Old Boys Achievements 2018


Former Boys’ High pupil wins $100,000 entrepreneurial award

Oliver Hunt  a former Christchurch Boys’ pupil, and University of Canterbury (UC) Centre for Entrepreneurship student, has won the $100,000 award from the Dream Believe Succeed Foundation.

Oliver’s business Medsalv, is a solution to the waste created by ‘single use’ medical devices. New Zealand hospitals create an enormous and costly amount of waste by discarding medical devices that can be used more than once, if reprocessed properly.

“Devices are labelled ‘single use’ where the manufacturer has chosen to not do any cleaning validation required for re-use. It does not mean the device has to be thrown away. Given the right cleaning procedures, many can be used multiple times,” he says.

The Dream Believe Succeed Foundation Award, which aims to develop young people’s entrepreneurial spirit, consists of $20,000 cash, $60,000 marketing support, $10,000 accounting support, a $5000 legal package as well as mentoring.

“There were so many good companies in the competition I didn’t think I would get it. This is going to be massive for Medsalv,” Oliver says.

A UC Master of Engineering in Management graduate, Oliver, age 23, developed Medsalv, a company that works with hospitals to reduce their costs and environmental impact, over summer at the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) where he was awarded a Scholarship for the UCE EY Summer Startup programme 2017/18.


Miles Hurrell has been appointed CEO of Fonterra - Fonterra has announced that Hurrell will take over as interim chief executive with immediate effect (August 2018)


Christchurch schoolmates make Forbes '30 under 30' list
Two young Kiwi businessmen are revelling in the "surreal" honour of being named among the world's "brashest entrepreneurs".

Jake Millar and Yuuki Ogino, both 23, have made the list for Forbes Magazine's "30 under 30" in education for Unfiltered – a global web platform that has provided more than 400 interviews with top business founders, chief executives and innovators since November 2015. The pair met in their year 11 maths class at Christchurch Boys' High School. "It was alphabetical, based on our surnames we were seated next to each other. Our paths probably wouldn't have crossed if that hadn't happened," Millar said. Click here to read more



Marlon Williams was named the winner of this year's APRA Silver Scroll Award for his song Nobody Gets What they Want Anymore



2018 New Year Honours

Congratulations to the old boys below who have received New Year Honours

Garth Carnaby - Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to science and governance

Allan Cook - Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to river and drainage engineering


The Government has appointed three new Service Chiefs to command the Navy, Army and Air Force.  The appointments announced include two Old Boys -

• Brigadier John Boswell, DSD, will become the new Chief of Army, upon promotion to Major General

• Air Commodore Andrew Clark will become the new Chief of Air Force, upon promotion to Air Vice-Marshal

Click here to read more


2019 New Year Honours

Congratulations to the old boys below who have received New Year Honours.

Edmund Bohan, MNZM - Member of the New Zealand Order for services to music, historical research and literature

Simon Mortlock, MNZM - Member of the New Zealand Order for services to the community and education


2019 Queen's Birthday Honours

Congratulations to Old Boy Ernest Sansom on receiving a QSM in this morning's Queen's Birthday Honours List

The citation for this award reads:

For services to the community and engineering - Mr Ernest Sansom has had a distinguished career as a consulting engineer and businessman.
Mr Sansom was responsible for the installation of moveable median barriers on the Auckland Harbour Bridge increasing road safety. In recognition he received a Fellowship of the Institute of Professional Engineers in New Zealand and Honorary Life Membership of the Association of Consulting Engineers. Since the early 1990s he has volunteered his skills and expertise in governance and strategic thinking to Auckland’s St Andrews Village retirement community and the Dingwall Trust for Children. When he was appointed as a Trustee to St Andrews in 1995 no maintenance funds were available. Between 1999 and 2004 he worked tirelessly to help raise funds to rebuild and redesign St Andrews into a new 150 bedroom care facility. In 2005 he was appointed Chair and oversaw expansion of operations to include 116 individual homes. By that time there were 200 staff and 400 residents. He retired in September 2016 leaving a sound financial structure and remains involved with St Andrews on an ad hoc basis. The Dingwall Trust for Children in Papatoetoe provides care and protection for children at risk. During his association with the Trust’s Board, Mr Sansom has led the development of maintenance upgrading of the Trust’s property assets.




Conor Mclennan (Surfing)  is living every young surfers dream – hitting the school books in the morning and riding waves in the afternoon. The former Christchurch Boys’ High School student won the national title in 2014 at the national scholastic secondary schools championship.The Raglan Surf Academy student recently won the under-18 title at the national surfing championships in Gisborne. Originating from Waimairi Beach, Conor, 17, represented his home club, North Wai Boardriders, in the competition. He moved to Raglan in 2016 to start at the academy. The programme is part of Raglan Area School and was set up in 1998. Click here to read more.

Jamie Prebble (Freestyle skier)  first burst onto the international scene in 2015 when he finished sixth at the Ski Cross World Cup in Sweden. One year later he beat his personal best and came one place better than fifth at the world cup held in Switzerland. Click here to read more

Jacob Ewing is leading a team of University of Canterbury students rated among the best in the world in Formula Student Motorsport. The team has just signed a generous sponsorship deal with world-renowned Triumph Motorcycles Limited. Jacob is the team principal and studying for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at UC is excited about developing this new relationship for the team. We compete against European teams that are sponsored by big names like Red Bull, AMG Mercedes and Porsche. Click here for more information.

Anton Cooper has claimed the 2018 Mercedes Benz Mountain Bike World Cup title in Losinj, Croatia

Josh McKay debuted for the Highlanders at fullback May 26th in Brisbane in the side's close 18-15 win over the Reds. Click here for more information

Maddison Aubrey is swapping the Christchurch winter for a tennis scholarship in the United States at the McKendree University in St Louis. Click here to read more

Josh McKay signs two-year extension with Highlanders. McKay has been signed predominantly as a fullback, and Mauger has made it clear he doesn't see the speedster as a first-five eighth option, despite him shining as a pivot for Christchurch Boys'. 

Rico Syme will play at fullback at Timaru's Alpine Energy Stadium after being released from the Canterbury Rugby Academy. The 19-year-old has plenty of pace and a mature head on his shoulders. He masterminded Christchurch Boys' High School's win over Timaru Boys' in the final of the Crusaders Schools Championship last year. Click here for more.

Hoani Matenga ticks off one of his greatest rugby ambitions in Maori All Black squad selection. The 31-year-old Steamers No 8 is one of two Bay of Plenty players to make the Maori All Black squad for matches in Chicago, Chile and Brazil next month.

"It's been a dream of mine ever since I can remember throwing the ball around with the old man, and to make it at 31 with a few disappointments, not making it over the years, the meaning is a lot more," says the much-travelled and multi-talented Matenga. Originally from Christchurch and part of a Christchurch Boys High School 1st XV that included future All Blacks Owen Franks and Colin Slade, Matenga has played rugby in Spain, France, Japan and Australia as well for the Blues and the Wellington Lions and was in the Highlanders wider training squad during his days at university in Dunedin. Click here for more.