ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION

About the Auckland Grammar School Old Boys' Association

Founded in 1893 under Headmaster James William Tibbs, the Auckland Grammar School Old Boys' Association aims to strengthen the ties and friendships between the School and the Old Boys community. It also serves to ensure that the opportunities and benefits of an Auckland Grammar School education extend well beyond the school years. The Association is ably led by president Paul Bunbury '90 - click here to view the executive committee team.

Today the Old Boys' Association has a worldwide membership, providing a network of Old Boys for you to connect with. Our reach has spread far and wide with events run through the Development Office in places such as London and New York.

The key objectives of the Association are to:

- Provide a voice for Old Boys
- Provide a strong network of Old Boys to maintain links to the school and each other
- Promote and enhance the Auckland Grammar School brand in the community
- Support the school in any way we can, but importantly through fundraising and the provision of facilities and equipment which will continue to enrich the quality of education for present and future generations of students

Contributions and an active role in the School

The Association has a long and proud history of giving back to the school through financial support and service. The Old Boys have made tangible contributions to the many iconic buildings at the school including:

- The Cenotaph War Memorial and extension which commemorates those Old Boys who gave their lives in war (1922 and 1953)
- The School Library (1933)
- The the Sports Pavilion (1954)
- The Centennial Theatre (1964)
- The Old Boys' Pavilion and changing rooms (2007 and 2010)

The Association also takes an active role in the School and is privileged to appoint two trustees to the Board of Trustees, as well as representation on the Headmaster’s Council and Development Committee. A calendar of events is also run every year which includes several reunions, the ANZAC Day service, Old Boys sports fixtures and the Old Boys pub quiz. You can view all our upcoming events by clicking here.

Annual Dinner - Augusta and Lion Awards

Without doubt the highlight of the calendar every year is the Old Boys' Annual Dinner. This is an opportunity for Old Boys of all generations to gather for a night of reunion and celebration. The event is made even more special as we honour and present our distinguished alumni awards to the Augusta and Lion Awardees - click here to read about the 2020 recipients.

Communications

To achieve our objectives, it’s vital we have a strong network of Old Boys and we’re in regular contact with our members. The Association communicates through the following channels:

- Quarterly eDMs
- Biennial editions of Ad Augusta magazine
- The Auckland Grammar School Old Boys' Association Facebook page
- Facebook alumni groups for Old Boys based in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia
- The Auckland Grammar School Old Boys' Association LinkedIn page
- The Old Boys section on the School's community website

PAUL BUNBURY '90

PAUL BUNBURY '90

PRESIDENT

Paul started at Auckland Grammar School in 1990 and was Head Prefect in 1994. A talented sportsman, he played over 100 games for the 1st XI football team after first being selected in Form 4. He also represented New Zealand at age group level and went on to have a distinguished career at senior level winning the Chatham Cup twice. After leaving school Paul gained degrees from the University of Auckland in Commerce and Arts and graduated with a Master of Arts in 2001. Since then he has started his own business, completed a MBA, and is currently an executive in the construction industry. He is happily married to Jen with two children.

MURRAY MCKINNON '59 QSM

MURRAY MCKINNON '59 QSM

VICE PRESIDENT

Murray started at Auckland Grammar in 1959, and represented the School in Athletics in 1961 and 1962. He became involved with the administration of the sport, and has been the President of Athletics Auckland for over 20 years. Murray is also a part time sports journalist, and has reported on nine World Athletic Championships, six Commonwealth Games and one Olympic Games. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of Governance New Zealand and a Fellow and life member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand. Murray has been a Justice of the Peace since 1996 and received the Queen's Service Medal in 2012 for services to Athletics.

MARK PUSINELLI '91

MARK PUSINELLI '91

TREASURER

Mark attended Auckland Grammar School from 1991 to 1995, and joined the Old Boys' Association in 2021. Having completed a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Auckland, then a Bachelor of Science from The University of Manchester. Mark has over 18 years of international finance experience with global banks in Europe and Asia. A keen sportsman, Mark played Football, Cricket and Tennis. Offshore sports opportunities included representing HSBC RFC and the Swiss National Touch Team in 2009 and 2010. Mark has two brothers who also attended Grammar (Richard '92 and Nicholas '00), and he has a young family of his own, while enjoying reconnecting with the wider Grammar community.

GRANT TRETHEWEY '76

GRANT TRETHEWEY '76

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Grant attended Auckland Grammar School from 1976 to 1980. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2014 and is the immediate Past President having been in the President's role for the last two years. He is a third generation Old Boy, with his son Hamish finishing his tenure at Grammar in 2019. He enjoyed supporting the School through the 150th celebrations and ensuring Old Boys remain connected to the School through the Old Boys' Association. Grant works in the Early Learning sector with his wife Ginny, and has two children currently attending university in New Zealand.

GITA JAYARAM

GITA JAYARAM

BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPRESENTATIVE

Gita joined the Auckland Grammar School Board of Trustees in 2016 and is a member of the Education and Internationalisation Committees. Gita has a Human Resources background and is Principal of Gita Jayaram Consulting. She has over 20 years' experience in senior HR leadership roles, working and consulting in multi-nationals and state owned enterprises. Gita has twins, Arun and Tejas, who are in Form 7 in 2021. Arun is the leader of the School's Big Band and Jazz Combo as a bass guitarist, and Tejas was named as a School Prefect and is a photographer in the School's media group.

DAVE ASKEW '93

DAVE ASKEW '93

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE

Dave started at Auckland Grammar School in 1993, was a Prefect and Captain of the 1st XV team in 1997. He represented New Zealand and Auckland age group level teams before his career abruptly ended due to a head injury. Dave studied Sports Science at the University of Auckland before completing a degree in Physical Education at Auckland Teachers’ College. Dave returned to the School as a Physical Education and Health teacher in 2010, and was appointed as Head Coach of the 1st XV from 2011 to 2018; he still works as the assistant coach today. Dave was appointed into the role of Deputy Headmaster Pastoral - Junior School in 2021.

STYAN BARRON '80

STYAN BARRON '80

MAX BROWN '51

MAX BROWN '51

Max started at Auckland Grammar in 1951, was the junior and intermediate Athletics champion, was a member of the senior Athletics team and a Prefect in 1955. Max was integral in forming the Junior Old Boys' Association, and currently the organiser of Club 70, a monthly coffee group for Old Boys over 70 years old. Max has been in real estate development and education his entire life, and while he didn't have any sons, he has always been an enthusiastic and vocal supporter of the School, both in a sporting and academic sense.

BRADEN DICKSON '78

BRADEN DICKSON '78

Braden attended Grammar from 1978 to 1982 and was a student at Tibbs House. Braden is on the Auckland Grammar School Board of Trustees as the Old Boys' Association representative, and is currently a Partner at EY and serves as Chairman of the New Zealand firm. He has worked in professional services for the last 20 years helping organisations across New Zealand and Australia, deliver large scale commercial projects. Braden's son, Lachlan, was a Senior Prefect during the School's sesquicentenary celebrations.

BILL PRICE '48

BILL PRICE '48

Bill started at Auckland Grammar in Term 2 of 1948, due to the Polio epidemic. After finishing in 1951, he worked at the SMTC Accountancy firm, before moving into the medical and pharmaceutical industry. A member of the Auckland Tramping Club since 1983, Bill and his wife Jean have three children: Robert, Martin (who is a past president of the Old Boys’ Association) and Bronwyn. Bill is a proud Grammar Old Boy and has attained four Life Memberships to the Old Boys' Rugby Club, the Old Boys' Association, the Auckland Rugby Referees Club and the Auckland Asthma Society.

ANTONIO RIPATA '11

ANTONIO RIPATA '11

Antonio is the newest member to the Old Boys' Association Executive Committee. Having started at Auckland Grammar in 2011, Antonio is an original "InZone pioneer", one of 28 students who lived at the hostel when it opened. Antonio was named as a Senior Prefect in 2015 and was Captain of the 1st XV Rugby team in Form 7, after joining the team in Form 5. Antonio has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland, and at the end of his first year, he was fortunate enough to secure a part-time role over the summer at ASB Bank, a job which he is fortunate enough to still have. Antonio values his whanau, food, and integrity above all else, loves playing Rugby, combat sports and listening to podcasts. When he was asked to describe himself in three words, he said "grateful, determined and calm".

BEN SMYTHE '91

BEN SMYTHE '91

Ben attended Auckland Grammar School from 1991 to 1995. He did very well in his academic studies while partaking in various sports including Rugby, Football and Squash. Ben went on to pursue a sales career and has worked to align companies with Grammar over the past 15 years assisting the School with various sponsorships. Ben also created the streaming set-up in the Great Hall, allowing the growing roll to be a part of daily assembly via streaming to classrooms, but also anyone from around the world to be part of various special assemblies, such as prizegiving. Ben lives with his wife and three children, with eldest son Connor at Grammar, carrying on the tradition.

HARRY UFFINDELL '03

HARRY UFFINDELL '03

Harry attended Auckland Grammar from 2003 to 2007 and joined the Old Boys' Association Executive Committee in 2021. Harry played Rugby, representing the 1st XV for two years, and competed in Athletics winning the 800m, and helping to secure the School's first national gold medal in the 4x400m. Harry studied Law, Economics and Finance at the University of Otago, and played for the Southern Rugby Club as well as Otago B. Following university, Harry worked as a lawyer at Bell Gully, before moving into the world of entrepreneurship. He co-founded and sold his first company MeatMail, joined Tilt as the Country Manager, and worked as Head of Business Operations at Airbnb in Sydney. Harry was recognised as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016. Since returning to New Zealand, Harry has been actively investing in startups. He is married to Kate and son Louie was born in April.