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The Summit Academy Dinner

The Summit Acadamy was established in 2011 to recognise former students.  Honoured graduates of the college are chosen for their leadership, excellence in their field and contribution to society.  This welcoming home recognises the knowledge gained when studying at Rangitoto College.  These achievers inspire the College students today.  The Summit Academy dinner is held annually to celbrate the achievements of these past students.

All ex-students, ex-staff and alumni members are invited to attend and are encouraged to bring guests with them.  This event also welcomes current staff, students and invited guests.

This dinner provides an opportunity to support recipients whilst being entertained by current students from our award winning Performing Arts Department.



Rangitoto College Summit Alumni Academy 2018 Honourees

Emeritus Professor Richard Bedford QSO FRNZ (Rangi 1958 - 1962)

Richard’s outstanding teachers of social studies, geography, history and German at Rangitoto College in the late 1950s set him up for a BA and an MA (First Class Hons) at the University of Auckland.  His Masters thesis on resettlement of people from coral islands in Kiribati and Tuvalu began his 50 year love affair with processes of population movement in the Pacific Islands.  A PhD on migration in Vanuatu from the Australian National University in 1972 was followed by postdoctoral research in Papua New Guinea and Fiji in the 1970s. During the 1980s his research focus shifted to migration from the Pacific to New Zealand. Richard’s research and teaching has always been from a university base – initially the University of Canterbury (1972-1989), then the University of Waikato (1989-2010) and most recently Auckland University of Technology (2010-2017).  His service to geography was recognized nationally when he became a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) in 2010.  In 2017 he is one of a small number of geographers who have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ) and the Society’s first President from a social science discipline since the 1930s.


Amalia Hall (Rangi 2002 - 2005)

Amalia Hall is widely recognised as one of the foremost young violinists to emerge from New Zealand.  At just 3 years old she picked up the violin, and at merely 9 years old, debuted with the Auckland Philharmonia.  Since then she has been a regular soloist in orchestras in New Zealand and Europe.  After completing studies at Rangitoto College, she gained a BMus at University of Auckland and then spent four years at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, USA. She has had immense success in numerous competitions, including laureate prizes at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hanover, International Violin Competition Premio R. Lipizer, The International Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians and the Kloster Schontal International Violin Competition.  She was recently appointed as Concertmaster to Orchestra Wellington and at age 27, is the youngest concertmaster in the country.  She is juggling this responsibility while teaching at the University of Waikato and giving solo performances.


The Hon Louise Upston (nee McGill) (Rangi 1984 - 1988)

After attending Rangitoto College Louise founded a management consultancy firm, McGill Manning when she was only 19 years old.  Her clients included Air New Zealand, Russell McVeagh and Datacom Group. Louise then studied at the Waikato Management School and graduated with a Master of Business Administration.  As a self-employed project management consultant, she held directorships in a number of trusts and companies involving property, tourism, management and consulting.  Louise was elected to Parliament at the 2008 general election for the Taupo electorate.  She became a Minister in 2014, a Cabinet Minister in 2016 and was appointed Minister of Corrections.  Louise was also the Associate Minister of Education, Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and Associate Minister for Primary Industries.  Louise previously held roles in Land Information, Local Government and Women.  Before being appointed a Minister, she was Government Chief Whip for two years and was Junior Whip for one year.Louise is now on Frontbench of Opposition as the Social Development Spokesperson. She has three teenage children and lives just south of Cambridge.


Terenzo Bozzone (Rangi 1998 - 2002)

Known as Triathlon’s Golden Boy, Terenzo Bozzone experienced early success with world championship triathlon titles as a junior, as well as 22 national titles in a variety of endurance sports.After a few seasons in ITU racing, Terenzo committed to long-distance racing and scored his first big win at the famous Wildflower California Half-Ironman Triathlon in 2006 where he shattered the course record that stands unbroken today. Since then he has garnered over 30 half-ironman titles, including the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, and countless podium finishes.In December 2016, Terenzo created history by becoming the first athlete in win an Ironman (new record) and 70.3 Ironman in the span of a week.The season of 2017/2018 Bozzone has showcased he is in the best form of his life as he continues to smash records. Terenzo’s career goal is continuing chasing the title of “King of Kona”.Terenzo is a role model to youth, aspiring and professional athletes. An Ambassador for ‘Life Education’, ‘What’s Up’ and ‘Movember’, Terenzo continues to find time from his 8 hour training days and raising a family to give back to the community.His friends and family call him T. A husband and now father of 2, he has found another gear to show the world and doubters that he can win the Ironman World Champs, and not just once!



Contact: Sally Thompson


To read about the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Honourees' please click here.