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Prominent Old Boys




John Harraway – Kings from 1956 – 1960
At the end of this year, Associate Prof John Harraway will retire from the University of Otago mathematics and statistics department for the third and final time.
Since he was appointed as an assistant lecturer in 1966, John has seen the University change from pens to computers, and from blackboards to smart phones, while student numbers have risen from about three thousand to 21 thousand. He has worked at the University of Otago for 54 years
He has become a well-known teacher at Otago University but has also become well-known in international statistics circles for his work in promoting international collaboration to improve statistics education and teaching in developing countries, including in Africa.
John Harraway’s career highlights the remarkable power of statistics to unravel mysteries in everything from foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, analysing trace element data in relation to food authentication to the secret lives of spinner dolphins in the Red Sea.
He plans to keep up with the squash club and Selwyn College where he held office for many years, he already has a role with Lions, he volunteers at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, has conferences to attend for years yet, and wants to help answer demand for the official statistics apps.



BRAND Dr. Fergus:


Fergus Brand

Secondary school was Kings High School. The last year at King’s was remarkable, of the twenty-seven pupils eight of us went on to complete PhDs, three became medical doctors, two ministers of religion, one Secretary of Labour and one Rear-admiral.

After completing my MSc in Physics at the University of Otago in 1963, I decided to continue in Physics at an Australian university and joined the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. I completed my PhD there in 1968. I stayed on at Sydney and currently I hold an Honorary Senior Lecturer position and enjoy the status of gentleman physicist!

The main themes of my research are in millimetre/submillimetre-wavelength electromagnetic radiation (now often labelled terahertz radiation) and plasma physics (the study of ionised gases which is relevant to topics ranging from nuclear fusion, the sun and stars, the ionosphere, fluorescent lights and plasma tvs).

The work for which I am best known is the development of a source of millimetre/submillimetre radiation known as a gyrotron. However, since the completion of this project, I have been looking at a variety of newly-recognised optical phenomena but in my wavelength range. Many of these phenomena are closely related to the direct observation of planets around other stars.

Other interests include playing with computers and family history. You would have to agree that access to the internet makes the present a great time to be investigating family history.


de HAMEL, Dr C F R (Chris) (1963–67):


Christoper de Hamel


Dr C F R (Chris) de Hamel (1963–67) is Fellow Librarian at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, and is the first full-time curator since the library was established in 1352! Estimated to be worth more than £1 billion the library houses the priceless Parker collection presented by a former Archbishop of Canterbury. It contains the 6th century Gospel Book brought to England in AD597 by St Augustine, and upon which archbishops of Canterbury take their oaths of office at their enthronements; about a quarter of all known Anglo-Saxon books; the oldest book in English; the Bury Bible; and other treasures to gladden the heart of one who was the manuscript expert with Sotheby’s for 25 years. Last year Phaidon Press published his The Book, A History of the Bible, which is the story of the Bible as an artefact, and not a theological treatise



HARRIS, Dr C M (Colin) (1973–76):


Colin Harris


Dr C M (Colin) Harris (1973–76) is director of Environmental Research and Assessment (ERA), which he established in 1998 to assist international clients active in polar regions to meet their obligations through the provision of specialist environmental planning and policy advice, technical reports on environmental problems, map products and information resources. ERA maintains close links with the University of Cambridge, with the Scott Polar Research Institute, and with the British Antarctic Survey. Colin graduated from Otago University (B.A. Hons) and from the University of Western Ontario (M.A.) in recreational geography and worked for the Auckland Regional Authority. In 1993 he graduated PhD from Cambridge University, specialising in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and for the next five years he was an environmental specialist at the International Centre for Antarctic Information and Research (ICAIR), Christchurch. Colin was a visiting scholar at the Department of Geography, Cambridge University in 2001–02, and coordinated the Antarctic component of the environmental management strand for the M.Phil in Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute. He is a veteran of more than 15 years’ experience in Polar Regions, has furnished many reports, and is co-editor of the book Antarctica and Global Climatic Change, Belhaven Press, London (1991).



McINTYRE, Prof. M E (Michael) (1954–58):


Michael McIntyre


M E (Michael) McIntyre (1954–58) holds a personal chair in Atmospheric Dynamics in the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. His research interests and those of his colleagues are mainly oriented toward understanding the fluid dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere, with emphasis on the stratosphere at altitudes between 10 and 50 kilometres which contain most of the ozone shield. The centre has helped to explain why the strongest ozone depletion occurs in the southern hemisphere, despite the chlorofluorocarbons and other chemicals causing it being emitted mainly in the northern hemisphere. It is a story of the epic journeys of atoms and molecules circumnavigating the globe many times before arriving in the stratosphere. While understanding the problems is a complex process, data are available, and the challenge is to understand why—a prerequisite for predicting the future. The centre tries to deploy all means at its disposal: mathematical theory, thinking by analogy, numerical experimentation, comparison with data, and occasionally experimentation on a small scale with real fluid-dynamical systems. When not wrestling with the ‘above’ (!), Michael relaxes by playing the violin, as befits a former member of both the 4YA Orchestra and the KHS Orchestra.


The Arts




Grahame Sydney (Artist):


Grahame Sydney


Grahame attended King’s from 1962 – 1966. He was Head Boy in 1966.

Grahame Sydney’s Homepage



James K. Baxter (Poet):

James K. Baxter


James attended King’s from 1940 – 1943.

James K. Baxter – New Zealand Book Council Site


John Toomer (Artist):

John Toomer


John presenting one of his paintings to the School.

John Toomer’s Homepage


Somerville, Alan Rae:


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Alan attended King’s from 1952 – 1953

Allan Somerville is a very accomplished and refined sculptor in all medium and a master sculptor. Alan Somerville’s sculptures are admired the same as one of the great masters Auguste RODIN and DAUMIER. Somerville comprehends the dynamics of the anatomy over the literal image of the body, precedent in his sculptures. Somerville complex subject and difficult poses display a mastery use of techniques and understanding the subject. His figure drawings and male sculptures are the most fascinating creations of all.

Alan Somerville achievements speak for themselves he obtained a countless number of awards and showing in many exhibitions. These are details of just some of his most recent.


National Australian War Memorial in Canberra – Three bronze sculptures;

Centennial and More Park Trust – eight-foot bronze of Sir Henry Parkes;

State Rail Authority – Bronze portrait of Chief Executive, Mr Ross Sayer;

Lloyd’s Bank – Bronze horse for the Executive officers in Sydney;

Wyong Art’s Festival – Special prize for bronze male figure;

Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual -1st and 2nd prize for drawing and watercolour;

Royal NSW Canine Art Show-1st prizes in sculpture, watercolour and drawing;

Royal Australian Navy – commission bronze sculpture of the Sheenan Trophy;

Castle Hill Blossom Festival 1st/2nd & Special Awards in Sculpture, drawing, watercolour painting and oil painting.

Alan SOMERVILLE was born in Roslyn Dunedin over sixty years ago and from early childhood, Alan was a prolific drawer. He was selected for special art classes at the age of six. He was intensely skilful in drawing people and animals in action. He was a genius. However, the journey of life pointed Alan towards farming. While working hard on his farm for over thirty years, he continued to draw and paint. Also, Alan become a tutor of drawing and painting in Maniatoto District Otago and he was an active member of Central Otago Art Society. Allan’s desire was to pursue Art full time, consequently, he took his family to Dunedin where Alan was able to use the facilities of the Otago Polytechnic evening classes to develop an understanding of bronze casting and other sculpting techniques. He was accepted as a member to Artist Otago Art Society. In 1988 Alan Immigrated to Australia with the intention of finding of finding the Queensland marble quarries and exploring this medium for his artistic talent. However, in Sydney Alan was presented with an opportunity to work with bronze at the Fine Art Bronze Foundry for almost four years. He was accepted to the NSW Sculptor’s Society and Ku-ring-gai Art Society. Alan was granted Australian Citizenship and his works have been commissioned for public and private collections. When admiring Allan’s work masters like RODIN and DAUMIER come to one’s mind.

 Philip John Craigie (At Kings1965 – 1970)

Services to music

Philip was Head Boy at Kings in 1970. He played in the school brass band from 1965 to 1970.

During his 40-year teaching career, he was head of music at Riccarton High School and Otago Boys’ High School, before being appointed deputy principal at Taieri College (formerly Taieri High School) and principal at Kaikorai Valley College.

During this time, he was heavily involved with the Otago Secondary Schools Music Festival committee and helped prepare the constitution for it to become an incorporated society.

He has also taught many pupils to play brass instruments through schools, community music programmes, and as a casual teacher.

On top of his busy life in secondary education, he has been the musical director of the Mosgiel Brass Band since 1988.

He has also been involved with St Kilda Brass, conducted the Otago Symphonic Band, conducted and led the Celebration Singers on several national tours and a tour to Tasmania, and under his leadership the choir produced four records.

Philip also undertook the mammoth role of chairing the organising committee for the North Taieri Presbyterian Church’s 150th-anniversary celebrations in 2016.

Philip has contributed to the music community as a performer, teacher, mentor, and musical director since he was in his teens.


Howard  Douglas McNaughton


Howard attended Kings High School from 1958 to 1962

Prof. Howard McNaughton

•M.A., Litt.D. (Otago)
•M.A., PhD (Canterbury)

In Memoriam

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Howard McNaughton at his home on Friday 28th March 2014. Howard was a deeply respected and long-serving member of the University of Canterbury English Department. He published widely in the field of modern and postcolonial drama, including writing the Drama sections in both editions of The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature. He helped pioneer Cultural Studies teaching and research at the University of Canterbury and was published in one of the disciplines leading journals, Social Semiotics. He was the New Zealand editor of the Encyclopedia of Post Colonial Literatures in English (Routledge, 2005), and his book The Reinvention of Everyday Life: Culture in the Twenty-first Century (2006), has been translated into Chinese. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and his students.

Howard McNaughton published widely in the field of modern and postcolonial drama. His New Zealand Drama was published by G.K. Hall in 1981, and his edition of the Collected Plays of James K. Baxter by Oxford in the following year. He has written the Drama section in both editions of The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature. He became increasingly involved in the developing field of Cultural Studies and was recently published in Social Semiotics and Theatre Research International. Howard was New Zealand editor of the Encyclopedia of Post Colonial Literatures in English (Routledge, 2005). His latest books were Figuring the Pacific(2005) and The Reinvention of Everyday Life: Culture in the Twenty-first Century (2006), which appeared in a Chinese edition in 2009.

Murray Deaker

It was a case of King’s being honoured by the Queen last weekend when veteran broadcaster and former teacher, Murray  Deaker, pictured right at King’s last year,  on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Deaker is, of course, well-known nationally for his books and radio and television work, during which he often mentions his old school. Just last week he praised cricketer Brendon McCullum for his grit and determination saying, “you’d expect
nothing less from a King’s boy from South Dunedin.”

Leslie Graham QSM (At Kings from 1951 – 1955)

Services to brass bands
Les Graham was a Kings High School pupil who played in the school brass band from about 1951 to 1955. He was a brass band enthusiast who played with the Caversham and Green Island bands until 1973 when he started a long association with the Mosgiel Brass Band.
He had his arm amputated in a farming accident in 1984 after which he had to relearn how to play. He worked with occupational therapists to create a harness which allowed him to hold an instrument Les has taught and mentored young players, organised and volunteered at music camps, started learners groups as well as raising funds for youth bands.
In the 1990s he assisted the Roxburgh Band during a period of rebuilding, conducting it so it could attend a national championship and finding it a new conductor.
Nationally, Mr Graham has supported the introduction of new sections to open up the slow melody solo competition in National Championships and introduced the Les Graham Trophy for Slow Melody in 2015.
Leslie Graham has played in brass bands in Petone, Upper Hutt, Oamaru, Milton, Mosgiel, and Dunedin over the course of 65 years, beginning at Caversham in 1951 and ending up with Upper Hutt

Hone Kouka

Hone Kouka, left, though less well-known in his home town, has written many successful stage plays, mainly on Maori themes. He has also had success as a poet, children’s writer and theatre artistic director. Assistant Principal, Mr Frost remembers Hone fondly as a gifted rugby player, a central figure in the infamous ’battle of Littlebourne’, as well as a pupil who was keen on drama and took part in King’s major productions like Salad Days.

Stefan Witehera (1983 -1986)

Stefan Witehira died at an East Otago High School camp in Glenorchy on Wednesday, 6th December 2017. Stefan was Captain of our First XV Rugby. He showed out as a dedicated senior student leader.

After leaving school Stefan became a police officer who after some time in the North Island became based in Palmerston.  Stefan and a colleague, Senior Constable Darrin Low, were shot at after laying road spikes during a police pursuit in February 2009. They both received Silver Merit Awards for exhibiting “professionalism and courage” during the incident. Before their police careers, both attended King’s High School, where Darrin was in the year above Stefan.

Otago Coastal area commander Inspector Jason Guthrie said Stefan was an “incredibly competent and admirable police officer, who was immensely respected by his colleagues and everyone who knew him”.

“He always displayed tremendous empathy and compassion with everyone he interacted with and he was an integral part of the Palmerston community. 

“His loss leaves a massive hole in New Zealand police, in particular for us in the Southern district, and he will be greatly missed. This thought was echoed by Dunedin North MP David Clark who said Stefan’s death was “a huge loss for the community”.

East Otago High School is mourning for Stefan who was the school’s board of trustee’s chairman. “Stefan was a well-known and highly respected member of both the school and the East Otago community. The school’s thoughts and prayers are with the Witehira whanau during this most difficult time.


David Beatson  (1957 – 1961)

David died on Thursday, Sep 22 2017, after a long illness. He is survived by wife Lesley, two children, three stepchildren and 11 grandchildren.
David was born in Dunedin in 1944 and was a pupil at Kings High School from 1957 – 1961. He began his journalism career at the Otago Daily Times in 1962.
He went on to work in newspaper, magazine, radio and television journalism. He was a senior current affairs host and interviewer for TVNZ and edited the Listener from 1984 to 1988.
Later in his career, Beatson held several senior government and public affairs roles, including chairman of New Zealand on Air and vice-president of Air New Zealand.
He also served as chief press secretary to Prime Minister Jim Bolger.
David was generous with his time and in his career was committed to “old school values like objectivity”.

Ron Cain QSM (At Kings 1945 – 1947)
Services to athletics

Ron Cain has been active in athletics as a successful competitor, administrator and competitor for the past 68 years.

The QSM gives public recognition to Mr Cain for the hard work he has put into the sport.

Ron is a past president of the Caversham club, Athletics Otago and Athletics New Zealand. He is a life member of all three.

He was an elite runner in the 1950s and was a member of five Otago cross-country teams that won the national senior teams title. His best individual performance was to finish runner-up to Kerry Williams in 1955.

Ron was a New Zealand cross-country selector from 1977 to 1992 and chairman of the committee for 11 years. He managed three New Zealand teams to international events, the highlight being the world cross-country in Spain in 1981.

He has been meeting manager at the Caledonian Ground since 1980 and this has included three New Zealand championships.

Ron is the Patron of the Caledonian Society in which he takes an active part.

Raymond Chan 1970 – 1974 at Kings High School.

Courageous, determined and undeterred. Raymond Chan will leave a legacy of great courage, as well as of good humour and a passion for wine. He passed away on Sunday 10 February 2019 after a long journey with cancer, which lasted the best part of a decade.

Raymond enjoyed a successful school career gaining a general excellence award in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English and Mathematics. He was a cheerful, friendly, pleasant natured pupil who got on well with his peers. He enjoyed playing social basketball. At Otago University he graduated with a double degree in biology and marketing, in 1978 and worked at Chan’s Garden Restaurant, owned by his family in Dunedin.

Raymond ran his 100th marathon in Dunedin at the Moro Marathon on September 9, 2012, breaking a record in the process – taking just six years, five months and eight days to be the fastest to achieve the target. He is the 37th member of the New Zealand 100 Marathons Club.

If you are connected to the wine industry in any shape or form, you will know Raymond’s professional reputation as a professional wine reviewer and wine judge. He has hosted a plethora of wine tasting events over the years and scrutinised countless bottles from New Zealand and beyond. His name is synonymous with integrity, his wine reviews being ground-breaking in our industry for meticulous attention to detail, both in technical winemaking and the detail of the tastings notes themselves. He always was interested in the people behind the wines and told their stories and histories. His archive of tasting notes on his website is of tremendous use to winemakers and wine drinkers alike.
In October 2017 he was awarded the Sir George Fistonich Medal, perhaps the highest wine honour in the land – awarded once a year to one individual for outstanding contribution to the New Zealand wine industry.

Lyndsay Rackley (1958-1959) Awarded QSM

For services to broadcasting
Mr Lyndsay Rackley has had a long involvement in the radio broadcasting industry since the early 1960s.
Mr Rackley began by joining the Otago Radio Association and working as a volunteer announcer on Radio Dunedin (previously 4XD). He began his professional career with Dunedin station 4XO, which was the first commercial radio station in the South Island commencing in November 1971. For decades he has continued to work closely with the Otago Radio Association and for the past 34 years has arranged for the volunteer announcers to provide their programmes during the Association’s timeslots on Radio Dunedin. He continued to work as an afternoon announcer until 2015. Mr Rackley has been voluntary Secretary of the Otago Radio Association since 1985 and voluntary announcer since 2015.

Lance Pearson attended Kings 1950 – 1953

Lance had two loves of life in sport – cricket and basketball.
He played cricket for the School’s 1st eleven. He was awarded a Cricket Blue in all four of his years at King’s. As a First-class player for Otago, he played in 31 games scoring a total of 1348 runs with a highest score of 140.
Lance did not play basketball at King’s as the sport was not introduced to the School until 1962. He started his career in the sport at the YMCA when he was 17.
As a player, he won 13 consecutive South Island titles with Otago, while also captaining it to national titles in 1968 and 1970. It was a career that continued until 1979 when he played his final game for Otago aged 42. It is rumoured that Lance was the best player in NZ not to represent his country.
As a coach, he also had success with coaching the Kings First team from about 1964 to 1970. He guided the top King’s High School team to the final of the national secondary schools’ championships.
He also coached King’s Old Boys club teams, as well as Otago representative teams.
His influence went beyond playing. In the late 1960s, he helped form the Otago Men’s Basketball Association – bringing together the two previously existing entities. Lance has been an outstanding contributor to the development of basketball in Otago for more than fifty years.
Outside of the sport he was heavily involved with the Bendigo Valley Sport and Charity Foundation for 30 years and remains a company director. This Trust has been a tremendous supporter of his old School over the years.
Lance was awarded Life Membership to Basketball Otago in 2019.

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