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Ashley Day


27 November 2016

As 2016 winds down, best wishes from the College for summer and all that it entails......exam results, work, holiday, time with family and friends and hopeful...


He aha te mea nui? / He aha te mea nui o te ao? / Maku e ki atu / He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata. (What is the most important thing? / What is the most important thing in the world? / I will say to you / It is people, It is people, It is people.)

Selwyn's strength lies in its community, past, present and future. The College has an illustrious Alumni that maintain connection with and support the College.

These are some of Selwyn College's Alumni.

porrittLord Porritt GCMG GCVO CBE (1900-1994)

New Zealand's first home-grown Governor General; former SCSA president; Rhodes Scholar; Personal Physician to the Queen for many years; Olympic medalist.

davidkirkDr David Kirk MBE

The First World Cup-winning All Blacks captain; Rhodes Scholar; Former Chief Executive of Fairfax.

coxSir Geoffrey Cox CNZM CBE (1910-2008)

Former editor and chief executive of ITN in the UK and founder of News at Ten; war correspondent; First Secretary at NZ Embassy in Washington; took part in Pacific War Council, attended by Churchill and Roosevelt.

vallanceNicola Vallance

Selwyn's second female student president; started out on student television in Dunedin; now the face of Department of Conservation's television documentaries.

oestreicherRevd Canon Dr Paul Oestreicher

Founding Chair of Amnesty International; retired Director of the Centre for International Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral; in 2009 received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Otago.

billenglishHon Bill English

Prime Minister since December 2016

johnwrightJohn Wright

Coached Indian cricket team, having been one of the most successful New Zealand cricket captains; opening batsman during 1980s.

rachelzajacDr Rachel Zajac

Psychology Department, University of Otago; published work on children's reliability as legal witnesses.

teradarTe Radar (Andrew J. Lumsden)

Comedian and TV personality.

More Notable Selwynites

  • Bishop Philip Richardson, former Warden
  • Lucy Todd, Former #1 beach volleyball player
  • Bishop Richard Randersen, author and social justice campaigner
  • Pippa Cuthbert, Food Editor, Next Magazine
  • Sir Mason Durie, campaigner on Maori health issues
  • Sir Patrick Moore, eminent physician and former SCSA President
  • Simon Moore QC, High Court Judge
  • Jay Cassells, lawyer, film producer, cartoonist, writer, member of the Otago Forward Group
  • Ross Armstrong, former chair of TVNZ, NZ Post
  • Libby Caygill, Fulbright Scholar, Genetics and Development PhD, 2002
  • Laura Fraser, Rhodes Scholar, 2009
  • Dr David Clark, MP, former Warden
  • Edward Stace, Rhodes Scholar, 2012