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  • Leading the way in motor vehicle innovation

    12 December 2018

    He may have grown up in a small rural town in the Waikato, but now Collegian Dan Ammann Sargood 1985-1989 is leading the way in self-driving motor vehicle innovation in the US. At the beginning of next year, Dan, who was the President of General Motors GM, will make the move from Detroit to San Francisco to become CEO of the company’s… Read more

    Leading the way in motor vehicle innovation
  • Taking his coaching international

    15 November 2018

    The whistle has just gone at Wembley Stadium in London, and 90,000 football fans file out of the stands and onto their trains. Meanwhile, Matt Johl Hall 2002-2006 has just arrived. He’s heading up to his office looking out over the iconic venue that has hosted so many historic sporting moments. But he’s not a football star. In fact, he… Read more

    Taking his coaching international
  • Going natural for animal healthcare

    15 November 2018

    Veterinary rehab nurse Sheree Smith nee Elliott, Harington 1999-2000 is on a mission to educate those in the industry about managing pain among animals – the natural way. It was while working in the UK, that Sheree discovered nutraceuticals for animals. Seeing first-hand the benefits of Nutravet, a natural supplement, prompted her to… Read more

    Going natural for animal healthcare
  • Sky’s the limit for entrepreneur

    15 November 2018

    Door-knocking has helped kick-start John Heskett’s Williams 2005-2009 ambitious tourism venture. Three Hamilton construction-related companies are backing John’s vision to create ‘Waitomo Sky Garden’ – a tourist destination in the King Country. The project, which is set to cost $20m, includes New Zealand’s longest water-touch bungy from a… Read more

    Sky’s the limit for entrepreneur
  • The little kiwi company that could

    15 November 2018

    It’s an age-old kiwi story. The small ‘number eight wire’ company making waves overseas. It can often come across as an overnight success story but Andrew Wong School 2005-2009 will be the first to tell you it is anything but. Andrew is the Senior Applications Engineer at IMeasureU. The company developed a wearable sensor that tracks… Read more

    The little kiwi company that could
  • Double the determination

    15 November 2018

    Emotional resilience, mental stamina, focus and determination are what got two of New Zealand’s top athletes, Cameron French Hall 2006-2010 and Owen Robinson Hamilton 2005-2009, to where they are today. Their journeys have been full of ups and downs, but their persistence has paid off earning them New Zealand records – Cameron in the 400m… Read more

    Double the determination
  • The man behind the music

    6 June 2018

    From managing some of the country’s top musicians to running some of the country’s biggest music festivals, Campbell Smith Hamilton 1979-1983 lives and breathes music. He is a promoter and band manager, who spends half the year in Los Angeles and the other half in Auckland. Campbell spoke to Network from Los Angeles. “Most of the shows we… Read more

    The man behind the music
  • High flier in the Air Force

    6 June 2018

    Joining the Air Force as a school leaver has opened many doors for Squadron Leader Melissa Axelrad Harington 2000-2001. There have been multiple trips to Antarctica. So many, in fact, Melissa has to stop and calculate the exact number. “It has probably been…seven times,” she says on the phone from the United States. Melissa, spoke to… Read more

    High flier in the Air Force
  • Trailblazer in New Zealand film

    6 June 2018

    A pioneering filmmaker in the 1970s, David Blyth School 1969-1971, is now capturing tales of New Zealand’s war heroes. David has had a long and accomplished film career, most notably as the creator of New Zealand’s first. home grown horror movie Death Warmed Up. It was one of the first horror films funded by the New Zealand Film… Read more

    Trailblazer in New Zealand film
  • A bright future in the solar industry

    6 June 2018

    Andy Nyce Sargood and School 2002-2005 is making his mark in the renewable energy sector in the United States. Andy, who moved to the US in 2014, is a construction manager for the company Depcom Power which installs large-scale solar energy systems. His job takes him right across America, where solar panel systems feed America’s growing… Read more

    A bright future in the solar industry
  • The lone mountie of Benneydale

    6 June 2018

    While most young boys growing up in the 60s and 70s spent their Saturday mornings watching Bonanza, Bill Eivers Sargood 1976-1979 was busy living the real thing on his family’s 14,000ha station. It was there, between the rolling hills of the rural East Coast, that his love of animals grew into a job that now sees the Senior Constable hit… Read more

    The lone mountie of Benneydale
  • Living the American football dream

    6 June 2018

    Six years ago, Elliot Collier Hall 2011-2012 was lacing up his football boots to play in front of 20 people in the Waikato Secondary School Football league. Now, he’s running out in front of 20,000 Americans alongside Chicago Fire teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger – arguably one of the best Germans to ever play the game and winner of the… Read more

    Living the American football dream
  • Sir Edmund Hillary mural a gift from students

    18 February 2018

    A mural of Sir Edmund Hillary at St Paul’s was formally blessed and unveiled on Monday to students, staff and guests. The mural was painted by former St Paul’s student, internationally renowned artist Owen Dippie and was organised by the 2016 school leavers. In attendance at the ceremony was Lady June Hillary and members of the 2016… Read more

    Sir Edmund Hillary mural a gift from students
  • Home beckons budding rugby player

    15 November 2017

    From St Paul’s to Super Rugby, Tom Franklin is making his mark in the rugby world. Tom never dreamed of being an All Black. Sure, he entertained the idea like any young Kiwi would. But for the Bay of Plenty native, rugby was about playing with his mates and having fun. Tom Sargood 2004 – 2008 grew up in the small beach town of Opotiki –… Read more

    Home beckons budding rugby player
  • The changing face of accommodation

    15 November 2017

    Two collegians have turned around a run-down motel, dramatically increasing occupancy and earning accolades in the industry. Nick Fitzgerald Sargood 2000 – 2004 and Josh Ireland Fitchett 2001 – 2003 purchased Havana Motor Lodge in Rotorua last year. An extreme makeover transformed the 23-room 1960s motel into Aura – a modern complex with… Read more

    The changing face of accommodation
  • Global honour for leading cardiologist

    15 November 2017

    Professor John Ormiston has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to cardiology. As a school leaver in the 1960s, John Ormiston Sargood and Williams 1961-1965 did a year of voluntary work in Fiji. It was the start of a lifetime of service and he went on to be one of New Zealand’s leading interventional cardiologists. Every day… Read more

    Global honour for leading cardiologist
  • Showcasing talent through art

    15 November 2017

    Enter the Hamilton home of John Loughnan School 1971 – 1974 and the walls are lined with stunning paintings. The works are John’s own, done over many years, using his mouth. A motorcycle accident on a farm in 1986 left John with a broken neck and paralysis and cut short a brilliant water skiing career. Some years later and settled in… Read more

    Showcasing talent through art
  • People priority for new Western Waikato area commander

    8 November 2017

    Inspector Andrew Mortimore’s Williams 1993 – 1997 police career was born out of tragedy. After 16 years on the beat, the recently ranked inspector this month returns to his roots in the King Country as the new Western Area Commander. It’s not a role he thought he'd land at the age of 38, though it’s been his aim since joining the police… Read more

    People priority for new Western Waikato area commander
  • Insurance boss crowned EY Entrepreneur of the Year

    12 October 2017

    Insurance boss Peter Harris School 1969 – 1972 has been crowned EY Entrepreneur Of The Year for 2017 and will represent New Zealand at a global competition in Monaco. Harris, the founder of NZX-listed insurer CBL Corporation, beat four other category winners to take the top gong at tonight’s awards. Chair of the EY judging panel and… Read more

    Insurance boss crowned EY Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Dedication to adventure recognised at NZOIA awards

    25 September 2017

    A Bay of Plenty man who has directed some of New Zealand’s most respected outdoor education centres, a Queenstown-based guide who spent a year on a sub-Antarctic island and an inspirational young instructor from the West Coast were among nine outstanding Kiwis recognised for excellence in outdoor leadership on Saturday. The annual New… Read more

    Dedication to adventure recognised at NZOIA awards
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