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Alumni Manager

Lizzie Dyer The Quad

Lizzie Dyer
Alumni Manager

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It’s great to see the growing number of you following the Christ’s College Old Boys LinkedIn. At last glance, we’re nearing the 1000 mark.

Please do make sure you use it to repost articles you’re mentioned in, or have written, jobs you’re advertising, or internships on offer. If you see a post elsewhere, either from or about another Old Boy, please share it on the Christ's College Old Boys LinkedIn page. The Old Boys community has a wealth of talent and resources at hand. We’re always looking for more material for the page but hope the bulk of the content will come from you.

Get some practice in

The much-awaited Annual Golf Tournament is set down for Friday 29 September at the Christchurch Golf Club. Coincidentally, the Club is run by Old Boy Mike Hadley. The tournament is always a sell-out so make sure you register early – click here. Please let me know if you would like to donate a spot prize.

Upcoming Reunions

Planning is in full swing for the CCOBA Reunion Weekend 16–18 February 2024. This covers groups 20–80 Years On. This year’s event was an immense success and we’re hoping to see even more Old Boys next year. Click here for more information and to register.

In the meantime, registrations are now open for the 65 Years On and 75 Years On Reunions, scheduled for Wednesday 18 October 2023. For those of you unable to attend all the activities, you’re welcome to join us for the Gentlemen’s Lunch.

Christ's College 175th

Please save the date now for the Christ’s College 175th celebrations. We want as many Old Boys as possible involved. The final dates are 4–7 September 2025.

Calling all Old Boys in Hawke’s Bay

We’ll be in Hawke’s Bay on Tuesday 8 August for our next community event. For more details and to register, please see our Old Boy Events page. We're looking forward to catching up.

Upcoming events in Asia

On Wednesday 4 October we are delighted to be hosting our Tokyo Community Visit. Making this occasion even more special is that it will be hosted by Old Boy Hamish Cooper, New Zealand’s Ambassador to Japan. On Saturday 7 October, we will be hosting our Thailand Community Visit in Bangkok.

If you or any Old Boy you know are in either of these cities on that date, please do let us know.

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From the Board Chair

Governing Body Hugh Lindo

Hugh Lindo
Board Chair

Independent investigation

As a valued member of our community, we are in touch regarding a former Residential Tutor at our school, who was found guilty of serious misconduct against two female students.

Our thoughts are with the survivors of his abuse, and we acknowledge their strength and courage.

We have now launched our own independent investigation into his employment at Christ’s College.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly – hugh.lindo@simpsongrierson.com

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Old Boys’ Stories

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Flying the flag for College

The latest artwork to join the CCOBA collection is quintessentially Christ’s College.

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Anthony Aucutt

Land of opportunity

Anthony Aucutt (9127) has had a fascinating journey from College to Asia, including setting up his own executive search business to meet the varied needs of many industry sectors.

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Drive to deliver by managing supply chain

At 23, Charlie Dyer (14562) is on the fast track in a supply chain management career.

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Jeanette and Garth Satterthwaite

An eye for design

Garth Satterthwaite (6212) shares his flair for design and acknowledges the positive guiding force of his time at College.

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Old Boys steal late win in annual basketball game

The College Old Boys team has extended its unbeaten record to four wins, overcoming the College A team by one point in the annual basketball clash at Christ’s College.

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Upcoming Events


Tuesday 8 August, 6pmHawke's Bay Community Visit

Register now.

Friday 8 September, 10.15amGrandparents' Day
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Friday 29 SeptemberCCOBA Golf, The Christchurch Club

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Wednesday 4 October, 6pmTokyo Community Visit
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Saturday 7 October, 6pmThailand Community Visit
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Wednesday 18 October, 10.15am65 Years On Reunion (1958–1962)

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75 Years On Reunion (1945–1952)
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Wednesday 18 October, 12pmGentlemen's Lunch
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Wednesday 25 October, 6pmSouth Canterbury Community Visit
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Thursday 26 October, 6pm Ashburton Community Visit
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Tuesday 31 October, 6pmBlenheim Community Visit

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Wednesday 1 November, 5pmNelson Community Visit
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Tuesday 21 November, 6pmWanaka Community Visit

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Friday 24 November, 12pmChristchurch Long Lunch
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Wednesday 29 November, 6pmChristchurch Young Old Boys Event (YOBs)
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15–17 November 2023

NZ Agricultural Show
4–7 September 2025175th Anniversary – watch this space

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Medbury celebrates 100 years

Medbury is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and has a series of events planned for Old Boys.

All Medbury Old Boys are invited and welcome to join in these celebrations, reconnecting and revisiting the nostalgia of years past. Register at Medbury Centenary Events.

  • 2000s reunion – Thursday 24 August 5–7pm Kong
  • 1970s reunion – Thursday 7 September 5–7pm at Kong (a postponed date from 18 May)
  • 2010s reunion – Thursday 21 September 5–7pm at Fat Eddie's

Keep up to date by following our Medbury Old Boys Facebook page and feel free to contact Medbury at any time at oldboys@medbury.school.nz

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Out & About

Back on the attack – 60, 50, and 25 years on

Sixty years on, four 1963 Christ’s College 1st XV members lined up for their reunion, reflecting on the travels of their very social “amateur” team and remembering the seven players who have watched their last game.

All backs, they were joined by members of the 1973 and 1998 1st XV rugby teams for a reunion breakfast in the Dining Hall, a wander around the school grounds – including a look at the new sports centre, Upper West – and an afternoon at Christchurch Boys’ High School to watch the annual game.

Rob Black (6853), Stew Blakely (6994), Richard Bromley (6861), and David Holderness (6765) all agree that the team “often faced much bigger opponents” and “were amateurs compared with today’s players”.

They recall the sideline cry of “zip, zip, zip”, but not a great deal of other advice.

For Rob, the 1963 1st XV “was not coached up to the standards of today” but “was supported by the masters”.

He says that each boy’s weight “used to be included in the rugby programme and my weight went up by a stone from my actual 10 stone three pounds” in the publication on game day.

A chartered accountant, Rob still has family ties to College and continues to provide his financial expertise to several charities.

Looking out over Upper during his reunion tour, Rob recalls that his father, Herbert Black (3577), “was the first boy to cycle along the length of the wall” next to the Botanic Gardens.

All the reunion members were keen to learn more about the new multi-functional sports centre, and particularly the move to fully restore Upper and develop a world-class turf that would serve generations of rugby players to come.

David, a retired District Court judge, also reflected on the social side of being in the team and the excitement of travelling overnight on ships between Lyttelton and Wellington to take part in the Quadrangular Tournament in the North Island.

Along with Richard, a former Deputy Headmaster and biology teacher at College, and Stew, who has farmed all around Canterbury, they reminisced about their team travels and their time at school. Each has enjoyed seeing the changes at College during their reunion day and having another chance to be on the sidelines for the big game.

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Tauranga Catch Up

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the first Old Boys function in Tauranga for some time. As always, it was a wonderful opportunity to put faces to the names of Old Boys we’ve talked with and emailed. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.

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Akaroa Community Visit

After driving from Christchurch to Akaroa through sleet and hail, we were thrilled to be welcomed by a boisterous crowd – packed into Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar – who had gathered for our wonderful Community Event. Despite the chill, all our College community members were in fine form as we enjoyed the excellent food and very warm setting.

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Wellington Long Lunch

Our wonderful annual Wellington Long Lunch was held at The Wellington Club, with a great mix of ages enjoying catching up or meeting fellow Old Boys.

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Dunedin Young Old Boys Event (YOBs)

On an unusually mild Wednesday night in July, we held the annual Dunedin YOBs and Margarita get together at the Lone Star. It was a wonderful turn out with plenty of laughs and chat. We look forward to hosting our final YOBs for the year in Christchurch on Wednesday 29 November at The Bog.

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The Chronicle


Nicolas James Greenwood (10278)

Nick Greenwood was a keen sportsman with an enduring passion for road cycling. After a decade in London, he returned to Christchurch with his young family, following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

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May–July 2023

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

Thomas Webb TOTHILL (5712)
Christchurch, 27 May 2023

Richard Crawford STUDHOLME (5893)
Christchurch, 1 June 2023

Kerry Serpless BOWRON (6496)
Auckland, 2 June 2023

Anthony Campbell STEELE (6459)
East Coast, 2 June 2023

Charles Herbert ELWORTHY (9025)
Europe, 8 June 2023

John Robert CLOUSTON (7399)
Marlborough, 13 June 2023

John Charles Dominic CANNON (9007)
Christchurch, 16 June 2023

Jesse Luke CROSSAN (12935)
Canterbury, 16 June 2023

James Danvers BAKER (5642)
Christchurch, 19 June 2023

Neil Scoular Edward ROBILLIARD (5790)
Christchurch, 22 June 2023

David Sandford Lee DILLON (7117)
Marlborough, 2 July 2023

Richard Lionel HARDING (4455)
Wairarapa, 14 July 2023

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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


Today we obtain a ticket to a show, sports event, or an overseas holiday all by the push of a button and a scarcely remembered password. We still must show our mobile phone (or a printout if we are still a bit old-fashioned) to get our seat. Electronic ticketing means that payment is easily controlled and the number of seats available easily identified.

In the past, it was necessary to collect a piece of paper or cardboard – often numbered – well before the event, from a designated location.

So how did Christ’s College cope with ticketing drama productions, rugby matches, College groups or an invitation to College events? The College Press Club produced many of these tickets on a Heidelberg printing press, tucked under the Open Air classrooms. The club’s sample books are held in the College Archives.

Tickets were needed for sports events.

And for concerts and House suppers.

They were also needed to attend events.

And to attend joint Christ’s College and St Margaret’s College productions.

Also, to make sure you had a seat in the Chapel.

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