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Wall of Fame

2020 Wall of Fame

Erik Newland Olssen – Academic – (1955 – 1960)

While a student at King’s, Erik availed himself widely of the many opportunities which the school offered at that time. He was a promising athlete: in-deed he was the runner-up when Peter Montgomery set what became a more than 50 year record for the 220 yard race. He participated in the Gilbert & Sullivan operas staged by the school, playing the role of Captain Corcoran in “H.M.S. Pinafore” and the rather more difficult role of Frederic the pirate apprentice in “The Pirates of Penzance” with considerable aplomb two years later. In his final year at school he was a prefect, a member of the athletic team (2nd in the Senior Cup), a member of the 1st rugby XV, and won the Dunedin Shakespeare Club’s prize for Shakespeare reading. Interestingly, in view of his future career, he never won a history prize while at school!

Moving to Otago University, Erik began to shine, and duly graduated M.A. with 1st Class Honours in History. His Professor suggested that he should continue his studies at the famed Duke University in North Carolina, and he spent five years there as a James Duke Fellow, being awarded his PhD in 1970. However, he had already joined the staff of Otago University’s History Department, embarking on a 33 year career there. Erik began teaching courses on NZ and Pacific History, and writing books on NZ topics: Relics of the Goldfields (1976), John A. Lee (1977), A History of Otago (1984) and The Red Feds (1988).

Erik’s research interests had previously investigated the relationships between politics, society, ideas, culture, and economics and their effects on the lives of individuals and their societies. When he returned to Dunedin from his sojourn in the U.S., he settled initially in Caversham, which was completely different socially from Andersons Bay where he had grown up. During the 1990’s he wrote a series of essays, published in 1995 and entitled Building the New WorldWork, Politics, and Society which described the establishment of the Hillside railway workshops and other local enterprises, and the rise of industrialists, unionists, and local politicians: ultimately the book won the J.M. Sherrard Award as “an outstanding work of scholarship almost certain to become a classic of NZ social history.”

Also in 1995 Erik launched the “Caversham Project” which brought together labour and social history perspectives, and which has been described as ‘the biggest social history project so far carried out in Australia and NZ, and one of the most ambitious ever.” It examined the lifestyles of the residents of the area, and possible reasons for changes during their lifetimes. The project has generated an immense amount of data which has become the source material for several books, many academic articles, and scores of student theses and research essays. Furthermore, the area under scrutiny has increased to include most of the so-called South Dunedin flat, and has increasingly become interdisciplinary in nature.

Erik was promoted to the posts of Professor of History in 1984, and to that of Public Orator shortly thereafter. He retired in 2001 and was elevated to the status of Emeritus Professor in 2003. In the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was elected as an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to History. He was one of the first non-scientists to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ (FRSNZ), and in 2008 the NZ Council of Humanities elected him as a Fellow of the NZ Academy of Humanities (FNZAH) to “acknowledge people who have made a significant contribution to NZ cultural, social and economic development.” In 2001 the Royal Society of NZ awarded him the Te Rangi Hiroa Medal for “current issues in cultural diversity: his work ranking him as NZ’s most accomplished historian.” In the following year it awarded him the James Cook Research Fellowship, with financial support to complete a history of NZ, but this is still a “work in progress” for it has been waylaid by more immediate projects. One of these was to contribute to the 13-part TV series “Frontier of Dreams” by providing the background script for Episode 7, when NZ was a world leader in social reform. Erik’s advice is frequently sought on a host of government and educational matters.

Colin David Mantell – Humanities – (1953 – 1957)


Colin’s of Maori descent. His whakapapa is Kai Tahu. In his early years he aspired to become a wool classer, but one of his school teachers encouraged him to raise his sights, so when he arrived at King’s he aimed to become either a veterinarian, or a doctor. He progressed through the school as an above average student academically, while also being awarded a prize for his woodworking skills, and excelling at rugby. As a lock forward he was awarded the Carson Cup in 1956 for being the most promising player. In his final year he was chosen to be Head Prefect (probably the first Maori to achieve this honour), Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) in charge of the school’s cadet corps, and captain of the newly formed rowing club – ultimately winning a blue in both rowing and rugby.

Colin duly progressed to Otago University and along with half a dozen of his school mates qualified for admission to the Medical School, where he was horrified to discover that he was one of only two Maori to enter the School that year. In 1964 he graduated MB ChB, along the way, having researched the effects on the unborn child when the pregnant and future mother smoked tobacco- for which he was awarded a B.Med.Sci. While at Medical School Colin had continued to be a rugby sportsman playing several matches for the Otago province. In 1965 he represented NZ Universities against the touring Springbocks at Eden Park in a match ruined when the team was reduced to 13 players through injury – no replacements were permitted in those days!

Colin then became a house surgeon in Wellington for three years before shifting to the National Women’s Hospital training programme in Auckland. In 1970 he transferred to Oxford University’s John Radcliffe Hospital as a Nuffield Research Fellow in obstetrics and gynaecology, following a six month stint in a Hong Kong hospital en-route. In 1974 he was appointed to the Auckland Medical School as a Senior Lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology, and promoted to Professor in 1978. During this time he had continued studying part-time, and become a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FRCOG) in 1973 and achieved a PhD from Auckland University in 1980, following research in the field of fetal physiology

When Colin began working at Auckland University, there was still only a handful of Maori students on campus. Keen to alter this, he was put in charge of the fledgling Maori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS), a transparent programme now supporting up to 40 students per year. This programme stressed that it was not merely a matter of political correctness; for producing more Maori and Pacific graduates benefits everybody. These communities have poorer health outcomes than the general population for a wide range of health measures. Colin is proud of the part he played in creating the Auckland Medical School’s Vision 20:20, a “perfect vision” to increase the number of Maori and Pacific health professionals to ten percent of the health work force by the year 2020. Now-a-days such students make up 20 percent of the Auckland School of Medicine’s annual intake, thereby reflecting the proportion in the general population. Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery, and when during the 1980’s the programme began to show signs of success, the Auckland faculties of Law, Commerce and Engineering adopted similar programmes. The Otago Medical School has also developed a very successful recruitment programme for Maori and Pacific students. The aim is that the number of such students graduating each year should mirror the proportion within NZ society.

Colin retired in 2006 and was promoted to the rank of Emeritus Professor. He and his wife Anne retired to Otago where he had spent his boy hood, to a house that was built for them in Wanaka. Colin is justifiably proud of the continuing success of the scheme which he helped to create, although he is aware that there is still room for improvement.

Ronald Talbert Cain – Sport – (1945 – 1947)


Ron is small in stature, but has not let this blight his life. He was an average student during his time at King’s but a very keen sportsman. In those days, rugby teams were graded according to the weight of the players concerned: A, B, C, D, E in descending order, and Ron being a mere 4.5 stones (28.5 kg) was an E Grade half back. Nevertheless he achieved second place in the junior cross country race, and won the sealed handicap race.

Ron joined the Caversham Harriers Club in 1945 and 65 years later he is still an active member. He has held most positions in the club including Club Captain and President. In 1964 he was made a Life Member and his name features on most of the Clubs silverware. From 1949 until 1960 the Club won the Otago Cross Country team’s event and the Edmond Cup Steeplechase on 10 occasions, helped by Ron’s high placing in every event. Stamina was the key to his success, for he maintained a consistently high position throughout every race. Ron was one of the main supporters when raising the money to build the new clubrooms in Corstorphine and was Chairman/Treasurer of the very successful 100 year jubilee of the Club, having also served on the committees for the 50th and 75th jubilees. In 2014, he was elected Patron of the Club.

Ron was a member of the Junior Otago team which won the National Team’s Race in 1950; a member of the Senior Otago team which won the National Team’s Race in 1951 and 1958; and captained the team which won the title in 1954-56. These achievements gave Ron his six team medals, a feat which has not been surpassed by any other athlete since. From 1950 to 1964 Ron represented Otago at the National Cross Country races, only missing the 1959 event when his first child was being born! In 1965 he ceased running at National events, except for when the veteran events were staged, and he won the title in 1976, 1982, 1987, and 1991.

Ron spent 25 years as the Caversham delegate to the Otago Centre, 28 years on the Harriers Committee (six years as the Chairman), 15 years as a Track and Field Committee Member, 30 years as a Track and Field judge, 20 years as Manager of all Track and Field Meetings (including National Youth and National Secondary School events), 20 years on the Finance Committee and 15 years as Otago delegate to the NZAAA. From 1975 to 1977 he was the Otago President: he was elected Life Member in 1989 and Patron in 2015.

Ron spent 15 years on the National Cross Country Selection Panel, being convenor for 11 of those years! During this period he was called upon to select a World marathon relay team; in 1980 he managed Senior Men’s, Women’s and a Junior Team to Australia, and in 1981 he Managed Men’s and Women’s Teams to the World Championships in Madrid, Spain. He convened an Oceania Team to Japan (which achieved 3rdplacing) and managed a small team to the Japanese Championships. In 1989 Ron was awarded one of the first NZAAA Merit Awards; in 1990 he was the Chief Official at the Commonwealth Games held in Auckland; was President from 1992-1993 and elected Life Member in 2010. In 2013 the IAFF sent him a Certificate of Recognition for Services to Athletics, and he was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to athletics.

While all this was going on, Ron pursued a successful business career in the motor trade, which began when he was employed as spare parts boy by City Motors in 1947. Two years later he was invited to join the General Accessory Company as a spare parts wholesaler, and ultimately became branch and area manager. He retained managerial positions during the subsequent three take overs of the firms he worked for, and retired from Repco in 1988.

Time management has obviously played a major part in Ron’s long and busy life. He was born and lived in South Dunedin’s Wynyard Street for 29 years; he then married Betty and they lived in Fairfield for 58 years, and in 2018 they shifted to Chatswood Retirement Village in Mosgiel where they celebrated their diamond wedding recently. Ron keeps himself fit by chasing a golf ball hopefully twice a week, and by regularly walking: he claims to be too busy to feebly fade away! He also probably holds the record for his regular attendance at the AGMs of the King’s High School Old Boy’s Association!

2019 Wall of Fame

Ross Murray – Sport – (1948 -1950 at King’s)

New Zealand plate winner (three times)
Bledisloe Cup winner (top amateur at New Zealand open) in 1958 and 1965
Jellicoe Cup winner (lowest round at New Zealand open) in 1965
New Zealand foursomes champion (five times)
Australian foursomes champion 1963
Canadian amateur runner-up 1967
Australian amateur runner-up 1969
New Zealand seniors champion 1990
Represented Southland at rugby and swimming
Represented Otago at rugby and cricket
Patron of Garden City Classic (Christchurch)
Past member of Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (Scotland)

Roger Lampen – Business – (1958 – 1962 at King’s)

Roger had success at athletics, 2nd XV rugby and drama. He had roles in the School productions of Charlies Aunt (he was Charlie) and The Importance of Being Earnest. Roger was a School Prefect in 1961 and Deputy Head Prefect in 1962

Roger attended the University of Otago w.here he gained a Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Geography and English and in 1968 a Master of Arts with Honours in Geography.

Before moving overseas to England where he was the Information Officer for the NZ High Commission he spent two years teaching at King’s.

Roger is or has been Chairman of the following Companies:

· Pass Technologies formerly Confurmo Ltd. is a London based international group of companies using innovative technologies in the background screening sector. (2015 – to the present)

· Veriphi Ltd. an Auckland, New Zealand is a company developing an innovative drug verification system using laser-based technologies. (2006 – to present)

· Geneva Healthcare a leading New Zealand healthcare and staffing services group of companies (1997 – 2017)

· Refsure Worldwide a Sydney, Australia, International background screening company (2005 – 2006)

He was Managing Director of Lampen Group Limited an Auckland, New Zealand company that finds office temporary and permanent staffing (1980 – 2001)

Roger is voluntary Chairman of the Project Kiwi Trust a community-based trust committed to conservation with a specific focus on kiwi. (2016 – Present )

He was the founder of the voluntary Workchoice Trust which is involved with linking high school students, schools and employers to help students make informed career choices. (1995 -2015)

Roger was a Trustee for the Alcohol and Drug Education in School programme – he had a role in establishing the Auckland Performing Arts School and was the initial Chairman of the Life Education Trust.

Peter T Burns (KHS 1952 -1956) – Humanities

LL.B. (Otago) 1963; LL.M. (Hons.) (Otago) 1963
Peter played hockey and was captain of the 1st XI in his 1956. He was a prefect and a Company Sergeant Major in the school’s Cadet Unit. He joined the Law Faculty at Otago University in 1964 as an Assistant Lecturer before moving on promotion to Senior Lecturer to Auckland in 1966. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1968 as an Assistant Professor in the Law Faculty of the University of British Columbia.
Professor Peter Burns, Q.C., was called to the Bar of B.C. in 1975 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984. From 1982-91, Professor Burns served as Dean of the Allard School of Law. He has also served on the British Columbia Law Reform Commission (1985-92) and the British Columbia Forest Resources Commission (1990-91) and was a board member of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre from 1986 to 1996.
Peter was appointed Chair of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy in 1993, is a former President of the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, and has been a member of the UN Organization Committee Against Torture since 1987 and its chair since 1998.
He has authored or edited several books and numerous articles in the fields of Torts, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure and International Criminal Law.
Peter Burns, Q.C. is Professor Emeritus and past Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia.

2018 Wall of Fame

Christopher de Hamel – Academic  (At KHS 1963 – 1967)

Christopher has been very much his own person for virtually all of his life and maintained a low profile while progressing steadily through King’s. However, as an avid collector of stamps, he helped to resuscitate the defunct Stamp Club and even became Club President in his final year.

14-year-old Christopher chanced upon an exhibition of A.H. Reed’s small collection of medieval manuscripts at the Dunedin Public Library and was “hooked’ by these illuminated manuscripts. During his school holidays, he hitchhiked around NZ to see the 77 recorded manuscripts. In 1969, while still a young History undergraduate at the University of Otago, the Public Library published his first book, entitled Books of Hours. In 1972, Christopher graduated with a BA (Hons) in History choosing to study the Treaty of Waitangi for his dissertation topic, possibly because it was one of NZ’s oldest documents.

Progressing to Oxford University, he achieved fame and a reputation to the extent that Sotheby’s, the famous London auctioneering firm, offered him employment in 1975 as the expert in illuminated manuscripts, three years before he completed his D Phil Degree on 12th Century Bible Commentaries. Before long he headed a high-profile department with an annual turnover frequently in excess of £10 million.

By the end of the 1980‘s he was the world’s pre-eminent merchant and cataloguer of medieval manuscripts, and had negotiated the sales of all eight of the most expensive manuscripts sold at auction, including the Gospels of Henry the Lion for nearly £12 million, and in the following year he arranged the private sale of the Furstenberg manuscripts for 48 million Deutschmarks. Because of his scholarly passion and despite being fully employed, he found time to publish major monographs, guides, and reviews, in 2001 publishing The Book: A History of the Bible, which tells the Bible story as an artefact and not as a theological treatise.

In 2002 he was appointed Donnelly Fellow Librarian at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, being the first full-time curator since the Library was established in 1352. In 2005 he completed a PhD at Cambridge, and in 2010 was the recipient of a Festschrift (a collection of writings published in honour of a scholar) which was contributed to by some 50 authors. In 2016 he published Meetings with Remarkable Manuscript’s. The book has been favourably reviewed, winning the Duff Cooper Prize for the best non-fiction book of 2016, and in 2017 the Wolfson History Prize, valued at £40,000.

Christopher retired at the end of 2016, although he remains a consultant (Senior Vice President) for Les Enluminures, of Chicago, New York, Paris and London. In 2002 the University of Otago awarded him with an Honorary Doctorate of Literature, with the History Department believing that he is their most illustrious product of his generation.

Hone Kouka – Arts ( At KHS 1982 – 1985)

Hone is of Maori descent and his iwi affiliations are Ngati Porou, Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Kahungunu. Arriving at King’s in his fourth form year, he impressed immediately because of his friendly manner and his multitude of talents. He participated in everything available, representing the school in Basketball and as an aggressive loose forward in Rugby: sadly a promising career in Rugby ended when he was literally ground into the mud at Littlebourne. In his final year at King’s he was awarded his Rugby Blue, acted in the major production Salad Days (for which he received a Drama Blue), was a Prefect and chaired the School Council. Hone had also developed a love of literature, having been mentored by his inspirational teacher of English, Mr Paul Aubin and progressed to Otago University, where he graduated with a BA Degree in English in 1988 and followed this two years later by gaining a Diploma in Drama from Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa/NZ Drama School.

By then Hone had realised that a Maori voice was missing on the stage of NZ Theatre and became determined to rectify this omission. He had attended playwright workshops in Wellington (1988), Nelson (1990) and Canberra (1992). His first play Mauri Tu was performed at Otago University in April 1991 for which he was rewarded with the Wellington Theatre Award for being the most promising newcomer in 1991. In 1992 he lectured and performed at University Drama classes in Sydney and Melbourne and was the youngest ever to win the 1992 Bruce Mason Playwrights’ Award and the 1992 Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for the most original production, for his play Hide ‘n’ Seek. He was awarded the Atairangikahu Award for Drama in 1993 and the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award in 1994 for the best NZ play for Te Tangata Toa an Ibsen inspired work which was heralded as a masterpiece in NZ Theatre.

In 1996, Hone was Writer-in-Residence at Canterbury University, when he was commissioned to write Waiora Te U Kaipo (The Homeland) for the 1996 NZ International Festival of the Arts: the play which is reminiscent of a Greek chorus subsequently toured nationally and internationally. In 2006, The Prophet completed a trilogy of plays – which included Home Fires and Waiora – which has been described as “moving, funny and definitely unforgettable.” In 2011, to celebrate the holding of the Rugby World Cup in NZ, and to show that “you could rise to greatness from humble beginnings”, Hone wrote I: George Nepia, the story of his great uncle whom many of the older generation still regard as NZ’s greatest All Black.

As well as writing plays, Hone writes prose, poetry, short stories (especially for children), novels, non-fiction, articles, reviews, films, TV productions and (with others) Waiata. Much of his work revolves around family, conflict, identity, truth, prejudice and how these themes can lead to alienation and even isolation. He has worked as a Development Executive with the NZ Film Commission, where he mentored Maori and non-Maori filmmakers and for Radio NZ’s Drama Department. In 2009 he was created a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for Services to Contemporary Maori Theatre.

Last year, Hone came to Dunedin to work with some of our Year 12 Drama students on an excerpt of Waiora and today, they had the privilege of working with him again – hence the photo at the end of this article. Hone has made a huge and lasting impact on these students and we are grateful for his input into their learning.

Warren Lees – Sport (At KHS 1965 – 1969)

Warren started small as a ball boy at Carisbrook, which was at that time the home of Otago Rugby and Cricket. It was inevitable that he would be attracted to both sports when he arrived at King’s, having already represented Otago and the South Island in Cricket at Primary School level. He represented King’s in each code at 1st team level for three years: in Rugby at both halfback and fullback, and like his elder brother Keith, was the Cricket Captain in his final two years. Against Shirley Boys’ he shared in a 291 run partnership, scoring 136 himself and in 1969 he led the 1st XI to win the Dunedin 2nd grade club competition, scoring 147 against Otago Boys’. While at school he was a member of the Otago Brabin Cup Team (under 20), and was later selected for the full NZ Team, for whom he played for five years. A Prefect in his final year, he then proceeded to Dunedin Teachers’ College where he trained as a Primary School Teacher, during which time he was selected for the NZ Under 23 Team and for the Otago Plunket Shield Team. He also represented the Otago 2nd Grade Rugby Team at fullback. He then secured a teaching position at Balmacewen Intermediate School.

In 1976, while holidaying in Europe with his wife, Warren was selected to tour the Indian Sub-Continent playing three tests against both Pakistan and India. In the third test against Pakistan, he rescued the team from a difficult position by scoring 152, which was at that time the highest test score by an NZ wicketkeeper. He represented NZ in 21 Test matches, taking 52 catches and 7 stumpings while scoring 778 runs at an average of 23.57. In ODI Cricket he played in 31 matches, taking 28 catches and 2 stumpings while scoring 215 runs at an average of 11.31. His international career in both forms of the game finished in 1983

Statistics can be difficult to follow but Warren’s tell the story of an incredibly successful cricket career. He played 146 first-class matches, taking 304 catches and effecting 44 stumpings, while scoring 4,932 runs at an average of 24.66, including 5 centuries and 18 half-centuries. He captained Otago for 9 years, during which time they won the Shell Trophy three times and the Shell Cup once. As Warren neared retirement he was the first Otago player to be awarded the English Tradition of a Benefit Year. In the 1989 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Services to Cricket. In 1989 he turned his attention to coaching Otago which led in 1990 to his being appointed coach of the national team. In 1992 he coached the Martin Crowe led the team to reach the semi-final of the World Cup Tournament, losing to the eventual champions Pakistan. However, later that year bomb blasts in Sri Lanka threatened the safety of the team and he found himself no longer required as a coach. He then worked full time for the Otago Cricket Association before managing the Otago Boys’ hostel for four years, the Cumberland Hall of Residence at Otago University for four years and the Hall of Residence at Canterbury University for three years.

In 2013 Warren began coaching Women’s Cricket, the Otago Sparks, winning two titles in five years. This led in 2015 to him coaching the White Ferns. When he had retired as a player he thought that representing NZ was the ultimate, but he has found that coaching NZ men’s and women’s teams had actually been a bigger highlight.

Warren is a man of principle who has probably contributed more to Otago Cricket than anybody else as a player, coach and administrator. For his endeavours he has been made a Life Member of the OCA and been honoured by a special dinner, only the fourth Otago great to be so rewarded. He has proved to be an excellent mentor to young people both within the world of Cricket and beyond.

2017 Wall of Fame

Graham Stanton – Academic (At KHS 1953-1957)

Graham grew up in Caversham and while at King’s played in the brass section of the school ensemble and captained the 2nd XI Soccer Team. He completed a B.A and then an M.A with honours in History at the University of Otago before proceeding to study Theology at Knox College. He completed his Bachelor of Divinity in record time, and with such distinction that the doors to study overseas opened. He then attended Westminster College in Cambridge where he was the Lewis and Gibson Scholar and a member of Fitzwilliam College.  It was here that he was mentored by the renowned Professor Moule to study towards his PhD which he gained in 1969. In 1970 he obtained his first permanent lectureship at King’s College, London. In 1974 during his first sabbatical, he won the prestigious Alexander von Humbold Stiftung Research Fellowship and studied the German New Testament at the University of Tübingen in Germany. Remarkably after a mere seven years, Graham was appointed Professor of New Testament Studies at King’s College, a position he held for 21 years. During this time he retained the affection and esteem of his colleagues and was an important figure in the life of the college and always ready to combine his own research and writing with teaching across every level. In 1985 he spent a term at the University of Otago and presented the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures. In 1998 Graham was appointed to the pre-eminent chair in his field becoming Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity at Cambridge.

A prolific scholar and specialist on the Gospel of Matthew, Graham wrote the popular textbook The Gospels and Jesus, A Gospel for a New People: Studies in Matthew, and Jesus and Gospel, which were translated into other languages. He also wrote, co-authored and edited many books, monographs, and journals. He was General Editor of the International Critical Commentaries, which for more than 100 years were the leading set of commentaries in English, on the Bible. In 1989 he served as Chairman of the British Society of New Testament Studies and in 1996 became President of the International Society in that field. Graham was a highly respected and much-valued Professor at Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College and Chairman of the Faculty Board of Divinity from 2001-2003. His stature was such that he was regularly invited to lecture in Europe, North America and Australia. Graham was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University of Otago in 2000. In 2006 for his contribution to biblical studies in the UK he was awarded the Burkitt Medal by the British Academy.

Chris Fennessy – Arts (At KHS 1984-1988)

When Chris Fennessy enrolled at King’s, he probably had no clear idea as to what his future might be; five years on this was no longer the case. As Head Boy, he had followed a somewhat traditional path to school leadership. He was captain of both the Cricket and Hockey 1st XI’s, captain of the Indoor Hockey team and represented Otago in both sports at age-group level. He had also taken full advantage of opportunities at school, and career-wise he was heading along a less conventional path; that of Music and Drama.

As a 14-year-old, and with no previous training, he sang solo at the school’s junior drama evening; from here his talent was recognised and he became the leader of the school choir, and in 1986, a member of the National Secondary Schools’ Choir. For three years he played the lead role in the combined King’s/Queen’s musical productions, and in 1988 he competed in the under-23 section of the Dunedin Opera Company’s aria competition against six others. His performance was such that he was awarded the prestigious Lily Latisheva Scholarship for the most promising singer over the whole competition. Chris headed to Brisbane in 1991 to study at the Queensland Conservatory of Music, determined to make a career in musical theatre.

In 1994, at the age of 23, Chris performed throughout New Zealand playing the demanding role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; such were the positive reviews that he was asked to join the Asian and South African International company of Les Miserables, and toured both in Africa and in Southern and Eastern Asia. He also understudied Rob Guest in the role of Valjean, touring throughout Australia and New Zealand in 1998-99. He then ventured to London to pursue his goal of performing on the West End stage, and did so, performing in various musical events (Tosca, Carmen, Evita, Billy Budd, Albert Herring, The Bear). This led to a two-year contract acting in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre.

All told, Chris has performed more than 3000 times in Les Miserables, playing the lead role more than 500 times. Despite winning the coveted ‘Best Performance in an Opera’ for two consecutive years, Chris was now a family man, and the late nights curtailed his spending quality time with his wife and family, so he returned to Brisbane.

In Brisbane, he established Epiphany Productions, which produces corporate entertainment, concerts, fully-staged musicals, cruise ship entertainment, and musically based programmes for the Brisbane City Council. Not only is this a vehicle for his own talents, it also helps those that he has mentored over the years. In January 2009 Epiphany Productions held a summer theatre school for those aged 12-18 in Dunedin.

Darren Smith – Sport (At KHS 1987-1991)

Darren Smith has played serious Hockey since his primary school days when he represented Otago at the National Hatch Cup Tournament. On his arrival at King’s, his potential was quickly recognised by outstanding coach Dave Ross, and he was immediately selected to play with the 1st XI, which he did for five years, ultimately captaining the team. In his final year at school not only was he selected for the Otago Senior team, but also for New Zealand at both Under 18 and Under 21 level. Because he was also playing for Albany (who won the premier club championship that year) and combined with his other playing commitments, Darren had little time left to play for the school, but he was available for the interschools, and at the National Secondary School’s Founders Cup Tournament, where King’s achieved 3rd equal and Darren gained the ‘Most Valuable Player’ Award. Deservedly Darren won the prestigious Salter Trophy in 1991, awarded to the King’s Sportsman of the Year.

Darren left Dunedin in 1993 to further his Hockey career in Christchurch. Having already represented Otago he then went on to represent Canterbury for the next three years while gaining a Diploma in Business Management Studies from the University. In 1995 he made his debut for the Black Sticks at a tournament in Kuala Lumpur, although like many young sportsmen it took him a while to cement his position. By 1997 he was a regular member of the team. He thrived in the environment, being awarded ‘Player of the Year’ in 1998, serving as Vice-Captain on occasion and Captain in 2003 and 2005. In 1998, at Utrecht in the Netherlands and in 2002 at Kuala Lumpur, Darren was a member of the Black Sticks Team which contested the World Cup. He represented New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, 2002 and 2006, winning a Silver Medal in 2002 at Manchester (making him the first sportsman from King’s to do so). In 2004 at Athens he became the second sportsman from King’s to represent his country at an Olympiad.

Darren retired as a player at the completion of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, having represented his country at 212 international matches. Far from resting on his laurels as a player, Darren had already started using his vast experience to develop the next generation of players, honing his coaching skills in the Waikato where he became the High-Performance Coach of the Midland franchise. In 2007 he was appointed Assistant Coach of the Black Sticks, a position he held for the next five years. Darren then went to Ireland to become Head Coach of the Irish Women’s Hockey Team, a position he held for three years, before returning to New Zealand in 2016 to become High-Performance Manager for Softball NZ. His dream, however, had always been to be Head Coach of the Black Sticks, and when the opportunity arose, his commitment and diligence were duly rewarded.

2016 Wall Of Fame

John Heslop (At KHS 1938–42)—Humanities

In his final year at King’s, John who died in 2014 was a prefect, the senior athletics champion, had spent four years in the 1st cricket XI, and was a member of the 1st rugby XV. He moved to OU, graduated MB ChB in 1949, becoming a house surgeon (with his future wife) at Dunedin Hospital, and then the resident surgical officer (RSO). He married Barbara, and they moved to England where John became RSO at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Ealing, where he qualified as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), before shifting to the Middlesex Hospital in London as the Leverhulme Research Fellow. The family then returned to Dunedin where he was senior registrar and surgical tutor at Dunedin Hospital while qualifying as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). Graduating with a Ch.M from OU in 1959, he was awarded the coveted Moynihan Prize for research in surgery, being the first NZ surgeon to achieve this honour which is awarded by the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, and not usually to anyone outside the UK. By 1960 John was surgeon in charge of the burns unit at Wakari Hospital, a position he held for 20 years, and two years later he became senior lecturer in surgery at the OU Medical School. In 1978 he was promoted to Associate Professor and Dean of Post Graduate Studies. In 1994 he retired ending 36 years as a public surgeon at Dunedin
Hospital, and 35 years as a private surgeon at Mercy Hospital. He had pioneered stomach stapling, has been national president and a life member of the Cancer Society of NZ and had co-founded Sports Medicine NZ in Dunedin in an effort to get uniformity of treatment throughout NZ—he was duly awarded life membership. While all this had been going on, John had not neglected his sporting interests, especially regarding cricket. He had displayed his talent as a swing bowler and represented Otago in the Brabin Shield tournament as a school leaver and represented Otago B after several years playing club cricket in Dunedin and in London, but his greatest contribution to the game was as an administrator. In 1960 he was chairman of selectors for the Otago Plunket Shield team and was instrumental in recognising the potential of Glenn Turner to be one of the world’s most successful test batsmen. John was appointed to the NZ Cricket Board of Control, and subsequently, the NZ Cricket Council, serving as president and being made a life member (he had previously served as president of the Otago Cricket Association and awarded life membership). In 1976 he was the manager of the NZ cricket team which contested the World Cup ODI tournament in England, and ten years later managed the NZ tour of the West Indies. In his “spare” time he edited a history of Logan Park, was a president of the Dunedin Wine and Food Society and was a member of the Dunedin Tripe and Onions Club which met monthly to consume this delicacy! John’s career culminated in 1995 when in the New Year’s Honours he was awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to medicine, sport, and the community—thereby joining his wife who had been awarded her CBE five years earlier! He and Barbara were very much a team, having been joint recipients of the RACS—awarded Sir Louis Barnett Medal for services to surgical education, while in 2004 the RACS established the Heslop Medal to honour their huge contribution to medicine. Generally described as amiable or genial, John died within months of Barbara.

Wayne Wright (At KHS 1959–62) —Business

Apart from being the school’s “Fives” champion in his final year at King’s, and famously hitting a whirlwind 128 runs in 80 minutes in a cricket match against South Otago High School, Wayne generally maintained a low profile and left school after four years. Even then he harboured doubts about authority, and through achieving the requirements for a Queen’s Scout, he had absorbed the concepts of collaboration, taking risks, and assuming responsibilities, which became essential when he and Chloe married young. To support the growing family of five children, Wayne became a lawn-mowing contractor in Lower Hutt and progressed to being a general contractor specialising in the manufacture and construction of crib walls throughout the lower North Island. In 1975 he and Chloe established their first kiwifruit orchard in the Bay of Plenty, and Wayne became a main syndicator of kiwifruit orchards. Meanwhile in 1978 they had started a company in Escondido, Southern California, making and building crib walls, and when the rules for tax deductibility relating to expenses incurred in the development were changed, and with the kiwifruit industry seemingly on a downward slide, they sold up their business interests in NZ and shifted the family to Austin, Texas where they expanded their crib wall company across America and into Mexico, employing 1000. In 1990 they started a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telecommunications venture in Alabama, using technology which is nowadays taken for granted, up against Bell South which was using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). However, towards the end of the century, Wayne and Chloe sold up all of their US interests and moved back to the home they had built and retained in Omokoroa, a small community about a dozen kilometres northwest of Tauranga, where after dabbling  in property and establishing websites, they discovered Early Childhood Education (ECE). Despite their previous lack of experience in that field, this has become their consuming passion. They established KidiCorp, which they built-up to become NZ’s largest childcare group: this took some fifteen years of consistent application in order to convince people that the “driver” behind this structured and professional enterprise was motivated by wishing to make a difference to children’s lives, rather than merely seeking financial reward. Through judicious growth and strategic organisation, KidiCorp morphed into BestStart which today operates out of 256 centres, is licensed for 15,720 children, and employs more than 4,370 staff, while maintaining Wayne’s vision of excellence and sector consolidation. In January 2015, ownership of BestStart was transferred from the Family Trust to the Wright Family Foundation, a Registered Charity which seeks to enable individuals to achieve their full potential through education in its widest and most varied forms. Last year the Foundation distributed nearly $1 million and aims to distribute increasing amounts each year, depending on the availability of such funds. During all this, Wayne has not ignored the community from which he chooses to operate, having established the clubrooms at the Omokoroa Sportsground, been treasurer of the Omokoroa Pony Club, underwritten the sinking of the Taioma diving wreck off the Bay of Plenty coast, and underwritten the construction of the BoP cricket pavilion in Tauranga in time for the 2014 World Cup. He has been or is a Trustee of the NZ Plain Speaking Awards, Plunket NZ Gold Sponsor, the NZ Spelling Bee, and this year the NZ Literature Quiz World Championships. Wayne is a low-profile man who makes things happen; he is individualistic and self-motivated and was last year’s EY Master class Entrepreneur of the Year. He is also a Trustee of the King’s High School Charitable Trust.

2015 Wall of Fame

Lindsay Carter (At KHS 1945–49) —Academic

While at King’s, Lindsay was an athlete, in the 1949 Tennis team, and a member of the 1st Soccer XI for three years. He left school to study physical education at Otago University, which in those days offered a three-year diploma course only. He was awarded his Diploma in Physical Education in 1953 and after spending a year at Auckland Teachers’ College he returned to Otago and became a Research Assistant to Professor Smithells, and a Junior Lecturer in 1955 when the incumbent was overseas on study leave. Lindsay won a Fulbright Scholarship in 1956 and studied at the University of Iowa, gaining an M.A. and a Ph.D (1959) before returning to New Zealand to lecture in physical education for three years, followed by his appointment in 1962 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education at San Diego State University in California. There Lindsay taught applied anatomy and kinesiology, biomechanics, growth and development, and kinanthropometry. In 1964 he established an Anthropometry Laboratory and in 1967 an Electromyography Laboratory. In 1983 he received the Outstanding Faculty Award, and in the following year the Exceptional Merit Award. His main research interest has been in kinanthropometry, which is the science of the movement of the body and those influencing factors such as body build, body movements, proportions, composition, shape and maturation, motor mobilities and cardiorespiratory capacities, physical and recreational activity, as well as highly specialised sports performance. It focuses on the structure and function of athletes and non-athletes and has applications for medicine, education and government. Lindsay is the co-developer of the method most widely used in body build research: the Heath-Carter Somatotype Method. He was the key investigator in anthropometric studies of Olympic and World Championship athletes at Mexico (1968), Montreal (1976), Perth (1991), Uruguay (1995), and Zimbabwe (1995) and has served as a consultant and co-investigator in 18 countries. He has published some 125 articles and chapters, as well as being author or editor of nine books. Many honours have been bestowed on Lindsay. In 2003 the Auckland University of Technology opened the J. E. Lindsay Carter Kinanthropometry Laboratory as a teaching, research, and community facility, and ten years later the J. E. Lindsay Carter Kinanthropometry Clinic and Archive, which provides teaching, research and community services to children, adolescents and athletes at different levels of the sport. The Semmelweiss University in Hungary (1998) and the Vrije University in Belgium (2005) have each bestowed honorary doctorates on him. He is a Life Member of Physical Education New Zealand, and in 2006 he was elected to the inaugural Wall of Fame at Otago University’s School of Physical Education. He is Honorary Life Member and Past President of the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK), and Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Education. Lindsay retired in 1992 and is currently Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University where he continues his research as well as consulting, organising workshops, and accepting invited presentations.

The Reverend Canon David Morrell (At KHS 1954–57) —Humanities

David comes from a family prominent in Dunedin educational circles. His father was Professor of History at Otago University, and for 14 years Chairman of the Otago High Schools Board which controlled King’s; his aunt taught at Otago Girls’ High School for 35 years ultimately as First Assistant, and his grandfather was Rector of Otago Boys’ High School from 1907–33 and subsequently Chancellor of Otago University.
In his final year at King’s David was a member of the 1st Hockey XI. He then attended Otago University graduating BA in History & English in 1963. He received his Licentiate of Theology (L. Th.) after studying at St John’s Anglican College in Auckland from 1964–66 and became curate of St John’s Roslyn. Three month’s Clinical Pastoral Education at Porirua Hospital led in 1971 to a post as Acting Presbyterian Chaplain at Dunedin Hospital and then as Anglican Chaplain at Christchurch Hospital. He was later at Burwood Hospital Christchurch and was Co-ordinating Ecumenical Chaplain. He was President of the NZ Hospital Chaplains’ Association and a member of the Department of Health’s Inter-Church Council on Hospital Chaplaincy. From 1977 he undertook a postgraduate study into the health/welfare and theology interfaces at the University of Birmingham, gaining a Diploma in Pastoral Studies (DPS); this included part-time training as a Probation Officer there. He spent the following year as a salesperson at Harrods of Knightsbridge.
In 1982 David was appointed as City Missioner at the Christchurch City Mission. The City Mission is an Anglican centre city social service organisation ministering to the downtrodden, the homeless and the drug and alcohol addicted. He held the position for 22 years retiring in 2004. The budget rose to well over $lM and staff to about 65, as the work expanded in response to changing social and economic conditions. The position was a high profile one involving a great deal of media contact. In 1990 he was appointed to the Cathedral Chapter as a Clerical Canon and remains an Honorary Canon. He was a member of the Diocesan Standing Committee.
In 2001 David stood for election to the Canterbury District Health Board and has at times been highest polling member, chairing the Board’s Hospital Advisory Committee for many years. He continues on the Health Board. He chairs the trust for The Nurses’ Memorial Chapel: the chapel commemorates NZ nurses killed when travelling with their army hospital to Salonika to nurse the wounded of Gallipoli—their ship being torpedoed by a submarine in the Aegean Sea in October 1915. The heritage building is currently awaiting earthquake repairs. David is also controversially, a trustee of the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust which seeks to restore heritage buildings in Christchurch damaged by the earthquakes, in particular the Christchurch Cathedral. Since 2007, he has been British Honorary Consul at Christchurch covering the South Island and was involved in the quakes and the Pike River mine disaster.
David has remained at the top of his professional and pastoral life by judicious travel to attend relevant study courses and conference programmes in Australia, Europe, Great Britain and North America, often funded by fellowships, grants or as a member of a delegation. As a Churchill Fellow in 1994, he visited Washington, New York, London and Manchester having discussions with senior governmental officials, politicians and organisations on the process of advocacy for the disadvantaged, and also participating in a three-week strategic leadership course at Ashridge Management College funded by the Bonar Law Trust. In 1988 a St John’s College Fellowship had taken him to Virginia Seminary to participate in a six-week MidCareer Assessment Programme.
David’s work has not gone unnoticed: he was awarded a 1990 Commemoration Medal for Community Services, in 1994 Lions’ International made him a Melvin Jones Fellow; and in 2004 he was made a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management. In 2002 the Queen honoured him with the Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for Community Service.

Glen Denham (At KHS 1977–82) —Sports

Glen is of Maori descent, and Te Arawa is his iwi affiliation. During the school’s first fifty years, he was the third pupil to be selected as Head Boy for two consecutive years. Glen is one of the most versatile sportsmen to represent King’s. He was awarded Blues in basketball, cricket, soccer and volleyball— indeed at the 1982 winter interschool against Southland Boys’ High School, he played in the basketball, volleyball and soccer matches! He captained the school’s 1st Cricket XI for two years, hitting a century against Shirley Boys’ High School; represented Otago at Basketball while still a schoolboy; and was a member of the school’s 1st Soccer XI which included three players who would in future captain New Zealand, in Basketball, Cricket and Soccer! Not surprisingly Glen won the Salter Trophy in 1982 as sportsman of the year. In 1983 he left school to attend the Dunedin College of Education and gained Diploma of Teaching.
Glen first represented New Zealand at Basketball in 1984 and played in more than 200 matches for his country. He remains the longest-serving Captain (13 years) of any New Zealand international sports team. During this time he mentored a new generation of basketball stars, including Phil Jones, Mark Dickel, Pero Cameron and Sean Marks. He was named most outstanding New Zealand forward three times, and at 1986
FIBA World Championships (where New Zealand was placed 13th) he scored an average of seven points per game. During an illustrious NBL career, which started in 1986 with the Waikato Pistons and subsequently with the Canterbury Rams and the Otago Nuggets, he scored more than 4000 points secured an impressive 2000 rebounds: his 50 point haul against Harbour on June 11, 1993, is still the franchise record!
At the same time Glen was enjoying success in both television and radio, appearing with Lana Coc-Kroft in the entertainment series Across the Ditch, and in such other shows as Sports Cafe, A Question of Sport, Clash of the Codes, Deaker, Give Us a Chance, and A Game of Two Halves. He was a basketball commentator for both NBL and international matches, and for Radio Sport, while also hosting the radio show The Bigger Breakfast.
In 2000, Glen and his family moved to England, where he was appointed Deputy Head Teacher at Moulsham Junior School at Chelmsford in Essex, and then to Woolwich Polytechnic in southeast London. In 2009 he was appointed Principal of the new 1600 pupil Oasis Academy Shirley Park in Croydon, a tough environment with high levels of deprivation and need, gang issues, and teenage pregnancy all prevalent. The student population was predominantly Afro-Caribbean, speaking more than thirty languages, with only seventeen per cent white British. However Glen believed that it shouldn’t matter where the pupils came from, nor the status of their parents, but the quality of the education they received; it was all about social justice and transformation. Because of his leadership and his dedicated staff, the school’s GCSE results improved by a staggering 38 percentage points, and it reached the top one per cent of the most improved schools in the United Kingdom. This year Glen has returned to New Zealand to become Principal of Massey High School in northwest Auckland.

2014 Wall of Fame

Ian Farrant (At KHS 1955–59) —Business

Ian was the youngest of three brothers to attend King’s: the eldest Brian, became an electrical engineer, the second Murray, became an anaesthetist, and Ian chose a career in business. The boys’ father, a former school principal, was also a relief teacher at King’s in 1967. After leaving school as the cross-country champion, Ian secured a job at the Inland Revenue Department, while studying part-time at Otago University for a commerce degree, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Marketing. Ian immediately headed to the UK for two years, working for Cooper Bros in London and Glasgow. Upon returning to Dunedin he worked as a tax expert for an associate of Coopers, before becoming one of the first tax partners with Peat Marwick. He also lectured part-time at Otago University for twelve years. In 1984, aware that NZ had a limited pool of experienced company directors, Ian decided to become a full-time professional director with professional interests which eventually ranged from banking to salmon farming, brewing to oil refining, as well as tourism, aviation, roading and infrastructure, meat, fishing and the wool industries. By the end of his full-time career, Ian had been a director of 16 listed companies, 9 unlisted, 4 State-Owned Enterprises (SOE’s), 2 Local Authority Trading Enterprises (LATE’s), 4 Statutory Authorities and 3 farmer co-operatives. He was chairman of 16 of these enterprises. He also assisted the various governments of the day as initial Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (managing South Island health with a budget of $lb), Chairman of the Waterfront Industry Restructuring Authority (which completely restructured NZ port’s labour resources), Chairman of the NZ Shipping Corporation (when it was decided to withdraw from international shipping), Chairman of NZ Post Properties, Director of NZ Post, NZ Forest Corporation and a member of Transit NZ, and the NZ Securities Commission. However, the undoubted highlight of lan’s career was his 29 years on the board of Dunedin—established Fulton Hogan, including 24 years as Chairman. When he joined the company in 1974 it had an annual turnover of $5m and employed 160 people. When he retired, the turnover was $1.3 billion with more than 3000 on the payroll. The company has been and still is, an outstanding NZ success story, operating throughout Australasia and the Pacific. As an accountant, Ian had been trained to compartmentalise projects: at one stage he was
Chairman of NZ Refining, which made bitumen, a Member of Transit NZ, which allocated road funding, and Chairman of Fulton Hogan which laid the bitumen, all the while managing to avoid any conflict of interest! Although now semi-retired, he remains Chairman of Skeggs Group (fishing and tourism) and a director of Wilson Holdings (transport), both private companies. Ian modestly claims that, at three times in his life, he was the right person in the right place at the right time; however his ability and his talents were highly appreciated by companies and governments over a long period. In 1997 Ian moved to a 40-hectare cattle and deer farm near Wanaka maintaining business contacts by using modern technology and his own aircraft to attend meetings. In 1986 Ian was made a Fellow of the NZ Chartered Accountants, and four years later a grateful government awarded him the 1990 Commemorative Medal. Subsequently, he was one of sixteen inaugural Distinguished Fellows of the NZ Institute of Directors. In 2007 the Queen made him a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to business and the community. Ian believes this recognition was important for raising the profile of the business community and thereby show how fundamental, strong and healthy businesses are, to the health and well-being of our economy and our nation.

Laurie Mains (At KHS 1960–64) —Sport

In his final year at King’s Laurie was selected for the 1st XV and appointed Vice-Captain: he had previously spent two years in the 1st XI Cricket team. On leaving school he joined the Southern Rugby Club as a fullback and played in more than 100 matches for the premier team, scoring 1251 points before retiring in 1977. In 1967 he was selected for the Otago Provincial team, playing in 115 matches and scoring 967 points before retiring in 1975. Apart from his reliable goal kicking, a key attribute was his defence, achieved through sound
positional play and his combination with his wingers. In 1971, following the defeat by the British Lions at Carisbrook he was selected for NZ and played in the remaining three Tests, scoring a try in his 17 points. Recalled in 1976 to play in the sole Test against Ireland, he kicked a penalty and was included in the NZ team to tour South Africa. Despite not being selected for the Tests, and merely playing in eleven matches he still scored 132 points, which equalled the record scored by a New Zealand player touring that country. Retiring as a player, Laurie turned to coaching, no doubt helped by his sojourn at Dunedin Teacher’s Training College when he left school: in those days the students were taught how to teach rather than merely to communicate, and he duly qualified as a primary school teacher, teaching in the Taieri area. He was a coach of the Southern premier team from 1979 and won the club premiership three seasons in a row. In 1984 he began coaching Otago, ultimately for 164 matches, and winning the provincial title in 1991—he is the only player to play for and coach his province in more than 100 matches! In 1991 he was appointed convenor of selectors and coach of the All Blacks, and in the 1995 World Cup final played at Johannesburg his team, despite being weakened by illness and playing at altitude was only defeated by South Africa when a goal was drop-kicked during extra time! He subsequently coached the Golden Lions to win South Africa’s Vodacom and Currie Cups, before coaching the Cats, and later the Highlanders. He was subsequently appointed by the NZRU as National Resource Coach and facilitated courses for emerging coaches. On occasion, he also offered technical advice to the King’s 1st XV. Laurie was renowned as a coach of forwards despite being a fullback, and for his use of innovative methods: one being to take his players deep-sea fishing off the Otago coast! In 1992 Laurie was NZ Rugby Personality of the year; in 1996 he was the subject of a book written by Howitt & McConnell entitled simply ‘Laurie Mains’ which concentrated mainly on his coaching, especially his tenure with the All Blacks, and he received the Services to Otago Sport Award; and in 1998 he was honoured by the Queen and made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to rugby. In 2005, prior to a test between the two countries, 430 eminent guests gathered in Dunedin for a testimonial breakfast to honour his contribution to rugby as a player and as a coach in both New Zealand and South Africa. He remains a committee member of the Sassenachs Rugby Club and a Trustee of The Otago Amateur Rugby Charitable Trust. But there is more to Laurie than merely rugby: for several years he was a sheep farmer at Woodside on the Taieri Plains, and he is a successful businessman, having owed Profile Homes & Versatile Garages and is currently Managing Director of G. J. Gardner Homes Otago. Laurie and wife Annemarie are Trustees of The Lift (Life Improvement For Teenagers) Charitable Trust which they fund for the purpose of financially assisting disadvantaged teenagers to benefit from education and cultural activities not funded by the education system: several King’s boys have been assisted by the Trust.

William McLean (At KHS 1946–50) —Academic


While at King’s, Bill McLean maintained a high degree scholarship, and in his final year was made a Prefect. He entered Otago University and graduated B.Sc., in 1954, and M.Sc., in 1956 with first-class honours in physics. As a result, he was awarded a Shell Senior Scholarship, which provided him with a place in Clare College at Cambridge University to study as a research student in the famous Cavendish Laboratory. He chose to study superconductivity, which today has many applications such as fast digital circuits, low-loss power cables, powerful magnets used in medical scanners, and to levitate trains. At the time Bill began his research, a theory of superconductivity had been proposed, and experimental, confirmation was needed. Joining an elite group within the Cavendish Lab (the Mond), Bill designed and constructed a new type of apparatus to measure the superconducting penetrating depth (the distance by which a magnetic field penetrates into a superconductor) in aluminium at a certain frequency over a range of temperatures. His experimentation was entirely successful, and he was awarded his PhD in 1960. Following a brief sojourn at the University of British Columbia, he was appointed to Rutgers University in New Jersey, ultimately being promoted to Professor. Over the years new effects were discovered, and new materials came into prominence, with high-temperature superconductors as the most recent surprise. Bill always in the vanguard, making his own contribution to each exciting new development, usually with one or more research students for he was a committed teacher and a true scholar who was never content until he had reached the bottom of any problem. The papers that he published as a result of his research have been regarded as meticulously careful, the work of an imaginative scientist who chose to investigate critical problems of fundamental importance. Bill had a deep grasp of the entire field of solid-state physics, and an ability to communicate his understanding with real skill and style, not a trait common among practitioners of the subject. A Nobel prize-winning physicist considered Bill to be a first-rate experimentalist whose work was of the highest quality and which had a considerable international impact. A colleague described Bill as being a very private modest, rather shy person unfailingly kind and generous, giving freely of his time and knowledge. He never married, but radiating gentle good humour made friends all around the world and was both welcomed as a visitor and welcoming as a host. Following his untimely death from cancer in December 1990, a memorial colloquium was held the following year in the Physics Auditorium at Rutgers with eminent participants from around the world with whom he had worked during his research career; all spoke in glowing terms of Bill as a person, and of his important contributions to science.


2013 Wall of Fame

Barry Cleavin (Attended King’s High from 1953 to 1958) – Arts

Born and raised in Dunedin, Cleavin then spent 50 years in Christchurch before the earthquakes damaged his home. But he had returned home after purchasing a house earlier this year ”down the bay”.

He is New Zealand’s most distinguished printmaker, developing an arts practice in prints that exposes the gap between appearance and reality. Barry’s art reveals the hypocrisy of its subjects in images that range from the playful and surreal to barbed social commentary. Barry was Senior Lecturer of printmaking at the University of Canterbury (1978 -1990) and awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1983 and the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001. His work has also been the subject of two major surveys, Ewe & Eye at the Auckland Art Gallery (1982), and The Elements of Doubt at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery (1987). ‘Lateral Inversions’ The Prints of Barry Cleavin by Dr.Melinda Johnston and Dr Rodney Wilson, published by Canterbury University Press details aspects of his imagery and practice.

Philip Rush (attended King’s High School from 1977 to 1980) – Sport
Philip is considered one of the great marathon swimmers, setting many long-distance swimming records in his 10-year career.
His most notable record was in 1987 when he crossed the English Channel three times in a row – 140km in 28 hours and 21 minutes.
Rush was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
His international career lasted from 1979 to 1988. He is still the world record-holder for the fastest two (16hr 10min) and three-way (28hr 21min) swims of the English Channel which he completed in 1987.
Philip swam the English Channel 10 times and Cook Strait on eight occasions. He completed a double-crossing of Cook Strait in 1984 and 1988 with the best time of 16hr 16min.
James Valentine (Attended Kings High School form 1936 to 1938)
James (Jim) Valentine left King’s High in 1938 after three years as a prefect and dux. He enlisted in the air force for World War 2 and spent three years as a prisoner of war in Java. When he returned, he resumed his bachelor of commerce studies part-time and graduated with the highest marks in New Zealand for accounting in 1947. He was elected a life member of the NZ Society of Accountants in 1980.
Jim was an Alumni of the Department of Accountancy & Business Law (BCom, Accounting 1947), a member of staff in the Department (1948-1969), and Chancellor of the University of Otago (1982-1992).
“He brought dignity and the wisdom of experience to the role of chancellor of the university. With typical modesty he once said, ‘You don’t do it all by yourself. The knack is to let others get the credit’.”
The JA Valentine Visiting Professorship was established from a gift given to the 1990 Development Appeal to encourage persons of eminence in the fields of business to visit the University of Otago. These Visiting Professorships in the School of Business and the Division of Sciences were established for the furtherance of Business and Marine Science education. Professorships are offered to encourage persons of eminence in the fields of Business or Marine Science to visit the University of Otago, deliver lectures and interact with departments in their area of research expertise.
2012 Wall of Fame
DOUGLAS SAXON COOMBS – ACADEMIC (At King’s High School 1938-1942)
Born in Dunedin in 1924 and educated at King’s High School, Doug attended the University of Otago, graduating with an MSc with first-class honours in 1948. He then studied at the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD in 1952.
First appointed an assistant lecturer in geology at Otago in 1947, Doug became a professor in 1956 – a position he held for 34 years. He retired in 1989 and was granted the title of professor emeritus.
Doug was noted for his studies of the rocks of the southern South Island of New Zealand. The mineral species coombsite, K(Mn2+, Fe2+, Mg)13(Si, Al)18O42(OH)14, is named for him.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1962, and in 1969 he won the society’s Hector Medal, at that time New Zealand’s highest science prize. He received the Mineralogical Society of America Award in 1963. In the 2002 New Year Honours, Doug was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mineralogy. He was a  Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Science. Honorary D.Sc. University of Geneva Life member of the Mineralogical Society of America. Honorary Member of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and  Ireland.
A right-hand batsman and leg-break bowler, Doug played cricket for Otago in the 1942–43 season.
John was born in November 1929, and attended St Clair School, followed by Kings High School, then undertook MA studies at Otago University. He attended the Theological Hall as a special student in 1952.  John travelled overseas for further study at King’s College in the United Kingdom and graduated with an MA from Canterbury in 1954. He married Shirley in July of the same year in Cambridge, England. John then studied at Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Switzerland before returning to New Zealand where he accepted a call and was ordained at St David’s, Taihape in June 1956. John resigned from this role on 31 January 1962 and was appointed as ecumenical chaplain to Victoria University and Wellington Teachers’ College from 1 February 1962.  During these years John was actively involved in protests against the Vietnam war. John accepted a call to Knox Church, Christchurch in November 1967.
He worked with HART (Halt all Racial Tours) and was involved with the NZ Race Relations Council. John was then called to St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington, in February 1975 and served there until his retirement in 1993. During these years, St Andrew’s became a centre for social action and political debate. John co-founded “Boycott” to stop the All Blacks tour of South Africa in 1985. He served as the convener of the Presbyterian Public Questions Committee. John also played an important part as a cofounder and later as chairperson of Te Kakano o te Aroha Marae Trust, Moera, Lower Hutt, in 1988. John was installed as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand in 1990 and presided at the 150th-anniversary celebrations. He helped found the St Andrew’s Music Trust and the St Andrew’s Trust for Religion and Society. John was the founder and chairperson of the NZ Hymnbook Trust, promoting and publishing New Zealand hymns and songs for all churches. In addition, he was the manager and the chief editor of “Alleluia Aotearoa”, the first book of NZ hymns for all churches in Aotearoa, published in 1993. John believed the church needed to speak into the social and political issues of the day – both within Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. Not only to speak – but to act. John was active in social engagement and the list of his passionate commitments is long and includes being a member with Amnesty International for many years; he was also actively engaged in the fight to save historic buildings and sites including the Bolton Street Cemetery and 22 The Terrace in Wellington and was a strong supporter of the 1985 homosexual law reform bill.
John also served as chairperson of the national co-ordinating World Court Project committee to outlaw nuclear weapons at the International Court of Justice. John was granted minister emeritus status by the Wellington Presbytery in July 1993, retired from active ministry and moved to Raumati (Kapiti Coast). In retirement he remained active in many spheres including serving as president of Frederic Wallis House, an ecumenical retreat centre in Lower Hutt; as the national co-convener of Abolition 2000, the NZ movement to eliminate all nuclear weapons; and as a world church peace monitor for the first post-apartheid democratic election in South Africa in 1994. He was involved in publishing “Songs of Praise from Aotearoa”, the first video of NZ hymns in 1999 and published “Faith Forever Singing”, 80 new NZ Hymns, in 2000. John was awarded the ONZM (Officer of the NZ Order of Merit) for service to the community in 2000. He was appointed as a member of the Race Relations Sector Advisory Group of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission in 2003. John worked for causes close to his heart in his local community, actively working towards initiating local Kapiti Coast civic/community celebrations of Waitangi Day; and was part of an inter-iwi group promoting better race relations between different local ethnic groups. He was a founding trustee of “Dignity New Zealand Trust” for law change on end-of-life decisions (voluntary euthanasia).

THE HONOURABLE HUGH TEMPLETON – (At King’s High School 145 to 1947) – ACADEMIC

Hugh was born in Wyndham, Southland, in 1929. He was educated at Gore High School, King’s High School, the University of Otago, and then as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford University. He married Russian-born New Zealand novelist Natasha Templeton in Wellington in 1961. From 1954 to 1969 Hugh served with the New Zealand Department of External Affairs, first in London, and then in Wellington, before going as the last Deputy High Commissioner of Western Samoa to prepare specially for independence and then to New York to assist secure Samoa’s post-independence aid programmes, under Guy Powles. From 1965 to 1969 he served in Wellington working on Asian and European and Defence affairs, before being elected to Parliament for Awarua 1969- 1972, for Karori 1978–1981 and for Ohariu 1981–1984.

Hugh was appointed to various positions in communications and economic portfolios during the Muldoon National Government of 1975–1984. Templeton was Minister of Revenue (1977–1982) and Minister of Trade and Industry (1981–1984) with responsibility for ANZCER (Australia – New Zealand Closer Economic Relations free trade agreement). Templeton also worked with the Prime Minister on stimulating New Zealand’s onshore petroleum programme as part of Think Big. He wrote a book All Honourable Men: Inside the Muldoon Cabinet 1975–1984 on this period.

In the 1992 New Year Honours, Hugh was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for public services.

He was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia (OA) 2009 for services to Australia-New Zealand relations. This honour is one of the highest in Australia and Hugh was invested by Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a special ceremony held in Canberra in Feb 2011. Hugh was the first King’s student to win a Rhodes Scholarship its first MP and its first Minister of the Crown.

2011 Wall of Fame

Sir Frank Holmes – Academic – (At KHS 1937–1941)

In his final year at King’s, Frank was the first ever fives champion, cricket and rugby blue, a prefect, and Dux. He left to attend Otago University, but his studies were interrupted by three tours of duty with the RNZAF as a torpedo bomber pilot, then as a fighter pilot in the Pacific, being Mentioned in Dispatches following low-level raids on Rabaul.
Returning to university, he became president of the OUSA, helping to repair some tension which had arisen between the student body and the authorities. He completed his BA at Auckland and his MA with first class honours in economics and economic history at Victoria University Colleges. As a trainee diplomat, Frank moved into the economics section of the Prime Minister’s and External Affairs Departments, where his talents in explaining complex economic information were soon recognised, but instead, he returned to Victoria to lecture in economics, pursuing a distinguished academic career by becoming Macarthy Professor of Economics, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Administration, Foundation Professor of Money and Finance, Visiting Professor of Public Policy, and ultimately Emeritus Professor. In 1957 as a Commonwealth Fellow, he travelled to Europe to study trade issues of future importance to New Zealand’s economic development, while in 1963–64 he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and was a Carnegie Visitor to several US universities. Frank also had major involvement with educational issues, which included educational planning, restructuring NZ universities, providing professional education in the health sector and providing continuing education particularly for policymakers and bankers in Australasia and the Pacific. His ideas were widely disseminated in books, pamphlets and articles on economics, finance, planning, and international affairs, and are illuminated by his fruitful interplay between academia, direct involvement in the business world, and the application of theory and experience at the highest levels. His directorships and chairmanships embrace the insurance world, banking, the forest industry, strategic planning, and the promotion of closer relationships in the Asia-Pacific region: he is a former chairman of the Asia 2000 Foundation of NZ and founded and chaired the Hugo Consulting Group. Frank’s command of economic theory, his business experience, his grasp of complex issues and his management skills brought him into demand by government and national bodies. He has had a remarkable record in public service and policy-making advice: he was Foundation Chairman of the NZ Planning Council, after chairing the Task Force on Economic and Social Planning, and the Monetary and Economic Council. He has consistently argued for a more open NZ economy, and the benefits of national, regional and global efforts to liberalise trade and investment. In 1974 Frank received the Mackie Medal from the Australian and NZ Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS), and in 1975 was knighted for his services to economics and education—he remains our only knight! In 1995 he received the NZIER/Qantas Award for excellence in the economics of direct benefit to New Zealand. A JP, both Otago and Victoria Universities have conferred honorary doctorates on him, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the NZ Association of Economists, and of the NZ Institute of Directors, and a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management. New Zealand’s social life, its health and education systems, and its capacity to face future economic challenges have greatly benefited from Frank’s dedicated service and vision.

MALCOLM  TEMPLETON  (At King’s High School 1936-40) –  ACADEMIC

Malcolm was a foundation year pupil at King’s High School, Malcolm Templeton was Dux in 1940, won a National Scholarship and enrolled at Otago University, where he graduated with an MA with First Class Honours in English and Latin in 1945.

Born in Dunedin, educated at Gore High School, Kings High School, and Otago University.

 Began a career in the External Affairs Department (later Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or MFAT). In 1967 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He served as Deputy Permanent Head of the Prime Minister’s Department in 1972, after which he was appointed New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. On his return to Wellington in 1978 he was appointed Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

On his retirement, and after a term as founding Director of the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University, he became in effect MFAT’s historian in residence.

In recognition of his work as a diplomat, Templeton was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order. He was also awarded a doctorate in literature from his old University of Otago for his outstanding scholarship.

Jeff Robson (At King’s High School 1940 to 1943 – Sport

“Put a racket in his hand and magic would result—that seemed to be the case in the long dual career.” So proclaimed the citation when Jeff Robson was one of 67 individuals inducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame when it was established in Dunedin in 1990. His road to greatness developed while at King’s High School as he was selected for the school tennis team while still a third former. The following year he was finalist in the school championship, being narrowly defeated because being small in stature he lacked a net game; typically he persevered, and in the next two years won the championship easily because of his net game. He was also fives champion in his final year at school. Jeff then attended Otago University, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree, having been awarded the Royal NZ Dental Corp Prize for excellence in Children’s and Public Health dentistry; he became Principal Dental Officer in Auckland responsible for the administration of the School Dental Service in that region, and ultimately
Born on the 30th September 1926 Jeff Robson was one of the outstanding New Zealand sportsmen of his day, excelling at both badminton and tennis on the international stage.
As a badminton player, Robson won nine New Zealand singles championships, and also won seven national men’s doubles and four mixed doubles titles.
In tennis, Robson won the New Zealand men’s singles title three times, in 1949, 1952 and 1956. He also won five national men’s doubles titles and twice won the national mixed doubles championship. He represented New Zealand in the Davis Cup for three years.
On top of his many tournament successes, he also holds the distinction of being captain of both New Zealand’s Davis Cup tennis and their Thomas Cup badminton teams.
His career as an administrator was just as distinguished and included 25 years of service with the IBF.
His devotion to sport led to an MBE in 1976 for his services to badminton and tennis.

2010 Wall of Fame

Paul Oestreicher (attended King’s High school 1945 – 1949) Humanities

Paul Oestreicher’s category could have been Genuinely Nice Person. He is almost revered in the King’s High School community but a more humble, caring person would be hard to find. Paul came to New Zealand with his parents from Germany just prior to the outbreak of World War II, due to his father being of German extraction. His father, a World war I veteran and pediatrician, was not allowed to practice under Nazi law.They found asylum in New Zealand in 1939, where he grew up. His academic, religious and humanitarian work since has touched thousands. He has been at the forefront of various international peace initiatives for decades and for 12 years was the Director of the Centre for International Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral. Paul was canon emeritus of Coventry Cathedral and Quaker chaplain to the University of Sussex, he, writes about guilt and forgiveness in the Guardian, using both WW2 and the modern day ‘War on Terror’ as his points of reference. A lifelong pacifist, Paul was co-founder of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship in New Zealand and remains a Counselor of APF UK. In 1959 he joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and is still one of its Vice-Presidents. He joined Amnesty International at its inception in 1961 and was Chair of AI UK from 1975-1979.

James K Baxter (Attended King’s high School 1940-43) ARTS

Poet, dramatist and social commentator, Baxter is a giant of New Zealand literature who achieved notable success during his relatively short life. He is regarded as probably New Zealand’s greatest poet. He is also remembered for his stance on social issues and his criticism of bureaucracy and state at a time when it was difficult to be different. His compassion for the poor, dispossessed, young Maori and society’s unwanted lead to him founding a commune at Jerusalem on the Whanganui river. There as ‘Hemi’ he played host to society’s disaffected urban youth and there he is buried today.

Grahame Sydney  (Attended King’s High School 1962-66) ARTS

Grahame Sydney has become one of New Zealand’s most significant and enduring artists. His work spans over 4 decades and encompasses oils, watercolours, egg tempera, lithographs, etching and photography. Rarely exhibiting, Grahame’s works are held in private collections throughout the world and represented in the collections of New Zealand’s major galleries and museums. Only occasionally collaborating with dealers, he mainly paints for a private client list. Always a meticulously slow worker, he generally produces no more than six works a year.
1967 – 1969: At the University of Otago, graduating BA (English and Geography)
His triumphs are many. National tours have set records for attendance. Ninety-thousand viewers filed through Porirua’s Pataka Gallery in three months for an exhibition of his landscapes. His enigmatic portrait of his first wife, Rozzie at Pisa, was headed only by Rita Angus’ Cass in a Listener magazine survey to find New Zealand’s favourite painting.
1970: Secondary Teacher’s College, Christchurch
1971 – 1972: Taught Cromwell District High School, Central Otago
1973 – 1974: Travelled to the United Kingdom and Europe
1974 Returned to Dunedin, commencing a full-time art career
1976 – 1983 Lived and worked at Mount Pisa Station, Central Otago
1978 Frances Hodgkin’s Fellow, University of Otago, Dunedin
1983: Returned to live in Dunedin
2000:  Built his house and studio in Central Otago
2003: Travelled to Antarctica as a guest of New Zealand Government (and again in 2006)
2003: Made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)
2003: Moved to Central Otago house permanently where he continues to paint, working occasionally with dealers, but mainly working to a private client listSydney has developed his own singular aesthetic apart from his contemporaries. Through his books and prints, his work has become widely accessible. His images have become icons of national culture. But no matter how familiar and often reproduced his work has become – his canvases remain as fresh and compelling as ever.

Chris Laidlaw Attended King’s High School 1957 to 1961) SPORT

Chris was a Prefect in 1961.
While Chris Laidlaw is inducted to the King’s High Wall of Fame as a sportsman, in truth, it involved just a few years of his remarkable life and he could have been inducted under various categories.
1959 to 1961: Chris excelled as halfback for King’s High school First Fifteen.
1962: Chris was a halfback for University A team, the Otago representative side, a South Island regional side, and the New Zealand Universities. (Age 19 years)
1963: Chris was a halfback for All Blacks on their tour of Britain and France. Selected for French Test.
1964: Chris captained a New Zealand under 23 selection on a tour of Australia and played in the first test against the Wallabies later that year.
1962 to 1966: Chris attended Otago University.
1965: Chris had established himself as the test halfback and he had a major role in each of the series wins over the Springboks in 1965.
1966: Chris played in the test match against the British Lions.
1969: Captained All Blacks in the test against Australia. Chris played 57 tests with the All Blacks, scoring 48 points.
Also in 1969 he took up his Rhodes Scholarship at Merton College, Oxford where he gained an MLitt for his analysis of race-conditioned patterns of settlement in Fiji.
Laidlaw was one of the first New Zealanders to play extensively overseas. He captained Oxford University Rugby Team to a win over the 1969-70 Springboks in Britain. He also spent a period in France. Despite his frequent appearances against the Springboks he later became a staunch opponent of contact with South Africa while apartheid remained in force. After this tour even though he was only 27, Laidlaw drifted away from an active role in New Zealand rugby.
1972, Laidlaw joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as Assistant to Commonwealth Secretary-General Sonny Ramphal
1973: He created something of a media fuss with his book, “Mud in Your Eye,” which was a sardonic over-view of the state of the New Zealand game.
1986: Chris became New Zealand’s first resident High Commissioner to Harare, representing New Zealand’s interests throughout Africa.
1989: Chris was appointed Race Relations Conciliator.
1992: He became a Labour member of parliament for Wellington Central. He wasn’t re-elected in 1993
2000 to 2013: Chris hosted Radio New Zealand National’s Sunday Morning programme.
2007 to 2019: He was elected to the Wellington Regional Council. He didn’t stand for re-election in 2019. He was Chairman of the Council from 2015 to 2019.
Some other achievements include:- heading the World Wildlife Fund in New Zealand, writing a column for the NZ Herald and being a TV commentator.
He has shown himself a natural journalist with ability in print, radio and television. And he has not only been authoritative on rugby but also politics, the arts, and international and current affairs. He is a great example of the all-rounder King’s would pride itself on trying to produce.

Michael McIntyre (Attended King’s High School from 1954 to 58) – ACADEMIC

Michael McIntyre won a University Junior Scholarship while at King’s, after gaining the highest marks in New Zealand in the old exam system. At Otago he graduated with first class honours in mathematics in 1963 and won a Commonwealth scholarship to Cambridge University.
In the second year of his Ph.D. at Cambridge Michael—a brilliant violinist—committed a lot of his energy into entering the annual BBC Violin Competition. He reached the semi-final round. At this time Michael was offered a place in a professional string quartet, and was sorely tempted to join it. Science can be glad that he did not. He is however,still interested in the deepest connections between mathematics and music and between science and music.
From 1967-1969 after completing his PhD Michael moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral research associate.
On returning to Cambridge in 1969 he became Assistant Director of Research in Dynamical Meteorology. Then from 1972 to 1993 he was a lecturer and then a Reader in Atmospheric Dynamics. In the following years he became Co-founder of the Cambridge Summer School in Geophysical and Environmental Fluid Dynamics (1991), Co-director, Cambridge Centre for Atmospheric Science (1992-2003), Professor of Atmospheric Dynamics (1993-2008) and Emeritus Professor (2008 – )
Michael is an international leader in meteorology and oceanography.
He had a part in the discovery of the “world’s largest breaking waves” and how they are basic to understanding how the Antarctic ozone hole forms, and why the strongest stratospheric ozone depletion occurs in the southern hemisphere “even though” the chlorofluorocarbons and other chemicals causing it are emitted mainly in the northern hemisphere.
His work has been recognised internationally and Michael has received many notable honours and prizes. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, was awarded the Carl-Gustav Rossby medal (the highest award of the American Meteorological Society) in 1987 and the Julius Bartels medal of the European Geophysical Society in 1999.


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