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)
SIX-TIME WORLD CHAMPION TRIATHLETE & IRONMAN RECORD HOLDER
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