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  • Maori All Black Franklin huge boost to Bay of Plenty

    14 September 2017

    In the modern, professional age players usually only shift away from a team they are successful with to either further their bank accounts or their chances of making higher honours – or both. So it is refreshing – and very much an old school adage – why Bay of Plenty Steamers lock Tom Franklin decided to leave Otago after 51 games and… Read more

    Maori All Black Franklin huge boost to Bay of Plenty
  • Two of Waikato’s own finalists at 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards

    8 August 2017

    One of Angus Stubbs' earliest caving memories is of being lowered down a hole as a five-year-old. His job was to check if the holes led anywhere, since caving clubs in Waitomo were keen for new haunts. Like any budding Indiana Jones, he quickly figured out he wanted to spend the rest of his life exploring the subterranean world. He has… Read more

    Two of Waikato’s own finalists at 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards
  • Katie Trigg wins at the Waipa Awards

    16 June 2017

    The recently held Waipa Youth Awards celebrated achievement in academia, arts and culture, community service, leadership and sport. We are excited for Katie Trigg Harington 2014 – 2016 who was the joint winner of the Arts and Culture Award. Winning the award is no surprise to the St Paul’s community who have enjoyed performances from… Read more

    Katie Trigg wins at the Waipa Awards
  • An eye for the next business opportunity

    30 May 2017

    An entrepreneurial spirit has seen 2013 head boy Lucas Martin Hamilton 2009–13 pursue a number of business interests. Lucas first started working on business ideas during a working holiday in Spain in 2014. He had decided to head straight overseas after finishing school. “I always wanted to do something entrepreneurial, but I wasn’t quite… Read more

    An eye for the next business opportunity
  • It’s a family affair at Buccaneer

    30 May 2017

    Gerry Gerrand Hamilton 1963–65 marks 41-years in business this year with his Hamilton boat building company Buccaneer boats. His son Wade Gerrand Hamilton 1990–94 also works in the family business. Buccaneer makes fibreglass pleasure boats ranging from small run-abouts to 7m fishing boats, sold in New Zealand and Australia. The company… Read more

    It’s a family affair at Buccaneer
  • Growing grassroots rugby in Tonga

    30 May 2017

    Will Hafu owes his success to St Paul’s, and he’s not taking that for granted. The 34 year old graduated in 2001, and since leaving the gates on Hukanui Road, he’s experienced just about all you can in 16 years. Will came in as a Year 11 in 1999 from Kelston Boys in Auckland on a rugby scholarship. He was a Williams House boarder… Read more

    Growing grassroots rugby in Tonga
  • Shot putter Ryan Ballantyne set to qualify for World Juniors

    22 February 2017

    Since leaving St Paul’s Collegiate School in 2016, shot putter Ryan Ballantyne Fitchett 2012 – 2016 has ticked a few things of his list – including a throw of 19.54m that is set to qualify him for the 2018 World Juniors. Following graduation, he moved to Christchurch and landed a job working for a construction company all while training… Read more

    Shot putter Ryan Ballantyne set to qualify for World Juniors
  • Former league player coaching rugby in US

    27 December 2016

    When one door closes, another door opens. Old Collegian and rugby league superstar Lance Hohaia Hamilton 1997-2001 can testify to the idiom coined by Alexander Graham Bell. The door to his league career closed prematurely, and not ideally, when he was forced to retire due to complications from concussion. However, Lance is opening… Read more

    Former league player coaching rugby in US
  • TV stardom completely unexpected

    24 December 2016

    New Zealand TV personality Erin Simpson Harington says she had a long road of self-discovery before finding her love for television and now she is living the dream. She has two shows in the works with TVNZ including a DIY home makeover show and another which has her jet setting around Asia. It isn’t a career path that she ever expected… Read more

    TV stardom completely unexpected
  • Flying the flag for rowing and boxing

    20 December 2016

    While boxing and rowing may seem poles apart, the skills required are surprisingly similar, says Ivan Pavich. Ivan School 2005-2009 represented New Zealand as a coxswain for the national rowing eight before turning his hand to boxing. He holds three national flyweight boxing titles and an Oceania Games silver medal, and narrowly missed… Read more

    Flying the flag for rowing and boxing
  • Award recognises service to education

    10 December 2016

    Developing new Agribusiness achievement standards in NCEA Levels 2 and 3 was a bold move and not one many secondary schools take on due to the sheer volume of work required to get the idea off the ground and sitting with the Ministry of Education. St Paul’s Deputy Headmaster Peter Hampton didn’t see it that way, he took the bull by the… Read more

    Award recognises service to education
  • Hospitality giant wasn’t a success overnight

    7 December 2016

    John Lawrenson Hamilton 1991-1992 recently opened his seventeenth venue, The Roaming Giant, at the small cost of $5 million dollars. It’s a culmination of everything diners love about his hospitality empire, The Lawrenson Group, and it’s been four-and-a-half years in the making. Now that it’s finally open, the numbers are in and the… Read more

    Hospitality giant wasn’t a success overnight
  • On the world stage with climate change

    5 December 2016

    Mark Storey Sargood 1980-1984 has built his career around climate change, taking senior roles in New Zealand and overseas. Last year Mark, 49, led a world summit on climate change. He describes the experience at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Paris as a career highlight during his 20 years working on finance issues to… Read more

    On the world stage with climate change
  • Shneil Singh could be New Zealand’s first Indian 'All Black in the making'

    29 November 2016

    New Zealand’s first Indian 'All Black in the making' couldn't be more Kiwi after growing up on a farm in Waikato. Shneil Singh was one of eight Waikato juniors called into Craig Philpott’s first New Zealand under-20s squad, the Baby Blacks, this week. International recognition comes as no surprise to Singh’s club and school coaches, who… Read more

    Shneil Singh could be New Zealand’s first Indian 'All Black in the making'
  • Chris Wynn full circle

    23 November 2016

    While it may have seemed an ambitious goal at the time, it turns out dreams really can come true. Chris has just finished 10 years as the director of Tihoi, a role that he shared with wife Cyn Smith who has since taken over sole directorship. He is now working as a commercial helicopter pilot based out of the Western Bays. Chris had only… Read more

    Chris Wynn full circle
  • Eight Waikato players make Craig Philpott’s first New Zealand under-20s squad

    23 November 2016

    Craig Philpott has picked the heartbeat of Waikato’s champion juniors in his first New Zealand under-20s squad named on Tuesday. The Hawke’s Bay head coach has been promoted from his assistant role to replace Scott Robertson at the helm, with the latter taking charge of the Crusaders. Eight of Waikato’s successful under-19s squad, who won… Read more

    Eight Waikato players make Craig Philpott’s first New Zealand under-20s squad
  • All Whites striker Chris Wood praised by ex-Leeds manager after he nets 11th goal of season

    10 November 2016

    Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has hailed All Whites striker Chris Wood as the "real deal" after he scored his 11th goal of the season for Leeds on Sunday NZ time. Wood’s goal helped Leeds beat Norwich City 3-2 in a pulsating encounter, a result which propelled them into the top six of English Championship. The 24-year-old, who… Read more

    All Whites striker Chris Wood praised by ex-Leeds manager after he nets 11th goal of season
  • A lot has happened in the past 11 years

    8 November 2016

    Old Collegians from the 2005 and 2006 leavers returned to St Paul’s Collegiate School for an evening of socialising and reuniting with friends and teachers. The room was a buzz with laughter and chatter. It was evident that strong bonds are formed during school years. Old Collegians shared memories from school days and we all remembered… Read more

    A lot has happened in the past 11 years
  • Q&A with artist Owen Dippie

    31 October 2016

    He’s known around the world for his large-scale realist portraiture and, more recently, for his exploration of well-known Renaissance pieces combined with contemporary pop art. His name is Owen Dippie Clark 1997-2001 and he is returning to St Paul’s in 2017 to produce a mural of Sir Edmund Hillary that will brighten a drab looking brick… Read more

    Q&A with artist Owen Dippie
  • Two awards for two Jonathans

    25 October 2016

    Two Old Collegians won major awards at the annual Wallace Corporation University of Waikato Blues Awards. Jonathan Mayer Fitchett 2011 – 2015 received the award for his talents in playing the organ while Jonathan Eyers School 2008 – 2012 was named Creative and Performing Arts Person of the Year. The awards, which celebrate excellence in… Read more

    Two awards for two Jonathans
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