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 Murray McKinnon '59 - 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 2021 recipients.

Communications

To achieve our objectives, it is 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
- The biennial Ad Augusta magazine, published online
- 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

MURRAY MCKINNON '59 QSM

MURRAY MCKINNON '59 QSM

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 started at Auckland Grammar School in 1991, 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.

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 Rugby 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

COMMITTEE MEMBER

MAX BROWN '51

MAX BROWN '51

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Max started at Auckland Grammar School 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. Max lives with his wife Marama in Cambridge.

PAUL BUNBURY '90

PAUL BUNBURY '90

IMMEDIATE PAST 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. Paul is the immediate past President of the Old Boys' Association, stepping down at the end of 2022. He is happily married to Jen with two children Spencer and Zoe.

MATT BURBURY-KING '03

MATT BURBURY-KING '03

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Matt started at Auckland Grammar School in 2003. In that time, he represented Grammar at the highest level in a number of sports, including Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming and Water Polo, was a Senior Prefect and was named Sportsman of the Year in his final year. After leaving the School, Matt graduated from the University of Auckland with a joint Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts degree. He has recently returned to Auckland after spending the last eight years in Sydney, where most recently as an Executive within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's Business Bank. Back in New Zealand, Matt has returned to his roots in consumer strategy consulting, but still loves sport and casually competes in Masters swimming, ocean swimming and long distance running events. After his stint overseas, Matt is keen to actively contribute to the School that gave him so much.

TAYLA CURRY

TAYLA CURRY

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Tayla joined the Development Office in 2022 as the Development Office Administrator and Event Assistant and is the new Old Boys' Association Executive Secretary. Tayla has recently completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management and Human Resource Management from the University of Otago. An Old Girl of St Cuthbert's College, Tayla has strong ties to the School, through her great-grandfather and Old Boy Cyril Bassett, her mother Sarah is on staff, and brother Boyd '14 played for the 1st XI Football team. Tayla's role consists of providing support to the Development Office in the planning and organisation of School and Foundation Trust events, and providing administrative support for the Old Boys' Association. Outside of work, Tayla enjoys hanging out with friends and family, going on walks through Cornwall Park and reading.

ASHIK MALANI

ASHIK MALANI

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Ashik is the Master in Charge of the Headmaster's Heritage Committee. Founded in 2019, the Committee allows students to be involved with the Old Boy community on a personal basis. This ranges from research assignments to interviews with Old Boys themselves. Ashik's role consists of managing student and Old Boy meet-ups for interviews as well as holding meetings to discuss the latest achievements of Old Boys. Further to this, the Headmaster's Heritage Committee engages with the current crop of students to celebrate their extracurricular achievements and what will be part of their legacy as they depart Auckland Grammar School. An Old Boy of Wellington College, Ashik teaches English at the School across various year levels, and has constant dialogue with the students about their time at Grammar and their aspirations further down the line. In his spare time, Ashik enjoys reading novels, watching latest and classic cinema and spending time with friends.

DANIEL REDDISH

DANIEL REDDISH

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Daniel is the Advancement Manager and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Development Office team. Daniel started at Grammar in 2014, starting in the role of Advancement Officer before progressing to Bequest Manager and then taking on the Advancement Manager role in early 2020. Daniel is the School's lead fundraiser, He is responsible for furthering the Foundation Trust's Academic Endowment Fund to support our talented staff as well as programmes to support our young men through scholarships and hardship support. Daniel is a born and raised Wellingtonian and an Old Boy of Rongotai College. A passionate rugby man, Daniel has been involved with coaching at Grammar for the past 7 years, coaching the Under 15A, 1st XV and 2nd XV teams. Daniel is also the Assistant Boarding Master at Tibbs House. When not doing something Grammar related, Daniel loves spending time with his five siblings and his 12 nieces and nephews.

ANTONIO RIPATA '11

ANTONIO RIPATA '11

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Antonio started at Auckland Grammar School in 2011 and 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

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Ben started at Auckland Grammar School in 1991 and did very well academically 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.

GRANT TRETHEWEY '76

GRANT TRETHEWEY '76

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Grant started at Auckland Grammar School in 1976. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2014 and was President of the Association from 2018 to 2020. He is a third generation Old Boy, and his son Hamish finished his tenure at Auckland 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.