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. At age 19, he pulled Ogino in as a "contractor" for his first business – a motivational app called Oompher. The pair sold the platform to Careers New Zealand for an undisclosed six-figure sum in 2015, travelling to the US to create Unfiltered six months later. Click here to read more
Ribu Dhakal - Two UC Engineering graduates are among the eight New Zealand graduates heading to the United States in a couple of months to pursue further study and research in areas of innovation, science and technology. Ribu Dhakal and Nicholas Goodson are both traveling to California in 2019 as Fulbright New Zealand Science and Innovation Award recipients. Ribu Dhakal will research liquefaction of reclaimed soils at the University of California Berkeley, in Berkeley California, towards his PhD at UC. Ribu, who attended Christchurch Boys' High School, graduated with a BE (Hons First Class) in Civil Engineering from UC in 2017 and began his doctoral studies in Civil Engineering at UC in 2018. Click here to read more
The Christchurch engineering graduate taking on the medical device industry - Oliver Hunt is a University of Canterbury engineering graduate who believes there is plenty of room for hospitals to improve while still keeping to the highest standards of safety. He started his company Medsalv as a way to reduce medical device waste. Medsalv takes single-use devices from hospitals, cleans them, checks that they still work, and gives them back for a lower price. “We keep doing that until we can’t do it any longer, at which point we break the devices down and recycle, if possible,” Hunt says.
Last year, while studying at UC’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, Hunt who is a UC Master of Engineering in Management graduate, won a $100,00 entrepreneurial award to develop Medsalv: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2018/uc-student-wins-100000-entrepreneurial-award.html
Chris Parker gets standing ovation on opening night at this year's NZ International Comedy Festival. The Christchurch-born, Auckland-based comedian's red satin bell-bottoms and slinky scarlet shirt should have alerted anyone unfamiliar with his at-times-absurd, always-theatrical stage presence that they weren't in for an hour of the awkward and/or self-deprecating humour that serves as a security blanket for so many millennial comedians. Indeed, his willingness to leave so many litres of metaphorical blood on the stage with Camp Binch, his show at last year's festival, won him the Fred Award for best show by a Kiwi comedian. Click here to read more.
Daniel Cooper named a 2019 recipient of the $1000 Cecily Maccoll High Achiever Award, Daniel is the director of music and organist at Knox Presbyterian Church and is completing his Master of Music In Performance (Conducting) at the University of Canterbury.
New Years Honours
Edmund Bohan, MNZM - Member of the Order for his services to Music, Historical Research and Literature
Simon Mortlock, MNZM - Member of the Order for his services to the Community and Education
Andrew Ellis has been selected to play beach handball for New Zealand in Adelaide in the Oceania Section to qualify for the Worlds in San Diego in October this year (February)
Jake Bailey defies all odds - three years ago, doctors told cancer survivor Jake Bailey he might never walk again unassisted this year competed in the two day Coast to Coast click here to read more
Mike Phillips a Christchurch triathlete stunned a star-studded field to win the Ironman New Zealand race in Taupo on Saturday click here to read more
Old Boys and school mates Reilly Makea and Jackson Watt are currently in the Czech Republic as members of the Black Sox at the Softball World Championships
Old Boys Alex Nankivell and Fletcher Smith as new caps in the Maori All Blacks Squad named to face Fiji
Coach Clayton McMillan has named four new caps, with Chiefs duo Harris and Alex Nankivell joined by Hurricanes' Fletcher Smith and Jordan Hyland of the Highlanders.
Tahu Kaa named in the Maori U20 team to play Fiji U20 as the curtain-raiser to the second Maori All Blacks match against Fiji in Rotorua (July 2019)
Bailey O'Donnell won the Open Kermesse in Deinze, Belgium - 115km long, 19 laps of a 6km circuit around the township - there were 90 starters of which there were 20 foreign riders.
Brad Riddell will become the sixth homegrown Kiwi fighter in the UFC when he debuts inside the Octagon at Marvel Stadium in October. "Quake" will join his City Kickboxing teammates Israel Adesanya and Dan Hooker on the card - he also trains with recent UFC winner Kai Kara-France and Shane Young who he has made two UFC appearances. Riddell, 27, was a keen rugby player in his youth but suffered a horrific broken leg at age 14, which was the catalyst for his switch to mixed martial arts.