Old Boys Achievements 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Miles Hurrell has been appointed CEO of Fonterra



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



2018 New Year Honours

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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