Old Boys' Achievements 2015


Daniel Johnston has graduated from the University of Canterbury Mechanical Engineering Department in April 2015 (Class of 2014) with success. Daniel was part of a team that analysed a geothermal power plant in a project sponsored by Mighty River Power. The team was challenged to analyse a year's worth of plant operating data for the Ngatamariki power plant. All geothermal power plants have minerals from the brine that build up in the plant heat exchangers. The big question was when to shut down the plant and clean out the minerals. The team's model accurately predicted the scale deposit rate for the plant, which will help to keep the plant efficiency high while keeping costs as low as possible.  The University of Canterbury wishes to congratulate Daniel for his outstanding research contributions, as well as for his hard work during the challenging four-year Mechanical Engineering Honours programme.  


Aaron McLeod has won the NZ Aeronautical Trust's prestigious Gordon Watt Award. Aaron joined the RNZAF in 2006 and is an Avionics Technician at Base Ohakea in the Manawatu.  Aaron creates new test equipment for the avionics systems on the A109 and NH90 helicopters. This involves designing, manufacturing and testing the finished products.


Jake Miller and Yuuki Ogino have continued to grow their motivational website OOMPHER Air New Zealand published an article on Oopmher in the March edition of their Kia Ora magazine

Jake Millar a teen entrepreneur has sold his motivational website Oompher to a government organisation for an undisclosed sum.  Oompher was started in July 2014 by Jake in Greymouth.  At the end of 2013 Jake a CBHS head prefect declined a $40,000 law scholarship at the University of Otago in favour of forming the start-up.  The purpose of the business was to inspire young people to do extraordinary things through the wisdom of those who were already extremely successful in their field. The Oopmher website currently has 55 videos featuring video interviews with some of New Zealand's most successful people i.e. Karen Walker (fashion designer), Christopher Luxon (Air NZ CEO), Steve Hansen (All Blacks coach), Rhys Darby (comedian), Sir Peter Leitch ("The Mad Butcher") and rowing gold medallist Mahe Drysdale. Jake is currently working on a start-up idea in the technology space and looking to invest into a New York-based tech startup alongside his mentor and friend.


Prof Rob Walker, University of Otago kidney specialist who heads the medicine department at Otago's Dunedin School of Medicine, who joined CBHS in 1970, has been elected to a position on the International Society of Nephrology Council (a governing body for research, teaching and qualifications on the kidney).  Prof Walker, an Otago Graduate is the first New Zealander to sit on the International Society of Nephrology Council since his mentor and fellow Otago Graduate, Dr Ross Bailey who served in 1996.


Stewart Alexander was in the winning 2014 Canterbury University Challenge Team and is again competing in the 2015 University Challenge Team.
The University Challenge is a game show in which the eight universities from around the country compete in a knowledge-based quiz.


Literature - Andrew Dean has published his book Ruth, Roger and Me.  A Radio New Zealand National interview with Andrew can be heard here.



James Lucas won an Oscar in February for best live action short film at the 2015 Academy Awards.




Sam Harrison has exhibited his Art at City Art Depot www.cityart.co.nz/gallery



Jack Hauschild has been accepted into the 2016 class of only 20 students at Toi Whakaari, NZ's most prestigious drama school. Logan Cole is also training there and about to finish his first year.

Chris Parker is starring in Silo Theatre's "Hudson and Halls Live" in Auckland.



The Old Boys below were recognised in the 2015 New Years' Honours list


  • To be Knight Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM)  Sir Ian Charles Athfield of Wellington for services to Architecture and The Honourable Graham Ken Panckhurst QC of Christchurch for services to the Judiciary
  • To be a Companion on the New Zealand Order of Merit.(CNZM) Richard John Lucas of Christchurch for services to Agriculture


The Old Boys below were recognised in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours list

Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

Associate Professor Christopher Hugh Atkinson 1963-67 for services to cancer care

Associate Professor Dr Lionel John Wood QSO 1961 for services to Tertiary Education and Maori, Kaikoura

Companion of the Queen's Service Order (QSO)

Judge Dr Neil MacLean 1958-62 for services to the Judiciary



Air Commodore Andrew Clark has been promoted to the Deputy Chief of Defence Force, Defence Headquarters, Wellington

Michael Shapland (Land Component Commander) and John Boswell DSD (Assistant Chief Strategic and Engagements) have been awarded the honour of being appointed Brigadier's along with Evan Williams (Defence Adviser to the UK and Ireland) of the New Zealand Defence Force.





Tom Latham and Corey Anderson were selected in the New Zealand Cricket Team for the Cricket World Cup

Cricketer Jeremy Benton has been chosen as one of the two inaugural recipients of the Fulton Scholarship which has been started by Canterbury captain Peter Fulton.

Ed Nuttall has been named in the New Zealand Cricket's NZA four-day squad who will play two matches, from 17-20 and 24-27 October vs Sri Lanka A.




Max Jones selected in the New Zealand cycling team for the ANZAC Cup to be held in May

Max Jones has won the biggest race of his cycling career, the elite race of the fourth round of the Calder Stewart cycling series, the Ashburton Classic, held on Saturday 15th August 2015.  He won the 133km race in 3 hours, 9 minutes.




Nick Haig has over 170 caps for the Black Sticks, but this will be the first time the defender has represented his country, in his home town Christchurch (October 2015) with a focus on the Oceania Cup and an opportunity to qualify for the Rio Olympics.




In March Dexter Dunn became the World Champion in the sport of harness racing at the age of just 25. 




Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Camp welcomes top New Zealand Muay Thai/K-1 fighter Brad Ridell to the TMT fight team. At only 22 year old, Brad has been a professional fighter for 4 years with a record of 36 fights with 31 wins, 18 of which came by knock out. He has already picked up 5 titles: WMC New Zealand Middleweight Title, Oceanina Super 8 Middleweight Title, HK Commonwealth Middleweight Title, CIK Chinese K-1 Title and the WKBF Middleweight World Title. Brad is from New Zealand and trained at City Leegar Auckland Phillip Lam. He was also into rugby before becoming a pro-fighter. - See more at: http://www.xtremekickboxing.com/welcome-brad-ridell-to-the-tmt-fight-team.




Anton Cooper has won the U23 Cross-Country title at the UCI Mountainbike World Championships in Andorra




Alex Nankivell a former CBHS midfield star has been named in the Tasman Makos, the nation's newest provincial rugby side.

Geoff Cridge, Anton Lienert-Brown and Fletcher Smith were selected in the NZ Under 20 rugby side for the Oceania Championships to be held in Australia in May

All Blacks - 2015 Rugby World Cup
The World Cup is now safely with New Zealand.  The following Old Boys helped bring it home - Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Daniel Carter, Colin Slade and the coach Steve Hansen.




Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Anton Cooper was named the Sir Richard Hadlee Supreme Sportsperson of the Year in March.



Also recognised at the Sport Canterbury Awards were :

Tom Latham - Cricket
Nicholas Haig - Hockey
Paul Coll - Squash
Ben Phillips - Surf Life Saving
James Meredith - Tennis
Chris Todd - Triathlon (lifetime achievement)

Tony Ambrose - Football (lifetime achievement)




Jamie Prebble returned the best ever result by a New Zealand athlete in Ski Cross after a 6th place finish in Sweden




Tom Clyma has been selected in the New Zealand Under 21 Rowing team to compete in the Trans Tasman. Jared van Vianen has also been selected as a reserve.




Joseph Williams finished 5th in the U19 Oceania Squash Championships

Paul Coll was No.1 in the Squashways team which won the Cousins Shield national club title. 

Paul Coll and Chris van der Salm competed in Palmerston North for the first of a series of Professional Squash Association tournaments in June 2015.