Among our survey respondents, the winner of a bottle of our 10 Houses Gin is Martin Vincent.

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What's happening

All sorts of interesting things ...

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Farewell Bosco, welcome Cameron

Christ’s College has a new Chaplain – the Rev. Cameron Pickering, formerly Assistant Priest at Christ Church Transitional Cathedral and an experienced history, geography, and social sciences teacher.

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10 Houses Gin

Anyone for a House G and T?

The very successful Old Boys 2021 Cocktail Party featuring House gins has spawned an official Christ’s College brand of its own.

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Meet the latest College poster Old Boys

Ten more Old Boys’ posters will soon adorn the corridors of Christ’s College. From the arts and architecture to sports and medicine, each Old Boy offers a unique story.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to officially launch our latest posters following the postponement of our annual Cocktail Party. However, we are sharing these posters of our 10 outstanding Old Boys by giving our Quadrangle readers a special peek before they are placed around the school.

Michael Ardagh ONZM

Awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to emergency medicine, Professor Michael Ardagh was the first Kiwi to graduate from New Zealand’s inaugural emergency training programme and the country’s first full Emergency Professor.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Michael Ardagh

Sam Bosworth

A gold medal-winning Olympian, Sam Bosworth coxed the New Zealand Men’s Eight to victory at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Sam Bosworth

Austen Deans OBE

An eminent New Zealand painter known for his landscapes and as a war artist in World War II, Austen Deans OBE was an award-winning artist who revealed the beauty of New Zealand and, also, the harsh life of a prisoner of war.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Alister Austen Deans

Sir Michael Fowler KBE

A leading New Zealand architect, artist, author, and politician who served as Mayor of Wellington for a decade, Sir Michael Fowler was known for his progressive approach to urban living in the capital.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Sir Michael Fowler

Yun Fu

An architect and a scholar, Yun Fu focuses on design thinking and the mechanisms of creativity and problem processing. He completed his graduate and doctoral degrees at Harvard University, focusing on post-disaster reconstructions, before joining the faculty to develop the Advanced Urban Design curriculum.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Yun Fu

Iain Gallaway QSO MBE

A man of many talents, Iain Gallaway was most recognised as the voice of New Zealand cricket. Although a lawyer, Iain’s first love was sport, commentating for rugby and then cricket games for 40 years before becoming President of New Zealand Cricket.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Iain Gallaway

Lance Jennings QSO

A man ahead of his time, internationally recognised virologist Clinical Associate Professor Lance Jennings QSO initiated the introduction of the world’s earliest influenza pandemic control strategies into New Zealand. These included free influenza vaccine for at-risk groups, influenza awareness education and a National Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Lance Jennings

Robert McDougall

Robert McDougall was one of Christchurch’s most generous benefactors. His ultimate gift was a public art gallery in the Botanic Gardens. Described as a man ahead of his time, his generosity was far-reaching, ensuring the welfare of many people and exemplifying the definition of a philanthropist and the core value of service to others.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Robert Mc Dougall

Haydn Rawstron MNZM

As heritage campaigner, philanthropist, musician and opera manager, Haydn Rawstron has championed New Zealand heritage and music on an international stage. Awarded the Chevalier (knight) de l’ordre des Arts et Lettres by France for his services to opera and music, and membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his philanthropic, cultural and heritage achievements, he is renowned in both business and music.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Haydn Rawstron

Vaughan Smith

Self-described tech and adventure enthusiast Vaughan Smith thrives on new challenges. They came thick and fast during his decade at Facebook in Silicon Valley, California, where he was Vice President of Corporate Development, helping the company grow from start-up to one of the most influential companies in the world.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Vaughan Smith

Shailer Weston OBE

Dr Shailer Weston OBE has spent a lifetime giving to others. He was appointed Chairman of the New Zealand branch of the then Royal Australasian College of Radiologists and subsequently President of the College. He also chaired the Christchurch City Mission, was a Life Member of Anglican Care, a Life Fellow of Selwyn College, a Foundation Canon Almoner of Christ Church Cathedral, and a Fellow of the New Zealand Medical Association.

Old Boy Poster 2021 Shailer Weston
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In the News

Derek Morten

Derek Morten (4602)

Gallant WWII fighter pilot sets path to 100

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Alex Kendall

Alex Kendall (13573)

Old Boy powers self-driving car start-up Wayve

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Nick Mills

Nick Mills (10605)

Rippon Vineyard winemaker wins Leadership Award

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Upcoming Events

Event updates


27 February

Joe Studholme – Car Rally

3 MarchBlenheim Community VisitPostponed

4 March

Nelson Community VisitPostponed
5 MarchCCOBA Yacht RacePostponed

9 March

Timaru Community VisitPostponed
10 MarchWanaka Community VisitPostponed
18–20 February 2022Reunion Weekend 2022
20 Years On (2002–2006), 30 Years On (1992–1996), 40 Years On (1982–1986), 50 Years On (1972–1976), 60 Years On (1962–1966), 70 Years On (1952–1956) and 80 Years On (1942–1946)
Postponed – new dates 17–19 February 2023

27 May

Christ’s College v Christchurch Boys’ High School game – curtain-raiser for Crusaders
17 – 19 February 2023Reunion Weekend 2023
20 Years On (2003–2007), 30 Years On (1993–1997), 40 Years On (1983–1987), 50 Years On (1973–1977), 60 Years On (1963–1967), 70 Years On (1953–1957) and 80 Years On (1943–1947)
Also the Old Boys from 2022 Reunion:
20 Years On (2002–2006), 30 Years On (1992–1996), 40 Years On (1982–1986), 50 Years On (1972–1976), 60 Years On (1962–1966), 70 Years On (1952–1956) and 80 Years On (1942–1946)
Labour Weekend 2025175th Anniversary – watch this space

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Weddings at Christ’s College

Gill Blackler

Gill Blackler
Advancement and Events Co-ordinator

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Looking for a unique venue for your special day? Celebrate amongst some of Christchurch’s most extraordinary architecture. The stunning Chapel is available for ceremonies, and you can have your pick of two reception areas – the impressive, historic Dining Hall or the award-winning Chapman Room. Choose from a range of delicious menus and beverage packages. Plus, we have a designated Wedding Co-ordinator – Kim Chan Events. Kim and her team will look after your wedding and styling requirements, including all your floral needs, for your special day.

Learn more on our website

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Out & About

Past and present Jacobs boys

On a College cricket tour to Wellington hosted by Scots College, Matthew Archibald (10230) – one of the Scots College 1st XI parents and a former head of Jacobs House (1988) – introduced himself to the boys and shared happy memories of his time in the House. We thought a photo with the current Jacobs House boys at the cricket was in order.

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From left: Ben Breitmeyer, Jordan Braithwaite, Matthew Archibald, Matt Lewis, and George Ryan.

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The Chronicle


Joseph James Laffey Ward (7113)

A former star sportsman at College, Joseph Ward had a long career in the farming industry.

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October 2021 – February 2022

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

David Wells EASTERBROOK (5667)
29 October 2021

Ernest Vivian MURRAY (5045)
Christchurch, 19 November 2021

John Eldon COATES (5395)
Southland, 26 November 2021

Timothy Russell RITCHIE (7613)
Wairarapa, 5 December 2021

Anthony John (Joe) PICKERING (6065)
Christchurch, 7 December 2021

Anthony Raymond (Tony) KIRK (5768)
Nelson, 16 November 2021

Russell Heathcote GARLAND (7418)
Wairarapa, 30 November 2021

Christopher William MOLINEAUX (7594)
Nelson, 18 January 2022

John Poole GODFREY (4946)
Christchurch, 2 February 2022

Denys Ralph William HOLDEN (5589)
Wellington, 12 February 2022

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Contributions welcome

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

As a guideline, we suggest a 500-word submission. However, we are happy to accept longer or shorter options.

*Please note that this office may edit obituaries.

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From the Archives

Jane Teal

2022 Anniversaries

At the beginning of each year, I always look at the list of building anniversaries. This year, there are not as many in some years, but they are none the less significant and include some we have lost.

It is 170 years since College moved from Lyttelton and teaching continued at St Michael and All Angels.

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The X marks the spot of the schoolroom according to George Henry Merton, who was the original owner of the photograph album. Christ’s College Archives CCPAL51/1/1

It is 165 years since the foundation stone of the Sub Warden’s House was laid at Rolleston Avenue.

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The building consisted of a schoolroom, dormitory, and the house where Henry Jacobs lived and took boarders. Merton Album CCPAL 51/1/3

It is 155 years since the Chapel was opened.

Chapel under construction

The Chapel under construction. Robert Speechly, the architect, may be the first person to the left.

It is 145 years since the Chaplain’s House was built. The first Chaplain to live there was Francis Augustus Hare when he was also the Principal of the Upper Department. About four students boarded with him.

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The Chaplain’s House is in the centre of the photograph. Canterbury Museum and the Synod Hall can be seen to the left, and the Chapel to the right. Christ’s College Archives CCPAL43/17/1

It is 140 years since the Principal’s House was completed.

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William Bedell Stanford was appointed the first full-time Principal of the Upper Department. He resided on the site of the Assembly Hall. Francis Augustus Hare later moved into this house.

It is 60 years since the Chapman Block took its place on the southern edge of the Upham Quad.

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This building was named for Thomas Chapman, who donated the squash court which can be seen on the left of the photograph. He continues to be recognised in the Chapman Room in the Miles Warren Building.

It is 20 years since Fine Arts and Technology was completed and it is five years since the building that was initially known as the West Wing, and subsequently the Miles Warren Building, was first inhabited.

The Miles Warren Building under construction Jan2 2014

The Miles Warren Building under construction. FJT Christ’s College Archives

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