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Malcolm Laird

Malcolm Laird

Malcolm Laird, a co-dux of Matamata College in 1953, was brought up in Ngarua by dairyfarming parents. After leaving school, he attended Auckland University, studying mathematics and science. In the final year of his B.S.C. degree, he took a paper in geology, a... read more
Anthony Hawes

Anthony Hawes

Anthony came from a family who were competitive waterskiers.  Although water skiing was not a school sport, his family and others attended Year 9 (Form 3) Camp every year to teach kids how to ski.  It was always one of the highlights of camp. Anthony started skiing at... read more
Aaron Simmonds

Aaron Simmonds

It’s come as no surprise that Aaron has wound up in a job where talking is the number one requisite.  After gaining NCEA Level 1 and 2 at school, Aaron headed for the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and gained his National Certificate in Radio and followed that up with a... read more
Ailsa Hollaway

Ailsa Hollaway

Since she completed college in Matamata, Ailsa has had the privilege of a rich and varied experience in the fields of health, humanitarian assistance and higher education.  In New Zealand, her health-related work involved working in Thames and Palmerston North... read more
Alex Goscomb

Alex Goscomb

Alex was a high achiever and left school with Level 3 NCEA.  He had a passion for soccer and captained the 1st XI.  He also helped out with and took part in school productions and stage challenges. On leaving Alex studied Chemical and Process Engineering and has... read more
Alexander James Sutherland

Alexander James Sutherland

Born in Matamata and attended Matamata College. Finest moment was playing and beating Te Awamutu College in the curtain raiser to the 1956 Waikato (who won) Springboks (who lost) match. Was Dux of the College in that year.  Although I grew up on a dairy farm it was... read more
Alison Hazlehurst

Alison Hazlehurst

Alison had many ‘strings to her bow’.  She was an extremely talented sportswoman with a physical presence envied by many budding sportspeople.  She was a school champion swimmer  – 1983 Junior Girls.  She was a member of the tennis team – runner up Junior Girls... read more
Alison Wieringa (Wills)

Alison Wieringa (Wills)

Alison was a great all-rounder.  She arrived at Matamata College from Walton and soon made a mark in the classroom and on the sports field.  Sport was a high priority in the “Wills” family with all kids (and parents) reaching the “top” in whatever they participated... read more
Allan Hopson

Allan Hopson

Allan was a great all-rounder.  He was a high achiever in the classroom and a whizz in the sporting arena.  Hopsons’ all had a flair for games – twin sisters Diane and Karen were in the era of Matamata College Netball dominating in the Waikato and the North Island... read more

Alyson Pevreal

I left school at the end of the 6th form with my University Entrance.  Can barely remember anything significant from my school days – probably because I was fairly insignificant! I remember doing fairly well with my School Certificate Exams, played netball in a less... read more
Andrea Hopson

Andrea Hopson

Not only was Andrea an academic gaining an A Bursary and Scholarship in Geography, she was a very accomplished sportswoman and an artist. At school Andrea was involved in many sporting and cultural activities including: House Leader 2003 Secretary of Senior Executive... read more

Andrew Grinder

Andrew left school after his 5th form year and completed his education with a corporate-sponsored tertiary program under David Levene’s management, culminating in a diploma of Business Management. At school Andrew played basketball and was the team captain of the... read more
Andrew Parsonage and Saskia Van Waaijenburg

Andrew Parsonage and Saskia Van Waaijenburg

The story of a school day romance.  These two have been together since early on in their school days and both have accomplished so very much. Andrew was one of the “clever” Parsonage clan.  Brothers, Mark, Matthew, Scott and sister Kylie have all left their mark on... read more

Angela Munro

It is not surprising that Angela has reached dizzy heights in her career.  As a school students Angela was always extremely active.  She was involved in most sports and reached the highest level in Netball.   She gained a B Bursary in her final year and also... read more
Angela Thomson, JP, PhD

Angela Thomson, JP, PhD

Writer, Researcher, Historian Current:      Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law Freelance Writer Education:  University of Auckland Matamata College   I asked Angela of her memories of Matamata... read more

Ann Townsend (King)

Ann gained School Certificate and University Entrance and in her final year at school she became an American Field Scholar and spent the year in the United States. While at College Ann played netball for College A and was also prominent at the Athletic Sports . After... read more

Anne Taylor (Downey)

Anne (No 3 of the Downey sisters) had no option but to play netball from a very young age.  And of course Anne went on to play in the New Zealand team for three years.  At primary school Lesley and Graham recognised her talent and with their encouragement, parents who... read more
Annette Garnett (Bradding)

Annette Garnett (Bradding)

Qualifications gained at school: School Certificate, Sixth Form Certificate, Bursary, University Entrance Involvement in sports/cultural activities at school: From 1986, I was involved in as much as I could, including Netball, culminating in being in the College A... read more
Barry Roberts

Barry Roberts

Barry is one of this schools most successful athletes.   He went on to coach a number of New Zealand athletes who competed at Olympic and Commonwealth games. Barry completed five years education gaining School Certificate and University Entrance.  Maths and Science... read more
Beau Wills

Beau Wills

Like the other members of his family Beau was destined to be a scholar and a sportsman. He won the school tennis championships, often in tough duels with Travis Scott who was also a talented player.  Beau played tennis for Waikato age group teams and during his last... read more

Isapela Fox-Tuimaseve (Belle)

What a sporting talent and all-round great citizen of the college.  Izy (as I knew her – now Belle) was involved in many aspects of school life and was a popular and out-going student.  She worked studiously in the classroom gaining School Certificate and going... read more
Bob Diprose

Bob Diprose

Bob started at Matamata Intermediate when it was on the college campus and continued his Secondary education here for five years.  He passed School Cert in 1956, University Entrance in 1957 and Higher School Certificate in 1958.  Bob won a scholarship to Lincoln... read more

Brent Gibson

Brent was an inspirational student, sportsman and character.  He attended College from   to   . Brent was the first college student to require a wheelchair and with hard work from his family all the classroom blocks were altered to ensure wheelchair access.  Brent was... read more
Brian Cotter

Brian Cotter

WAITING FOR THE NEXT “CRASH ON WALL STREET”! (Written by Brian) Most people have been told about the Crash on Wall Street….Well I caused it! The day I was born people started jumping out of windows. I was born on “Black Tuesday” 21st October 1929, to a couple of... read more
Bruce Dale

Bruce Dale

Bruce and his twin brother (Colin) attended Matamata College from 1965-1969.  He completed 6A and gained Higher School Certificate, having earlier been accredited UE and gained top marks in School Certificate.   From school Bruce went to Waikato University where... read more

Dorothy Spoitta (Hensley)

Here is a great example of a person who in her own words did not excel in the classroom but has gone on to work in some amazing places. Dorothy only had two years here at Matamata College but continued her education where she gained School Certificate and UE in three... read more
Tom King

Tom King

Achievement in the classroom certainly doesn’t have to correlate to success later on.  Tom was a prime example.  Tom gained School Certificate in 1966 and University Entrance in 1967 but recalls that his last year at college was less than memorable!  However he... read more
Colin Riseborough

Colin Riseborough

Colin completed his final two year’s schooling at Matamata College.  As his Dad was the postmaster, they moved around every few years.  Colin made an instant impression at Matamata College.  In his final year he was a School Prefect, won the Senior Athletics... read more
Colin Dale

Colin Dale

Colin attended College from 1965 to 1969 and taught at the College in 1976. Post school Colin attended Waikato University graduating in education and geography.  Later he attended Unitec to study educational leadership for four years part-time.  After leaving the... read more

Daniel Hawke

It all started in 1999. As a mediocre student at Matamata College who excelled in the core subjects of mischief making and merriment I made the decision to take my unusual learning style to University. This decision was supported by my parents. But when it came to... read more

Charles Pollock

Charles started at the Intermediate when it was part of the College before it shifted across the field to its present location.   He was accredited UE and gained Higher SC in Form 7 before going work for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and to study... read more

Colleen Toomey

Colleen is yet another successful ex-student of Matamata College.  She completed four years schooling before leaving for America as an (AFS) American Field Scholar.  Colleen spent a year in Wisconsin and keeps in regular contact with her AFS family. On her return, she... read more
Darrin Taylor

Darrin Taylor

Darrin has a very interesting, varied and stimulating work history.  He left school in 1990 after the 7h Form and joined the 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1 RNZIR) where he completed his training at Linton Camp, Palmerston North and completed... read more

David Priest

David was an outstanding all-round student.  He was academically exceptional and a terrific sportsman.  He gained School Certificate, University Entrance and an A Bursary before heading to Waikato University to study.  At the completion of one year at Waikato, David... read more

David Reid

David has had a very interesting work life.  From his days at Matamata College where he gained School Certificate, played hockey in the 1st 11 and was a Sargent in the Military Training Corp, he went on to become a registered electrician.  Over the years he has had... read more

Deane O’Connor

Deane’s first response was that he was not the most driven student while attending college, but he has been presented with many great opportunities over the years which have been enough to give him an exciting life to date.   Interestingly at school Deane became... read more
Catherine Anne Maclean

Catherine Anne Maclean

Catherine Anne Maclean was born to Scottish immigrants, Neil and Helen Maclean, and grew up in Waharoa, near Matamata, in the Waikato region.[1] Neil was a factory worker at the local Waharoa diary factory.[2] She attended Matamata High School, and she gained a... read more
Bruce Foggo

Bruce Foggo

Headboy:  1965 On leaving school with University Entrance Bruce studied medicine and graduated with a MB ChB Dip Obst (Univ of Auckland) M Pal Care (Flinders Univ Sth Australia). He has worked in General Practice and Palliative Medicine.  Bruce is currently working at... read more
Caroline Steer

Caroline Steer

Caroline completed five years at Matamata College in 1987.  As well as achieving at the highest level academically, Caroline was a member of the College Orchestra playing the flute.  Owen Workman was the music teacher at that time.  She was also a member of the 1st XI... read more
Casey Williams

Casey Williams

This young lady has put Matamata on the map!  Captain of the New Zealand Silver Ferns and rated as the best defence in the world!  Casey carries a lot of responsibility.  From a netball family – Mum, Aunties, Sisters – all of whom attended Matamata College, this young... read more
Catherine Vosper (Cat)

Catherine Vosper (Cat)

Dynamic, purposeful, energetic, vibrant and quite silly – there are not many adjectives that don’t fit this young lady!  Cat – (Cathy at school). During her five years here Cat was involved (in her own words) “in anything going”:  choir, music lessons (one of my... read more

Claire Adams (Robinson)

Claire was born in Christchurch and when 4 months her family moved to Matamata for her father Peter to take up a position on the College staff in 1966.  Claire attended Matamata Primary School and the Intermediate where she competed in speech and poetry contests with... read more
Christopher Dawson (Chris)

Christopher Dawson (Chris)

Chris is a highly qualified Environmental Planning Consultant.  At school he was a member of the International Committee and was Head Boy for the last term of 1984.  He was also Proxime Accessit and gained an A Bursary in 1984.  On leaving school Chris worked in the... read more
Harold Mihinui

Harold Mihinui

Harold says he doesn’t remember too much from his school days.  He remembers Arthur Lucas as the Principal and Arnold Phillips as his Form Teacher.  He travelled from Okoroire on the bus driven by Vic Lewis and strangely enough Harold and his wife Jillian purchased... read more
Fritz Scheidegger

Fritz Scheidegger

Fritz came from a soccer playing country but during his school years he had little interest in that sport.  He played a bit of hockey and bought all the gear to play tennis but never got an opportunity to get on the court.   He loved the Military training.  Fritz... read more
George Miller

George Miller

George has had a diverse and full life and is now enjoying retirement. He gained School Certificate and from school he completed an apprenticeship in Radio/TV Electronics.  He then did a stint in Melbourne where he worked at AWA TV then returned to New Zealand where... read more
Gordon Hughes

Gordon Hughes

Gordon made a significant contribution to school life during his five years.  He was deputy head boy in 1957, gained School Certificate, University Entrance and was the winner of the Bell Memorial Scholarship.  On the sports field he was also very successful – Rugby... read more

Grant Willcox

Grant completed five years at College gaining all the qualifications through to Year 13.  He said he was a Debater but not much else – too busy chasing the girls! From school Grant joined King Electrical and completed his Electrician’s Trade Cert and NZ Electrical... read more
Grant Wills

Grant Wills

Grant was in the School Certificate days where he gained six SC’s, UE accredited and a B Bursary. From school Grant attended Massey University and graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in 1981. From University Grant worked for MAF as an Engineering Advisor... read more

Greg Hickson

Since leaving school Greg has had a reasonably varied existence.  Post school Greg enrolled at the University of Waikato fully intending to complete a BSc but soon found that it was not to his liking. After two pretty ordinary years of University he left and decided... read more
Greg Muir

Greg Muir

Greg was always going to be a high achiever.  He waltzed through secondary school, gained his HSC and then on to Otago University where he completed his BA in 1980 and MBA in 1982. His personality and his qualifications took him very rapidly to the top in executive... read more

Gavin Muckle

I attended Matamata College from 1960 until 1964. I was in the Intermediate area of the school for two years prior to that. I was a prefect in my final year. I represented the school in Athletics and in Rugby and took part in a number of dramatic and musical... read more
Geoff Adams

Geoff Adams

Geoff attended Matamata College and describes himself as John’s (profiled) younger but more gracious and modest brother!! (I’m not so sure!)  Brother John describes Geoff as “export quality” – probably because he hasn’t spent much of his working life in New Zealand.... read more
Gary Shane Francis O’Brien

Gary Shane Francis O’Brien

Born and grew up in New Zealand, attended Matamata College, living in the USA. Where I hang my hat is my home and I like to change hats. I draw whatever makes me feel good, so there are no wrong answers. The influences for what I draw are things going on around me,... read more

Fiona Williams (Bishop)

Fiona attended school from 1973-1979.  She was involved in the choir, acquired life saving qualifications and played hockey.  Fiona gained a Bursary and then went on to train as a nurse. She has continued to gain qualifications throughout her nursing career and is now... read more
Ewen Laurenson

Ewen Laurenson

Ewen commented that his academic and sporting achievements at College were not particularly memorable.  However he went on to graduate with a BA and a Dip Ed. He married Gillian and they have four children and five grandchildren.  With Gillian he started the Open Home... read more
Eleanor Hawe

Eleanor Hawe

Elearnor has had a very successful and interesting career.  Her initial schooling was at Waharoa Primary School then Matamata Intermediate before attending Matamata College for four years. At school Eleanor gained School Certificate and University Entrance, and then... read more

Eileen Fredriksen

Eileen attended Matamata College from 1961-64.  She left school after gaining School Certificate.  Eileen is now a world-renown translator.  She gained her qualifications from Georgetown University, Washington DC. Written by Eileen I have worked as a free-lance... read more
Elisabeth Brown

Elisabeth Brown

EDUCATION and QUALIFICATIONS 2015 (current) Victoria University of Wellington Master of Strategic Studies February 2015 United Nations Youth NZ delegation to Harvard National Model United Nations 2015 and educational tour of the United States 2011 – 2014 Victoria... read more
Erin Hawe

Erin Hawe

Erin is a recent prodigy of Matamata College.  She grew up in Walton, attended Matamata Intermediate and then Matamata College from 2005 to 2009.  As well as contributing in numerous fields while at school, including being Deputy Head Girl in 2009, her true claim to... read more

Doug Carter

Doug has had 50 years in Joinery and Cabinet Making business.  He completed his apprenticeship in Te Awamutu on leaving school.  Doug returned to Matamata and worked for C & M Mckenzie Ltd for a time.  During this period he joined the local volunteer fire... read more

Jack Lasenby

(Including two years at the intermediate, which seemed to run as part of the high school.)   Qualifications gained at school: The usual empty formalities: School Cert, U.E; Higher School Cert. The real qualification I got was a taste for literature.  ... read more
Jade McMonagle

Jade McMonagle

Jade started at Matamata College part way through Form 5.  Jade and her sister Kaysha were a great asset to the school.  Academically and in the sporting field.  They were members of the exceptional 1st XI hockey team of 1991.  The team, coached by Judy Board, herself... read more
James Eldridge

James Eldridge

James believes in “hard work’” and that nothing is ever just handed to you on a plate!  One of six kids born in Aussie and educated here, James learnt at a young age that to be successful it just doesn’t happen – loads of hard work, effort, earning an income , taking... read more
James Davidson, FLTLT

James Davidson, FLTLT

Here is a young man who was destined to succeed and he has in just a few short years.  I’m sure a 30 hour day for most people would be required to fit in what James accomplished at school and what he has achieved in the seven years since leaving.  James was an... read more

James Jobe

James doesn’t think he has done much in the short time since he left school.  Many (most) would say he has done and achieved ‘heaps’! While at school he demonstrated a wide range of skills – academic, sporting and acting.  He was a young man with a vast array of... read more
James Sainsbury

James Sainsbury

James – a high achiever in all facets of school life and post school in his career.  His F7 year had some exceptional academics -Craig Parker (Dux) and Glenn McCabe (Proxime Accessit) with James right up there.  He completed his Form 7 year winning the Hugh... read more
Jamie Troughton

Jamie Troughton

Jamie was number four of six in one branch of the vast Troughton forest, having made it through Waharoa Primary and Matamata Intermediate. Oldest sister Sue is an award-winning journalist, while youngest sister Kate – now a nurse – was head girl at Matamata College. ... read more
Jan Bailey

Jan Bailey

Jan was destined to have an interesting and exciting career.  She came to Matamata College in Form 5 and was a top student for all three years.  Jan gained six School Certificate subject, had UE accredited and achieved an A Bursary.  In her final year Jan was Proxime... read more
Jane Baker (McGlashan)

Jane Baker (McGlashan)

Jane was the youngest of a very talented sporting family.  During her five years she was very involved with netball and tennis, was the Kiwi House Sports Captain and was a School Prefect.  Gymnastics was also a sport close to her heart and this became a passion later... read more
Jason Spice

Jason Spice

Jason Spice belongs to an exclusive group of New Zealand rugby players who have pulled on an All Black jersey but never made it onto the field of play. This he did against Argentina in Buenos Aires in 2001, called into the touring side because of injury but not needed... read more

Jason Van Hout

Jason trained as a Technical Architect ………….. where.  He has now had 11 years’ experience working within both the commercial and residential sectors.  Having completed a National Diploma in Architectural Technology as well as being a qualified Architectural Detailer,... read more

Jenny Hickson

Jenny was both an academic and a sports woman.  She gained an A Bursary in 1990, was on the senior school council and captained the Girls’ Hockey 1st XI.  She went on to study at Waikato University, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) and... read more

Howard Robinson

If you were to ask Howard his dreams when he left school they were pretty simple, drive to Wellington from Matamata for a hamburger, drive a Formula 1 car, and become a builder so he could use that skill to serve Christian churches. He’s still looking for the Formula... read more
Ian Fenwick

Ian Fenwick

Ian was both an academic and a sportsperson.  As well as gaining SC, 6th Form Certificate, UE and Bursary, Ian enjoyed sport and was a member of the 1985 and 1986 1st XV rugby team. Post school he qualified with a National Certificate in Business Studies, a Bachelor... read more

Heather Welch

Heather was a very accomplished athlete during her school days.  She was her age level school champion for three years and played netball in top teams for the duration of her time at school.  She is now living the dream in Australia with her 12 year old daughter... read more

Ian Latham

After a worldwide career with the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather (Sydney, Milan, Vienna, New York, Atlanta) I built a brand strategy consulting firm in Atlanta. Appointed New Zealand Honorary Consul in Atlanta in 1996. My wife Susan is a garden designer. Our... read more
Jack Castle

Jack Castle

Jack is one of the “older” ex-students of the College.  He is from the generation where you started at the bottom and work your way through many jobs before reaching a very satisfying retirement.   As a 3rd Former he was in the 3rd XV rugby team – he doesn’t... read more

Judy Parr (Grant)

Judy was a multi-talented student who excelled in many fields at school.  She was an outstanding scholar, an all-round talented sportsperson and a leader among her peers. Judy was runner-up to the Dux (Marion Oliver) in 1966 receiving the Proxime Accessit Award.  From... read more
Julie Carle (Fawcett)

Julie Carle (Fawcett)

Julie left school at the end of Form 6 after gaining University Entrance.  She went straight to Commercial Secondary Teacher’s College in Auckland and completed the three year training course before venturing into the classroom as a very young teacher.  Her entire... read more

Julie Hawkes (Lamb)

Julie had many strengths and was fully involved in all aspects of school life.  She is the only person to have her name on the senior school tennis championship cup for the five years she was at college.  Also in sport Julie was one of very few students to play for... read more
Keith Brockelsby

Keith Brockelsby

Here’s an ex-student with a great life history.  Keith was a scholar of some note – he gained all the normal school qualifications (School Cert, University Entrance and Higher School Certificate).  Keith attended Auckland University and in 1955 graduated with BE... read more
Kelsie Wills

Kelsie Wills

Kelsie is the only daughter in the talented sporting family of the “Wills-Preston” clan. During her time at school she achieved high honours in a wide sphere of sporting pursuits.  Her decision to follow volleyball would not have been easy as she was a top netballer,... read more
Kevin Stanley

Kevin Stanley

Kevin is part of Matamata’s ‘Stanley’ dynasty. From 1927 Stanley’s have been in the building industry in Matamata. Kevin completed four years at college and went straight into the family business and trained as an apprentice carpenter. Now he is Managing Director of... read more
Kim Whyte (Watson)

Kim Whyte (Watson)

Kim was the first recipient of the, what is now known, as the Metso Art Awards in Year 12 1994 – then known as the Svedala Art Award. College artists have been honoured every year by Metso with the winner receiving financial support towards their higher education and... read more

Jenny Phillips

After leaving Matamata College, Jenny graduated BA from the University of Waikato, and went on to become a well-known journalist, author and businesswoman.    Jenny Phillips attended Matamata primary school, then Iona College in Hawkes Bay (a boarding school) for... read more
Jeremy Curragh

Jeremy Curragh

Not only was Jeremy an outstanding sportsman, he was a whiz in the classroom. In the sports arena he was one of a very few guys to play in the 1st XV for three years. He played 50 games for the 1st‘s which was a record at the time (and may still be!) He also played... read more
Jill Stanley

Jill Stanley

Jill, daughter of Ex-Deputy Principal David (70’s and 80’s) and Joan, is a renowned International Scientist in the Research field.  She received all her education in Matamata, firstly at the primary school and then at the intermediate followed by five years at the... read more

Joanne Palmer (Robinson)

Born in Christchurch, Joanne began her school years at Matamata Primary school.  Always interested in handwork and crafts, at Matamata Intermediate School she was inspired as she learnt from teacher Mary Ayers, and then in her College years, continuing with Shirley... read more
Joan Metge

Joan Metge

Written by Joan (May 2015) I attended Matamata District High School in the second and third terms of 1943 and the whole of 1944.  My family arrived in Matamata when my father Cedric Metge was appointed Head of the Intermediate School within the District High School... read more
John Adams

John Adams

John was deputy head boy in 1965, was very involved in drama and musicals, he gained a credit pass in the University Scholarship exam, was awarded prizes for reading and drama, participated in hockey and was a member of the school choir. On leaving school John... read more
John A Dibble

John A Dibble

John is the eldest son of Peter Dibble – a long serving Geography, Social Studies Teacher, back in the 50s/60s/70s. John completed four years education at Matamata College before transferring to Whakatane High School in 1973 when his father became Deputy Principal at... read more

Joni Bentham

Joni loves sport.  At Matamata College she was involved in many teams and individual pursuits including netball, volleyball, athletics, tennis, triathlons and her main passion – swimming.  Academically she performed well also, winning the award for Excellence in Class... read more
Josephine Peters (Raggett)

Josephine Peters (Raggett)

You will all (lots, anyway) remember Miss Cranswick (English Teacher) – Josephine was her niece and she lived with Dora and Elizabeth Cranswick throughout her schooling.  Josephine was in the Nick Jones era – lots of extremely bright students graduated in 1976.  Nick... read more
Judi Thorne (McKenzie)

Judi Thorne (McKenzie)

At school Judi was a good academic.  She was always active and participated and enjoyed netball, swimming, tennis, athletics (hurdles) as well as taking part in drama and choir. She gained School Certificate and left school to start a career.  She obviously enjoyed a... read more
Judith Barback (Hitchcock)

Judith Barback (Hitchcock)

Judith followed in the footsteps of her parents Alan Hitchcock and Clare Dale (both of whom attended Matamata College) – all achieving at the highest academic level. Judith gained a “A” Bursary in 1999 and was awarded scholarships in English and History. Exceptionally... read more
Judith Collins

Judith Collins

Judith lived in the country and one of her memories of Matamata College was the long bus trips to and from school, especially on cold and frosty mornings – I’m sure many country kids would be of the same opinion!! Hon Judith Collins has come a long way since her... read more
Leanne Mark (Field)

Leanne Mark (Field)

Leanne was an “energiser bunny” at school!  There wasn’t anything athletic that she shied away from.  As well as her sporting prowess Leanne was an excellent student in the classroom and took on many responsibilities as a leader.  Leanne was her class representative... read more
Linda Litchwark

Linda Litchwark

During her time at school Linda gained School Certificate and completed her Form 6 year.  She enjoyed her involvement in stage productions.  She remembers having singing parts in both “The Sound of Music” and “Oliver”, as well as being part of the School Choir.  Linda... read more
Lindsay Tisch

Lindsay Tisch

Lindsay has lived most of his life in the Matamata district, was educated at Matamata College, and raised on a farm. Lindsay gained University Entrance and was a School Prefect in 1965. At school Lindsay was a talented sport – small but fast!  He was the Waikato... read more
Louise Curragh

Louise Curragh

Louise was a “ball of energy.”  Modest and unassuming but with an underlying determination that has got her to the top of her profession. She was a hard worker and achieved good results gaining six school certificate passes, 6th form certificate and a B Bursary in... read more
Louise Fowler

Louise Fowler

Louise says her school days were fabulous and she has many special friends and positive memories from her four and bit years at Matamata College.  Louise was an “into everything” student.  She achieved highly in the classroom, was always a “fun” student, loved... read more
Lance O’Sullivan ONZM

Lance O’Sullivan ONZM

New Zealand’s most famous and successful jockey.  Lance completed all his education in Matamata firstly at St Josephs Convent, then the Intermediate and finally for just three years at Matamata College.  It was time on the back of a horse not on a school classroom... read more
Lyndon Settle

Lyndon Settle

Lyndon attended Matamata College for five years and in his final year was Head Boy.  He gained School Certificate, Sixth Form Certificate and Bursary and University Entrance in Form 7. Lyndon played for the 1st XV 1989/90 and was a talented tennis and squash player... read more
Kirsty Elliott

Kirsty Elliott

Kirsty was an outgoing young lady at school and was definitely heading for a super successful career post school days.  She was highly academic gaining excellent qualifications and grades.  Kirsty went on to complete a Bachelor of Law degree at Victoria University.... read more
Kimberley Dewhurst

Kimberley Dewhurst

Kimberley completed her junior years at Morrinsville College before transferring to Matamata College for years 11-13.  While studying here Kimberley gained Levels 1, 2 and 3 NCEA and University Entrance. Kimberley has a ‘bent’ for the Arts and her involvement at... read more
Kristen Curragh

Kristen Curragh

Kristen had four years at College.  She was most conscientious and talented young lady.  She gained SC and SFC before heading to Waikato University.  Kristen has wonderful empathy with people (I’m sure she inherit that from her Mum!)  Her empathy with people led her... read more

Dr Kumudith Ekanayake

What years were you at school? 1987-1991 Qualifications gained at school: A Bursary Involvement in sports/cultural activities at school: First XI Football 1991, Executive Committee member Qualifications post school: MBChB (Otago) 1997 – Bachelor of Medicine and... read more
Kylie Lindsay

Kylie Lindsay

Kylie came to Matamata College from the Intermediate with a reputation as a top sportswoman.  She and Nicola Browne vied for top honours in age group tennis in the Waikato region and at NZ level.  Throughout her schooling she and Nicola continued their fierce rivalry... read more
Kristin Pilkington (Nickel)

Kristin Pilkington (Nickel)

Kristin currently has her residential address as Park City, Utah, USA.  How cool is that! Kristin was involved in many sports at school – mainly sports where water or snow were involved.  She competed in triathlons and swam at National Representative Level in both;... read more
Kylie Thompson (Darroch)

Kylie Thompson (Darroch)

Kylie is an incredibly talented artist and graphic designer.  As well as achieving top grades in NCEA in all areas she excelled in all facets of art.   At the end of Year 13 Kylie won the Keeley Scholarship ($1000) and the AUT Academic Excellence Scholarship (course... read more
Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts

Mike is a very well-travelled individual (his comment was he has travelled “shit loads.”)  He has settled in Sweden (20 years) where he owns a small company making furniture from old barns and houses that he demolishes.  He also does fine carpentry.  Mike learned his... read more
Miriam Kent

Miriam Kent

Miriam was Head Girl in 2003 and completed her Year 13 gaining a B Bursary and UE.  She was extremely active at school and was involved in a huge range of activities including netball, volleyball, cricket, basketball, school productions, Shakespeare festival and the... read more
Moana Forbes (Reweti)

Moana Forbes (Reweti)

Moana arrived in Matamata as a Year 9 student with her Mum who was starting her teaching career at Matamata College.  It was obvious within a few days that this young girl was to be a sports star in the making.  She won all the swimming and athletic championships, was... read more
Moira Moroney

Moira Moroney

Moira gained a Bursary in 1983 and went on to complete a Diploma in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at Lincoln University in 1987.  Later she graduated with a Diploma in Management from Massey University in 1993. This interesting qualification resulted in a very... read more
Murray Mason

Murray Mason

(Written by Murray – March 2013) I was at Matamata College from 1968 until 1972 when I left at the end of 6th form proudly clutching my UE.  The Mason boys (in order of age) Seager, Raymond and Murray (twins), Kerry and Grant (twins) and sister Julie were not famous... read more
Naomi Wilcockson

Naomi Wilcockson

Naomi was a talented and active student and has gone on to use her talents in a vast array of fields.  She gained School Cert, Trades Cert and University Entrance at school. She was always making the most of every opportunity in and out of school.  Naomi participated... read more

Matt Scherer

  This is a fantastic account written by Matt himself.  Matt was reading the Matamata College Alumni website and was interested in the achievements of students profiled to date.  His career and life story reads…   I don’t know if I qualify for “hall of fame”... read more
Matt Slater

Matt Slater

Shock! was the word that described Matt’s reaction at being appointed head boy in 1992.  Apparently Form 5 and Form 6 Matt had a reputation that was not that of a future head boy.  But as it turned out he (and Angela Munro – head girl) did a fantastic job that year. ... read more
Matthew Stanley

Matthew Stanley

Matthew is one of the very recent successes from Matamata College.  His aim is to represent his country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  At just 20 years of age Matthew has done the miles – literally and figuratively. Starting at the Matamata Swimming Club way... read more
Maurice Williamson MP

Maurice Williamson MP

Maurice was raised in Matamata, attending Hinuera Primary, Matamata Primary, Matamata Intermediate and then Matamata College.  He gained University Entrance and “A” Bursary in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Applied Mathematics. Maurice’s oratory skills were... read more

Memorie Brooky

Memorie and her siblings all have Brass Banding in their bones.  They have been brought up with musical instruments as their ‘toys’ and have continued to play and perform all their lives. At school Memorie participated in every music group possible.  She took part in... read more

Michelle Montague

Matamata College graduate Michelle Montague has had a busy year, but there’s no rest for this young lady as she gets set to pack her bags for an opportunity of a life time. Michelle has been studying a Diploma in Tourism (endorsed in International Flight Attending)... read more

Margaret Wyatt (White)

Margaret gained School Certificate in Commercial subjects.  As well as SC she gained a Chamber of Commerce Bookkeeping qualification and was an accomplished stenographer passing Pitman’s Shorthand at 80/90/100 wpm.   She participated in a range of sports and... read more

Lynnette O’Connor (Massey)

“An Olympian” Very few Matamata College students have reached the heights of competing at the Olympics.  This young lady did that competing at the Los Angeles games in 1984 in the 400 m hurdles. Lynnette was very studious in the classroom but it was on the sports... read more

Norman Sutherland

Norman Sutherland was the youngest son of Hector and Margaret Sutherland of Okauia.  He attended Matamata Junior High School in the 1920s and in 1925 was a member of the 1st XV.   He was later engaged to Miss Dorothy Palby but before they could be married he... read more

Annie Oliver (nee Sutherland)

Annie (or Anne as she was generally known) Sutherland attended Matamata District (Junior) High School along with some of her elder brothers and one younger brother in the 1920s.  The third daughter and eighth child of Hector and Margaret Sutherland of Okauia she... read more

Marion Cowden (nee Oliver)

After leaving Matamata College I headed to Auckland to study science at Auckland University.  I graduated three years later with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics and applied Mathematics.  Along the way I acquired a husband and a daughter.   I turned my... read more
Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Mark followed in his father’s footsteps.  Harry, dad, was the long-time editor of what is now the Matamata Chronicle.  His sons saw the media as an interesting and exciting career.  Mark, eldest son, became a photographer in news and sports. While at school Mark... read more
Mark Hitchcock

Mark Hitchcock

Mark attended Matamata College from 1997 to 2001.  He was gifted in all fields – academic, sport and culture.  After Bursary, Mark went on to study at the University of Auckland.  Mark was Head Boy in his final year, played in the 1st XV rugby team and the 1st... read more
Mark Polgase

Mark Polgase

Mark attended Matamata College from 1966 to 1970 and was a prefect in his final year.   He gained University Entrance and Higher School Certificate and was mainly involved in athletics.   After leaving, Mark attended Massey University and graduated with a... read more
Marston Conder

Marston Conder

Arguably the highest achieving Mathematics academic educated at Matamata College.  Marston was a great all-rounder.  As well as gaining a Scholarship in his final year at college, he was Head Boy, member of the Hockey 1st 11, an accomplished cross country runner and... read more
Mary Jensen

Mary Jensen

  Mary Jensen BBS, Grad Cert Economic Development Regional Manager, Smart Waikato Trust Director Brella Projects Ltd Mary Jensen, Matamata  born and bred, completed five years at Matamata College gaining an A Bursary and then graduated from Massey University with... read more

Pam Cittadini (Ashe)

Pam attended Matamata College when the Intermediate was still on site.  She finished school after Form 5 gaining a number of individual passes in School Cert.  While at school Pam enjoyed a range of sports.  She played netball for College C (good team in those days!),... read more
Peggy Lockyer

Peggy Lockyer

What a ball of energy!  There was nothing Peggy didn’t participate in (and excel) during her time at college.  She was the school swimming and athletic champion, cross country winner, captain of the A netball team, completed her life saving exams, played for the girls... read more
Paul Patrick

Paul Patrick

Paul was always great with words – speaking and writing!  At school his love of the English language was fostered by the four “H’s” – Ms Hawe, Miss Harvey, Mr Hodge and Mr Harris.  Paul credits these people for his successful career over the past three decades. At... read more

Pearl Thorp (Robinson)

Pearl’s early interests of music, craft creativity developed well through her Matamata Primary School days and into her Matamata College years. There Pearl made musical contributions in College Choir and the Concert Choir which performed in Napier in 1978. Her ability... read more
Peter Hunt

Peter Hunt

Peter attended Matamata College for five years gaining School Certificate in 1966, University Entrance in 1967 and University Bursary in 1968.  He played for three years in the cricket 1st XI and was in the rugby 1st XV in his final year. From school Peter studied at... read more

Peter R Robinson (Staff)

Peter joined the Matamata College Technical Department in 1966 after training in Christchurch and topping NZ results in his Trade Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery. For 15 years he was on the staff with T2 being his workshop shared with Arnold Phillips who led the... read more
Peter Stone

Peter Stone

My days at Matamata College are full of great memories, great friends and great teachers.  I recall with fondness Ewan Merry at Intermediate, Eric Fisher, Doug Olsen, Don Scott, Vic Lewis, Vi Bell, Joy Tompkins and of course, my dear old Dad, Percy Stone. With help... read more
Peter Vosper

Peter Vosper

If anyone was bound to accomplish something “Futuristic” post school it would be a “Vosper”.  Peter, the youngest of five highly intelligent, uninhibited, original and dynamic kids was full of enthusiasm.  Peter was a “stage” man but it wasn’t until he left school and... read more
Phillipa Muir

Phillipa Muir

BA, LLB Many successful and prominent businesswomen were educated at Matamata College in the 70s.  Phillipa is one of a host of these successes and went on to gain a Bachelor of Arts and Law Degrees at Otago University in 1982. While at school Phillipa was an... read more
Natalie Curtis

Natalie Curtis

Amazing feats this young lady has achieved – all at a very young age.  “A WORLD CHAMPION!” Natalie commenced this illustrious shooting career at the 14. She started at college when Mr Oliver put a gun in her hand, sent her off to the local Gun Club and what follows is... read more

Nathan Forlong

Nathan Forlong currently lives in Napier with his wife and two daughters, working as a relocation consultant for Conroy Removals Napier. During his time at Matamata College Nathan was in the Rugby 3rd XV and the 2nd XV. His travels have taken him to Australia and... read more
Nicholas P Jones

Nicholas P Jones

Nicholas (Nick) relished competition and success.  During his five years at school he was the top student every year and this culminated in Nick receiving the Dux Award and gaining a Junior Scholarship at the end of his 7th Form year.  (Nick was known to be... read more
Nicola Browne

Nicola Browne

If ever anyone was looking for Nic Browne, she could be found bowling cricket balls or batting with the guys at every opportunity – usually gaining the upperhand! As well as being one of the school’s best ever all-round athletes, Nicola was extremely conscientious. ... read more
Nik Brunner

Nik Brunner

Nik completed three and a half years at school before starting a job at McSweeney and Neill Chemists in town where he worked developing photos.  Nik was very involved in sport at school.  He was a top athlete (sprinter) and swimmer and played rugby for the 2nd XV. ... read more

Nikora Tuhakaraina

As a talented sportsman at Matamata College in the early 90s this guy had a vision.   He has always been a wrestling fan but didn’t envisage becoming a pro-wrestler and owning his own Wrestling Company (www.NHPW.com.au) in his 30s. Nikora was one of eight children and... read more
O’Carroll Family

O’Carroll Family

Catherine O’Carroll                 1976-1980 An extremely talented and busy lady.  Teaching was obviously in the blood of the O’Carroll family and Catherine certainly didn’t disappoint! As well as having the athleticism of the “O’Carroll’s” Catherine also had a... read more
Richard Wright

Richard Wright

Richard was a talented all-round sportsman throughout his years here and he has become the most successful male golfer to leave this school. While at school he gained three bursary subjects, played for the 1st XI cricket team for three years, was a member of the... read more
Richie Harris

Richie Harris

Academic, Sport and loads of personality.  Richie had it all! He left school with excellent qualifications, was a school prefect and spent many hours honing his sporting skills.  Swimming champion, athletics prowess, captain of both soccer and cricket team.  In... read more
Robyn Wylie (Mudford)

Robyn Wylie (Mudford)

ROBYN WYLIE (MUDFORD)               1979-1982 An extremely conscientious young lady at school.  These traits have been passed on to her (their) three children who have recently completed their education here at Matamata College. Robyn left school and worked as a... read more

Sally-Ann McKean

Sally-Ann will be remembered by many staff and students as a young lady with an endearing personality and love for life!   She gained all qualifications through to Form 7 and commenced her degree at Waikato.  Completing her degree is still on the “to do” list. ... read more
Sandra Doherty (Howe)

Sandra Doherty (Howe)

As well as teaching for 30 years without a break this (young) lady has an exceptional feat.  She has had six holes in one at golf.  Most golfers strive for a lifetime never accomplishing one, let alone six! She and her husband Chris (who has had four holes in one)... read more
Sandra Matenga (Fawcett)

Sandra Matenga (Fawcett)

Sandra was the eldest Fawcett daughter and a very talented sportswoman.  For the two years she was at College she was a member of the College A netball and also took part in a range of other sports.  Volleyball wasn’t a recognized sport here at the College in 1969 but... read more

Sandra-Faye Nagy (Formerly Saunders) (SADD)

Sandra was born in Matamata but began her schooling briefly on Waiheke Island, before returning to Matamata Primary School. Her family moved to Tokoroa, but Sandra eventually returned to Matamata where she completed her secondary schooling at Matamata College and... read more
Sarah Fitness

Sarah Fitness

Sarah completed three years at Matamata College before a shift to Waihi College.  Sarah had a flair for maths and science and gained her Level 1 maths in Year 10.  As well she had a flair for fashion design. Sarah was undecided about her career and didn’t go on to... read more
Shirley Hooper

Shirley Hooper

From her first day at school this young lady was on a mission – that was to be successful in all fields of endeavour.  She looked the part, she spoke well, she had a presence (even as a Year 9 3rd Former) she participated in everything, she knew how to win people over... read more
Sheryl Meijer (Davis)

Sheryl Meijer (Davis)

Sheryl gained School Certificate (1966), University Entrance/Higher School Certificate (1967) and completed a Chamber of Commerce Exam in Bookkeeping (1967). She was a keen sportswoman and represented the school in many different codes.  She swam in the school team... read more
Sharon De Haas

Sharon De Haas

Sharon spent three years at College and gained School Certificate.  She came through the Commercial course and was in my first class when I was a PA.   Sharon was a bright, active young lady and excelled in athletics and netball being a member of 3rds A, 4ths A and... read more

Shane Menzies

Shane is highly motivated and his energies have taken him to all parts of the globe.  He left school with 6th Form Certificate during his 7th form year joined the Royal New Zealand Navy commencing a six year apprenticeship in Radio Electronics.  Shane has a... read more
Shane Dye

Shane Dye

Shane was built to be a jockey and a very good one at that.  He started riding at a young age and was “in the money” soon after leaving school. Shane was an excellent student in the classroom, he was a very good public speaker and a great role-model.  As well as... read more
Scott Bevege CPCU ARe

Scott Bevege CPCU ARe

Chicago, IL, United States                    Scott was an extremely promising golfer during his school days.  He played off a 5 Handicap at school and was the mainstay of the college team during his time.  Although he did not make the “big time” on the course – he... read more
Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

Sarah attended college from 2000 to 2004 – and never stopped running.  She won every long distance race at the athletic sports, the cross country, Thames Valley and Waikato Championships and many New Zealand titles.  She was a machine – that trained hard!! After five... read more
Richard Prevett CA

Richard Prevett CA

Richard is one of a very few ex-students to win a New Zealand Athletic event.  As well as many achievements including hockey 1st II and Piako and Waikato hockey representative, school tennis champion and athletics, he became a Waikato and New Zealand 400 m hurdles... read more
Richard Nunns

Richard Nunns

After Matamata College, Richard set off for Canterbury University where he completed his teacher training.  He briefly taught at Fairfield Intermediate (Hamilton) and then won a position at Fairfield College teaching English and Educational Drama.  Promotion saw him... read more

Richard Howitt

Richard attended Matamata College from 1966 to 1970 and in his final year was the Deputy Headboy and missed Proxime Accessit by 1 mark behind Kate and the incredible Seegar (Dux) In his SC year he gained the top score with 331 and F6 gained UE and F7 Bursary.  ... read more
Rebecca Milligan

Rebecca Milligan

Rebecca is a financial accountant skilled at both detailed analysis and accounts preparation. She has an eye for detail and a flair for process and efficiency improvement.  Rebecca also has a proven ability in liaising with and influencing people at all levels of an... read more
Raewyn (Rae) Hooper

Raewyn (Rae) Hooper

Rae started school in 1967 and finished with the University Entrance qualification in 1970.  On leaving school Rae trained for two years in the laboratories at Waikato Hospital.  She married and had her first child in 1972 followed by two others in 1975 and 1979.... read more
Rachael Carter

Rachael Carter

Rachael was one of the real characters of her time.  She was selected as Head Girl in 1984 in spite of the mischief she got up to during her early years at school.  This “kid” had spark and knew how to turn bad into good.  Rachael was a really special character as she... read more

Sue Cummings

The Form 7 Class of ‘89 has produced many very successful individuals.  Sue being one of them.  She gained all her qualifications at school (School C, 6th Form Certificate and Higher School C) then headed to Uni to complete a B Sc and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy... read more
Steve Hitchcock

Steve Hitchcock

Number 3 of the Hitchcock family was also multi-talented.  In the academic field he was Dux in 2003.  In Year 9 he proudly remembers receiving a gold medal in the Australian Maths Competition and went on to achieve at the highest level in this maths competition for... read more
Simon Nunns

Simon Nunns

Simon has had a varied, interesting and fascinating life since leaving Matamata College in 1984.  He was an extremely bright lad destined to do great things.  Simon won an A Bursary and was Dux of the College in 1984. Wine was not part of the picture when a young... read more
Simon Kneebone

Simon Kneebone

Simon is from a long line of Kneebone’s who have attended Matamata College.   A true academic and sportsman.   Head boy 1983 and 1st Fifteen member in 1982/83.  Academically, although not Dux, Simon was a very high achiever and obtained an A Bursary in 1983. Some of... read more
Simon Friar

Simon Friar

Simon started his Secondary Education at Gisborne Boys’ High and did his final year at Matamata College after his parents purchased the Walton Store.   From school, where Simon doesn’t claim to have done anything “famous” he went on to graduate with a Diploma of... read more
Simon Coleman

Simon Coleman

Simon Coleman is a set designer, director of theatre and musical theatre, producer… the list goes on. When asked:  how did you start in theatre? After a couple of years of ballet and at the age of seven, I discovered my life-long passion – to be The Six Million... read more
Sue Moroney

Sue Moroney

Sue gained UE (accredited) and won the history prize when in Form 6.  On leaving school she worked briefly in racing stables before getting a position as a reporter for the Matamata Chronicle.  From there Sue studied Journalism at ATI where she graduated with a... read more
Peter Farmiloe

Peter Farmiloe

Peter completed his schooling gaining University Entrance and Higher School Certificate.  He enjoyed and participated in a range of sports – swimming, athletics, golf etc. On leaving school he qualified as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.  For 36 years he has... read more
Suzanne Hawe

Suzanne Hawe

The School Librarian and Teacher in Charge of the Library were very fortunate to have Sue as their Head Librarian in 1980.  She held the position of school librarian for all her years at school. Sue was dedicated to her job, used her initiative and thoroughly enjoyed... read more
Sue Anderson

Sue Anderson

Sue was an extremely motivated academic, a sportsperson and enjoyed the arts.  Many people will remember Sue’s Dad Joe, who was an icon at Matamata Intermediate and was a Representative Rugby Coach for Roller Mills and for a few years for Waikato School Boy Rugby.  He... read more
Terere Aoake

Terere Aoake

Terere is the youngest of a long line of very successful Aoake Whanau who have attended this school.  They have a great sporting tradition and have all contributed to the culture of the school.  Terere completed five years at college gaining Levels 1, 2 and 3 and... read more
Terry Hamilton

Terry Hamilton

Terry was a hugely respected teacher and friend of many.  He instilled a love of geography and English in many unsuspecting students.  Terry soon rose to the position of Head of the Geography Department.  He had empathy and affinity with his students and a masterful... read more

Terry Morrison

As we all know Terry was a “flying” fullback for the All Blacks in the 70s.  He spent time acquiring these skills under the guidance of Geo Simpkin.  Not only was Terry a 1st XV player for three years, he was the school athletics champion every year. Terry had the... read more
The Joe Family

The Joe Family

THE JOE FAMILY – Adrian, Mervyn,  Patricia (Trisha) and Steve A family of high achievers both academically and on the sports field. ADRIAN 1963-1967 Dr Steve, Denny (deceased), Trisha, Adrian, Mervyn On leaving school with top results in School Cert, University... read more

THE WEHRLE’S

Belinda, the eldest Wehrle sibling started at Matamata College in 1986.  By 1990 all three were there with Belinda leading the charge as Head Girl.  All three achieved a lot while at Matamata College, although Christian was not so keen on school and made an early exit... read more
Thomas Sainsbury

Thomas Sainsbury

At school Thomas was into everything drama.  His talent was immense.  In school productions Thomas was usually the lead and his wit and charisma on stage was limitless.  He did find time to participate in sports as well – particularly hockey and athletics. Thomas... read more
Tim Van De Molen

Tim Van De Molen

Tim is the latest sensation from Matamata College to gain prominence in his field.  He has (May/June 2013) just been named as New Zealand Young Farmer of the Year.  An absolutely fantastic accomplishment! At school Tim was very active and involved in many spheres of... read more
Roger Loveridge

Roger Loveridge

Not only a sports lover, Roger went on to be a very successful auctioneer.  I have been told that he was quite the ‘talker’ at school! He gained University Entrance in 1954 and was the Head boy that same year.  Roger was an all-rounder.  He played for the 1st XV Rugby... read more

Tom King

Achievement in the classroom certainly doesn’t have to correlate to success later on.  Tom was a prime example.  Tom gained School Certificate in 1966 and University Entrance in 1967 but recalls that his last year at college was less than memorable!  However he... read more

Tony Moore

In Tony’s words he was a “loser” at school.  I don’t think so.  Tony completed his 6th Form year and went on to University where he qualified in Accountancy, then completed his Associated Chartered Accountancy Exams.  His University studies were completed at Waikato... read more
Travis Scott

Travis Scott

Travis is a man with a mission.  While here at school there wasn’t a minute in the day where he was idle.  In the classroom he was exceptional, on the sports field he was a top competitor and among his peers he was a leader and forward thinker. Travis gained... read more

Trevor Booth

“My primary school was Waharoa and it was the beginning of 1941 when I started at Matamata District High School, Form 1 in the then attached Intermediate school.  Being wartime there was a considerable amount of Cadet military training which was mainly marching, so I... read more
Stephen Pankhurst

Stephen Pankhurst

Stephen’s memories of Matamata College were mainly of the “Class of 76” – the smart group as Stephen recalls.  Stephen excelled in the classroom and went on to Waikato University and graduated with the Bachelor of Business Management and furthered his... read more
Teresa Stanley

Teresa Stanley

Teresa was capable of anything at school and so it has transpired into her working life.  At college she was a conscientious academic gaining school certificate and having university entrance accredited.  Part way through her Form 7 year she transferred to Burnside... read more
Vanessa Oshima (Mackenzie)

Vanessa Oshima (Mackenzie)

At school Vanessa was an outstanding student gaining top marks in School Certificate and Sixth Form Certificate before leaving New Zealand as part of the Rotary Exchange Programme supported by the Matamata Rotary Club. Although she had clearly written Canada as her... read more
Wally Penetito

Wally Penetito

Wally says his life has revolved around his immediate and extended family and the world of education.  He recalls very fondly memories of Matamata College, especially those he attended school with and those who were his teachers.  (Sadly many won’t be around for the... read more
Warren Bowers

Warren Bowers

Charismatic and charming best describe Warren’s personality.  At school Warren loved the cultural side of life – he took part in a whole range of pursuits:  music, library, debating, drama etc.  He says he wasn’t passionate about sport but was a reluctant member of... read more

Weston Bell

  No achievements or prizes during my college years, but on leaving with mainly a science background I was fortunate to have decided to go into accountancy. I started my career in Wellington when there was an acute shortage of such people at that time. This led... read more
Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

As a real youngest Andrew was always at golf – that was inevitable as Mum, Dad, Richard and Paul were almost permanently on the course.  Andrew started playing regularly at the age of 10 and showed real promise from the outset.  It wasn’t long before he was winning... read more
Paul Wright

Paul Wright

Another excellent all-round sportsperson.  As well as being a scratch golfer at school, Paul also played cricket for the 1st XI in Year 13 having earlier played junior rep cricket for Thames Valley. At school, Paul was in the first year of Level 3 NECA and he gained... read more
Richard Wright

Richard Wright

Richard was a talented all-round sportsman throughout his years here and he has become the most successful male golfer to leave this school. While at school he gained three bursary subjects, played for the 1st XI cricket team for three years, was a member of the... read more